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Re: Wild camping in England ???

2 March 2015 - 3:30am
Hi TM , I'm from Scotland and am familiar with the legislation re wild camping there. I'm just curious as to how to plan a relaxed trip such as the Coast and Castles route from Newcastle North. Seems it would be wise to book accommodation at different stages on the way up through England. I've no problem with that now that it's clear there's very little or any alternative available.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

2 March 2015 - 12:49am
I spent one of my wildcamping nights on slopes of Coniston old man once when I met this old guy on a bike. It was well off any path or bridleway. He'd taken up bikepacking when age limited him backpacking. A real character who spent 5 minutes moaning about how he'd just found out they'd turned off analogue TV signal meaning his tiny portable crt tv with car battery didn't work anymore. I kid you not he'd be riding the hills in the lakes and elsewhere pitching up and watching tv. His home area still had analogue so he'd not realised it was off elsewhere.

Anyway him and others I've met on bikes prove you can wildcamp in some areas without issues. If you want to wild camp pick your areas in England or go to most of Scotland. Parts around loch Lomond it's banned and other hotspots of poor camping behaviour.

Have fun doing it BTW.

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

1 March 2015 - 11:33pm
To be honest I would feel better paying as I can't really offer to host due to house size, we don't have a spare room.

This has been my point of view so far, I'd really like to use this as a visitor but I wouldn't be able to reciprocate.
I've never thought it fair to use the offer of places but not be able to host in return. Maybe paying a fee will ease this, but I do think it defeats the object somewhat

Re: Touring in Norway

1 March 2015 - 10:06pm
What to do in Norway somewhat depends on what you like... I usually tell visitors that Oslo is worth 2 or 3 days. Maybe more, if you like museums. http://www.visitoslo.com/n has information about the attractions, passes, etc. I usually take visitors to the Viking Ship Museum, and Bygdøy is a nice place to cycle, as well. Fram and Kontiki museums are also there. You can take you bike on the ferry, or cycle there.

Other things... Sognefjord and Aurlandfjord or perhaps Geirangerfjord. I like Aurlandsfjord, and Stegastein (a view point above the fjord), which you can get to by bicycle. That climb / descent is eell known amongst cyclists, and it's quite common to see cyclists on that road. It's not as famous as Trollstigen, but the ride across the mountains on Aurland is also amazing (but cold!). There are lots of things that visitors typically do, like hike up to Preikestolen that I guess you can fond out on the internet. I've never been there, but I'm not entirely comfortable with things like that, and prefer something like Stegastein

I also said I would recommend some routes... I think I have a suggestion, but I wanted to check a couple of things with a colleague, and will post here after I have done so.

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

1 March 2015 - 9:13pm
Fretz54 wrote:It appears that the rack is not suitable with Carridise bags. Some of the reviews have cut slots so the rack will take the carridise clips, I'm happy to do this as long as I can get them to fit.
hey Fretz
I have the same rack and the same bags... I bought it off here from a guy who modified it so they would fit will get a photo if you like
he just put 2 holes in each side look rough but it gets the job done.. hope this helps

Re: Chromebook for touring?

1 March 2015 - 9:04pm
BeeKeeper wrote:al_yrpal wrote:I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..


..used a huge amount of data as you were effectively watching a video of the PC screen.
I have used remote desktop programs extensively for work; the algorithms are very clever and only changed bits of the screen are sent. So unless you're watching a movie remotely, data use isn't too bad.
BTW if you're touring in France (and some other countries), 'Three' http://www.three.co.uk/ allow you to use your UK data allowance at no extra cost

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

1 March 2015 - 8:50pm
It appears that the rack is not suitable with Carridise bags. Some of the reviews have cut slots so the rack will take the carridise clips, I'm happy to do this as long as I can get them to fit.

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

1 March 2015 - 8:36pm
I have a pair of Carridise front panier bags that I hope will fit.

Re: Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

1 March 2015 - 8:22pm
You could give the Swissmobility site a throw http://map.veloland.ch/?lang=en&route=all - high grade mapping including this slice of Italy.

Re: Help

1 March 2015 - 7:59pm
Are you planning on using modern bags with that rack?

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

1 March 2015 - 7:43pm
I've hosted a few times but haven't managed to find someone to host me. My experiences have been enjoyable. I received a rather lengthy email from warmshowers during the week that I didn't have time to read, but will dig it out now. Thanks for the heads up.

