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Offline ottawapar

T A maps
« on: March 25, 2021, 01:18:53 pm »
What is the latest addition of the TransAmerica route maps and when (if known) will it be updated ?

Offline Westinghouse

Re: T A maps
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2021, 12:15:30 am »
ACA maps are plenty enough. Those and google maps are far more than  sufficient. I used to go on long tours domestic and international. I never saw the use in all this expensive stuff. I went into a library, copied state road maps and hit the road. There was never a problem doing it that way.

I cannot imagine needing anything more than ACA maps. I mean, they have information on just about everything except the true meaning of life in them, and I expect they will have the answer to that some day, too. I was just looking at one, El Paso to Del Rio on the southern tier. It's loaded with anything and everything you need to know for cycling.

Offline BikePacker

Re: T A maps
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2021, 08:04:25 am »
Ottawa - Permit my 'preamble' that I became a tourist, and joyfully remained so over and over, predominately BECAUSE of the existence of 'near to current' NEWLY purchased generally beyond well documented ACA Maps.
I will add to my above, that you are wise to be alert to last hardcopy update of any given ACA Map Section, while at the same time knowing that there are Interim Update Downloads (my terminology - I forget what ACA calls 'em) that are truly effective in keeping each as current as the validity and frequency of data sent back by us tourists to ACA and, then reasonably verified and uploaded by ACA for our access.
However (back to your wisdom and caution) ..... I did experience one time on 300 mile section of a fairly popular ACA section back some time ago that was dangerously out of date. 
I say and mean dangerously because it caused me to incorrectly plan and nearly have a whole lotta problems on 2 occasions because of it. 
I fortunately had access to a secondary map data base and it was my salvation in both case.
My lesson learned: As much as I love ACA Maps and their updating process, ACA is human ....
1. ALWAY PRIMARILY purchase the newest maps from ACA + do the Update downloads before departure.
2. ALWAYS have a SECONDARY map data plan (while without relying on cell phone coverage - internet feeds, not thru cell phone transmission, is what I found best - I am not suggesting a whole secondary set of hard copy maps, necessarily - although, such could well be helpful, subject to how far out on the backside of nowhere we might be finding ourselves : ).
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Offline ottawapar

Re: T A maps
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2021, 11:22:59 am »
What I'm trying to ascertain here, what is the latest year of the last ACA TransAmeica route map ? Reason being, I have no interest in getting a map that is more than two years old. Things change and I'm aware that updates are online but I will just go with the app with the idea that this is current and updated.
So again, if the lot of maps being sold by ACA were printed in 2018 or later I will by the app. This is an ACA forum, does anyone have this information and when do you know when the next updated printing of T A maps will be ?

Offline John Nelson

Re: T A maps
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2021, 12:37:35 pm »
The ACA Store lists the current version of each map. For the TransAm, sections 1-3 are June 2018, section 4 is February 2020, section 5 is April 2018, section 6 is January 2018, section 7 is December 2019, section 8 is September 2019, section 9 is June 2020, section 10 is January 2020, section 11 is June 2019, section 12 is February 2019.

Offline ottawapar

Re: T A maps
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2021, 10:45:20 am »
 Thanks,   :)

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: T A maps
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2021, 08:54:23 am »
Not trying to be argumentative, but there's a lot of things that do not change in two years.  Convenience stores in out of the way places would be the exception, as remote stores, diners, and hotels/B&Bs open and close with some regularity.  But roads don't move much, and new roads generally take a long time to build.  Off the top of my head, I can think of four major re-routes in the last half dozen years on four of the longer ACA routes (some 13,000 miles).  If you download the change notices and print them out, either before you leave or before you get to a new map, you can navigate with some pretty old map sets.

If you're dubbious, you may want to review couple of the change sheets to verify my wild claims.

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: T A maps
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2021, 02:24:42 pm »
ACA maps are plenty enough.

That's all he's asking about. The maps are updated on occasion. He's asking what the lates TranAm version is.

OP: Definitely print out the map addenda and consult them. One year I was following an older Trans Am map version and ended up taking a busy road previously because I had not printed the addendum for that map and thus didn't know that a bike trail had been extended.