|Hema Motorcycle Atlas 6th Edition|
In the modern day that we now live in some people might think why do I need a motorcycle atlas which is big and bulky and hard to carry on a bike, when I can just have a GPS instead. Well you may be right but a GPS doesn't show you where the best roads are, nor does it tell you good places to stay, eat and fuel up. The motorcycle atlas has a short story with each ride with photo's and vivid descriptions from Author Peter 'The Bear' Thoeming. I was a little unsure about the 2 book format but I after thinking about it a little bit I can see the point in it. Rather than carry a thick book around there is one book for the Maps and the other book is for the detailed road information and planning. You use one book to plan your route and then just take the map book on the bike. They come in a clear plastic cover so you can just put both in if required.
|Putty Rd Madness|
There is a mountain of information in this book which must have taken a few years to piece it all together however I did notice one small gaff, on the Wee Jasper Road Peter trumpets that' There is fuel and country style food at the friendly store in Wee Jasper, but that's the only thing approaching services on this road'. Well looks like Pete hasn't been on this road in a few years as we stayed at the pub 2 years ago and the general store had been closed more than 12 months then, so there's no food or fuel here except pub food of course. I suppose you couldn't ride all of these roads within a couple of years so some info could be a little old, but still some of the more popular roads have very up to date info on them. Maybe Pete should read my blog!
All in all its a pretty good read and should be on every motorcyclists must have route touring planner shopping list. The atlas is broken up state by state, showing great rides in each state with descriptions, pictures and map references. There's a distance calculator at the start of each state. Very easy to read and follow. The maps show all capital cities and country areas with the top 200 rides highlighted to make them easy to see.
I was contacted some time ago by Natalie Wilson the publishing manager from Hema, who wanted to use some of my photo's for the atlas to which I agreed and she organised to send me a complimentary copy. My photo's appear on the Bells Line, Oxley Highway and the Putty Road. Thanks Natalie. The mighty R1 now features in the Hema maps book!!!!!
If you're in the market for a good motorcycle tour planning book then you can't go wrong with this.