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Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

18 April 2015 - 1:18pm
Thanks again for all the very helpful suggestions. They are going to add lots of interest to my trip.

Re: Round the World Blogs.

18 April 2015 - 8:14am
This guy really deserves to be followed

http://www.worldunicycletour.com/

Click on 'Where's Ed'

Currently in Germany, not sure how he's going to carry sufficient water for the deserts of Kazakhstan?

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

18 April 2015 - 7:35am
Ben@Forest wrote:geocycle wrote:I think (hazy memory) that on Ewan MacGregor'/Charlie Boorman's motorcycle trip down Africa they bumped into a solo touring cyclist somewhere in central Africa doing the same thing. And I thought that the story of his trip would be more interesting
His name is Jason Lewis. Astonishing story of the first human-powered circumnavigation. Not using sails, only human power. In a nutshell: two London window cleaners, cycle to Portugal, pedal a specially-designed boat(it's in the National Maritime Museum now) to the US. His mate cycles to California, he roller-blades and is hit by a drunken 80 year old with cataracts and both legs are broken, the surgeon lets him stay on his ranch while he recovers, he goes back to the spot of the accident and takes up the trip again, they pedal to Hawaii. At this point the trip has taken five years and they thought it'd take three. His mate leaves (he now works on a ferry in the west country crossing the same bit of water every day). Jason goes on, pedals the boat to Asia, cycles across India, pedals the Indian ocean to Africa, cycles (in Africa he met the motorcyclists) to Calais, pedals to Greenwich. The whole trip took 13 years. There are three books about it. He was offered loads of money to rush out a quick book for the Christmas market but spent years writing what he wanted to say. He's a nice chap, I met him once in London. On YouTube there is a clip of him meeting the bikers. It's an astonishing story of determination, grit, adventure, and ask on a shoestring. In the US he was sleeping under bridges and raising $50 by giving talks to the local rotary club. He had schools involved. Fantastic epic. Mark Beaumont is an amazing cyclist but this is a different ballgame.

Re: Round the World Blogs.

18 April 2015 - 6:58am
Hi Tim,

This is great, thank you very much, I've added you to my favorites. I'm only down the road in Newbury so it'll be like following a "local" couple.

Not sure of your plan regarding times, but I'll be in South East Asia for 4 months, November 15 to March 16, so you never know, we might bump in to each other.

Have a great trip,

Phil.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

17 April 2015 - 11:11pm
I used to work as a Truck Mechanic and found out that biting things do not like the taste of Diesel (the fuel not perfume). If you can stand the smell then some of the above on some cloth helps to deter them (you have to have the cloth very close to the skin).
As I was used to the liquid I just applied it to my wrists and behind the ears. That worked for me on breakdowns often near ponds and other standing water also in Sweden and Northern Norway.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

17 April 2015 - 5:06pm
Hoping to travel back from Cape Wrath by train, but probably use Cycle courier company that the tour company use to transport the bike rather than bringing it by train

Re: Round the World Blogs.

17 April 2015 - 2:50pm
Hi Phil,

Me and my girlfriend are cycling from Reading, UK to Reading, USA around the world. We are leaving on May 4th (2.5 weeks ahh!!) and this is our first big cycle tour!!

Please check out our blog on www.reading2reading.com

hope you enjoy it,

Thanks
Tim

camping not so expensive

17 April 2015 - 2:36pm
Do you know about this :http://www.gardensforcampers.com/
Such a nice idea. Most camping site are too expensive these days.
Any experience?

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

17 April 2015 - 11:32am
Brake bridge and axle mounted one here:- http://cetmacargo.com/pages/halfrack

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

17 April 2015 - 11:02am
I'd recommend a couple of light bungies for general attaching, and perhaps some sort of stool in case you wish to sit close and seats are unavailable - you are not usually not allowed to lock bikes. Though your Journeys sound short.

Also you may be made to detach panniers etc. So be prepared.

How are you getting back from Cape Wrath?

Ferdinand

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

17 April 2015 - 10:49am
thirdcrank wrote:The Grace Darling RNLI museum as already mentioned is well worth a visit.
Or the Great Stalin Museum, as I once misheard it. I was very surprised, and it was several hours before the internal cogs whirred and I worked out what I had really heard.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

17 April 2015 - 9:10am
I love that part of Northumberland: a bit like my other favourite, North Norfolk, but with the addition of castles. Unfortunately, the strip of land between the A1 and the sea is a bit narrow but it's still a great place. The Grace Darling RNLI museum as already mentioned is well worth a visit. IMO the best exhibit is the brief hand-written report by GD's father, before she was lionised (should that be lionessised? ) He explains that he knew he would need the help of survivors to return with the boat so he kept watch till he saw some then "amediately" launched the boat. The others whose contribution has been generally overlooked include seven men - including GD's brother - who rowed out from Seahouses, taking several hours to clear the harbour but who reached the wreck after the survivors had been rescued and taken off to the lighthouse. For anubody interested in the history of this wreck-strewn stretch of coast, the RNLI at Seahouses is also worth a visit. Apart from the pictures of lifeboat crews from down the years - most of whom seem to share the surname "Robson" - there's a notice from the lord at Bamburgh Castle outlining the measures he had put in place for rescue and salvage. These include flying a special flag at the castle whenever there was a wreck and firing a cannon each morning and evening until a rescue could be carried out, just to reassure shipwrecked mariners that they had not been forgotten. No Sea King helicopters in those days.

