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Re: Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 11:09am
eezypeazy wrote:If I were you' I'd try to avoid travelling on a 'rush hour' train from Newcastle, though.


I was planning on travelling on a Saturday afternoon - so there wouldn't be a rush hour then unless it means something other than the usual?
Not too bothered about the cost really, compared with the cost of fuel it's cheap!

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 10:55am
Most of the conductors on the Newcastle-Carlisle and Carlisle-Whitehaven/Barrow trains are used to carrying cyclists and very accommodating. Despite the 'official' line being that two bikes can be carried, I've seen five bikes at once this year on the Carlisle train, and a few years ago saw NINE bikes on the local train to Whitehaven (which was a single carriage train)!

If I were you' I'd try to avoid travelling on a 'rush hour' train from Newcastle, though.

Northern Rail have some off-peak on-line advance tickets that may be worth looking at - eg, Ncl - Carlisle leaving Newcastle at 1424 on Friday 1st August is £4.50; then 1631 Carlisle - Whitehaven is £10.20 on the day, total £14.70, compared with a 'through' ticket price of £18.90. That saves £4.20!

EDIT: Cheap fares only available Monday - Friday!

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 10:50am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:The guards on the Cumbrian Coast line are very used to C2C cyclists and will bend the maximum number of bike spaces a bit - well, ok, a lot. If possible, I'd suggest getting a train earlier just so you're not stranded if you miss out, and avoiding the rush hour if you can.

Thanks. I was looking at the direct train from Newcastle at 16.22 on the Saturday. There are earlier ones but you have to change at Carlisle.

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 10:47am
The guards on the Cumbrian Coast line are very used to C2C cyclists and will bend the maximum number of bike spaces a bit - well, ok, a lot. If possible, I'd suggest getting a train earlier just so you're not stranded if you miss out, and avoiding the rush hour if you can.

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

21 July 2014 - 10:19am
This is a great route, we did it from Holyhead to Cardiff a couple of years ago. It took 6 days, so 5 nights camping. We decided to eat our main evening meal in pubs, so all campsites were chosen to be near towns or villages.
First night was at Cae Garw Campsite near the centre of Caernarvon, postcode LL55 2DF. An easy walk into town, very rural feel despite being in town, and best of all it had a segregated car-free pitching area for real campers.
Next night was at a pleasant coastal site just north of Barmouth - good choice of breakfast cafes, I've forgotten the site name I'm afraid but there were a few sites around the resort.
Next was Dol Llys Farm camping SY18 6JA just outside Llanidloes. Lovely spacious site on the banks of the Severn. It has a campers' kitchen where you can use a microwave and kettle. Good curry in Llanidloes.
Next was somewhere around Newbridge, but I've forgotten the name (and it wasn't very nice anyway!).
Last camp was near Brecon at Pencelli Castle site, LD3 7LX. Very nice, and pub-restaurants within walking distance.
We learned not to follow the Lon Las signs when passing through larger towns, signs were often poor and it was a recipe for getting hopelessly lost on a network of local cycle lanes. We just followed the motorists' road-signs and sped efficiently through towns. Similarly in the countryside the NCN route would sometimes take us off a pleasant quiet lane onto a difficult gravel track, so it's best to plan your own route albeit based around the Lon Las trail. The Sustrans philosophy seems to be to avoid motor-roads at all costs.

Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 10:06am
I have the idea of doing a C2C (Whitehaven-Sunderland) in a couple of weekends time - mostly because my wife is on a Hen Party, and the grandparents are looking after the bairn so I have a free pass!

problem is getting me and my bike to Whitehaven, from Chester-le-Street (near Newcastle)

There's direct train from Newcastle to Whitehaven which takes 3 hours but will deliver me to close to the Premier Inn there to stay overnight before setting off early the next morning. But I'm concerned that the cycle spaces don't appear to be bookable and if there's two bikes there already that's my trip finished?

Are there any other ways to get to Whitehaven I haven't considered? Usually if I'm going on a ride from somewhere other than home I'll just drive there, but that would leave my car in Whitehaven which isn't ideal!

