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Classifieds / Re: FS - Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Map Set
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:18:12 am »
Map set sold.

Classifieds / FS - Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Map Set
« on: August 27, 2019, 11:10:07 am »
Just completed the GDMBR and no longer need the map set. This is a 2018 edition, no markings on any of the sections and they are in great shape. Includes the Canada section. Asking $70 or best offer  which includes shipping to the lower 48 states. Contact Drew @ 203.675.3500 or

Successfully purchased and downloaded the GDMBR GPX file to my Garmin Basecamp and Etrex 20X. I'm not seeing any difference with the north or south bound files. I'm I missing something? I'm assuming turn by turn directions, but I don't think is is an option with Basecamp or Etrex 20x.



Connecting ACA Routes / Re: NYC to Ohio and beyond
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:08:18 pm »
I did the TransAmerica Trail (TA) west to east last year and decided to pedal to CT when I was in KY rather than finish at VA.
You can read the details at
Having used the Adventure Cycling maps, which I valued from Astoria, OR to KY, it was a big change to revert to road maps from AAA. After thousands of miles, I now had the confidence to make my own route. I did enjoy blazing my own trail from, KY through OH, WV, PA, NJ etc. I did follow the PA - route S for the entire length which very nice but difficult to follow at times. My final route from NJ to NYC was an interesting route.

Happy trails.

General Discussion / Re: training for trans am westward
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:43:30 pm »
Agreed with all above  responses. Most important would the bum conditioning. The only way to get there are multi day rides. Good luck.

Completed the TA west to east solo in 2016. My experience was a good mix of solo riding, which I enjoyed and joining up with other riders. The percentage was about 75% solo and 25% company. I could have spent additional time with riders if I willing to alter my travel plans. This include daily distance, speed of riding and departure time etc. if you are flexible, it would have been easy to spend more time with fellow riders. The TA lends itself to ride with others.
I did enjoy and would look forward to meeting up with fellow riders and have a conversation. This included gas stations, resturants, camp sites etc. being new at touring, I was able to learn quite abit.
Depending on your personality, I enjoy spending time alone as well with the company of others.

General Discussion / Re: What's an 'average' day?
« on: October 02, 2015, 07:17:57 pm »
Lots of good info given on this posts. Where to eat (did not carry cooking equip) and sleep add or subtract to your daily mileage. I often spent time at the end of the day on these items where I could have been riding.
I did the TA this summer averaging 89 miles per day for 50 days with no rest days. I rode sole so not  too many side trips. I could/should have spent 3/4 days on side trips in hind-site.
I camped every night so I carried a full load, on the lite side.
I had some big days, 125+ and some shorter days, 50-65 miles due to where to find food and services on the TA
Enjoy your trip!

Urban Cycling / Re: Advice for New York city
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:12:29 pm »
Hi Andrew - That's the same area I came from. In PA I took Route S from Wheeling, WV to Washington Crossing, PA. This runs the full length of PA. There is info Penn dept of transportation. The route is marked out but you have to pay attention to the turns. Lancaster was a real treat, special area.

Urban Cycling / Re: Advice for New York city
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:03:33 pm »
I just completed the TA west to east. I came across Washington Crossing, PA, into NJ. A nice area to check out George Washington Museum. Stayed the night near the bridge, there's a park where I stealth camped. From there I took the rail trail which gets you to Trenton, from there across northern NJ to Asbury Park. I checked out the area, visited The Stone Pony and then went to Atlantic Highlands, 7-8 miles north to take the high speed ferry ( around $35) Midtown Manhattan on the Eastside. The is a bike path right off the ferry.

Good luck with your adventure.


General Discussion / Re: Transam - Van Supported
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:10:32 pm »
Yes. Solo self contained. I did not cook but carried food.

General Discussion / Re: Transam - Van Supported
« on: August 12, 2015, 05:25:01 pm »
No question you can do it if you have the desire. I just completed the tour, west to east and met a 61 year old women who walked into a Walmart and bought a Schwinn for a TA ride. I met her in KS and was making great progress. Go for it.


Just completed the TransAm - June 10, w to e using a 45 degree bag. I also carried a fleece liner which both packed well. I never used in combination but valued the liner on warm evenings. More importantly was having the nice wool cap for your head and wool socks for your feet on the cold nights. Never had to put on additional clothes.

General Discussion / Re: Should I pack an Air Pillow
« on: August 04, 2015, 12:07:51 pm »
Funny how things have a way of working out. I just completed my TransAm ride this week. I started with an REI air pillow as my one luxury item. It took several days, but I found just the right amount of air for max. comfort. Somewhere in Wyoming, a lost my pillow, they do pack up really small. Not having access to a store to replace I reverted to the stuff sack with a fleece jacket ...... how longed for my air pillow.
I still have an APB out for an air pillow in Wyoming. I will be replacing.

Another trail angel strikes! Good news.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica bike tour- travel East or West?
« on: August 04, 2015, 11:58:10 am »
I just completed the w to e route. Met tons of cyclist in both directions. As for direction, it really doesn't matter. Like someone mentioned earlier, I liked the idea of pedaling toward home. Living on the east coast. Being familiar with the eastern part of the ride, the northwest was very exciting for me. I think the buildup to the northwest would have been nice heading west. If you are undecided, flip a coin.


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