The Ship Inn at Low Newton is worth a visit if you can find room - plenty of benches outside if it's fine - but it's been done to death by Robson Green's programme.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

16 April 2015 - 10:21pm
There are some very nice pubs in Warkworth if you are there at lunchtime or in the evening. I'd recommend the Jennings pub ( can't remember the name). The Barn at Beal is a good place to have a coffee whilst waiting for the tide to go out, so you can get to Lindisfarne, which is not to be missed. Also, if you have time, a walk around the city walls at Berwick on Tweed. LS Lowry used to spend his holidays there and painted many scenes from around the town. Buy a guide book and you can see the sites/views from where he painted.

Another nice tea shop in Bamburgh and also the Grace Darling museum there. Also, the second hand book shop in Alnwick.

Re: European Tour Advice?

16 April 2015 - 10:03pm
Sounds like a nice nice varied route! When are you going? I'm doing your original plan (solo to Norway) leaving mid June following the first bit of your route. I have no idea about campsites but I will probablly just figure it out when I'm there or the day before. My phone network provider (Three) is a joke for coverage in the UK and I was about to change when I noticed they've started a thing where you can use your UK plan in some European countries for free and as I have unlimited data with them that should be pretty useful and I will most likely Google for campsites etc when I need them. In the past travelling through Europe I found a Europe wide database of campsites somewhere on the internet and put that on my phone and that was very useful as there were so many I could just what I'm near to at the end of the day and it didn't rely on the internet.

Anyway's good luck with your trip, I checked out your FB page, looks good.

Chris

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

16 April 2015 - 3:54pm
iviehoff wrote:Going on a boat trip from Seahouses to see the puffins and seals etc is my favourite thing to do around there. Depending upon recent weather, it's possible end of April will be a smidge too early for best possible seeing of all the wildlife - it's the time of year when 2 or 3 days later can make a big difference - as the seabirds in particular are migratory, but I found them quite honest in describing what you can see on the trips. But with the present good weather you could well be lucky.

Further north in Lothian near North Berwick you'll have Bass Rock, the world's largest gannetry. Again boat trips to see. I haven't been there, but I've seen gannetries elsewhere and gannets are almost better than puffins. Trips eg http://seabird-centre.seafari-edinburgh ... and-prices
Agreed on both of those.
Did Bass Rock boat trip as part of a Coasts and Castles ride last year, and well worth it. The white colour of the rock is due to the sheer number of gannets covering it and is quite a sight. Was going to attach a photo, but don't want to spoil it for you!
A great fish and chip shop / restaurant near the harbour at North Berwick too.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

16 April 2015 - 3:37pm
What he has achieved is impressive, however, his 'ethos' is the opposite of what touring cycling actually is. I also find it a bit annoying how everything he does is based on struggles and pain i.e I felt most of his docu was either him struggling to find vegetarian food and complaining or cycling in the rain. Julian Sayarer in my opinion was a much more worthy record holder of rtw and his motivations were partly driven by beating Mark Beaumont and taking the record back for the 'people' as his attempt was largely corporatised and sponsored by hotels en route.

The whole record is getting a bit ridiculous, I think its less than 100 days now. Either way hats off as I wouldn't ever attempt that

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

16 April 2015 - 2:39pm
jamesgilbert wrote:
@BeeKeeper, I agree but I'm not sure that's really possible on this kind of route >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/shanes-shorts/

Fair play to Marks sporting prowess, Shame he's missing so much of Africa by being in such a hurry, and also taking some of the most dangerous roads by taking a very direct route and to save time.

Each to their own, Good luck Mark.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

16 April 2015 - 2:27pm
Don't forget to check the tide times for Holy Island (Lindisfarne), 'cos you'll waste a lot of time if you misjudge it.

Going on a boat trip from Seahouses to see the puffins and seals etc is my favourite thing to do around there. Depending upon recent weather, it's possible end of April will be a smidge too early for best possible seeing of all the wildlife - it's the time of year when 2 or 3 days later can make a big difference - as the seabirds in particular are migratory, but I found them quite honest in describing what you can see on the trips. But with the present good weather you could well be lucky.

Further north in Lothian near North Berwick you'll have Bass Rock, the world's largest gannetry. Again boat trips to see. I haven't been there, but I've seen gannetries elsewhere and gannets are almost better than puffins. Trips eg http://seabird-centre.seafari-edinburgh ... and-prices

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

16 April 2015 - 1:55pm
I think u can get bags that go in the frame triangle and use the top tube to support - since your brakes dont use the top tube would be be ideal? Better than trying to fit a front rack? I've seen some one here with such an arrangement. Also shown in the url u posted?

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