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General Discussion / Re: Trans Am Trail guidebook
« Last post by John Nelson on October 29, 2014, 10:21:24 pm »
There are two.

"Bicycling Coast to Coast: A Complete Route Guide Virginia to Oregon" is better for the average cyclist who is doing considerable camping, but it is now 18 years old so a number of things in it are out of date. The route itself has changed many times since then, and the restaurants, motels and campgrounds cited may or may not be there. Nevertheless, it's good to read.

"The Complete Handlebar Guide to Bicycling the Transam Virginia to Oregon/Washington" is better for cyclists doing mostly motels. It has less detail about the route itself. It has a 2014 publish date, but I don't know if or how much it has been updated in the new version.

I have both. They are interesting to read, but neither is a suitable substitute for the ACA map set, and neither is probably worth the weight of carrying them along.

You can learn almost as much by reading TransAm journals over at

Note that the abbreviation "TAT" is most commonly associated with the motorcycle coast to coast route. The bicycling route is sometimes abbreviated "TA" or "TransAm".

Fly to Newport News and ship your bike ahead via FedEx or UPS (to Grace Epicopal Church, to a local bike shop, to a Warm Showers host, or to your first-night motel). I used FedEx. Use a free cardboard box from your bike shop rather than your travel case. Throw the box away at the start and get another at the finish. It's only about 9 miles from Newport News to Yorktown, so you could take a cab, hitchhike, walk, or see if your motel or Warm Showers host will pick you up. I had somebody pick me up.
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Classifieds / Re: Pacific Coast Route maps, section 1 and 3
« Last post by zonesystempro on October 29, 2014, 09:14:15 pm »
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General Discussion / Trans Am Trail guidebook
« Last post by AndyT on October 29, 2014, 08:44:24 pm »
Does anyone know if there is a guidebook to the Trans Am Trail, like what "Cycling the Great Divide" is to the GDMBR? I have done a fair amount of searching, but no joy.

Can anyone share their experience getting to the eastern end of the TAT? I am in San Antonio, I can fly Delta to Newport News, but they charge $200 for a bike to travel, plus then I would have to ship my travel case home or to the finish. Southwest flies to Richmond, but that is a long way from the start. Is there a local bike shop that would receive my bike for me? I suppose I could send it to a UPS store or similar, leaves the issue of getting from the airport to the store. Just thinking that people have done all this before, so there must be an easy way.
General Discussion / Re: GDMRB 2015 Casual Ride!
« Last post by Ride4fun on October 29, 2014, 08:03:44 pm »

 I am planning on riding the divide or at least attempting it myself over July and August.  I would be interested in talking to others who plan to go and maybe join others for the ride.

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by John Nettles on October 29, 2014, 07:29:44 pm »
I am not overly familiar with the "snow dates" of the northwestern states so will let others give the dates.  From there, if you add up the various segments (each route has a break down of each segment) between Tampa and say Washington and take that number and divide by 55 (to cover the extra rest days in the NPs), you will get the numbers of days minimum you will have to start.

For instance, say the snow date is September 10th on average.  You would probably want to be out of the Washington mountains by September 1st in case of snow (or be prepared to hunker down in a good tent or motel until it warms back up).  Then say it takes 150 days to get from Tampa to Washington.  That would mean you would need to start approximately April 1st.  However, you then need to balance that out with arriving too early in Canon City, CO (case of the Colorado Rockies).  Not before June 1st for sure, probably more like June 15th.  You will definitely have snow at the passes but they should not be blocked.  It WILL be cold at night.

One thing to consider also is to reverse your route and/or starting from different locations, i.e. start from San Diego, May 15th and go clockwise.  You will just need to play with your speed, route, and weather (can you tolerate 30 degree nights?? to get something you can live with.

Happy Trails.
Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by JMilyko on October 29, 2014, 06:52:30 pm »
Thanks OldDogBC. I recently had contact with the California State Park and they had further information.

The San Onofre BLUFFS Campground in San Onofre SB is closed Oct 1-May 15. However, there is a campground 1.5 mi. off route at San Mateo Campground year around. This is also part of the San Onofre SB. We will clarify this in an addenda and at next reprint of the map.

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by santiago11 on October 29, 2014, 06:31:18 pm »
Hello Mr. Nettles,

I want to thank you very much for your quick response on the routes and insights on the weather, that is something we will most definitely look at. If we do an average of approximately 60 miles per day how much time do you predict it can take? (Considering all the stops you suggested! :D)

Thank again!
Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« Last post by OldDogBC on October 29, 2014, 05:06:21 pm »
Jenn, John, et all,

I rode through San Onofre State Beach this morning and confirmed that the campground is closed for the season. You can still ride through without paying any day use fees.

Routes / Re: Best Recommended Routes
« Last post by John Nettles on October 29, 2014, 03:49:01 pm »
Since it appears this might be your first tour, I would suggest taking the ACA routes.  You can take the Florida Connector to the Atlantic Coast to the TransAm.  Hang a left and go to Missoula.  Connect to the Great Parks North to Glacier National Park then onto the Northern Tier to Anacortes.  If you have time, do a tour around the San Juan islands.  Do the Pacific Coast or the Sierra Cascades (tougher) to where you connect with the Western Express (not going to San Diego).  Connect up with the Grand Canyon Connector (be sure to see Zion & Bryce NPs while in the area) to the Southern Tier.  Once you get to Pensacola, stay near the coast (off the Southern Tier) using Florida's many rail trails when available back to Tampa. 

One thing to seriously look into is the timing.  You are going quite far between Tampa and Seattle and then looping back and you want to be sure you do not get stuck in winter weather somewhere.  You did not say how many miles a day you would do (50-55 miles per day on AVERAGE is reasonable) so difficult to gauge your start date based on late fall weather.  You will need to get a good idea as to your starting date so you are not snowed on in Washington.  Be sure to buffer about 2 weeks in case of a early winter storm.

Enjoy the ride!

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