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You mention the "Bike Travel Association." I've never heard of this organization.
You list the distance of the TransAm as 4275. I guess it might have been that when you rode, but the ACA currently lists the distance as 4228.
Not sure how the 200 waypoint limitation comes into play.
We do not recommend using the service points on the Edge 1000 yet. We have found the following limitations:
The device can only store 200 waypoints at any one time, regardless of where the file is stored. In a majority of cases, that will be enough for one section only. As you travel from one section to the next, you will need to remove old points before adding new ones.
Deleting and replacing points is very difficult. We have found only 1 way to do this:
Manually deleting points one at a time on the device
Consider viewing service points using your mobile device. It offers larger screen, quick browsing, higher capacity for all points along a route, and more details about each point.
If you still want to use the service points on your Edge device accounting for the limitations, see the FAQ on this subject for more information.
I wouldn't recommend it in the fall. I've just rode from Seattle to San Fransisco this Sept/October. The weather was a challenge, headwinds and rain much of the way in Oregon and California. I got as far as Gualala and caught a buses to SFO rather than battle more rain and headwinds on narrow shoulderless roads.
Just FYI, this question came up in the context of discussions I was having with our Oregon DOT Bike & Ped program manager and the Central Oregon DOT regional active transportation liaison about USBRS 76 adoption in Oregon (I didn't sense a lot of interest). This does raise an interesting question of how ACA changes to the TransAm route would impact USBRS 76 routes that were adopted and signed (sorry for the thread drift).
See Adventure Cycling's kind of recent and excellent article titled something like "the drive train dilemma" for details.
There are not enough good things to be said about the AC maps. Post offices,, food, camping spots you would never find yourself, bike shops, regional lore to catch up on at night, and on and on.Very true.
But do check the addenda. Before today I've rode 20 miles for breakfast to find a restaurant was out of business near Chemult OR. It was in the addenda as closed but I didn't check. A couple of times places have not been shown as closed in the addenda (a motel in Erie PA, a bike shop in Port Orford OR) and they were in fact closed, so if they appear to be the only show in town give them a ring to make sure they are still operating. And do submit an addendum if you find such a place.