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D137 Rochefort to Saintes

25 January 2015 - 10:18pm
Just on the off chance, does anyone know if this road is unpleasantly busy?
It seems to have been by passed by an E road and looks quiet enough on Streetview. It even has a cycle lane each side. Its dead flat, dead straight and not particularly interesting, but if useable it could close a gap for us quite neatly. I'm just a bit nervous about riding along thick red lines!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

25 January 2015 - 10:07pm
Thanks for that - your suggestion caught me at a vulnerable moment with nothing much in the unread folder

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

25 January 2015 - 9:52pm
That could be useful, thanks. It's not the Icelandic mountain bike club is it? I might try contacting them, think they have a forum or something.

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

25 January 2015 - 8:48pm
nmnm wrote:Looking for Bike Magic?
We’ve put the brakes on our bike delivery service but you can still send your luggage using Bag Magic.You guys with your tricky questions have frightened them off!

You have to reckon though, the parcel courier industry is quite competitive and no-one is within a mile of this price. They can't last long charging £10 to move a 30kg box door-to-door within the UK, I reckon, even with Brent Crude so cheap!

I understand they were all signed up to use City Link...

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 8:29pm
Burley has a useful YHA that allows camping that is nicely situated for walks - so you have all the amenities at a good price - inside members kitchen and free showers. I Used it as a base some time ago and had a good time riding around

Re: St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 7:14pm
Sounds feasble, I suppose the route could be varied to end at a pick point rather than go to nice and back track.

Re: St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 6:54pm
I got this book recently but haven't had time to read it properly yet, however, I was thinking of riding down and getting the European BikeBus back.

Would that work for you?

Re: Holland cycle route info

25 January 2015 - 6:47pm
BARRACH wrote:Don't know if I should use a new post but what I would like to know is if I take my ebike, does anyone know what I should do
regarding recharging the battery. I could take my own charger but unlikely plugs would fit. Would I need a European adaptor.
Thanks
You probably would do better to start a new post - you're more likely to get an answer.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 6:22pm
looserlama wrote:I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.There are a few bowls in the landscape around which are the remains of the volcanoes. What you see in Le Puy (tourist websites show it nicely) are the plugs left when the rest has eroded away. It is quite dramatic, and the walk on steep cobbled streets by the cathedral and up to the statue of the Virgin Mary are well worth doing. You can climb stairs inside the statue for a higher viewpoint, or you could last time I was there about 25 years ago.

Camping book - I use it for a bit of planning before I go, but it also contains small maps which at least give an idea of which towns have campsites (10,000 of them) and I photocopy those to take with me.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

25 January 2015 - 5:59pm
With regards Anglesey, I wouldn't be too concerned as long as I was on the old A5, not the current dual carriageway. It's at position (mile?) 9 that the track takes you onto the dual carriageway. Go across the roundabout and you'll be on the old A5. Some traffic, but can be deserted at times.

St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 5:53pm
Having recieved a copy of France en Velo for christmas I am considering doing the trip in late August/Sept. Having had problems with geting a bike back home in one piece and at a reasonable cost from the South of France on several occasions I intend using a modified P Type Brompton, which I have used for several long tours. As usual my trip will be solo, unsupported and camping wherever possible. Fortunatly I have the benifit of no time limit. Unfortunatly most guides tend to gloss over the difficulties so any advice on the route and campming facilities would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 5:37pm
Awesome, thanks for your replies!

I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.

Good to know there are signs for the Priorité à droite rule. I'm always careful when I come to a junction anyway, but having signs makes me feel a bit more comfortable.

Thanks for the tip about the campsite book, but frankly I'm trying to minimize the number of hard copy books/maps I'm bringing, so I think I'll just stick with googling campsites or using the ones already marked on the map. I don't think that should be an issue. If I decide to come back and do a trip only through france, that book would be really useful though!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

25 January 2015 - 4:58pm
Just read a great book on my kindle on just such a trip. You may find it interesting also. Its called CYCLING
NORTH THROUGH FRANCE by Elan Homer. He started his trip in Santander cycling all the way to Roscoff.

