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Specifically as regards the Motel/Hotels section, I'm curious if there's any particular meaning to be found in the order in which the motels/hotels are listed: it's obviously not alphabetical, but in doing some spot checking I didn't get the impression that they were listed in any order of cost.
made some enquires this morning at the visitor center. if going from east to west you can ask the bridge maintenace guys for a lift across. they are next to the visitor center by the entrance to the old (closed) bridge. If i remember Ill ask them about going in the other direction.
On the WA Parks Map I have (BC-2501-08), there is no Youmans Rd.. I think you mean E. Hoquiam Rd.. Google maps lists it with both names. I rode it last year but darned if I can remember how it is signed. From the Google map view, it looks like it is signed as E. Hoquiam Rd..
As for the ACA maps, each of the routes I'm contemplating has about five different maps and each map costs $60 according to what I saw on the website.
Good job with the zip codes: I honestly had no idea that this is why they were in the ACA maps.
I'm the guy [Bil Paul] who developed and researched the Sierra Cascades route and glad to answer your question about carrying a water filter. Most places, there are enough towns and campgrounds along the way for you to get your water supplied. The places where there aren't that many resupply and piped water points are North Cascades National Park in WA, the area around Mt. St. Helens (Pinchot National Forest) in WA, the area between Mt. Hood and Detroit Lakes in OR, the area south of Lake Isabella (before Techachapi) in southern CA, and perhaps Road S1 south of Julian -- I think it's also called the Sunrise Hwy.
Myself, I always carry a water filter on all tours as a matter of course. I carried one on my last tour along a portion of the Western Express route and never used it once, but still nice to have.
Not sure about the TransAm, but Northern Tier has Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater, Minnesota. It's a three-block stretch of 24% climb. It rises 100 feet over a distance of 700. There is an annual professional cycle race in Stillwater which includes this hill (Nature Valley Grand Prix). The first year, organizers tried to put pedestrian fencing on Chilkoot but it was sliding to the bottom. So this section during the race has a European feel w/o fencing.
ACA may want to consider mapping around Chilkoot.