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Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 8:41am
Here's a bit more on the demise of the Bergen-Stavanger route: http://www.fjordnorway.com/en/Corporate/News-from-Fjord-Norway/Flaggruten-stops-its-service/ The Bergen-Leirvik bit of the route is now covered by Skyss (https://skyss.no/nn-NO/Rutetider-og-kart1/Baat/); the Stavanger-Haugesund section has been taken over by Kolumbus (timetable at the very bottom of this page: http://www.kolumbus.no/ruter/bat/). The tunnel on the E39 south of Leirvik is closed to cycles, so one would have to detour round on the Rv541 to plug the gap between the two ferries -- but it looks like it should be do-able (though it's a shame that the non-stop link has gone...)

Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 8:28am
thighmaster wrote:Getting more confident of one´s abilities to navigate while cycle touring. Mackerels and frozen fish-items, here I come

Safe trails for all of you!

good luck, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. may be worth posting back here any hints and tips you discover, as it's turning into quite a useful file of info on Norway touring.

Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 8:24am
Vorpal wrote:There might be a work around Stavanger - Bergen .... I will investigate.

it's either the boat to Tau and up route 13 (which I did), or the boat to Skudeneshavn (this wasn't offered as an option by Tourist Info, so check) and up the coast (more boats on this route) to Bergen. If you want to take the E39 northwards then you must take a bus to Mortavika (ferry).

Route 13 is a nice road, and lots of campsites up there. The only problem is that it makes Bergen nigh on impossible without taking a bus/train, or doing many more km's than is ideal. If you were to take route 13 then it continues up to Voss via the old road which is really nice (from Granvin). You could take the train from there to Bergen (with bike), as it's a pretty scenic train journey.

Alternative would be a day trip to Bergen on the train/bus, because cycling route 13 from Voss to Vik really is a spectacular pass. The hostel in Voss is really friendly, I'm sure they'd store your stuff/bike while you visited Bergen.

cheers,

Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 8:02am
There might be a work around Stavanger - Bergen .... I will investigate.

KML Map from Google Maps..

13 May 2014 - 7:08am
I recorded this as a screen recording..

KML is VERY useful. You can upload it to e.g. GPSIES.com and download it as GPX.

At the end I'm just stopping the recording so you can ignore that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHvQ8-J ... e=youtu.be

Re: Bikepacking in Dorset Two Days, one night

13 May 2014 - 7:01am
I always enjoy reading your blog. I read the Morroco one a while back. I like your honesty and the way you tell a story.

Please don't take this the wrong way, but I now think I could recognise Dan's ass at a 100 yards if he was in front of me walking down the street

Re: Trans American East to West

13 May 2014 - 6:19am
Free camping on municipal lawns etc. is just dandy. Always ask if they have sprinklers and if so what time they come on. It could really spoil your day if you pitch your tent on top of a sprinkler that comes on at 6am. On the whole I've found Forest Service campsites poor, they never have showers (I carry baby wipes for hygiene in lieu of showers). State, county, municipal, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park and private campsites are often very good, the private ones sometimes have a restaurant. I would counsel against wild camping, the buggers over here are obsessed with property and love an excuse to start waving their guns. Well, so it seems to me after living here 38 years. You will be amazed how hospitable people can be. Near Philadelphia a man in a car at a stop sign asked if I'd had breakfast then took me to his home and made me a meal.

The advice about Adventure Cycling maps is golden. Do check their website for the latest addenda. One morning I rode 35 miles for breakfast because a restaurant on the map was closed, it said so in the addenda which I should have checked. If you don't have internet access with a portable device, the AC maps tell you where there's a library. Every library I've come across has free internet access. In small towns they may have limited hours.

Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 5:58am
FarOeuf wrote:jjpeterberger wrote:Does anyone have a link for the ferry between Stavanger and Bergen?

Thanks,
Jay

I was in Stavanger a couple of weeks ago, asking about this ferry at Tourist Information. The ferry has been stopped, and it didn't take bicycles even when it was running.

cheers,

Thanks. That explains why I hadn't found anything...

Jay

Re: Surviving Norway?