Re: Touring in Sweden

25 January 2015 - 4:28pm
The weather is often very good in southern Sweden and Norway in May, but there is a risk that some roads will not be open further north and in the mountains. http://www.visitnorway.com/en/about-nor ... ng-winter/ shows the main roads that close in Norway. I imagine there is something similar for Sweden. When the roads open in in srping / summer depends upon the weather. I was over Aurland fjell on midsummer day last year and there was quite a lot of snow up there still.

The other things is that while it might be 25 degrees on a nice day in May in Gothenburg or Oslo, winter conditions may still prevail on a high mountain road, even if it's open. The temperature could well be below zero, and all possible camping spots snow covered.

It's fine if you are prepared for it, and check in advance that your route is open.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 4:15pm
Do not forget the area in the north of the forest - NE of Ringwood. Geographically very different to the south.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 4:09pm
Worth knowing that there are a lot of off-road cycle routes in the Forest and they are all of the sort you can take a road bike on without problems so consider including some of those in your route. But best stick to the marked ones and the Rangers get a bit upset if you wander off them.

The ride from Bolderwood down the Rhinefield ornamental drive to Brockenhurst is nice. You can return off road to Lyndhurst and then via Emerson Down with a possible detour to the Oak in Bank.

Re: Holland cycle route info

25 January 2015 - 3:48pm
Don't know if I should use a new post but what I would like to know is if I take my ebike, does anyone know what I should do
regarding recharging the battery. I could take my own charger but unlikely plugs would fit. Would I need a European adaptor.
Thanks

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 3:05pm

Re: Thailand 2015

25 January 2015 - 2:35pm
You can get the train to Kanchanaburi ..You need to go to Bangkok Noi railway station . A tuk tuk is about the best way to get there..Tie your bike on the back..Train will take your bike no problem..
Lots of ways to get to Chiang Mai..from Kanchanaburi go to Suphan Buri..north to Nakhon Sawan..head north to Pichit and then
to Phitsunalok..From there head to Sukhothai..and then north towards Lampang..Do not go to Uttaradit and then north..The road is busy and not very wide..Much better to go north from Sukhothai..visit old ruins..
Hilly towards Lampang..Then head to Lamphun ..visit the elephant hospital near Lampang..From Lamphun head to CM..
Riding on the main highway from Suphan Buri is quick but boring..Get a good map and take the back roads..Chances are you will always find a resort/bungalow/hotel to stay in..
If you get chance go out with the Chiang Mai sunday cycling club..meet 7am at Thapae Gate..100 cyclists sometimes..
You will do this ride easily in 2 weeks..
If you want another route get the train to Ayuthyya ..about 50k north of Bangkok..head to Lopburi and then Uthai Thani and Nakhon Sawan..and join suggested route..
You can take a bike on any 3rd class train but not second or first or express train..
You can fly back from CM to Bangkok if you wish..Send your bike by cargo Air Asia if you wish or box it up and take as luggage..
Stay out of big cities if possible..leave them early ..say 5am to 6 am and ride till 11am and try and finish for the day ..Treat every Thai driver with caution..Wear long sleeve shirts..Wear a bandana under your helmet..and long shorts..
Could be quite wet in July August..bring a waterproof!

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 2:31pm
Love the new forest. Used to go there for Easter holidays when we were kids.

Ornamental drive is very nice, if sometimes a little busy.
Lymington is nice, and you can get the ferry to the isle of wight from there.
As we,d generally stay in Brokenhurst there's a great walk from there (and a caravan club site I think!) across to the pub at Bank. My grandparents used to stay at a camp site called Holidays hill which was a fantastic site. Sadly it was closed by the forestry commission, but you can still go there to see the adder pits.
Bucklers Hard is a rather nice village to visit as well.

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