Ive used ACA maps on two routes and sight seeing doesn't appear to be a big factor. Sometimes they have an alternative route to a city, or somewhere such as the Gila cliffs, but those are optional and rejoin with the original route.
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But I believe you will hook up and share the experience with more riders going east-west. This is from reading several journals and my experience as well.I didn't notice that, but I have only done it W-E. Not sure why that would be the case. I am curious, care to elaborate?
I've know some people for whom more of the pleasure comes from obtaining and having a lot of fancy gear than from making the pedals go round. I don't know how common that is, but having the stuff is what makes them happy. I guess that if it makes them happy there is nothing wrong with that, but it is a shame when folks who are not so inclined get sucked into that mindset.