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Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:45pm
The only problem is getting your trailer up the stairs

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Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:33pm
Do not recall seeing any one with a cycle trailer on that crossing. But do not think it will be a problem. Crew just direct cyclist to the cycle parking area - which is dead space too small for a car and leave cyclist to sort out stacking bikes against walls and if necessarily each other. The normal co-operation between the cyclist should sort it out.

Re: Cycle luggage trailers on DFDS Newcastle Ijmuiden ferry

11 May 2015 - 7:26pm
In my experience of other ferries the ferry operators don't seem interested in trailers as long as you book the bikes on. We took two ferries last summer with two bikes and a child trailer. On the booking websites there was no way to book the bike trailer on the ferry so we just booked the bikes on. On the day we checked in without any questions being asked about the trailer. YMMV.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 7:20pm
That would explain it then

Girona to Barcelona

11 May 2015 - 6:55pm
Just a word of warning. If you're heading down the N 11 after Girona there's a 10 mile section that is now an Autovia and cycles are not allowed. There's no easy alternative that I could see.

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

11 May 2015 - 5:07pm
I've recently flown Easyjet to and from Bari out of Gatwick using the CTC polybag method with absolutely no problems. It is worth contacting them (at customer.services@easyjet.com) to get an email confirming their acceptance, just in case you get an awkward individual at check-in.
At the same time it is worth getting them to confirm that there is no need to deflate tyres, they did this for me and it all went a treat.

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

11 May 2015 - 4:53pm
I have never used a CTC bag but I have carried a bagged bike (actually two) with Easyjet on at least 12 occasions. Every year I go touring and put our bikes in cardboard boxes(free if you can transport to and fro the airport) from bike shops for the outward trip. I dispose of the box on arrival (large biffa bin at the airport). On my return I buy a cheap tarpaulin from a DIY shop. I have never had any problems in either direct.

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

11 May 2015 - 3:28pm
I can't help with those two specifics but...

The CTC advise printing out this page (http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/fil ... ikebag.pdf) to prove that the bag is a "bike bag" for the benefit of any airline jobsworths

See their other advice here (http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/ ... /bikes-air)

journey of a lifetime (book)

11 May 2015 - 3:10pm
Folks my good friend Dave has just finished his book on touring across America,its a super read with lots of funny stories on places and people ,also good info on the route.
all money made on the sale will go to charity
dave is a great bloke does a lot for charity so please dig deep
you can order the book from www.dds4op.com just click on journey of a lifetime to order
thanks

jags.

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 2:21pm
jamesgilbert wrote:Yet another option (but again you'd need to check train times to see if it's feasible):

- Leave the car at Tyndrum
- Train to Oban, ferry to Castlebay
- Cycle up through Barra, Eriskay, the Uists and the southern bit of Harris (3-4 days)
- Ferry from Tarbert to Uig on isle of Skye
- Cycle across Skye to Armadale & short ferry over to Mallaig (2-3 days)
- Train from Mallaig to Tyndrum

+1 Excellent route. I have done it twice.

Al

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 2:05pm
Yet another option (but again you'd need to check train times to see if it's feasible):

- Leave the car at Tyndrum
- Train to Oban, ferry to Castlebay
- Cycle up through Barra, Eriskay, the Uists and the southern bit of Harris (3-4 days)
- Ferry from Tarbert to Uig on isle of Skye
- Cycle across Skye to Armadale & short ferry over to Mallaig (2-3 days)
- Train from Mallaig to Tyndrum

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 2:02pm
the buses on the islands are all set up to take bikes, we went from the buttof lewis back to stornoway to save retracing our steps. (and the time thing).

So once you get to the butt of lewis, you could get a bus back to the bottom of harris, then back on the ferry and buses down the islands all the way back to barra. Why not? can always cycle a bit if you feel like it too. There are Worse places in the world to wait for a bus too.

Then ferry back to oban.

If the winds going the wrong way, then buses up to the butt, then ride back. Simple.

Id think about going in the hostels if you can, its not the average holidaymaker that youll find in there! and a bit more respite from the youknowwhats.

oh yes, good book on cycling on the islands, get it or have a look at one in the library if you can. Richard barrett . cycling in the hebrides

http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detai ... VCn8Relgw8

CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

11 May 2015 - 1:35pm
I know this has been covered many times, but just a couple of points I would like clarified. I usually fly long haul with bike box so the poly Easyjet thing is new to me.

Firstly I thought these bags were a fiver, they now seem to be £12, is that right? As a CTC member presumably I can get a discount. Is that the platinum thing?

Secondly, has anyone actually had it confirmed by the Easyjet hierarchy that they accept these poly bags. Doing a search here, I find posts saying they were refused or had grief when using these bags with Easyjet. The Easyjet website just says use box or bike bag.

I am flying Southend to Jersey return (me £40 bike £70!!!).

Thanks in advance.

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 1:32pm
Are you committed to an End to End ride of the Hebrides?

