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Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

12 June 2014 - 1:24pm
I did it easily in a weeks riding - its not hard riding as it mostly follows rivers. I camped at Rothenburg ab Tauber, Dinkelsbuhl, Donauworth (the Kanu Club!) and Landsberg - there are plenty of campsites around Fussen but you might struggle at Wurzburg. If you'd like specifics just ask.

The Romantische Strasse bus carries bikes and can be joined at Frankfurt/Main railway station as well as Augsburg and Munich connections.

If you want to see Neuchwanstein at its best you need to take the mountain path over the gorge and up the hillside overlooking the castle. You can get a combined ticket for both castles - you have to be part of a guided tour, there are plenty of English tours!

I first did the ride in 2004 after seeing the Cicerone guide which is useful but i'd get hold of the Bikeline book which has better maps, accomodation and sightseeing information - you don't need any German to understand most of it! I shall be returning late summer to do the northern part again as part of a much longer north Baden/ north Bavaria tour!

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 1:06pm
Catch a train to York. Gods own county has everything to give you some great memories of your trip, the best scenery, the best architecture, soaring coastline - heck you could even ride some of this years Tour de France route!

Go here http://www.yorkshire.com/ for everything you might need for a fantastic trip.

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 12:45pm
Assuming you are starting from London, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a tour to Edinburgh.

London is a huge place by the standards of the UK and the suburbs extend a long way, but that would apply to a tour in any direction, unless you left London by some other form of transport. If you want largely flat(ish) you can follow the cycle route up the East Coast, or if you like it hillier, there are good routes through the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

One thing you may find about what are by our standards the really hill places ( ) ie Wales and the Scottish Highlands is that in many places the only roads that go anywhere are busy main roads.

PS ON the subject of the weather, you can cycle into a headwind in pouring rain at any time of the year in the British Isles.

Re: Digital Mapping - What do you use?

12 June 2014 - 11:44am
mjr wrote:OCM seems to show campsites and hotels from zoom level 16 inwards, the same level as they appear on OSM and the same level as other interesting features like pubs and cafes start to appear. I don't like the presentation much (purple text rather than symbols) but they are there.
How do you know which zoom level you are at?

Re: Digital Mapping - What do you use?

12 June 2014 - 11:42am
That is really good news

Re: Digital Mapping - What do you use?

12 June 2014 - 11:31am
khain wrote:Also, unfortunately it's Europe I want maps for.
(whisper it) Maps of Western Europe are now tentatively live on cycle.travel as a pre-pre-pre-pre-pre alpha, though not route-planning (or place search) as yet.

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 11:29am
London Edinburgh is a journey, but not the best part of the UK. I can second Wales as an option, particularly since I live there, but from London, head south west down to Hampshire, Dorset and Devon. Some of the best countryside in the UK, IMHO. August can be busy, but September still has great weather and often drier.

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 10:22am
Could I a suggest a spin round or through Wales. Beautiful scenery, easy camping, wild and on sites. Sea, beaches, woodland, mountains and above all quite a reasonable, often quiet, cycle network. Oh and friendly helpful folk!!!
Get the weather and it's the best. But it does rain sometimes!

Re: Cylcing the Canal du Midi

12 June 2014 - 10:22am
Have a look at the Cicerone website & the page for the CduM book in particular. Updates are usually posted there

Did Toulouse to Carcassonne last Sept. Some very poor signage but otherwise OK. Towards the end were glad to get away from it into the surrounding countryside for some hills & a change of scenery. Could only take so much 'canal, canal path, plane trees': repeat until bored - quite possibly sacrilege but maybe thats just us

HarryD

Re: Cycling the Canal du Midi

12 June 2014 - 9:55am
I can't be of very much help, but about 7 years ago we cycled part of the canal path north of Le Somail. Certainly then it was muddy and very rough with tree roots. It may have had improvements made since. We were on MTBs and it wouldn't have been much fun on anything with narrow tyres.

