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Offline HikeBikeCook

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Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« on: December 14, 2020, 02:26:04 pm »
Does anyone know if this is still an active project? It seems like the last active updates are from 2018. I know 2020 has been a rough year and I am curious if other people are riding this route and documenting changes or if the ACA has considered taking over stewardship.
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Offline John Nettles

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Re: Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2020, 02:42:40 pm »
I have no idea if the project is still active.  Part of me thinks it is because someone has to pay the website hosting bills.  I have emailed him twice since this came out and have never received a reply.  I would spot check some of the more busy traffic areas to ensure the state traffic counts (AADT) have not increased dramatically.

While I think this would be a nice official addition to ACA, I would be a bit perturb since they have removed other routes due to lack of personnel to update those routes.



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Re: Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2020, 02:45:41 pm »
The website is still online, but a quick online search for Frank does not show any recent activity.
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Offline Nyimbo

Re: Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2020, 03:00:36 pm »
While riding the route I was in daily contact emailing him updates about the route and the campgrounds etc.  He said he was making a commitment to keeping the web site up for 5 years, but if he is still involved in doing updates I don't know.  Super nice guy.

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Re: Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2020, 04:28:17 pm »
Frank actually responded by really quickly by email. The site is still active for now, as I mentioned, but here is Frank's advice:

"...regarding your own plans, I would urge you to download all of the PDF documentation for this route from the website in the near future, because 2021 will probably be the last year that I will be taking on the work and expense of maintaining the website. The route has been ridden and refined by hundreds of cyclists over the past four summers, and thus it is in its final form."

Adventure Cycling Association ran a commercial tour on this route in 2019, and are hoping to do it again in 2021: https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/van-supported-tours/transam-express-westward-van/
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Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Frank Moritz and the TransAm Eastern Express Bike Route
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2020, 03:56:52 pm »
Super nice guy.
Frank filled in fr a time as the leader of our 1999 Northern Tier when the original leader did not "work out." Definitely a great guy.