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Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

30 January 2015 - 12:43pm
Great stuff thats all I really needed to know.
We plan to use the route as our main trip and camp up and make detours off to the side will be using tourers so can handle a bit of rough stuff just full kit would be too much if the route is too 'rustic'. Found some very 'rustic' sustrans routes in Norfolk a few years ago - barely passable on a loaded tourer.

Cheers,
Tina.

Re: Touring Asia

30 January 2015 - 12:22pm
simonhill wrote:My cycling in China has only been in the South, mainly Yunnan. I suspect the reason you can't find much about your route is that it is not a favoured area for cycling. The East coast and inland is the most densley populated, most industrial, etc, etc in China.

Most cyclist seem to prefer Chengdu and west, with Yunnan being a favourite. Others are coming or going to the Stans overland route and so are also more to the west.

Guangxi is nevertheless a mountainous further inland, with many famous landscapes, though Guilin to the north has more of this. Hunan also includes famous mountainous sights like Wulingyuan in the Wuling mountains. Hubei similarly has some mountains. Thus one can be travelling through attractive mountainous landscapes without going so deep inland, once you've got across the north China plain (eg Henan). And given the broad curve of the Chinese coastline going so far inland is a broadly direct cycling route from Beijing to the Vietnamese border. Though there will also be some flatter agricultural basins to cross, though you can limit this by bending a little further west.

Re: Touring Asia

30 January 2015 - 9:05am
Thanks

Jimmie

Re: Touring Asia

30 January 2015 - 5:53am
Sorry, I won't be home till April.

My cycling in China has only been in the South, mainly Yunnan. I suspect the reason you can't find much about your route is that it is not a favoured area for cycling. The East coast and inland is the most densley populated, most industrial, etc, etc in China.

Most cyclist seem to prefer Chengdu and west, with Yunnan being a favourite. Others are coming or going to the Stans overland route and so are also more to the west.

You may find more help on the LP site https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... -your-bike
there are also country forums for specific non cycling questions. Try to ask specific questions rather than tell me all you know ones.

Taking your bike on the excellent trains in China is easy and cheap. Book bike in a day or two early as freight and its there when you get off your sleeper train.

The Lao to Chiang Mai route is good, I've ridden most of it over the years, but it is tough if you are going to ride it all. Where they say transfer (ie bus) these bits are often the hardest or most remote sections.

If you can get hold of very old LP book on cycling in SE Asia, there is a route profile of Hanoi to DBP just to give you an idea (don't buy, try library).

As I said, won't be able to have a chat but I am happy to try to answer any questions (within reason).

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

30 January 2015 - 5:37am
Hi Tina, I toured a lot of this last summer on my way to Africa, the route was pretty good, no problems other than some trees down after a storm. I'm sure they will be cleared now. Some of the route wouldn't be great on an out and out road bike but fine on any tourer.

The only bit I didn't ride was a detour I took toward Mazamet before heading back to Narbonne.

The route is wonderful.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

30 January 2015 - 5:30am
Haven't booked yet Simonhill, not sure if virgin fly out of Cape Town. Will check when I'm on wifi. Thanks.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

30 January 2015 - 5:21am
Might be a bit late now, but I was thinking as I was pedalling along yesterday....

Virgin are a bike friendly and PR happy airline. Is it worth approaching them with your dilemma. Tell them about your trip and ask if they can help you get home. You could agree to something like a photo and write up in their inflight mag.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

29 January 2015 - 11:05pm
mcallaghan wrote:I think the only difference is that I extended down the cycle route through the forest at the southern most point...onto the 'Lon Las Cerfni' route.

Newborough forest is worth a detour and if you fancy a walk, Llanddwyn Island (the bit sticking out SW from the forest) is nice with great views of Snowdonia.

Re: Eurovelo route 15 - please comment on our plans!

29 January 2015 - 10:53pm
I'll be watching this post too. Thinking of flying to cologne, then rising north to Arnhem or further before getting ferry home as only have less than a week. Any advice re cycling out of the airport would be appreciated!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

29 January 2015 - 9:51pm
Vorpal wrote:I haven't been to Conwy Castle, but often at places like that, it's okay to leave panniers with reception.

Yes, my bike has been locked up inside several castles. Just talk nicely to the staff. The hill near Conwy castle is ferocious!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

29 January 2015 - 9:42pm
I think the only difference is that I extended down the cycle route through the forest at the southern most point...onto the 'Lon Las Cerfni' route.

Avenue Verte GPX route

29 January 2015 - 9:30pm
Hi All,

I'm helping to guide a charity ride this summer from London to Paris following the Avenue Verte. I've got a copy of the Sustrans Official Guide and I'm surprised that I can't find any reference to a definitive GPX route guide in the publication. Does anyone know of a GPX route which exactly mirrors the Sustrans Guide?

Cheers

Martin

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

29 January 2015 - 9:24pm
That track looks about the same as my one. It may miss out on some of the best bits, but it's the right length and takes in the real "essence" of Anglesey. You should enjoy it.

Avenue Verte GPX route

29 January 2015 - 9:13pm
Hi All,

I'm helping to guide a charity ride this summer from London to Paris following the Avenue Verte. I've got a copy of the Sustrans Official Guide and I'm surprised that I can't find any reference to a definitive GPX route guide in the publication. Does anyone know of a GPX route which exactly mirrors the Sustrans Guide?

Cheers

Martin

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

29 January 2015 - 8:36pm

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

29 January 2015 - 3:36pm
[emoji14]I'll take your advice. Thank you. It's the same here in the South West save for the rain!

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

29 January 2015 - 3:02pm
mr riff raff wrote:My employer (a FTSE 100 company with 1000+ outlets) used to have a deal until recently with Yodel that would do any thing up to 25kg for under £4+ VAT so I wouldn't bet on it!Very interesting. I wonder if maybe they do some big multi-parcel / single address pick-ups or deliveries, which'd bring the price down, whereas this new service will be all bitty at both ends - one parcel per location at pick-up and same at delivery.

Bordeaux to Narbonne

29 January 2015 - 2:56pm
Has anyone toured this route recently? All the stuff I can find online is a few years out of date. I am aware that the French are improving their routes and I wondered if this was one of them.

Updates on the state of the towpath along the Canal du Midi would be useful.

Also anyone got any favourite campsite to look out for?

Thanks,
Tina.

Re: New Forest Tour

29 January 2015 - 1:49pm
We used to also holiday at Cadnam. The Roman road through the woods there is very nice as well.

Re: New Forest Tour

29 January 2015 - 12:53pm
tatanab wrote:Do not forget the area in the north of the forest - NE of Ringwood. Geographically very different to the south.
I have never really been into the North of the Forest. Nearest i went was the Rufus Stone on a History trip years ago . Will definitely look into that area.

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