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Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

25 February 2015 - 8:31pm
I have a thing about islands, have toured Iceland/Shetland/Orkney (and most of the islands off the North West coast of Scotland), so Faroe looked like a fun place to go (I also like ferries!). Still very early stages of planning. Pity you can't get a ferry from the UK...

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

25 February 2015 - 8:05pm
The Faroes are of course small but most of the islands are now connected by road. There are definitely some amazing scenic routes and I think 1 week of riding would see you cover most of the important bits. The weather is unpredictable and it is generally quite hilly so I would build a bit of flexibility into the schedule.



I would try to combine the riding with other sight seeing, hiking and possibly boat trips around the bird cliffs.



A lot of people combine a trip to the Faroes with a trip to Iceland as there is a ferry to Iceland from Torshavn.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

25 February 2015 - 7:51pm
I'm sure you will love it

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

25 February 2015 - 7:48pm
Forgive my ignorance, is there much riding to be done on the Faroes?

Re: USA Tour

25 February 2015 - 7:29pm
Many thanks for all info

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

25 February 2015 - 7:10pm
I'll start by saying that I have a conflict of interest as I am originally from the Faroe Islands

Hopefully someone else might be able to help you with some specific advice but I can try to give you some.

The main ferry to the Faroe Islands goes from Hirtshals in Denmark and from Iceland (http://www.smyrilline.com/). Unfortunately the Harwich-Esbjerg ferry stopped running last year which means you cant get to Denmark to get onto the Faroe Islands ferry. I guess the alternative would be to go by ferry/train via the Netherlands to Hirtshals and shouldn't be too bad.

An alternative that I have used is to ship things ahead using these guys (http://eimskip.is/fo/Pages/default.aspx). They have a cargo ship sailing from Grimsby and might be able to help you out. I once got a motorbike shipped and they let me ride it onto the cargo ship and secure it. I then flew to the Faroe Islands and collected the bike at their warehouse.

Anyway, I am more than happy to help you out if you want advice or any other help on your trip. I might be able to sort you out some accommodation if you need it.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 February 2015 - 6:54pm
Deevoy88 wrote:simonhill wrote:I don't understand this post. It says tour in the New Forest for two weeks. For me touring is essentially about moving on.

I would have thought you would need far less time 'to tour' the NF.



Isle of Wight is good for a few days, but that stil leaves plenty of time to continue the tour. Are you moving on or looking for a static base?

Hi
Yes i do agree that two weeks is a long time for the new forest however this would be my first tour after being hit by a lorry two years ago. I have a artificial knee, 4 fused vertebrae in my back and also metal holding my right arm together from wrist to elbow. I am in no hurry trust me
I will be starting in Ashurst and "moving on" from there. If i do run out of miles then the I.O.W would be a option for me.

Hey! Respect for being back on the saddle. Enjoy your tour. Have you got a back up plan/escape route in case the aches and pains kick in?

Re: New Forest Tour

25 February 2015 - 6:01pm
simonhill wrote:I don't understand this post. It says tour in the New Forest for two weeks. For me touring is essentially about moving on.

I would have thought you would need far less time 'to tour' the NF.



Isle of Wight is good for a few days, but that stil leaves plenty of time to continue the tour. Are you moving on or looking for a static base?

Hi
Yes i do agree that two weeks is a long time for the new forest however this would be my first tour after being hit by a lorry two years ago. I have a artificial knee, 4 fused vertebrae in my back and also metal holding my right arm together from wrist to elbow. I am in no hurry trust me
I will be starting in Ashurst and "moving on" from there. If i do run out of miles then the I.O.W would be a option for me.

