Yep it is easier to pay up and go on an APC rally. I have and it was well organized and fun, with some back up if things went wrong. However Homer doesn't have GPS tracks in my area and we probably can put a better ride in my area than he can. Similarly every contibutor to TAUT probably knows their local area pretty well and it happy to share their knowledge with others. To get the benefit of the tracks listed on TAUT hit the search button and then select the State and region of the state you are interested in researching. If you tick the track you want to look at most of them come up on the map. You can then see if you can link them up and use them for your trip. Once you have downloaded to your computer onto Basecamp ( free from Garmin) you can alter the route if you want then load it onto your own GPS unit. You can't beat the price of this service: free! Homer quite rightly charges a fee to compensate him for his time , talent and training!