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My Walk FAQs

How do I add members to my walking group that aren’t already in an existing group?

The walking group associated with your custom map is a group just like any other—so you can add members to it just like you would with any other group from the Friends page.

What is the start date?

The start date is whatever date that you want your custom virtual walk to start. By default, it’ll start with the date that you created the route, but if you set the date in the past, it will move you and your friends up the trail as if you had created the route on that date and you have already been walking it for days, weeks, months or even years!

If you set the date in the future, everybody will be stuck at mile marker 0 until that date comes and goes and people start recording steps on or after your start date.

Why is Google unable to create my route?

There are several possible reasons for this. We can only forward the error messages that Google provides—which sometimes aren’t very useful or helpful. If there is a specific stop it cannot figure out—for instance, there is a typo in location—Google will tell you which locations it does not understand.

Sometimes, the error message is more generic. Obviously, there has to be some sort of actual walking route between each location. Trying to be funny by walking from Los Angeles to Hawaii won’t get you very far! Although if there is a walk-on ferry service over a body of water, Google might route you through that—which is why it is entirely possible to create a virtual walk from Los Angeles to Avalon on Santa Catalina Island.

It also seems that Google sometimes chokes on particularly long, complex routes. If you know all of your locations are valid, correctly-spelled locations and that they are all walkable, you might try shortening the route.

What can I use as a location?

Anything Google understands... you can use. If you use the name of a city, I would include the state (or country!) as well so Google knows which one you are referring to. Otherwise, it will guess and it may guess incorrectly.

You can also use street addresses if you want the virtual walk to run from your front door to wherever you go. You can also use zip codes or cross streets to narrow down a location.

Locations can be as general as an entire country, but there is no telling where in the country Google will give you directions from/to.

You can also use major landmarks or parks. For instance, if you want to create a route that goes past the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, you can list the location as Lincoln Memorial.

Latitude and longitude coordinates also work, but it is recommended that you use a decimal format for best results. (e.g. 35.2817, -120.6609)