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Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 11:39am
I'm really pleased you've got to stay the night there! A colleague of mine and his wife are good friends of the hostess at the Tongue Hostel and paid them a visit this year so it has been a recent topic of conversation. I also met a cyclist in Wick, in March this year, who had a finished a long section of the northern Scottish coast as training for cycling across the U.S. who told me he had the whole hostel to himself, and a very nice meal as well, whilst we exchanged stories of the road.

I'm hoping to finish off the NW Coast at some time (only a few stretches missing from the whole of the Scotish coastline) and curiosity has tempted me to stay at the hostel rather than camp.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 11:38am
beardy wrote:I'm surprised no one has said being hit by a car,

My assumption is that the chance of getting hit by a car goes down when you are touring abroad!

I think it depends on where you are touring. I think most countries have much higher cyclist crash rates than the UK, despite the hostile road environment. The exceptions are some continental European countries: The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, France. This list is not comprehensive. I haven't gone to look at the statistics for every country.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 11:38am
sultzer wrote:the tongue hostel lets tents pitch anyway
I had asked about that but they said only if I didn't want to come inside, but it all turned out great in the end. I got to meet the owner of the company organising it. A very down to earth guy with a passion for promoting the coastal tourism and just whats out here. Not at all what I expected, this morning a guy was leaving for his 2nd day on a Jogle, his front mech wasn't shifting, I had a look and couldn't really get it to work, their bike mechanic put it on a stand but it wouldn't adjust so needs a new one which is a shame. But they went to the trouble of helping him out I really hope he gets through ok!

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

22 July 2015 - 11:23am
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.

Respect.

22 July 2015 - 10:25am

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 10:06am
why, when they've made the decision to fit disc brakes, do they fit something cruddy like bb7's?

Because a lot of people like them, offering simplicity, reliability and braking ability that is considered good in the broad spectrum of braking that is available.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 10:06am
Hi Beardy,

I am constantly amazed at the generosity I have recieved... I have a day to relax now and I don't know what to do with myself lol - I am going to stock up on food and try and find a waterfall that I am told is local

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 10:02am
They had probably been reading this forum!

Have a nice meal, it will not be the last bit of spontaneous generosity that befalls you on the trip.
There is a whole sub-culture of it out there.

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 10:00am
Interesting that it's actually 9 speed.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 9:57am
It is amazing how life can be humbling and teach you a lesson about generosity. I packed my kit to leave this morning and the hostess of the Hostel came in and said the tour organiser had invited me to stay for the night so I could rest up...... I really feel humbled.. They have invited me to spend supper with them, I just don't know what else to say!

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 9:39am
beardy wrote:I'm surprised no one has said being hit by a car,

My assumption is that the chance of getting hit by a car goes down when you are touring abroad!

Depends where? Some riders say New Zealand is worse. The USA is the only place I've had to actually ride off the road to avoid being hit. This on a straight road with miles of good visibility. Also the only place where I've had a driver sitting on the horn because he had to brake to allow oncoming traffic to pass before overtaking. THat said in general I'd say the USA is no worse than the UK. Both those incidents were on one day in Nevada.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 9:11am
I'm surprised no one has said being hit by a car,

My assumption is that the chance of getting hit by a car goes down when you are touring abroad!

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 8:53am
Heltor Chasca wrote:Hang in there DN. Don't let them get you down. When you find somewhere you like with a decent campsite stop for a day or two and recharge....b

I am feeling recharged this morning, I am probably going to go on to Cape wrath lighthouse, but may check out the campsite mentioned above!

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

22 July 2015 - 8:39am
I am pleased others have replied positively to you and with some very good suggestions ++.

I was going to worry you again with another concern but through Socratic dialogue realized I didn't make sense! Basically,was going to worry about the baggage handlers for Ryanair. But as the baggage handlers are 'airport employees' I see no reason why they would treat Ryanair cycle baggage any different from other airline companies baggage. Wottaworrier!

Feel sure Ryanair don't want any made complaint against them as you don't want any damage to your bike. Enjoy your holiday

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 7:46am
We were planning on staying at a campsite when we got to Tongue, to find (in 2004) that our map was out of date and it had shut 3 years previously. B&B in the Ben Loyal Hotel saved the day!

Pete.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 7:22am
When I cycled the whole of the British coast I found more than half the hostels I tried to stay in were fully booked, and mostly by pre-booked groups (and who were generally only using some of the beds, so there were bed spaces available, which was the most annoying aspect). Tongue was one of the these, so i never got to savour its delights (I stayed in the Betttyhill hotel instead, which was actually rather wonderful).

If you've just got to Tongue, I hope you cycled down to Torrisdale and Skerray on the way, they are like a mile or two of the Home Counties strangely isolated on the exposed north coast. Heading west from there you now have the best cycling in Britain, down the full length of western Scotland, so I hope you enjoy it fully. I also found the friendliest and most helpful b&bs were all in western Scotland.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 July 2015 - 5:39am
And I am off! Embarking in roughly 11 hours and arriving Thursday Morning!

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:32pm
From Crewe,

I would suggest the Route 82 from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. You could ride that from your doorstep or cut some off by train if the mileage is more than you would like. If the mileage isnt enough then go a little distance on the leg down towards Cardigan.

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:25pm
sorry , should have said. I am in crewe so no problem catching trains to and from .

Thanks guys- this has given me food for thought-- I like the sound of the Anglian trip

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:12pm
Where are you, and are you relying on trains to get you to the start and home from the finish? How about Land's End-Bristol for a hilly three days? Or maybe start in London or Southend or somewhere else in Essex, and work your way up and round along the quiet lanes on the East Anglian coast for as long as time allows. Loop round and finish at Norwich or Kings Lynn if you need to catch a train back. Or tour the east coast from Hull to Newcastle via the North York Moors?

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