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Gear Talk / Re: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:51:42 pm »
thankyou everyone for your responses - a very helpful bunch of people. whatever happens, it sounds like i will find some roads suitable for riding upon with relative ease!
I will follow up on the many excellent suggestions, and look forward to time spent at the reference library looking at maps.


Gear Talk / Re: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 23, 2012, 09:33:11 pm »
Thanks everyone - maybe i have been naive. I am from the UK originally, and have little knowledge of the US road systems (moved to canada a year ago & never ridden in the US). For me i am looking for the smallest roads i guess because our population density is higher (UK), and therefor the volume of traffic on the roads higher too.

judging by your responses, i am guessing i dont need to find these "tiny" roads!! can you instead advise me - what class of road should i look for. (back home we have "a" roads and "b" roads, b's generally being the ones you would want to ride on...).

thanks for your suggestions so far.

Gear Talk / Re: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:41:21 am »
ok, maybe i shouldn't have said all the roads!! but here, i have paper maps of, for example, eastern Ontario and it shows pretty much most things - certainly to a scale where there are very few cars.

these maps are paper, fold out style, and not in a book so very easy to carry.

do they exist for the US states mentioned? then i can be selective, and carry only "south western South Dakota" for example.

not GPS - battery life, time between charges, miss the opportunity to go the wrong way and meet some great people for example?

i would also consider taking my own atlas of the route - ie. take apart the Benchmark maps and build a new one. do Benchmark maps show a suitable scale to ride on (I have never ridden in the US, so don't know).

Thanks for your reply.

Gear Talk / Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:36:00 pm »
Hi all,

I just had a quick look on amazon and came up with Benchmark Maps & Atlases. look good...but what do you use?

now, i want a map that shows all roads. right down to the very minor or the dirt / gravel. (I will be riding across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota/ back here in Ontario, Canada).

where i can, i will be following Adventure Cycling maps. but i want some excellent "off the highway" experiences.
I will be using paper maps, not GPS!

What can you recommend??

Many thanks,

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:09:39 am »
Hey, thanks for that.
I was at Grand Canyon Village this past February - it was blooming' cold thats for sure. But it did make me want to do a hike there so pushing back a little may have to be an option.
riding through yosemite is important too, is that pass road the only way??
Thanks for that route too, looks great, ill have a better look in detail.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 19, 2011, 09:30:12 pm »
Hi, first post here. (cycle tourist from england, now living in Canada).

I understand that the pacific coast route should be tackled from north to south...but i am in a predicament, i would be able to start the ride in april. too cold to start in the north, and what looks like perfect temps to start in the south.
I am not considering following "the pacific coast route" to the letter...more like this:
my idea is to start in phoenix at the moment, first stop grand canyon, and so on.

are the winds not so bad further in land, amongst the hillier roads?

thanks for your time/knowledge.

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