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Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

21 July 2015 - 1:41pm
There is a lot of scaremongering about this decent. I admit I know the road very well which makes it a whole lot better, but there are many, many worse descents in Yorkshire than Greenhow. Quite a bit of traffic on it, and if local, better to take peat lane which runs parallel to it, with virtually zero traffic, mind you bit of a steep corner on that! But so steep you would just have to crawl down it

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

21 July 2015 - 1:34pm
If you have time before you leave, consider dropping their customer services an email to confirm. I've flown with a CTC bag several times, but not yet used Ryanair.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/flying-with-a-bicycle/

Re: visit the south of england with my family

21 July 2015 - 1:29pm
Barrenfluffit wrote:for Cambridge - Oxford you could use this route.

http://www.squarewheels.org.uk/bike/routeCamOx/
How does that compare to the more obvious (to me anyway) Cambridge-Bourn-Caxton-Everton-National Byway-Blunham-NCR51 Bedford-MK-H8-NCR51-Bicester-Oxford? Probably faster because it's more on road and avoids going though larger places? Maybe not the best tour if you'd like to see the towns and cities in between and prefer cycle tracks where possible?

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

21 July 2015 - 12:52pm
I was looking at going from Aberdeen, perhaps, to Lerwick and then across to Bergen.
According to this site it's possible for £45:
http://www.aferry.to
directed to from this site:
http://www.ferryreservations.co.uk/ports/lerwick.htm

The information on that page is very out of date, I'm afraid: Smyril line stopped their Scottish route a few years ago (they still go to Iceland and the Faroes, but only from Denmark; and there's no longer a passenger ferry route from the UK to Denmark). There are occasional optimistic rumours that a ferry link to Norway might be revived, but nothing remotely definite (as far as I know).

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

21 July 2015 - 12:47pm
Pack things that are useful in multiple situations; don't carry things you can stock up on en-route.

Re: visit the south of england with my family

21 July 2015 - 12:44pm
for Cambridge - Oxford you could use this route.

http://www.squarewheels.org.uk/bike/routeCamOx/

From london, there are trains to dover. Bikes don't need a ticket but you have to travel outside rush hour.

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

21 July 2015 - 10:28am
andrew_s wrote:Jimstar79 wrote:If I do this then it blows any option for potentially getting the ferry across to Norway, you see.
What ferry to Norway is that?
I thought all the Norway ferries stopped a few years ago

I was looking at going from Aberdeen, perhaps, to Lerwick and then across to Bergen.
According to this site it's possible for £45:
http://www.aferry.to
directed to from this site:
http://www.ferryreservations.co.uk/ports/lerwick.htm

Alternatively, I think one could also go: Scrabster > Stromness > Lerwick > Bergen

Here's a good link:
http://www.onlinescotland.com/transport ... rvices.asp

However, for anyone who may be interested, read the following:
The main crossing to Shetland is from Aberdeen. Ferries depart Monday - Friday. It is also possible to sail to Shetland via Orkney and this service sails twice weekly in the summer months and once a week in the winter.

Re: santander to cherbourg

21 July 2015 - 10:04am
maxglide wrote:I did Santander to St Malo in 12 days and I didn't kill myself.

What was your daily milage?

I aimed for 100k most days apart from a short day to San Sebastian and a very short day from there to Biarritz and one long day from Tours towards Rennes via Angers when I did 100 miles on flat roads. 100k a day should see it done easily in 14 days or less and that's a very manageable distance given the terrain. I was arriving at my campsite by 2pm on some days.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

21 July 2015 - 9:30am
This is Wales - the unexpected is part of our daily routine, weather included!
The mysterious happens too!
Surely that is all part of the fun of cycle touring. If nothing unexpected occurs, it would be a boring trip. The secret is to go with the flow. Have a great trip!
We are a friendly and helpful folk (for the most part!).

