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Re: My second tour (I made it)

5 September 2014 - 12:58pm
Well done, but come back without the trailer and do the hills from Bagillt to Gronant. You know you want to.

That sign is very true; I've been past it many times and not read it. Still don't want a caravan there.

Re: New European Cycling Website

5 September 2014 - 10:28am
I met my wife in the Vulcan.
she was (and still is) a good catholic girl.

Vulcan is no more, it is now a car park.

Re: New European Cycling Website

5 September 2014 - 9:56am
Sweep wrote:I bought the book in the end and can thoroughly recommend it - interesting and also very often funny without straining for effect.

Thanks for the kind words.

Sweep wrote:Such wit, wisdom and soulfulness must of course be entirely due to your northern/Blackburn roots.


Re: My second tour (I made it)

5 September 2014 - 9:49am
Well done, I hope this is the first of many happy tours

Re: Tain or coach from Girona airport to Figueras

5 September 2014 - 8:44am
Thanks a lot for that. It gives some reassurance. Hopefully we can get on a coach from the airport to Girona.

Re: New European Cycling Website

5 September 2014 - 7:53am
Yes, I forgot to say that I pretty much agree with your take on British drivers though they are not all bad by any means.

You forgot to mention the Ribble Valley as a pocket of loveliness - no distance from Blackburn and pretty much adjacent to Bowland so all in all rather more than a pocket.

I bought the book in the end and can thoroughly recommend it - interesting and also very often funny without straining for effect.

Such wit, wisdom and soulfulness must of course be entirely due to your northern/Blackburn roots.

It's a long time since I've been but I should also say that we think exactly alike about Vienna - yes it's grand, you feel you should be impressed but there's something cold about it you can't quite put your finger on. And I can't remember thinking this about anywhere else I've been. My only theory is that it's some sort of high/petit bourgeois influence from a coterie of folks who don't want to yet accept that, a century later, the Austro Hungarian empire is gone. But they keep going through the sophisticated motions. But in truth I don't really know.

Re: Tain or coach from Girona airport to Figueras

5 September 2014 - 12:07am
There is station at Vilajuiga, one stop after Figueres. The RENFE timetable states that on Saturday 13th September there is a Regional service from Girona at 16:48, 18:48 and 20:54. The journey time is 47 mins and the fare is 4.90 euros. From there you can cycle on a direct road GI-610 to Roses (11.6 kms). SARFA run a bus service from Figueres to Roses at 15:30, 17:00, 20:30. However you have to get to Figueres so I would use the train above. There should be no problem with your bikes on the train.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

4 September 2014 - 10:32pm
Prompted by this and a couple of other topics, I've started a topic on equipment lists. Hope it's useful. viewtopic.php?f=42&t=90160&p=818392#p818392

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

4 September 2014 - 10:31pm
Prompted by this and a couple of other topics, I've started a topic on equipment lists. Hope it's useful. viewtopic.php?f=42&t=90160&p=818392#p818392

Re: My second tour (I made it)

4 September 2014 - 10:20pm
Well done, the first of many tours I hope.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

4 September 2014 - 10:19pm
Farawayvisions wrote:Well done you.
I'm so glad you've ditched the lucozade. How are you finding the water?

The water was fine, I did what someone recommended in the other thread and took small sips instead of gulping loads down.

I did have a bottle of Coke one day as it was that hot, I needed something ice cold

Dave

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

4 September 2014 - 9:49pm
Hi there, we did the Lon Las Cymru about a month ago, starting at Holyhead, and finishing in Chepstow.
I can't remember all the sites we stayed at, but 2 that really stand out are as follows.

Tan-Y-Fron caravan and camping park at Dolgellau. This is a couple of hundred metres off the route. £15 per night, for 2 people. Washing facilities, good showers and loos.

Dol Llys Farm Caravan and Camping, at Llanidloes. This was by far the best campsite we encountered. £7 per person per night. Great facilities, lovely spacious shower rooms, and the real bonus, a huge kitchen room with 2 microwaves, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, well almost everything really! And plenty of power points to charge phones etc, and also seating and tables.

Whichever route you take, the scenery is spectacular, and I'm sure you will have a real adventure, and something you will remember for a long time.

Good luck, and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Re: Whats wrong with Portugal?

4 September 2014 - 8:01pm
ConRAD wrote:Try looking at my Portugal, if you need gpx tracks just let me know.
Tried to look at this. Nice pictures but unfortunately it's not in English.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

4 September 2014 - 7:23pm
Well done you.
I'm so glad you've ditched the lucozade. How are you finding the water?

Re: Thank you to the forum

4 September 2014 - 7:20pm
Looks idyllic.

Re: Trans Penine Trail

4 September 2014 - 5:17pm
East of Penistone, the trail splits into a northerly and southern route. I guess you're taking the northern route. Just after you take the branch after Oxspring, there's a section that can barely be ridden on any sort of bike. It's an old stony pack horse path up the side of a hill.

Actually, just checking Google cycle trails, there may be an alternative by road up Bower Hill.

Re: Tain or coach from Girona airport to Figueras

4 September 2014 - 5:14pm
Sorry I can't help with specifics about bikes on train or bus, I have done the journey a couple of times and must just say that the Salvadore Dali museum in Figures is amazing and a 'must'.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

4 September 2014 - 3:55pm
Bicycler wrote:Congratulations

Your turn Vantage

Ha Ha!
It's looking to be mid October for my 2nd attempt. With any luck, no-one will make any plans that include me till then.

Re: Trans Penine Trail

4 September 2014 - 3:51pm
I haven't done it, but I imagine that bit's going to be the worst as it's crossing the Peak District...

Re: Trans Penine Trail

4 September 2014 - 3:50pm
There is a diversion in place in Widnes because of the new bridge being built, it will be in place for about 3 years.

It is well sign posted but parts are on roads.

Dave

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