Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Maps take up space

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Maps take up space

Old 06-20-21, 02:46 AM
  #1  
TiHabanero
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,501
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1266 Post(s)
Liked 615 Times in 330 Posts
Maps take up space

How much space does a set of Northern Tier maps take up?
TiHabanero is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 04:39 AM
  #2  
staehpj1 
Senior Member
 
staehpj1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 10,216
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 593 Post(s)
Liked 194 Times in 155 Posts
The AC maps are about 3-3/4" x 8-1/4" when folded. The NT has 11 maps. I just checked a stack of 11 AC maps. How thick the stack is will depend on how well you compress them. If you squeeze them tightly you can get them down to 3/4". My well used maps sitting loosely puff up to 1-1'4" or so.

On the TA we mailed maps home when we were done with them so the pack shrunk as we went. If you really wanted to you could have half of them mailed to you at some point along the way, probably not worth it though.
__________________
Check out my profile, articles, and trip journals at:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/staehpj1

Last edited by staehpj1; 06-20-21 at 04:44 AM.
staehpj1 is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 05:27 AM
  #3  
BobG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NH
Posts: 863
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 241 Post(s)
Liked 51 Times in 37 Posts
11 TransAm maps ...

BobG is offline  
Likes For BobG:
Old 06-20-21, 06:02 AM
  #4  
andrewclaus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Golden, CO
Posts: 2,197

Bikes: 2016 Fuji Tread

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
Liked 226 Times in 166 Posts
I mailed the appropriate maps ahead via General Delivery to a small town PO, along with a new chain and other spares. Every few weeks I mailed something back home, like seasonal clothing I didn't need any more, and included used maps. I used this tactic on various long distance hikes in the previous years. POs are also a good place to get cash back from your debit card.
andrewclaus is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 06:17 AM
  #5  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 31,073
Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13764 Post(s)
Liked 6,708 Times in 3,381 Posts
I started with the entire set and would mail them home periodically. I didnít find the entire set took up too much space. If you mail them General Delivery I would choose larger towns. Some of post offices in small towns in places like ND had limited hours. I did a lot of film mailing and receiving.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 06:21 AM
  #6  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,295

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 337 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 48 Times in 41 Posts
I guess I get carried away with maps. 2 years ago we spent 3 months cycling in Europe and I carried almost 3 lbs. of maps!
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 07:24 AM
  #7  
djb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montreal Canada
Posts: 11,705
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2135 Post(s)
Liked 536 Times in 457 Posts
Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
I guess I get carried away with maps. 2 years ago we spent 3 months cycling in Europe and I carried almost 3 lbs. of maps!
the horror, the horror.

but yup, that's a lot of maps. I kept my country specific maps of the countries passing through on one of my trips, and had at least one given to me from my riding partner, but I like paper maps although I certainly didn't have 3 pounds worth!

I guess for this fellows situation, the mailing home thing makes sense.

And I still must really like the holding, sharing, and reliability of a paper map, accompanied with electronic stuff for instant checkups.
djb is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 07:33 AM
  #8  
djb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montreal Canada
Posts: 11,705
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2135 Post(s)
Liked 536 Times in 457 Posts
Hey tihab, I can't recall, have you ever done long trips?
If so, what did you do last time for maps or whatever, daily mapping , directions etc GPS only, phone, power?
djb is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 10:12 AM
  #9  
mev
bicycle tourist
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Posts: 1,897

Bikes: Trek 520, Lightfoot Ranger, Trek 4500

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 291 Post(s)
Liked 87 Times in 66 Posts
On my 2016 trip, I had Adventure Cycling send the last two Southern Tier maps to Socorro, NM "General Delivery" once I figured I was going to parallel that route for a while. I still had a set from 2001 but they were undoubtedly out of date in multiple parts.

I have sometimes mailed maps home and sometimes just given them to cyclists I meet going the other direction.
mev is offline  
Old 06-20-21, 10:28 AM
  #10  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 31,073
Mentioned: 199 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13764 Post(s)
Liked 6,708 Times in 3,381 Posts
Originally Posted by mev View Post
I have sometimes mailed maps home and sometimes just given them to cyclists I meet going the other direction.
Heh. I did that back in 2000. I was doing a combination of the Northern Tier, Great Parks North and South and Trans Am from Seattle to Cortez, CO. Met a German woman in Yellowstone who was winging it. Game her one of my TA maps for west of W. Yellowstone.
indyfabz is offline  
Likes For indyfabz:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.