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 9:19am
In about 25 years I think the 'worst' thing that has happened to me whilst touring is arriving somewhere and there was no campsites and all the hotels full for miles around. After searching all afternoon and into the evening I just put up the in a bit of woodland and went to sleep. Probably why I don't have any fears about touring.

Re: Brielle ferry - anyone used it?

21 July 2015 - 8:32am
Thanks Peter.

I'll be using the Fast Ferry at the start of the trip and the Maasluis ferry to get to Brielle.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

21 July 2015 - 7:51am
Pete Jack wrote:Lucky for me I've never needed chamois cream; the long distance mountain bike racers swear by Preparation H (the stuff in a tube. I don't suppose the suppositories would be much use) any drug store will have it .

I've heard of it being used on saddle sores do they use it as a preventative?

Re: Brielle ferry - anyone used it?

21 July 2015 - 7:36am
If googeled in Dutch (keywords "Brielle" and "veer") you get this.
In April and Septembre only on saturday and sunday (10.00 - 18.00).
May till August every day (10.00 - 18.00).

Another ferry accross the Nieuwe Waterweg is this:



On OpenStreetmap.

Timetable for this fastferry is here.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 7:23am
Riding the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park I asked the warden of the hostel I was leaving if I should carry bear spray. He assured me that if there were bears around the road there would be cars stopped looking at them. What he didn't tell me was what to do if a bear walked in front of you and there were no cars around. I had to brake to avoid hitting this one, a huge grizzly walked across the road right in front of me, in the middle of the traffic lane he or she stopped, looked at me and then carried on ambling across the road. It's amazing how much they look like teddy bears only this teddy bear had a head the size of a cow's. I was terrified. I didn't take any pictures because I didn't want to get its attention any more than I had already. After what seemed like ages but was probably ten/fifteen seconds Cars started pulling up and the bear disappeared into the bushes.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

21 July 2015 - 6:52am
Lucky for me I've never needed chamois cream; the long distance mountain bike racers swear by Preparation H (the stuff in a tube. I don't suppose the suppositories would be much use) any drug store will have it so don't bother packing it.

Most motel laundromats have a machine that sells soap powder. If they don't, toss a bar of motel soap in with your wash, I've done it, it works. Once you get to the US accumulate quarters for laundry. it's most annoying to load up a machine and then find you don't have enough of them to do your washing. Typically the washer and dryer use 8 each and powder is another 4. They do have change dispensing machines that take 1 and 5 dollar bills in most places but sometimes they don't and sometimes they don't work.(Voice of experience from my tour last month)

If it's still hot when you get over here make sure you drink plenty. A symptom of dehydration can be constipation. This can be no joke, again voice of experience. So bring a laxative just in case. Eventually I learned to drink a large orange juice with my breakfast and that seemed to prevent it recurring.

Re: santander to cherbourg

21 July 2015 - 5:10am
I did Santander to St Malo in 12 days and I didn't kill myself.

What was your daily milage?

Re: yet another touring bike

21 July 2015 - 12:42am
22camels wrote:http://salsacycles.com/culture/introducing_marrakesh

might raise a few eyebrows in the 26inch vs 700c debate as they appear to only offer 700 (in all frame sizes) but yet emphasise the bike's global pretensions. Also interesting the separate drop bar and flat bar versions.

and no mudguards, sorry fenders

Re: France En Velo

20 July 2015 - 11:32pm
Me three! I don't think it exists though...

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

20 July 2015 - 11:31pm
Two days to go so probably my last post on here. I'll hopefully get my first blog update done on Thursday at some point (all of Wednesday will be traveling, plus the 7 hour time jump thrown in). So...I'm off! Hopefully all goes to plan and nothing unexpected occurs!

Re: Brielle ferry - anyone used it?

20 July 2015 - 11:05pm
Two ferries thereabouts but at Brielle the ferry was seasonal when I was there last - it only served a campsite on the island (isthmus/peninsula really). The ferry at Rosberg runs year round though.

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