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

20 July 2014 - 10:18pm
A few miles back I rode the Berlin to Copenhagen bike route http://www.bike-berlin-copenhagen.com/ and it was great experience, you can get a very good guidebook to the route, which shows camp-sites.
http://www.esterbauer.com/db_detail.php?buecher_code=BKH

This route is very good I highly recommend it both the Danish section and the German section.

(having arrived in Copenhagen I crossed over to Sweden and cycles to Trelbourg on south coast and got boat to Rugen Island and cycledhttp://www.esterbauer.com/db_detail.php?buecher_code=BUSE
back to Berlin after going along the coat to Berlin.

On a different trip I got train to Copenhagen and then got Helsingborg Helsingör ferry accross to Sweden and cycled up to Gothenbourg I followed the coastal path, I camped wild on this stretch. see https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=7405&v=J5

There is a good campsite at a old fort on the coast on the outskirts of Copenhagen - see this page -https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=172204&v=2l

Whichever way you go you will have a great time. This corner of the old DDR has a low population density and has great lakes.

Re: Hokkaido

20 July 2014 - 9:47pm
I did it in 1984 on a standard tourer staying in inns/youth hostels. What do I remember - it was tough being a vegetarian. I struggled to get the calories in on a rice diet. You will need some good lights for the long dark tunnels ( I can still feel the fear).
People delightfully friendly.
enjoy.

Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite suggestion

20 July 2014 - 9:38pm
I’m starting Lon Las Cymru on Sat 6.9.14 and will be cycle touring and camping over 7/8 nights

Can anyone please give me their tips and or suggestions re: campsites along the route and where to start and finish

I am unsure as to whether to start in the South or North i.e. Cardiff/Chepstow or Hollyhead and where to start/finish in the South i.e. Cardiff/Chepstow

Thank you in advance for your time

P.S I'm open to being joined on the trip by the right sort of person

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

20 July 2014 - 8:42pm
I have just returned from a trip across Europe which included Norway. It took me 4 weeks from Kristianland to North Cape it was ab . I got my route in Norway from the net , I can't remember the name of the site but it is an account written by an Australian lady who rode N.Cape to Kristianland , you'll find it easily. Take front and rear lights for the tunnels and don't worry about the N. Cape tunnels because they are ok ( and I don't like tunnels). Watch out for Germany , the cycle paths are terrible and the motorists do not want you on the road, I was carved up and got really fed up with them blasting their horns at me. The cycle paths are so bumpy that they bust my rear bearings and I have good touring wheels. I would get the train to Denmark and ride from there, I rode up the west coast and the cycle paths and drivers were superb. If you are going in July or August take mossie repellant and a mossie hood. Norway is not expensive if you use supermarkets , a jar of coffee costs 25nk , a 500g bag of pasta 12nk, a good loaf 28nk , 400g of minced meat 20nk .... best of all you can get a free cup of coffee at quite a few of the smaller coop stores. Campsites varied between 100nk and 150nk and they nearly all (bar one ) had good campers kitchens. You can get the bus back from Hennig something on N Cape to Alta airport for 380nk. Good luck Nigel L

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

20 July 2014 - 8:41pm
I have just returned from a trip across Europe which included Norway. It took me 4 weeks from Kristianland to North Cape it was ab . I got my route in Norway from the net , I can't remember the name of the site but it is an account written by an Australian lady who rode N.Cape to Kristianland , you'll find it easily. Take front and rear lights for the tunnels and don't worry about the N. Cape tunnels because they are ok ( and I don't like tunnels). Watch out for Germany , the cycle paths are terrible and the motorists do not want you on the road, I was carved up and got really fed up with them blasting their horns at me. The cycle paths are so bumpy that they bust my rear bearings and I have good touring wheels. I would get the train to Denmark and ride from there, I rode up the west coast and the cycle paths and drivers were superb. If you are going in July or August take mossie repellant and a mossie hood. Norway is not expensive if you use supermarkets , a jar of coffee costs 25nk , a 500g bag of pasta 12nk, a good loaf 28nk , 400g of minced meat 20nk .... best of all you can get a free cup of coffee at quite a few of the smaller coop stores. Campsites varied between 100nk and 150nk and they nearly all (bar one ) had good campers kitchens. You can get the bus back from Hennig something on N Cape to Alta airport for 380nk.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

20 July 2014 - 6:49pm
Hey James,

This may have been mentioned already, I did not read all the replies, there were a lot.

