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Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

7 August 2015 - 5:21pm
Trike on train? Not much chance! You can be in open country from Europort Rotterdam in a few minutes and once past Rotterdam eastwards it's pleasant enough and you don't have to go through the city to pass it. A week could easily get you up into the Düsseldorf area and back (you might get on some of the German trains). Alternatively you could cross the Maas and go up through Gouda to Utrecht etc.
I'll be on the ferry next week - looking forward to it!

Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

7 August 2015 - 5:05pm
If it is of any help, we used a hotel in an Amsterdam suburb, it was by a fast rail route into the centre and next to it was a bike shop with underground bike storage facility, many of the dutch were doing just that when commuting into the centre. We our bike were perfectly safe stored there during our stay. Sadly i do not recall where it was exactly.

Quite frankly i do not think i would travel anywhere via Calais at present and would choose Hull esp if i lived closer to it.

Holland would certainly be a destination of choice for a short break that is flattish.

Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

7 August 2015 - 2:59pm
Another option I guess is take the car on the Dover/Calais ferry or Dover/dunquerke and drive somewhere and do a circular tour. Don't think I could afford to take the car on the hull to Rotterdam ferry.

Ideas for week long continental tour?

7 August 2015 - 2:56pm
I'm looking for suggestions please.

The main criteria is to be flatish. Ive got a recumbent trike and it's not good on the hills....neither am I actually!

I live close to Hull so had been thinking of getting a ferry from there to Rotterdam or maybe Zebrugge. But a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo is a possibility.

Id thought of maybe cycling the Rhine Route from Rotterdam??? But was worried that that end of the Rhine is a bit industrial/not very pretty? It looks nicer in parts of Germany?

Is it possible to get a train easily from Rotterdam a bit further inland/towards Germany and find somewhere more picturesque to cycle? But I don't want to waste too much time travelling and im worried about getting a recumbent trike on a train (it does fold up a bit but still very big and hard to manoeuvre in and out of trains when folded).

Ive never been to Bruges and that looks nice for a visit. Don't really want to go to Amsterdam as im worried about all the bike thefts. Don't really want the North sea coast route either as I can imagine if it's windy it wouldn't be very pleasant.

Any ideas?

Re: car hire v train prices

7 August 2015 - 1:58pm
TonyR wrote:In Great Britain, 22 million households (84%) had Internet access in 2014, up from 57% in 2006.
Fixed broadband Internet connections were used by 91% of households.

How can more households use fixed internet connections than have internet access?
I suspect that it is 91% of the 22 million/84% (so about 76% of total households) - a small (but generally diminishing) number of places use a fixed wireless system or even a satellite link in particularly remote locations.





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