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Crossing the Pyrenees

26 September 2015 - 1:01pm
next year I'm planning to cycle from France to Spain. I will be starting in the Dordogne so have planned to cross the Pyrenees using Roncevalles as its historical and not too difficult (I think!) My main concern is traffic so any experiences or suugeestions for a better route over the Pyrenees at the western end?

Thank you

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

26 September 2015 - 12:41pm
HI All,

Thanks for all your input. With the date getting closer and the weather seemingly looking pretty positive , I've looked into the route a bit more. Would anyone have any extensions or reroutes on the below? It fundamentally follows the advertised route, but has a few queries and diversions:

Day 1
Train into Inverness for late afternoon - will just jump on the bike and try and make it as far as possible before dark - likely to be Beauly. (20)

Day 2
Beauly - Achansheen - Lochcarron. (45)

Day 3
Lochcarron - Apple Cross - Kinlowchewe (59)

Day 4
Kinlowchewe - Gairloch - Ullapool (76)

Day 5
Ullapool - Lochniver - Clashnessie - Kylesku - Scourie - Kinlochbervie (82)

Day 6
Kinlochbervie - Tongue - Melvich - Thorso (73)

Day 7
Thurso - Dunnet - John O G - Wick (55)

Day 8
Wick - Berriedale - Helmsdale - Dornoch (62)

Day 9
Down the A9 to Inverness for the Midday train home.

I realise this is practically identical to the suggested route. But with limited roads (which i like - reduces the likely scenario of me getting lost) - I was hoping some of the locals that have rode the course can suggest 'highlights', tough portions, worthy diversions, good campsites, lunch stops etc... There are plenty of suggestions on the site, but in my experience you can't beat first hand experience on here! Also, with regards to camping, I'm not really planning this too extensively in advance, as I'm under the impression most destinations will have an available campsite every 50 miles or so?

As with most trips, I've just had my map out on the floor mapping the route with a pen - always brings on the excitement!!!!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.

US - Southern Tier

26 September 2015 - 9:49am

Does anyone have experience of cycling the southern US in the winter? And on using the Adventure Cycling route?

From my research temperatures look moderate for the time of year.



Re: Riding Amsterdam to Stockholm

26 September 2015 - 9:21am
glasgowjim wrote:Thanks vorpal your route is impressive. Did you preplan it in detail or just the main points and alter on route as the humour took you?

It's not actually my route. I found it as posted on the link when I was looking for myself. And I tend to wander a bit, rather than follow exactly what I plan. I marked it out on a paper map, and mostly followed it.

The most extreme variation was at Vånga, where I followed the cycle path onto a minor road and didn't realise my mistake until I the road ended. I met another cyclist not long after who recommended a route the other way round Glan (the lake, there) and a cafe at Svärtinge (Nina's) that was good. My accidental alternative was a bit hiller, and I missed Norrköping, but it was nice. It also looked to have good camping.

Another good place to eat was Kulturhuset Spira in Jönköping.

Re: tracking down a jamis aurora elite

26 September 2015 - 6:55am
Jamis is not a common bike name in the UK, I think they're American and more common in the U.S. It looks to me as if Evans are the main, if not the only, U.K. retailers. There always seem to be a few Jamis bikes on Ebay.

I bought a used Jamis Endura Xenith last year & have been very pleased with it. Unusually for a Carbon Bike it can take full mudguards with good clearance and has fittings to take a rack. Equipped with mudguards and a small carradice saddlebag it's pretty much my do anything bike.

On the Evans site it looks like the Aurora may be a a discontinued model. The Bosa Nova looks to be the next model down in the range and does look to be in stock.

Re: Riding Amsterdam to Stockholm

25 September 2015 - 9:53pm
@glasgowjim, I assume you're Scots? Göteborg is semi-famously a Scots part of Sweden, there's lots of Scottish connection with the place. If you're passing through you might want to do a wee bit of research beforehand, to make the trip there more of interest. 'Scots in Gothenburg', 'Goth Scots', etc... You may have noticed the abundance of pubs name Goth/Gothenburg around Scotland

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 9:40pm
Very true , absolutely fascinating how broad scots is similar in vocabulary to the scandinavian languages eg

twa bairns => two barn hoose => huis glesshoose => glarhuis oot => ut they are homophones to name a few

braw => braw

Re: Riding Amsterdam to Stockholm

25 September 2015 - 9:33pm
Thanks vorpal your route is impressive. Did you preplan it in detail or just the main points and alter on route as the humour took you?

