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Offline handcycle

Transam map updates
« on: January 22, 2009, 05:52:52 pm »
i am riding east to west this June and want to know if the Adventure maps get updated frequently, and if so, when should i purchase my set?

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Transam map updates
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009, 01:59:58 am »
I do not know about the maps, and I have never cycled the Transam. But if and when I ever do another transcon cycling tour, I am seriously considering doing the Transam. ACA maps are useful, but it is requisite to pay attention to the details. That was what I found out on the northern tier in 1987. All that information is not just window dressing. Knowing what is where and when it is available along the route can make quite a bit of difference. As you probably already know, such information may be negligible when traveling by car, but when you are crossing a continent on a bicycle or tricycle, time and distance take on whole new aspects of importance. Locations of food sources, sources of water, bike shops, restaurants, campgrounds, and certain phone numbers and elvations take on new meaning and significance, especially in hilly or mountainous regions where mileage will be reduced, and services are distant and remote to a person traveling under human power. Good luck on your tour. It seems to me  like a very  challenging, almost super human ambition. I cannot imagine doing such a tour by hand, or arm which is probably more accurate.

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Transam map updates
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009, 07:41:24 pm »
While the maps may be updated every 12-18 months, they do have addendum  Go to the routes section of the website (not the forums), look at the route you are interested in, and you will see a link for "addenda".  This is listed by specific map as every new printing is brought up to date.  Due to stores, cafés, motels opening & closing, I always just check about a week in advance to get an idea.  You can also send in a postcard they give you with updates.  Overall, I would say the maps "services" are 95% accurate.  Enjoy the ride!