Re: Flying with German Wings

25 February 2015 - 5:58pm
Suggest you speak to the airline to confirm their requirements.

Do you need to go to Koln? If you are headed there for a rail head or booked accommodation that's one thing but you can get a bus from the airport to Bonn Hauptbahnhof quite cheaply, an altogether more pleasant experience with a bike, they run @ every 15 mins, the coach into Koln is less bike friendly! Any cycle route from the airport into Koln will not be very pleasant taking you through lots of industry and if you are heading to the centre, a very traffic busy and less than bike friendly environment. Central Koln really isn't somewhere to take a bike unless you need to.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

25 February 2015 - 5:52pm
Ordered the Genesis Tour de Fer 2015 Touring Bike, looking forward to trying it out even though I have to wait until March 16th.

Been told by EBC that I can try out the Croix de Fer for sizing, but from what I understand the TDF has had some fairly fundamental updates from the CDF so not sure if there's much point in that.

I just want to get going, looking for a bike takes ages!

Re: North Germany to Berlin

25 February 2015 - 5:49pm
Thanks

The plan is to be on D2 from Luebeck - stay in the Youth Hostel at Warnemuende - and then go southto catch up with the D11 South of Rostock.

Lokking atthe map it seems to be a bit unclear how this bit is done. The map seems to show D11 as being the ferry from Denmark.

butthere also seems to be a cycle way to the West of Rostock from the YH to the centre of Rostock where it looks as if we can pick up D11

Hope this avoids ther oad you were talking about.

Maybe it would be better to take the train to Rostock HBf from Warnemuende - and pick up the D11 from there.

Anyone got any precise details please ?

Thanks

David

Re: North Germany to Berlin

25 February 2015 - 5:44pm
If you get the chance, the brewery in Wismar is very good for food and of course brewed in the building beer!

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 4:50pm
Thanks Whoof, I'll take a look at that over the weekend. I went along the edge of the spectacular Verdon Gorge many years ago, so I may try to build that in. I suppose I'll build a list of attractive places then find attractive roads to link them.

faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there fro

25 February 2015 - 3:59pm
Hi,
I've been toying with a visit to the Faroe Islands, but getting there with a fully loaded touring bike looks like it might be a bit of an adventure in itself! Has anyone made this trip from the UK recently? What route did you go? How was it? Don't really fancy flying with a bike so would rather avoid planes if possible!

Thanks

Andy

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

25 February 2015 - 3:57pm
mjr is quite right (and my memory was faulty: apologies). No time restrictions -- but there is a permanent restriction on bikes at Brussels Central, Brussels Chapelle and Brussels Congrès (Brussels Midi and Nord are fine).

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

25 February 2015 - 3:46pm
What he ^ said.

I got totally lost one time (or exploring by random happenstance?) & ended up cycling off road past a castle on a sea-cliff. Was rocky as all hell but my 700x28's were fine, apart from when I had to get off & hump the bike over a boulder field. But 26" tires wouldn't have made a difference in that case.

Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

25 February 2015 - 3:08pm
There is no mention of any time restriction on http://www.belgianrail.be/en/travel-tic ... e-day.aspx but the website precautions page does encourage you to travel off-peak.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 2:01pm
There's also some great stuff to see to the West of Orange. We did a circular tour from Avignon a few years back that went through Orange and over the Ventoux. We then headed for Vaison La Romaine and West to Pont D'Arc and Pont du Gard. Guarde

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

25 February 2015 - 11:38am
Tangled Metal wrote:Last year saw us ride PD bridleways with trailer and child seat options for our lad. White Dales area near high peak trail. Used mtb style hybrid and she had a mtb. Rocky trail, would the rb Expedition be needed or would you get by with a 700c tourer? Are thin mtb tyres that much stronger on these small wheel tourers?
I've ridden a road bike with 700 X 28 tyres on rocky off road trails. It just requires a little more care than with a mountain bike, tourer, or hybrid. I can't imagine any place that one could ride with a child where a tourer with at least 32 mm tyres wouldn't be appropriate.

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

25 February 2015 - 9:08am
Oh, and I don't want to include the high alpine passes, eg Cayolle, Bonnette. I've done them before and much though I love them I am conscious that my daughter will not see the funny side.

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