As others have pointed out getting back to Oban in a week is going to be tough. Why not leave the car at Uig on Skye and take the ferry to Lochmaddy, plan a roughly circular route on the Hebrides, and return to Uig from Tarbet.

https://www.calmac.co.uk/article/2650/Hopscotch-14-Harris--Uists

You could explore Uist and Harris. Reinigeadal and Huisinis are well worth a look as also is the road out to Mealasta. The Butt of Lewis, apart from the lighthouse, is a bit disappointing

Re: Myanmar

11 May 2015 - 1:20pm
I went to Burma in Feb 2010, like Ive this was before the current liberalisation. Prices were cheap and things fairly basic. I think it is much the same now only prices particularly for accom have rocketed.

Road conditions were variable from good sealed to horrible broken up seal. You will be there in the dry season and it will be hot and dusty. You say Jan, I would advise missing very beginning as this wil still be holiday season for tourists and busier and more expensive.

You can now travel overland from Thailand and some have also continued to India, but that is more difficult. If flying in, then most go to Bangkok and then get a cheap AirAsia flight to Yangon. Visa easy to get in Bkk, but apparently long queues now.

Again I agree with looking at the LP site, lots of us there have been to Burma and there is loads of info. Use the advanced search to find relevant posts. Also look at crazy guy, a mate cycled there a few months ago and wrote it up on crazyguy. Something like the LP guidebook to Burma is a good starting point for places you will want to see.

Now you know lots have been there you will need to tailor your questions a bit. Tell me all you knows are very hard (and tedious) to answer.

Eurostar Sun 14 June/Weds 24 June - Bike tickets available

11 May 2015 - 12:57pm
Bit of a long-shot .... we have a booking on the Eurostar Bike service to Paris (check the bike in at St Pancras for the freight service - no bags or dismantling req) - one of our party has dropped out which means we have a spare ticket - it's for the train at about 1400 (check in by 1300) on Sun 14 June - the cost, discounted, is £22.00 (normally £30) each way.

AND we have the same deal coming back from Brussels on 24 June at about 1600

NOTE: This is for the BIKE ONLY - NOT A PASSENGER - you'd need a separate ticket for that (tickets we have are non-refundable)

If you want to buy either ticket please PM

Rob

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 12:46pm
I haven't added anywhere above 60°N to cycle.travel, because the SRTM elevation data only goes to 60°N and that's what's used for the hillshading on the map, for the route-planning calculations, and for the elevation profile display. Other sources of elevation data are available, but it'll be a lot of work to gather them together and to adapt the code to work with the various different formats, and it's not been my top priority.

The countries currently included in cycle.travel's mapping and route-planning are Andorra, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

(I am currently working on adding a couple more countries... but I'm afraid neither of them are Norway!)

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 12:43pm
Options for return to Oban:

a) Ride back.
Not really feasible if all the time you have is a week. The shortest route is Tarbert - Uig ferry, ride across Skye, ferry Armadale to Mallaig, ride to Lochaline, ferry to Mull, ferry Craignure to Oban. There's also the Kilchoan - Tobermory ferry, that works out about 5 miles further, or Corran ferry & Connel bridge (not via Mull) that's about 8 miles further than Tobermory.

b) ferry to Stornoway to Ullapool, ride to Inverness, train

c) ferry Tarbert - Uig, ride to Armadale, ferry to Mallaig, train

d) ferry Tarbert - Uig, ride to Kyle, train

e) ferry to Stornoway to Ullapool, Highland bike bus via Ullapool/Durness to Inverness, train
http://www.inverness-durness-highland-bike-bus.co.uk/
May be a bit late to book this.

Whatever, you'll probably need to investigate train timetables.

Re: Hebrides tour

11 May 2015 - 12:08pm
Getting back to the start (Oban) can be pretty difficult as far as I am aware. I am planning an Outer Hebrides tour - Vatersay to Butt of Lewis for next May and I had been planning to drive to Uig on the Isle of Skye and take the ferry to Lochmaddy on North Uist then take our 2 bikes on the bus to Eriskay (island connected to the southern tip of South UIst) and onto the Island of Barra and cycle to Vatersay;

Here's a link to bus services in Scotland and travelling with a bike;

http://www.travelinescotland.com/cms/co ... bike.xhtml

When we get to the Butt of Lewis we will be cycling to Stornoway, staying over night then taking the bus to Tarbet on Lewis to get the ferry back to Uig on Skye.

I have walked and cycled in the Outer Hebrides before and one thing not to underestimate is the strength of the wind. I remember one day planning to cycle from North Uist to South and only getting as far as Benbecula because the wind was almost blowing me backwards!

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

11 May 2015 - 12:06pm
jamesgilbert wrote:The new version is very slow for me too, but even with the old version I rarely used google maps for route planning as there are much better services out there (http://cycle.travel/map being one of the best in my opinion).

It seems a bit challenged geographically speaking. It finds Gol here in Norway, and can plan a route over to FInse but it then places Gol in Oslo and expects you to take the boat from Oslo to Haugesund (?) There is also virtually no information on the map north of Oslo...
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