My son and I are going to do the reverse route and are at the stage of pencilling in days and distances with approx routes.
We intend to take a tent and are hoping to wild camp en route at times. Interestingly the rough outline of our journey although not matching yours is fairly close. We will be travelling from stockholm to malmo via gothenburg . Then overnight ferry to travemunde and onto Bremen and then Amsterdam . With the time available we will end up having to take the train for the final part of our journey to reach the ferry at Ijmuiden. We intend to make the first day of cycle travel from Stockholm to Trosa (campsite) and from there head on to Nykoping ......

Reason for the overambitious route is I retire and this might be the only time I get to travel a long european tour before the wife closes things down. PS I will be 62 and son 33 when we make the road trip of a lifetime.

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 8:35pm
Elizabeth_S wrote:I don't know what is not advised in Norway, parabens and SLS I guess, look on Ethical Superstore, they have a few makes. (My babies are now 6ft 2 and 6ft 6, and one of them is dating a Norwegian girl, so I'm learning Norwegian with him, very slowly.)
Here they don't like phenoxyethanol, benzylalkohol. We use, by accident, one of the test winners. You can read the article here if you want, good practice for your Norwegian.

Norwegian is easy to pick up if you have some German or Dutch. Many Norwegian words are to be found in Northern or Scots English. I am sure you have come across "barn" and "fjell" by now, "tjarn" (tarn) and "leik" (lek) spring to mind.

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 5:50pm
Simonhill: I know,I know. Oftentimes my heaviest baggage is the stress of travelling! I don't know why I do it to myself! I'm usually okay once on the bike!

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 5:44pm
Negative waves tyreon, negative waves!

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 3:35pm
Sounds like a great ride.
We, myself and Mrs Whoof thinking of riding from Porto to Bilbao next year. The plan was to ride North into Spain and then East, mainly inland but occasionally dipping down to the coast. The hostels on the pilgrims trail sound appealing but someone told me that many do not welcome cyclists only walkers, how did you find it? Also do you know if it would matter if I where going in the 'wrong' direction?

Re: october tour sleeping bag

25 September 2015 - 2:48pm
bikes4two wrote:I test my bags and sleeping mats overnight on the floor of the conservatory when the outside temperatures are near those to be encountered on the tour I'm planning. For me, that gives me a reasonable guide to what to expect.

Are you living at Downton Abbey?

As I became too fat for my best 3 season bag I tend to put my feet inside the bottom and turn the bag over me like a duvet with my mat underneath.Works well for me.

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 2:29pm
I do carry wet wipes for emergency washing but for any open air.....'performances' I just use Normal toilet paper and burn it as it takes a long time to degrade, obviously a trowel comes in handy as well. Normal washing is with a small microfibre cloth and collapsible bowl and a small amount of bio degradable soap.
Any wet wipes used can be taken away and binned,please don't flush or cover them with soil, with a Little forward planning they can mostly be avoided.

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 2:24pm

So when are we getting some o the pictures?

And...folder: good idea! But for every plus there's a minus: Small package: bike handler to his mate, Fred: ' Throw 'er up Harry. No probs. Chuck that big(15kg) suitcase on top,(of your packaged folder)it'll do no 'arm.'

Sounds a great trip.

Re: Tandem tires?

25 September 2015 - 2:22pm
granville2 wrote:Planet X are selling off Schwalbe Marathon Dureme Tandem tyres, you need to follow the link below, their search or stock systems do not find them.
Duremes are highly rated durable touring tyres, I have a pair of the lighter standard version on my Thorn Nomad, they have done 5000 miles mostly with a heavy camping set up and are still going strong without a single puncture. I have bought some of the 26X2 inch ones for our tandem, (this size is no longer available).

I have a set of them to put on ours - serious pieces of kit indeed!

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 1:30pm
I don't know what is not advised in Norway, parabens and SLS I guess, look on Ethical Superstore, they have a few makes. (My babies are now 6ft 2 and 6ft 6, and one of them is dating a Norwegian girl, so I'm learning Norwegian with him, very slowly.)

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 1:03pm
Elizabeth_S wrote:You can get paper-base wipes which are eco-friendly, or as eco-friendly as they can be.
Any suggestions for a baby friendly version? The first three brands I found all contained a couple of ingredients that are not recommended for baby wipes here in Norway.

Re: TI3IT-Thru Italy's 3 Islands Trail

25 September 2015 - 12:13pm
PS, don't know which way you are going after Oristano (I think you go close to there) but there is an interesting way through Arborea if you forsake the main 131 road.

If you do go that way, let me know.

PS - are you using a GPS?

Pps - maybe i imagined that last post of yours. Did you delete something?

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 12:07pm
You can get paper-base wipes which are eco-friendly, or as eco-friendly as they can be.


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