Re: Help

1 March 2015 - 7:16pm
Yes that the one

Re: Chromebook for touring?

1 March 2015 - 6:25pm
I am very lucky, my son, who just called in, is an IT Manager just set up Chrome Remote Desktop which was beyond me (I was using the BT hubs IP address instead of my Windows machine's). I now have my PC on the Chromebook. I tried Photoshop and Lightroom and they both work great. I can now get everything running on the Chromebook, amazing! I can now easily copy all my PC files and photos into Google Drive using the Chromebook, although this can be done from the PC easily enough.

The other thing bugging me was the Epson 370 photo scanner presently connected to my old Windows PC. There isn't a driver for Chrome so it couldn't be used. But, my HP 7500 printer/scanner is web enabled. I found its IP address and put it in the Chrome browser and Hey Presto, there was a remote control panel for the scanner on the Chromebooks screen. I am able to scan now from the Windows PC via Chrome Remote Desktop or via the printer scanner.

I must try my tablet and phone on remote desktop as you have suggested.

Chromebook looking better and better.

Al

Re: Chromebook for touring?

1 March 2015 - 5:43pm
al_yrpal wrote:I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..


It will be interesting to hear how you get on. I tried a remote access app on my Android phone and was able to access my PC at home while sitting in a tent in France. It worked, but only after a fashion and used a huge amount of data as you were effectively watching a video of the PC screen.

Re: Touring in Norway

1 March 2015 - 4:00pm
It would be great if people could suggest specific places/roads I wouldn't want to miss while in Norway so I can try and work them into my route.

Re: Touring in Norway

1 March 2015 - 3:26pm
pal wrote:The Map Shop is a very good source for Norwegian maps, and also very helpful at advising if you aren't sure quite what you need: http://www.themapshop.co.uk/europe/rest/norway.htm The Nordeca 1:50,000 series covers the whole country -- but probably give more detail than you really need for cycle touring (and the cost mounts up, too!). You can get away with the 1:400,000 'Veikart' maps (4 sheets for the whole country) if you aren't planning on going off-road (to any great extent), and don't mind not knowing how steep the hills will be until you get to them (there's something to be said for ignorance being bliss, actually...). A compromise are the 1:100,000 'special sheets', which show contours, and a bit more detail -- but which don't cover the whole country (there's an index map on the Map Shop webpage).

Re. your question about Bergen: I'd say it's worth visiting -- it's one of my favourite cities in Norway (or anywhere). But: it isn't the nicest city to cycle in or out of, I have to say. It might be worth using a train or boat to avoid slogging through the suburbs? (There's a fast boat route from the end of the Sognefjord down to Bergen [and vice versa]).

I've got the Veikart maps now and they're just what i needed. I've also booked my flights so i'm committed now!

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

1 March 2015 - 3:07pm
To be honest I would feel better paying as I can't really offer to host due to house size, we don't have a spare room.

Never used the service due to this.

Dave

Re: Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

1 March 2015 - 2:44pm
raybo wrote:... specifically, one that bypasses Paiesco, for which there appears to a bypass road. But, the photos on ...
... either OFM and Velomap exhibit at least four alternatives:
1. A service road
2. The river
3. A forest path
4. The rail

... now, out of jokes and once on the place, I think that alternative 1 or 3 definitely will work !!



Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

1 March 2015 - 11:27am
fc101 wrote:That's the risk that eclipse chasers have to face. Even if the skies aren't clear, the experience of travelling to see total solar eclipses is still well worth the effort, and particularly when travelling by bike in remote, less visited parts of the world. People travel from all round the globe to be in just the right place to see probably the most spectacular event in nature. Strongly recommended - but I suspect it's too late for anyone wanting to book now to get to the Faroes for the 20th March.

I was in South Devon for the last one in the UK and we had cloud but it was still a weird experience. The birds flew into the bushes thinking it was time for bed. We had a BBQ in the garden and watched the traffic jams for the rest iof the afternoon as everyone tried to get back home. They would probably have been better on bikes!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

1 March 2015 - 1:15am
horizon wrote:....The only time you will have problems is in hotspots: beauty spots, sea fronts etc and there will often be a no camping sign (there is one on the coast path near where we live).


Strange thing in some parks/green spaces in London where they tell you what you cant do - often a very very long list, they forget to mention camping lol. I have been temped to try it out .....

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