After the recent discussion on map drawing software, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to create a map template that new measurers could use to make their maps.
When David Reik mentioned OpenOffice, it seemed like the perfect environment for such a map template, since it is free software that works on both Windows and Macintosh PCs.
With that in mind, I have created a map template using the OpenOffice Draw program. It includes all the elements necessary for a certification map, including example roads, course route, mile marks, mile mark descriptions, etc.
David Reik and Duane Russell provided many helpful suggestions, corrections and comments during development, but it would be equally helpful to get the same from others as well.
The map template and instructions are located at