My lasting memory of the journey was cycling behind my other half and seeing her run over a bright orange snake. It was only small, but it jack-knifed into a V-shape as the back wheel went over it, then slithered off into the water as though nothing had happened. We've since convinced ourselves that we caused it no harm.

Cylcing the Canal du Midi

12 June 2014 - 9:42am
Hello - I intend to cycle the Canal du Midi this summer and the whole route will be from the Mediterranean to Bordeaux - however I have heard some warning reports of parts of the route - please can anyone give me some advice.
John Crinion johncrinion@yahoo.com

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 9:42am
Sri cannot join u

Tip
Due to school holidays in england that run from mid july to end of august you may find some camping sites packed (some also double their prices)
Camping and Caravan club sites however have a policy never to turn away cyclists (its in their rule book) see-

http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites

They also are reasonably priced

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

12 June 2014 - 9:27am
Enjoyed your video!
Can't join you, sorry, but hope you have a great tour here in the UK.

Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

12 June 2014 - 9:12am
Gearoidmuar wrote:I've twice done it from Wurzburg to Fussen. Started in Munich, 4hr train journey (slow train) to WB, then head off.
It's very nice. Try to get a GPS track of it. It'd be a great help.
Towns are fab.
The only disappointment is Newschwannstein. You're right up against it when you climb the hill to it and you don't get the postcard view, but it's a nice tour. You could do it in a week, easily.

Leave some time to wander around at Hohenschwanngau & Neuschwannstein if you like such things.

I might even suggest an overnight stop nearby, or at least parking the bike (but don't leave any belongings unsecured) near Hohenschwanngau & using the tourist path up. That's what my brother & I did. We toured both castles and had a nice lunch there.

There is also a cable car you can take up the mountain to get the postcard view of Neuschwannstein. IMO, it's worth a few hours in the area if you can manage it. There are hotels and camping nearby. We didn't stay there, so I can't recommend something specific.

Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

12 June 2014 - 9:01am
thanks for the reply.

Did you fly to Munich and back? Did you camp along the way?

thanks for the gps thought, I'm more of the old fashioned map type, can't really get into all this GPS stuff, just seems to take all of the fun out of it.

J

Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

12 June 2014 - 7:55am
I've twice done it from Wurzburg to Fussen. Started in Munich, 4hr train journey (slow train) to WB, then head off.
It's very nice. Try to get a GPS track of it. It'd be a great help.
Towns are fab.
The only disappointment is Newschwannstein. You're right up against it when you climb the hill to it and you don't get the postcard view, but it's a nice tour. You could do it in a week, easily.

Re: Around the world by bike; 23,000 km in 9 1/2 months

12 June 2014 - 7:45am
There's a very good magazine in France called "Carnets d'aventure". It's for all types of non-motorised travel so while cycle touring features very heavily, they also have articles about sea kayaking, walking, ski touring, donkeys, etc. It's produced four times a year, and seems to be becoming more and more popular.

The website: http://www.expemag.com/

a week on the Romantishe Strasse

12 June 2014 - 7:32am
Hello

I've been wanting to do the Romantishe Strasse ever since somebody bought me a Cicerone guidebook a few years ago but I can only ever get 1 week max per year for cycling holidays.

Has anybody ever done this in a week hit, I'm not thinking of doing all of it but a representitive section, which seems to be about half of it. I'm thinking of driving from UK to the end point, getting some form of public transport to about a weeks cycling away and then cycling back to the car. South to north appeals but don't really know why.

Has anybody attempted this? Any suggestions on the best bit for a week, and the current transport opportunities available with a bike. The Cicerone guide is quite old (everything is in marks and nobody has a website) so things have probably changed since. Any Bike Express equivalents that might cover the route fro m the UK?

Danke Shoen

Jason

Re: Anyone toured on a Kinesis Frame?

12 June 2014 - 7:13am
That is more than helpful! Think it's time to start finding a local supplier!

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