I decided to break down and buy a hosting account and an URL and move my blog off of the free sites. It took a little while to get it set up how I wanted, but I’m liking the flexibility I have, and my hosting company offers a lot of easy install options for page add-ons. Right now I’m just running the blog, the theme, and the Google Maps API. I’m quite impressed with this XML Google Maps WordPress plugin. It makes it really easy to load .kml and .gpx files, and even provides some charts on a track! See the example below to get an idea of this. I have another example loaded on my maps page.
Please let me know what you think of this site.