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Atlanta to Savannah: A Cyclist's Guidebook Paperback – November 5, 2014
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More specifically, I would say the following:
1. Over the years I have used thousands of miles of cycling cue sheets, and with that collective experience comparatively in mind with Mr. Shirey's presentation layout, the book appears to me to provide the highest of quality detail/accuracy and clarity.
2. He offers Georgia human history, as well as, even a little natural history along the route to enhance the enjoyment of the ride.
3. The book is practical in that it divides the rides into 6 days so that cyclists can approach the treks in sections (with no single day being greater than 68 miles < my kind of 'self-contained' daily distance whereby one can enjoy the towns, the people and the sites along the way ! :- ).
4. Eddie Shirey reminds the reader to adquately and carefully prepare, physically and equipment-wise, for bicycle tours of this type. It is understandably beyond the scope of this book to address 'preparation' in any depth - one that is new to bikepacking will need to reference other sources.
5. The author has developed web based ancillary data, of several different categories, including GPS, ascent, decent, etc., and associated links. With "Atlanta to Savannah" having been released only last month, Nov. 2014, my hope is that, over time, Mr. Shirey will enable growth to his website that will show updates to the routes (i.e./e.g., business closings/opening, minor route changes, etc.).
The book begins with some generalities about GA weather, pests, tracking devices, culture, and the like. Then a rather lengthy section on GA history follows that goes back to the time of Desoto, a Spanish conqueror. The last two sections are the detailed daily routes of the two paths. Included are digressions on various points of interest.
Somehow the author makes the book seem overly tedious. The history section is mostly unneeded. And there is almost a complete absence of maps. Why not substitute the details of the Spanish occupation with 30 pages of maps for various sections of the routes. Also, who wants to camp in the South in the summer? The author would have served the cycling community better by planning his routes around motels and access to restaurants. Generally the book is a little disappointing. A person could take this book and with a lot of work come up with a better bike ride to Savannah,