Thank you for your reply, Robert.  Here is the code with output and
puts of the XML (the Stores are coming from a local database).  Does
this help?

##CODE##

require 'open-uri'
require 'rexml/document'

# Retrieve geocode information for all records in the Stores table
task :google_geocode => :environment do
  api_key=GOOGLE_MAPS_KEY

    (Store.find :all).each do |store|

      puts "\nStore: #{store.name}"
      puts "Source Address: #{store.full_address}"

      xml=open("http://maps.google.com/maps/geo?
q=#{CGI.escape(store.full_address)}&output=xml&key=#{api_key}").read
      doc=REXML::Document.new(xml)

      puts "Status: "+doc.elements['//kml/Response/Status/code'].text

      if doc.elements['//kml/Response/Status/code'].text != '200'
        puts "Unable to parse Google response for #{store.name}"
      else
        puts doc
        doc.root.each_element('//Response') do |response|
          puts "****"
          puts response
          puts "****"
          response.each_element('//Placemark') do |place|
            # puts "****"
            # puts place.elements['//Point'];
            # puts "****"
            lng,lat=place.elements['Point/
coordinates'].text.split(',')
            puts "  Result Address: " << place.elements['//
address'].text
            puts "  ID: " << place.attributes['id']
            puts "  Latitude: #{lat}"
            puts "  Longitude: #{lng}"
            puts "^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^"
          end # end each place
        end # end each response
      end # end if result == 200
    end # end each store
  end # end rake task


##OUTPUT##

rake google_geocode
(in /Users/acar/Documents/Design/Code/magicmaponrails)

Store: The Original Ron Jon Surf Shop
Source Address: 901 Central Avenue, Long Beach Island, NJ, 08008
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>901 Central Avenue, Long
Beach Island, NJ, 08008</name><Status><code>200</
code><request>geocode</request></Status><Placemark
id='p1'><address>901 Central Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA</
address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>NJ</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Beach Haven</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>901 Central Ave</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>08008</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-74.107299,39.756819,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>901 Central Avenue, Long Beach Island, NJ, 08008</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>901 Central Ave, Beach Haven, NJ
08008, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>NJ</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Beach Haven</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>901 Central Ave</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>08008</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-74.107299,39.756819,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 901 Central Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 39.756819
  Longitude: -74.107299
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: One of aKind Ron Jon Surf Shop
Source Address: 4151 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>4151 North Atlantic Avenue,
Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</
request></Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>4151 N Atlantic Ave,
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Cocoa Beach</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>4151 N Atlantic Ave</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32931</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.608106,28.356747,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>4151 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>4151 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach,
FL 32931, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Cocoa Beach</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>4151 N Atlantic Ave</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32931</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.608106,28.356747,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 4151 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 28.356747
  Longitude: -80.608106
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: Ron Jon Surf Shop - Sunrise
Source Address: 2610 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, FL, 33323
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>2610 Sawgrass Mills Circle,
Sunrise, FL, 33323</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</
request></Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>2610 Sawgrass Mills Cir,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33323, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Fort Lauderdale</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>2610 Sawgrass Mills Cir</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>33323</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.315710,26.154207,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>2610 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, FL, 33323</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>2610 Sawgrass Mills Cir, Fort
Lauderdale, FL 33323, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Fort Lauderdale</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>2610 Sawgrass Mills Cir</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>33323</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.315710,26.154207,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 2610 Sawgrass Mills Cir, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33323,
USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 26.154207
  Longitude: -80.315710
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: Ron Jon Surf Shop - Orlando
Source Address: 5160 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>5160 International Drive,
Orlando, FL, 32819</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</
request></Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>5160 International Dr,
Orlando, FL 32819, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orlando</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>5160 International Dr</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32819</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-81.450308,28.469598,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>5160 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>5160 International Dr, Orlando, FL
32819, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orlando</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>5160 International Dr</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32819</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-81.450308,28.469598,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 5160 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 28.469598
  Longitude: -81.450308
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: Ron Jon Surf Shop - Key West
Source Address: 503 Front Street`, Key West, FL, 33040
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>503 Front Street`, Key West,
FL, 33040</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>503 Front St, Key West, FL 33040,
USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Key West</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>503 Front St</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>33040</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-81.805852,24.560319,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>503 Front Street`, Key West, FL, 33040</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>503 Front St, Key West, FL 33040,
USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Key West</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>503 Front St</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>33040</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-81.805852,24.560319,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 503 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 24.560319
  Longitude: -81.805852
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: Ron Jon Surf Shop - California
Source Address: 20 City Blvd., Orange, CA, 92868
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>20 City Blvd., Orange, CA,
92868</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868,
USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>CA</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orange</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>20 City Blvd W</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>92868</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-117.892764,33.782893,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark><Placemark id='p2'><address>20 City
Blvd E, Orange, CA 92868, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>CA</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orange</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>20 City Blvd E</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>92868</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-117.891102,33.784368,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>20 City Blvd., Orange, CA, 92868</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868,
USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>CA</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orange</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>20 City Blvd W</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>92868</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-117.892764,33.782893,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark><Placemark id='p2'><address>20 City
Blvd E, Orange, CA 92868, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>CA</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Orange</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>20 City Blvd E</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>92868</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-117.891102,33.784368,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 33.782893
  Longitude: -117.892764
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  Result Address: 20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868, USA
  ID: p2
  Latitude: 33.784368
  Longitude: -117.891102
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Store: Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort
Source Address: 1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920
Status: 200
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><kml xmlns='http://
earth.google.com/kml/2.0'><Response><name>1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape
Canaveral, FL, 32920</name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</
request></Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>1000 Shorewood Dr, Cape
Canaveral, FL 32920, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Cape Canaveral</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>1000 Shorewood Dr</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32920</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.598021,28.405217,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response></kml>
****
<Response><name>1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920</
name><Status><code>200</code><request>geocode</request></
Status><Placemark id='p1'><address>1000 Shorewood Dr, Cape Canaveral,
FL 32920, USA</address><AddressDetails Accuracy='8'
xmlns='urn:oasis:names:tc:ciq:xsdschema:xAL:
2.0'><Country><CountryNameCode>US</
CountryNameCode><AdministrativeArea><AdministrativeAreaName>FL</
AdministrativeAreaName><Locality><LocalityName>Cape Canaveral</
LocalityName><Thoroughfare><ThoroughfareName>1000 Shorewood Dr</
ThoroughfareName></Thoroughfare><PostalCode><PostalCodeNumber>32920</
PostalCodeNumber></PostalCode></Locality></AdministrativeArea></
Country></AddressDetails><Point><coordinates>-80.598021,28.405217,0</
coordinates></Point></Placemark></Response>
****
  Result Address: 1000 Shorewood Dr, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, USA
  ID: p1
  Latitude: 28.405217
  Longitude: -80.598021
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



