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General Discussion / Re: Trans Am Trail guidebook
« on: October 30, 2014, 01:50:50 pm »
I ordered the handlebar guide on Amazon, just because it is a more recent book, so we'll see how I like that. Thanks for all the advice. Obviously, I am planning way ahead, but it sounds like the thing to do is ship my bike ahead, and fly into Newport News.

General Discussion / Re: Trans Am Trail guidebook
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:43:34 am »
I am curious what utility you want from the book.  I found the AC maps had all the detail I wanted when I did the TA, the PC, and the ST.

I carried the Cycling the Divide book when I did that route, and liked the route descriptions, so I could read in my tent about what was coming up the next day. I didn't use it for navigation, I used the ACA maps, but it had some useful info on distances between services and interesting things on the route. Probably not as important on the TransAm, where it looks like you can reach civilization every day, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a good publication.

General Discussion / Trans Am Trail guidebook
« 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.

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