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Google Trekker spotted mapping out parts of Clarksville, Ind.

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Google Trekker is putting Clarksville, Ind., on the Google map. In the near future, people all over the world will soon experience the town as if they were there in person.

Any given day at Lapping Park in Clarksville, you can spot people walking, and if you are lucky, you'll see a deer.

Seeing a person walking around with a weird looking backpack on though, is out of the ordinary. The sphere on top of the backpack looks like a soccer ball with a dozen cameras all over it.

"I didn't know what it was at first," said Wallace Pelluzzo, a Clarksville resident. "I seen the girl put it on, and I drove by, almost had a wreck looking saying, 'what is that contraption?!'"

It is the Google Trekker, and it is roaming through southern Indiana on Monday and Tuesday.

"It's definitely tiring," said Ken Conklin, the marketing coordinator for Clarksville Parks and Recreation. "It's not easy. That thing weighs a good 50 pounds. By the end of the day we're pretty worn out."

He is is one of a few who get to lug it around.

"You get a few odd looks here and there ... people wondering what's going on. Everyone seems pretty excited about it," Conklin said.

The Google Trekker captures amazing views, which you can experience on Google Maps. Walk through Yosemite Park, explore Mont Blanc, and soon, hike through parts of Clarksville.

"We can come out and map our trails, and people from all over the world are able to go and walk the trails with us from the comfort of their own home," Conklin said.

Only a few locations will be mapped.

"Wooded View Golf Course, trails in Lapping Park (and the Ohio River) Greenway stretching from Jeffersonville to Clarksville and to New Albany," Conklin said.

The mapping of Wooded View Golf Course is a perk for golfers.

"This is a fantastic idea for getting an opportunity to look at the course before going and playing," said Marvin Williams, a golfer.

Google could not tell WDRB or Clarksville about a timeline for when the images being collected will be active on Google maps.

"I do know when Google is finished putting it up, they're going to let us know," Conklin said. "We're going to make sure to let everyone in the community know that it's available."

If you would like to apply to be a Google trekker, click here for more information.

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