Warmshowers is a great way to keep your budget low as well as meeting great people. I have has excellent experiences using it in Norway and also as a host when I lived in London.

I think it is excellent that you are doing this, no fear! the best way to live.

Good luck.

Cherbourg - Poitiers - Route Suggestions

20 July 2014 - 6:42pm
Hey,

I have about 10 days to get from Cherbourg to Poitiers, does anyone have any route suggestions? I Know very little about the area, I would usually do my own research but it is a last minute plan. Usually do about 80km a day on average. I am working near Poitiers for the month.

Thanks,
Charlie.

Switzerland

20 July 2014 - 6:41pm
I am planning to cycle from Paris to Venice, via Zug in September. I intend to stay in B+B, hostels and hotels. I would welcome any advice on planning my route, accommodation, kit, transport (if I get behind schedule), good English language websites etc. Many thanks.
Keith.

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

20 July 2014 - 4:44pm
pitchshifter wrote:Any updates on this? I am moving to America on the 28th... Flying Norwegian, from LGW... So if they refuse me at the airport, I am really stuck!
If it was me, I would play safe & box the bike - get a cardboard bike box (& plastic fork spacer) off a bike shop (which should be free, as they would only have to dispose of it anyway) & pack it in that with a bit of pipe insulation and/or bubble wrap to separate/protect stuff.

Rick.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

20 July 2014 - 1:56pm
I expect you need to buy a copy of Stephen Lord's Adventure Cycle Touring, since that will answer a lot of your questions, which this box does not provide sufficient space to even begin to address.

Whilst people have raced it at 200 miles a day and done it in around 100 days, for an interesting tour with sensible weather on the way, allow a little over 18 months. You set off from Alaska and Canada in their summer, and then travel Patagonia in their summer. This timetable also succeeds in encountering the dry seasons in most of the tropical places too, so it works just perfectly.

Any interesting route will have extended sections of gravel road. For example, you can ride down the coast of Peru and Chile on tarmac, but it's terribly boring, much more interesting to ride in the Andes on a mixture of gravel and tarmac, and see Cusco, Machu Picchu, etc, on the way. So you need to think what kind of bike you can ride on gravel roads with heavy loading, since you will have to camp fairly often (multi-fuel stove). A traditional lightweight tourer probably isn't going to do it.

How much money will you spend. Well if you are Alastair Humphreys, never pay for accommodation, and eat nothing but rice/pasta (with nothing on) and food people give you, are never tempted by chocolate, beer or tourist sights, you can get away with about 50p a day on the road, though you will have to budget additionally for transport to start and back from finish, also from Panama to Colombia (no simple satisfactory answer to this one I'm afraid) because there is no road. If you like to stay in pleasant hotels when they are available, eat in restaurants and drink fine wine, you probably need to allow £100 a day. You are probably somewhere in between, but I cannot tell you exactly where.

Btw, if it took you 5 years to learn how to fix a puncture, I'd start practising with the multifuel stove now and you'll be ready to go about 2020.

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

20 July 2014 - 8:58am
Any updates on this? I am moving to America on the 28th... Flying Norwegian, from LGW... So if they refuse me at the airport, I am really stuck!

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:36pm
If just using infra red they may have spotted what appeared to be a human body on the ground, and wanted to make sure it wasn't someone injured.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:10pm
Don't forget police helicopters (if that is what it was) have Infra red cameras that will pick out people by their body heat so they could probably see you even without a search light. They may have been looking for someone (but not you) and wanted to double check on you for whatever reason.

Rick.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:04pm
Brilliant. You should have come equipped with your own remote controlled drone to gather counterintelligence.

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