- Map: 2 pages
- Publisher: Adventure Cycling Assoc.; 2 edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0935108386
- ISBN-13: 978-0935108385
- Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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Bicycle Touring Map: Pacific Coast Section 4 Map – Folded Map, October 1, 2008
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I'm from CA, and I can say that driving a car and a bike are two different things with regard to how one progresses. With a car, you can't drive on a bike path. With a bike, you can't (usually) drive on a freeway. However, in this journey, I did ride alongside the freeway legally and other times had to ride the bike trails and such. The map along with local assistance will get you there 95% of the time.
The FIRST thing to always notice BEFORE you buy the map is its publish date. An old map won't do
you any good. My map edition was year 2012 for the Section 4 map and year 2011 for the Section 5 map. The current year is 2014. Get the gist ? The Association does publish updates on its website as reported by bike riders that you need to print out and take with you.
The SECOND thing you need to do is to actually study the map for an hour or more BEFORE you ride because these maps are broken up into small sections and are not printed with N on top, for example, so you have to first get used to reading a map without N as the top most part of the area you are looking at. And the text alongside each map is sometimes cryptic and hard to understand. So, read over the whole map before you ride and understand its method of use. Its not as easy as reading a gps or an auto map. And the updates then have to be incorporated into your thinking.
I found that I HAD to ask locals for help as the map did not always convey understandable logistics due to space limitations on the text descriptions. Those situations were almost always when I hit an urban area where multiple bike trails went different directions, for example, and the map was just describing "follow the bike trail."
I only came across one direction that I totally disliked. The map took me directly across the University of California, Santa Barbara, college campus. It was interesting to see. BUT I would NOT want to ride through there during active class sessions! Had school been in operation when I went through, I probably would have had to have walked to avoid all the people on foot. Its a tour that is best done outside of school hours or not at all.
Final note. A Garmin GPS or other branded gps will not get you to your destination as its not programmed that I know of for bike trails and the maps do direct you through bike trails here and there. I used a CatEye just to pace my milage as I knew how many miles I had to do each day. However, if you get confused, a gps would be helpful in certain situations. Just take that baby off when you lock your bike for lunch!