Sunset journey planner spreadsheet

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 14:23
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Hello there.
Last year some time I came across a fantastic excel spreadsheet that allowed you to plan each days journey and calculated the time needed to depart each morning in order to arrive a set time before sunset.
I haven't been able to find the link since and can't recall where I saw it.
Does anyone have something similar?
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 20:43

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 20:43
Georgi

Did a search on the net and couldn't find it. Sounds like a good file. Can you remember the name of the excel file as it may help with the search.
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Follow Up By: Member - Georgi M - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 21:02

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 21:02
I can't remember the name of the file sadly - I've googled every combination I can think of but nothing comes up. Thought I saw the link in a blog somewhere so that may be why it's not on google. Exploroz was the first travel forum I came across so assumed I saw it on here somewhere.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 22:04

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 22:04
G'day George. Is this the one? I downloaded it from somewhere early Oct 2013. I haven't used it so not sure how it works.

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Follow Up By: Member - Georgi M - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:12

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:12
That's it!!!!!! Thanks a million Rod!
I've saved it properly this time.
Hope others can use too.
To the person who did the work originally setting it up - you've saved me weeks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:22

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:22
You're welcome Georgi.

Doing a bit of digging I think it may have been originally by The Landy, but I can't access his blogs any more, only these comments. The Landy blog comments
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:46

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:46
Well done Rod. I have had a quick look at it and like it.
Georgi. Thanks for posting this.
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:11

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 at 14:11
You need an Excel spreadsheet for that????
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Follow Up By: Member - Ossiejs (Qld) - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:01

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:01
There's a lot to be said for detailed planning for a trip. It's half the fun, reduces risk, allows better budgeting, etc., etc. It's also something to leave with family/friends as safety and reassurance. I have a simple spreadsheet, created using considerable research, good maps and mapping software; to record similar detail; to avoid being caught out having to camp overnight in some noisy roadside Rest Area; and not miss stops in the many towns and points of interest en route.
I'm all for the spreadsheet.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:13

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:13
We plan too and I agree that it's important and fun.
However we are able to calculate daily distances and times without having to resort to a spreadsheet. Perhaps experience is a mitigating factor.
Each to their own :-)
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Reply By: Member - Georgi M - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 21:15

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 21:15
Thanks everyone,
Yes, it is probably a bit excessive using the spreadsheet to plan to be onsite 'x' time before sunset, but with 2 young kids who like to be fed on time, will save me plenty of tantrums.
It took me a few hours over a couple of days to fill out 3 months worth of travel, and has calculated how much fuel I'm going to need, cost, total distance covered, hours travelled etc etc. Not sure if I'll even look at it when on the road, but at least will be there if I need it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ossiejs (Qld) - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 23:22

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 23:22
Good on you, and hope all fares well for a well-planned trip. In my experience, It's hardly excessive to plan properly in such circumstances. Spreadsheets get my vote; and they're also a useful record for making notes for your blog/travel diary, and aid future trip planning.
Safe travels.
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