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Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:40pm
What that timetable shows is that there are 2 buses a day. At Bognes, the route splits, and you can choose to proceed either to Narvik or to Sortland same day. There are 4 buses a day from Sortland to Andenes, but since the evening bus from Fauske to Sortland arrives at nearly midnight, which is the one you'll be using if you want to travel same day you arrive at Fauske, you will have to stay overnight to proceed to Andenes. If you stay overnight at Fauske instead, you can travel from there to Andenes in one day.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:13pm
Am I right in understanding that at this time of year there is only one bus a day at 16:20 and you can only get as far as sortland and can only continue at 21:15 the next day?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:10pm
Thank you very much, im probably going to ask in Trondheim tourist information tomorrow as well.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 5:34pm
The bus timetable is at http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 23-720.htm

However.... If you can, I suggest ringing them on 177 because during the summer holiday season, the buses don't always run to the timetable, despite the dates on the timetable linked above.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

23 July 2015 - 5:29pm
I saw a Dutch lady go head first into the canal along with her bike after she hit an (unseen) tree root

Was the bike ok?

Re: Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

23 July 2015 - 5:29pm
Its not a nice ride to Honfleur, but Honfleur itself is nice. Pont de Normandie is horrid. If it were me I would go to Pegasus Bridge then Courseilles, Aromanches, Bayeux to see the tapestry then back to the coast to see the invasion beaches museums and cemeterys, Carentan, up past Utah, St Mere Eglise, St Vaast for a gourmet seafood fest and back via Cherbourg. But.. You may not want to see all that. Havent done their route.

Al

Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

23 July 2015 - 3:53pm
Hi

Anybody used the Brittany ferries Caen cycle tour route(BF website)?.

Ouistreham
Honfleur
Pont Audemer
Beaumont le Roger
Rugles
Gace
Falaise
Mezidon Canon
Beuvron en Auge
198 miles.

First time bike camping for me and 14year old son.we've got mountain bikes tent and camping gear.both of us fit,but unsure of logistics/timeframes in bike/camping.
Is this realistic to do in four days?

If not any advice/ideas on circular route from the port,cheap campsites/wild camping.
Using Brittany ferries.Arriving in ouistreham Sunday 2nd August approx 07.00 departing ouistreham 08.00 Thursday 6th August.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 3:25pm
Hello, I'm now in Trondheim and am getting the train to fauske on Saturday morning with my dad. The trip has been fantastic so far. I was trying to look up buses from fauske but the website won't work on my phone annoyingly. Id be very grateful if someone could find out our options to get to Narvik or if possible harstad or andenes. Our train arrives in fauske at 16:37 on Saturday the 25th.
Thanks a lot

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

23 July 2015 - 12:47pm
matt_twam_asi wrote:All of the track east of Carcasonne to Narbonne is a dirt/gravel surface which can sometimes be quite bumpy and you will need to watch out for tree roots across the path at times. It should be fine on a hybrid but be prepared to take it slowly. There are plenty of minor roads that roughly follow the canal if you prefer a smooth ride.

+1 for this advice. I saw a Dutch lady go head first into the canal along with her bike after she hit an (unseen) tree root near Carpestang - between Caracassone and Beziers. I jumped onto the roads that run parallel with the canal but came back to the canal for coffees, beers, food, and sometimes accommodation.

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 11:28am
maxglide wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading

From reading LEJOG accounts, it seems the hills in Devon are the main slog on the entire route. Perhaps something more moderate.

Having lived in Devon for 10 years it's not that bad and there are plenty of options. Looking at the 'fast' route it goes straight across Dartmoor which is very nice but certainly lumpy. If you ride from Launceston to Exeter on the OLD A30 it a nice rolling road with no slogs, passing through villages and all the traffic on the A30 dual carriage way. You can even have the best of both and ride to Whiddon Down and then have a great decent across Dartmoor to Moretonhampstead, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh Knighton and then up the Teign Valley (B3193) to Exeter with only one notable hill over Long Down.

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 11:24am
whoof wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading.

Like the sound of this one

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 11:01am
Over to the Cotswolds, Cotswolds down to Dorset, along to Lymington, over to the island on the ferry, ride to Wooton Creek, ferry back to Pompey, ride home. I live near Reading and did this route a couple of years ago. Trains can be hassle.

Al

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 10:56am
Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading

From reading LEJOG accounts, it seems the hills in Devon are the main slog on the entire route. Perhaps something more moderate.

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 10:16am
You can get to lots of places within 250 miles of Reading. Pick some place you've always wanted to go, take the train there & ride back

The suggestion to go to Penzance is good. I might also consider / research a couple of other things....
1) Take the train to Great Yarmouth, ride around the Norfolk coast, then ride back to Reading from wherever suits you (King's Lynn?)

2) Wales, with a couple of different possibilities. If train is okay on both ends of the journey, do Lon Las Cymru (I haven't done it, but would like to). If you can/will only train one way, I might ride the Welsh / English border; either take the train to Chester, and ride south, then home, or ride west, then north along the border and take the train home.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

23 July 2015 - 10:13am
And I am in Chester! I start riding in less than 24 hrs.will be updating blog rom here on out.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

23 July 2015 - 10:03am
Reading of punctures has reminded me of the tyres purchased from York Rally one year, a couple of weeks ahead of a tour in Scotland, it was only a 2 week tour and the tyres did not last the 2 weeks, we were being fairly inventive in moving tyres from front to back and between bikes to have the least amount of weight on them....... repairing a puncture on dreech day in Scotland with midges a-plenty was nearly as bad as visiting Lourdes......

We managed to get into Inverness and find a Halfords before it shut ......

Re: Touring - worst fear?

23 July 2015 - 9:48am
mjr wrote:Melons?

(HT: @Cunobelin)

AAAAAAGHHHHH!

Re: Touring - worst fear?

23 July 2015 - 9:29am
Melons?

(HT: @Cunobelin)

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 9:05am
Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading.

First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 9:00am
So, I am planning on a 5 day tour......will be my first ever so any recommendations would be much appreciated.

I can comfortably do 50-60 miles no problem, I live in Reading so either train assist to the start or on the return leg is possible. Will be over nighting in hostels or B&B's

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