13 May 2014 - 12:22am
didn't take bicycles even when it was running.
Sad to hear that yet another ferry has gone. When I went from Bergen to Stavanger they were not very friendly and made me lug my bike up a flight of stairs to the top of the thing. Here's the ferry you won't catch

Re: Surviving Norway?

12 May 2014 - 10:44pm
jjpeterberger wrote:Does anyone have a link for the ferry between Stavanger and Bergen?

Thanks,
Jay

I was in Stavanger a couple of weeks ago, asking about this ferry at Tourist Information. The ferry has been stopped, and it didn't take bicycles even when it was running.

cheers,

Re: Surviving Norway?

12 May 2014 - 10:37pm
Pete Jack wrote:I agree. A couple of years ago I tried to follow the North Sea Cycle Route south from Stavanger in late May. It was horrible,the signage was lousy, much of it single track mountain bike stuff really, cold, rain and howling headwinds. After about 50 miles of that rubbish and a freezing night in a tent I abandoned it and caught a train to Kristiansand and the the ferry to Denmark ("We drink coffee at home" when I asked where I could get a cup of coffee.) The train was a typical arm and a leg deal, it cost me a child's ticket for the bike.

I attempted to start in Bergen, which has a good YMCA hostel BTW. I couldn't find a hint of the NSCR which is supposed to terminate in Bergen. Nobody seemed to have heard of it. The traffic (and rain of course ) was horrible so I caught the ferry to Stavanger.

Does anyone have a link for the ferry between Stavanger and Bergen?

Thanks,
Jay

Campsite between Droitwich & Alcester

12 May 2014 - 8:59pm
Anyone know of a simple ish campsite in this area for 2 small tents camping this week? Nothing online or marked on the map as far as we can see. (This plea is an addition to the fantastic response for routes to Meriden this weekend - thanks all!)

Re: How to mount the axa luxx70 on my bike?

12 May 2014 - 7:55pm
Have a look here http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/light-mounts.asp a caliper mount can be mounted on a vee brake sometimes.

Re: Bikepacking in Dorset Two Days, one night

12 May 2014 - 7:03pm
Great blog!

Re: Trains in Belgium and Netherlands

12 May 2014 - 5:04pm
Thanks for that, very helpful. However, I have come across this on the Netherlands trains site:

•Bicycles may be taken on the train during off-peak hours.
•To do this you purchase a Bicycle Day Ttravel Card from the ticket machine.
•A Bicycle Day Travel Card allows you to take a (folding) tandem, reclining bicycle or disassembled racing bike on the train.
•A Bicycle Day Card is not necessary for a standard folding bicycle. Passengers may take standard folding bicycles on the train with them free of charge (provided they meet the terms and conditions)

Disassembled racing bike. What means?

Re: Trains in Belgium and Netherlands

12 May 2014 - 3:10pm
The one thing I would say, adding to what has alreay been said, is that you may have to book your bike on some services. If you do not have a ticket they will fine you or kick you off. As one conductor advised us when we were travelling by tandem, 'I suggest you get off at the next station and get a ticket before continuing your journey...if you stay on it is much mroe expensive'

Otherwise no problems at all, even with a tandem, just fold up the seats and strap in

Re: Surviving Norway?

12 May 2014 - 2:40pm
Good advice, thanks!
Trying to ride through villages rather than riding past them, if only possible, tick. Not necessary to get detailed maps since 2/3 of upper Norway don´t have that many banned roads/ options, tick. Sticking to minor ( old) roads rather than the crowded and potentially hazardious main roads ( was intending to, anyway), tick.

Getting more confident of one´s abilities to navigate while cycle touring. Mackerels and frozen fish-items, here I come

Safe trails for all of you!

Bikepacking in Dorset Two Days, one night

12 May 2014 - 2:19pm
From Wareham to Weymouth, tracks, roads, bridleways, forbidden paths and a spot of wildcamping.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking-dorset/

Re: To Europe and back with bike on a budget

12 May 2014 - 2:16pm
Yes looks like Newhaven-Dieppe is 40 return or 28 single for some random June dates. Similar to the Dover-Calais ferry. Both cheaper than the other alternatives.

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