Reviewed By: A customer from Anacortes, WA on 10/6/12
The main reason I buy AC maps is for all the good information regarding camping, motels, etc. Secondary is the route. After using many of AC maps I find a similar approach in all of them. They are not geared so much for the experienced cyclists who do 60 to 80 miles per day as they are for folks who may 1) not be comfortable with higher traffic routes and 2) those that want to meander. Invariably we use your routes to some extent but if we can find a more direct route with good shoulders and are comfortable with the traffic, we will take that route. This last trip around the Olympic Peninsula was no different. The specific part of the map which we did not follow was from Humptulips to Montesano. It had few if any services for 30 or so miles. The route we chose was to stay on 101 to Aberdeen/Hoquiam and take Hiway 12 to Montesano. It was a beautiful ride with fabulous shoulders and better yet, no up and down grades that exceed grades on higher traffic roads. That is another downside to AC maps. If there is a hilly route and a less hilly route, AC goes the hilly option. Again, great for getting off the beaten path but hard on cycling tourists who have had a long day in the saddle and dread yet another 7% grade ahead. I'll continue to buy AC maps for the abundance of information and rely on my own analysis and conversations with locals to determine the best route for my state of mind, abilities and goals for the day. Thanks for asking.