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Re: A few photos from China

4 hours 44 min ago
Excellent photos - great tour!

Re: Campsites near Nevers

24 April 2015 - 11:56pm
I think Camping de Nevers was fine but it was a while ago. On google streetview you can just see a group of cycle tourists departing.

http://www.aquadis-loisirs.com/camping-de-nevers/en/

Re: Tour of Brittany

24 April 2015 - 11:46pm
If you're taking a smartphone download an app that uses OpenStreetMap / OpenCycleMap and then download an offline map of Brittany (e.g for Android, I use Locus Pro). Far more accurate and detailed than any paper map, and you can tell exactly where you are (and where you've gone wrong). Keep an IGN or Michelin map as backup in case of rain or flat battery.

Re: 1st tour advice

24 April 2015 - 11:27pm
Two days from Roscoff to Quimper by a fairly direct route is only 35m a day, is that what you plan? It roughly fits with your 12 days back from Bordeaux. If so, I would recommend the islands of Noirmoutier and Re, but the section between Nantes and La Rochelle I found a bit boring otherwise. Also try to take in some of the Nantes-Brest canal on the return trip, particularly around Josselin.
If your first two days is less direct, and you are planning on much more than 35 mpd, then there are all sorts of options but contributors here would need to know your abilities (and hill-climbing aptitude!) to provide useful recommendations.

Re: Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 11:27pm
Best of luck guys, a very interesting twist as well in terms of the reading to reading thing. Out of interest have you guys got a year or even a month in mind in which you'll finish or you just going to see how it goes?

Re: Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 9:16pm
Good luck guys and have a great time. What an adventure!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

24 April 2015 - 6:22pm
Farawayvisions wrote:I posted a blog, Wildcamping, a guide for first timers.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/wildcamping-a-first-timers-guide/

Very good! Another well-versed blog. Thanks for sharing...b

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

24 April 2015 - 5:12pm
Have a look around this site, might be some good info -

http://travellingtwo.com/start-here

Dave

Re: Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 5:09pm
Subscribed via RSS, good luck.

Dave

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 3:34pm
Can't persuade your partner to come and meet you for a weekend can you?
I'm usually fine on the bike when solo myself, but come the evening, I'd rather be at home in my shed, with the wife watching TV indoors .

Campsites near Nevers

24 April 2015 - 3:13pm
Can anybody help me and recommend a campsite, possibly with contact details near Nevers.
This is my 1st tour and I arrive in Nevers by train at 8pm so would like somewhere near.
Then I am cycling along the Eurovelo 6 to Nantes and then the Eurovelo 1 to Roscoff, the end of June and the start of July.

Hope for some help
Ian

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 3:00pm
elioelio wrote:I'm currently in my first week of cycling the east coast UK, and am 5 miles into my day and have no energy whatsoever! I was thinking I must not be eating properly, then I thought it might just be psychological. Although I have spent two weeks prior to this at home, before that I was away for 4 months (two months cycling before breaking my collarbone falling off my bike). I'm torn between really wanting to do this tour, and wanting to be at home with my partner. I feel silly as I'm in a beautiful part of the country, on holiday, completely free but I just feel like I want to go home, back to a 'normal' life and find a job.
Anyone else feel like this? Do you get over it? Maybe I'm just having a couple of bad days, or maybe it really is my bad diet!
Sorry to read you are feeling depressed elioelio having never done it I would be a bit of a charlatan to try and offer you advice so all I can say is just take it easy and chat with your partner as often as you can.
And also take some comfort from knowing that even if you do give up at least you have tried unlike myself and possibly a few others.

Re: Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 1:29pm
Good luck. Sounds like fun.

And, to get in there before everybody else does, have a good Star Wars Day (as in "May the Force Be With You" -> "May the 4th Be With You").

Ian

Re: Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 1:19pm
Sounds ace. Envious. Don't forget to pack some apostrophes.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 1:13pm
elioelio wrote:I'm currently in my first week of cycling the east coast UK, and am 5 miles into my day and have no energy whatsoever! I was thinking I must not be eating properly, then I thought it might just be psychological. Although I have spent two weeks prior to this at home, before that I was away for 4 months (two months cycling before breaking my collarbone falling off my bike). I'm torn between really wanting to do this tour, and wanting to be at home with my partner. I feel silly as I'm in a beautiful part of the country, on holiday, completely free but I just feel like I want to go home, back to a 'normal' life and find a job.
Anyone else feel like this? Do you get over it? Maybe I'm just having a couple of bad days, or maybe it really is my bad diet!

Try haveing a lazy day or 2 where you are? I am of an age when I dont want to be in the saddle all the time, dont have the will or energy any way and it is really nice to feel free to do nothing. It is easy if u have a tent - just have an extended lie in listening to the radio..

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 1:06pm
I have bad days when touring. No energy or enthusiasm. I try to do a short day when I feel like this. Sometimes it passes, sometimes not. Give it a couple more days perhaps, and if you feel the same way, then go home and get a full time job where you do the same thing day in day out. The more tedious the better. You'll soon be in the mood for touring again

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 12:58pm
Solo touring, like any solo holiday, doesn't necessarily suit everyone.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

24 April 2015 - 12:57pm
Do make sure you are eating properly, and particularly at the end of the day. If you are not it will affect your mood as well as your energy levels, and you will get into a cycle of 'depression'. Also, I believe it is quite common for the third or fourth day of a long tour to be bad - lots of the End-to-Enders report this, presumably because the first excitement has worn off and they realise how far they still have to go.

But food=fuel so look hard at how you are managing this. What did you do on your last tour?

The bottom line though is that there is no shame or blame in deciding that you have had enough for the moment, and catching the nearest train home.

Good luck!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

24 April 2015 - 12:40pm
I posted a blog, Wildcamping, a guide for first timers.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/wildcamping-a-first-timers-guide/

Were going around the world!!!

24 April 2015 - 12:31pm
Hey guys,

Next Monday on 4th May my girlfriend and I are going to begin our round the world cycle ride. We can't believe it has come around so quickly and were still buying bits to take with us!!

This is going to be our first long term cycle adventure, our longest trip prior to this was a 7 day trip from Munich to Vienna down the Danube. This will be very different. We plan to cycle from England to Istanbul, then on wards to Azerbaijan then over the Himalayas into China and then down through SE Asia and into Australia. From Australia we will cycle from Darwin to Adelaide then into New Zealand before flying into Chile and work our way back from Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Central America, Mexico and finally the US. We will end our ride in Reading, Pennsylvania.

What a ride. If you want to follow our adventures we have made a blog and it would be great to get some feedback/comments/sponsorship from some like minded cyclists.

Our blog address is www.reading2reading.com

Thanks
Tim & Fin

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