On Sep 15, 1:16     
> On 15.09.2008 21:38, altinsel wrote:
>
>
>
> > I'm doing something I would think is very straight-forward but am
> > getting the strangest result.  §    
> > let me know if this is a bug or if I'm doing something I can't see..
>
> > I copied a Google Maps script from Google Maps with Rails and Ajax
> > straight from code.     
> > the XML using rexml.       > > "each" iterator is looping through, but on the second element is
> > giving me info from the first.     
>
> > require 'open-uri'
> > require 'rexml/document'
>
> > # Retrieve geocode information for all records in the Stores table
> > task :google_geocode => :environment do
> > api_key=GOOGLE_MAPS_KEY
>
> > (Store.find :all).each do |store|
>
> > puts "\nStore: #{store.name}"
> > puts "Source Address: #{store.full_address}"
>
> > xml=open("http://maps.google.com/maps/geo?
> > q=#{CGI.escape(store.full_address)}&output=xml&key=#{api_key}").read
> > doc=REXML::Document.new(xml)
>
> > puts "Status: "+doc.elements['//kml/Response/Status/code'].text
>
> > if doc.elements['//kml/Response/Status/code'].text != '200'
> > puts "Unable to parse Google response for #{store.name}"
> > else
> > doc.root.each_element('//Response') do |response|
> > response.each_element('//Placemark') do |place|
> > #there are 2 "Placemarks" in one particular "Response"
> > lng,lat=place.elements['Point/
> > coordinates'].text.split(',')
>
> This seems weird: you search for potential multiple elements but use
> method "text" on the result.        > I'd rather iterate.
>
> > puts "    ۧ
> > address'].text
>
> see above
>
>
>
> > # the address, lat and lng come from the 1st element twice
> > puts "  ĺ  ۧ
> > # .. but the 'id' is correct.
> > puts "   > > puts "  > > end # end each place
> > end # end each response
> > end # end if result == 200
> > end # end each store
> > end # end rake task
>
> > #####
>
> > What I don't understand, is that the XML for each "place" is correct,
> > but the place.elements['//address'] keeps finding the previous
> > iterations information. How can this be?
>
> Hm, weird.      >
> Btw, you can combine searching for //Response and //Placemark in one
> since you do not do anything with "Response".
>
> Kind regards
>
> robert