Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Diego
Bikes: IF steel deluxe 29er tourer
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The ACA GDMBR maps have the same sorts of disclaimers, but there are several journals on CGOAB of people who have successfully done that route solo - some IMHO very poorly prepared. OTOH, people always seem to be falling off their bikes and if you are unfortunate enough to seriously injure yourself in the middle of nowhere, well, SPOT seems like a cheap insurance policy even at $150 for the (better) unit plus $100 annual subscription.
It would be nice to have GPS and texting capabilities too, but not at any price. I mean, deep in the recesses of drawers all over my house I have Palm Pilots from the '90s, diving computers, cell phones the size of bricks - yada yada - that cost a ton of money when new, that are now toxic electronic waste. Best to wait until prices come down.