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Old 01-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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New Big Bend Region AAA map

For inmates who live in or are thinking of visiting the Lone Star State:

My friends in the cartography division at AAA affiliate Automobile Club of Southern California have just added to their catalog of folded paper maps the first edition of "Big Bend Region."

It depicts, with the precision that I long ago came to trust in ACSC maps, the full range of the region's public roads: paved, graded dirt, and what it calls "poor roads" in Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

As always, it includes mileages between junctions, to the tenth of a mile, as well as useful information about the region, which I've not yet visited. It is neither a topographic map, nor one of those maps with the durable coated paper.

The map will be available at ACSC/AAA travel stores throughout Texas, they tell me. FYI: ACSC also includes Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Misssisiissipppii :-), Alabama, southern Illinois and Indiana, northern New England, and the Tidewater region of Virginia. So if you live in one of those areas and are thinking of exploring this part of Texas, inquire locally for the map (free to members; $4.95 to non-members at AAA offices that sell to non-members ... not all do), although they may or may not keep it in stock.

The maps have just been printed, so it may take a short while for AAA travel stores in Texas to get them in stock. ACSC says you can check availability with the AAA office in El Paso, 5867 Mesa Drive, Suite A; (915) 778-9521.

This is not a paid or compensated endorsement, and I do no work for ACSC or AAA. It's just a tip.

BTW ... the copyright at the bottom of the photo below is not related to the map; it's just an automatic thing that Picasa, Google's photo service, does whenever I upload and link to a pic in my web album.


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Old 01-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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Great! I'll be there next week. I'm a first timer, so the map will be handy.

I just checked the AAA site and the map isn't listed. Do you have the location of any Texas AAA Travel Stores near El Paso, or coming in on the 10 from Las Vegas, NV?
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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Ha! Good timing, then. I'm glad this post was helpful to you. I really want to get down there someday ...
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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Great! I'll be there next week. I'm a first timer, so the map will be handy.

I just checked the AAA site and the map isn't listed. Do you have the location of any Texas AAA Travel Stores near El Paso, or coming in on the 10 from Las Vegas, NV?
Your best thing, or next best thing for that area might be topo maps. IIRC, they are avalable just west of Alpine at a trading post. The general store in Terlingua also offers topos, and some cool Mex topos, too.

byways has many good travel guides to many off road areas.
One day, maybe he will hit the Bend.
He has always been helpful to other travelers on this site.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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Lone Rider is correct on his topo point. (I'll let the jury decide the other ... :-) ) I find that I need multiple references, including a "high-elevation" map like ACSC maps, as well as topos and my trusty Benchmarks, when available. I really enjoy paper maps. But heck ... I'm the guy who still uses film cameras.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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You're right about the AAA maps, pretty darn good detail.

I sure like the Death Valley & Indian Country maps they produce.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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OMG, samthg! ACSC's Indian Country Guide Map, which covers the Southwest, is the single most impressive travel map I know of. I just wish they would publish a heavy-duty version. Mine are all torn and worn out. For Death Valley National Park, however, Nat'l Geographic's Trails Illustrated map for the park seems best to me ... tough paper, detailed cartography, topo contours, but of course way more expensive.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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Tony, when you get ready for a Big Bend trip, let me know. I would be pleased to show you what I know of the area and help explore the rest. Just make it before it gets hot, or after the heat is gone. You don't want to be riding there in the Summer!

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #9
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I would like that a lot, Ken. Thank you for the invitation. I almost went down over Christmas break (wife's a teacher), but damn gas adds up, round-trip.
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Mine are all torn and worn out.
Need another?

I have many. I have accumulated many of these, it's sick I know. I probably get to AAA more than I should for a map to somewhere, and I always make sure I get 'another' Indian Country. They're nicely tucked away with my CA Desert & Utah Backcountry Byways guide's. Now I get to go back to AAA for the Big Bend map, and I might as well pick up another IC.

The truth be known, I keep a couple on each bike and a 'few' at home. I have mailed many away to "Inmates" here on ADV that don't have access to AAA. I keep spare maps on the bikes for the same reason, I give'm away. Sharing the love I guess.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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Hmmm. Sounds like a fetish to me.
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Your best thing, or next best thing for that area might be topo maps. IIRC, they are avalable just west of Alpine at a trading post. The general store in Terlingua also offers topos, and some cool Mex topos, too.

byways has many good travel guides to many off road areas.
One day, maybe he will hit the Bend.
He has always been helpful to other travelers on this site.
I have to say that I'm really in map overload. Every time I hit the road, I get a new map. Prior to hittin the road I'm on the computer plotting routes on Delorme Steet, Delorme Topo, Google and plotting POI's and waypoints on ExpertGPS for the upcoming trip. In concert with all of that I visit Adventure Rider and all of the 'You Must Ride' and 'These Are the Worlds Greatest Ride' type websites that I can find.

The point here is that, if I'm not on the road, the next best thing for me is planning to be on the road. So, I gotta get that map.

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..The map will be available at ACSC/AAA travel stores throughout Texas, they tell me. FYI: ACSC also includes Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Misssisiissipppii :-), Alabama, southern Illinois and Indiana, northern New England, and the Tidewater region of Virginia. So if you live in one of those areas and are thinking of exploring this part of Texas, inquire locally for the map (free to members; $4.95 to non-members), although they may or may not keep it in stock.
Byways, thanks for the tip on the Big bend Map. However, I called the local AAA office in Houston and they outright refuse to sell a map to a NON-member.

Is this really a true AAA policy. The $%&^ on the phone wouldn't listen to any reason.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:43 AM   #14
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Heck, I was just passing along what I was told by the main office in Southern California. Lemme check and I'll see what I can find out. $4.95 is listed as the retail price on the map.

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Old 03-06-2013, 05:06 PM   #15
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Availability update

Ok, my friends at Auto Club of Southern California tell me that individual AAA offices each decide for themselves whether to sell to non-AAA members. Apparently not all do. Sorry 'bout that ... It's news to me.
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