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Re: Thames path

3 June 2014 - 2:30pm
At least one section between Maidenhead and Windsor is for walkers only. I think there is a section near Chertsey like that as well but I only noticed after I had cycled almost to the end of it.

Re: Thames path

3 June 2014 - 2:12pm
I've walked between Radcot and Pangbourne, and it's not something I would want to cycle: narrow, muddy, limboing under trees, stiles, flight of steps.....

But then I don't see the appeal of off road cycling anyway.

Re: Lyon to the Alps - September 2014

3 June 2014 - 1:55pm
I did the opposite direction a couple of years ago Milan to Lyon. Unfortunately I can never remember exactly where I've been so I'll have to check my diary and get back to you. I know that we were planning to ride up the Col du grand St Bernard but due to bad weather we went up the Petite St Bernard instead from Aosta. I was told in advance that this might be busy with traffic but it was really quiet. I do know we stayed in Albertville, Lac Annecy and a couple of days in Bourg d'oisans.

Re: Lyon to the Alps - September 2014

3 June 2014 - 1:33pm
How about following part of the ViaRhona from Lyon to somewhere near Annecy (http://www.viarhona.com/) before heading east into the mountains towards Chamonix?

I'd avoid the Arve valley (through Bonneville, Cluses, etc.) as it's full of industrial sites and a big motorway.

Re: Thames path

3 June 2014 - 1:15pm
I used to use the stretch between Oxford and Abingdon for my commute and although it was certainly manageable, it wasn't particularly easy - I was a very laid-back commuter! Narrow and rutted in the summer, muddy in the wet and rather indirect in the way meandering rivers are.
Having said that, it was loverly...

Re: Thames path

3 June 2014 - 12:53pm
I ve only done from Windsor to Dartford. The bits near Windsor hard for bikes, too narrow as it is a PATH for walkers.

Re: Cycling in Vienna

3 June 2014 - 12:10pm
And be prepared for the traffic lights.


Thames path

3 June 2014 - 11:58am
One of my usual cycling-holiday companions is suggesting that this autumn we cycle along the Thames path from West to East, starting near its source in the region of Fairford. Has anyone tried that, and, if so, what are the pluses and minuses ?

Re: Dover to London for family

3 June 2014 - 11:50am
I don't know those routes myself, but I have found that Sustrans routes can be difficult to navigate with a loaded tandem. Some places have access barriers that can be difficult to get a tandem through. If you are carrying luggage, it's even worse. I've had to lift the tandem over barriers sometimes because it didn't fit through.

Maybe someone who knows the routes can comment on the type and frequency of barriers.

Re: opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

3 June 2014 - 11:37am
Hi
I had the same problem last year on the tourist raid, also the Tourmalet was closed. Check out http://pyreneescycling.bike/col-du-tourmalet-open-2014/ for up to date info on all the cols

In the end I had to route through Lourdes and pick up the route around the Col de Aspin. Unfortunately although I finished the ride I had missed some of the control points so no medal! But it didn't matter as it's a great ride whichever way you go.

I don't think many would have completed the full course last year with the Tourmalet out for so long from one side.

Just go and take it day by day

Cheers

Re: Somerset Tour

3 June 2014 - 8:40am
Thanks for all the comments - maybe my expectations are unrealistic but much of the accommodation noted seems quite expensive, or am I just out of touch?

Neil - mileage depends on my knee & topography i.e. I will try and avoid hills insofar as possible, likewise depending on how I get on would hope to tour for up to a week or so. Whilst I have often driven through and around Somerset in the past, only since my daughter moved there have I started to get to know the county better and very nice it is too. So much so might even move there, so am interested in getting to know the county at a slower pace i.e on a bike. I like the idea of CTC hospitality scheme (which I did not know existed, where can I find it?) and Warm Showers is a good idea too - will take a look.

I

Re: Dover to London for family

2 June 2014 - 11:50pm
Thx Freeflow for the link. It looks superb And your advice has some merit to it. Going along the coast is probably not a bad idea. Hopefully the weather will call for some bathing en route.

And about London: It's a reason in its own right, isn't it? We are spending 4 nights there, doing all the tourist "musts": musical, London eye, Madame Tussaud's, London Bridge, Camden lock. We are on a 3 "years" journey from Oslo to Paris, via Amsterdam and London. This year's leg is Amsterdam-London. The kids enjoy the bicycling, but having an iconic goal as London certainly helps on the motivation

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

2 June 2014 - 11:28pm
I am very close to cash in on your virtual pint, Hufty I got these e-mails from sean at norwegian's contact center:

"Since on our homepage the passenger can only order bike without hardcase, then there shall be no problem for the passenger to arrive at London Gatwick airport with his bike/s whitout hardcase packaging. The passenger is allowed to transport the bike/s with or without hardcase packaging. This is up to the him. Norwegian takes no responsability if the bike/bikes are damaged under transport if they are not packaged in a hardcase.
Mvh/Kind regards.
Sean
Contact Centre"

I then asked him to confirm: "The question is not about arriving at LGW but departing from LGW. Can you confirm that it is possible to check in bicycles at LGW in a soft bicycle bag?"

And got this answer:
"There shall be no problem for you to check inn you're bikes without hardcase in att London Gatwick Airport."

It might be too early to fully enjoy your pint, but I am anyway going to try, showing up at check in with the bikes in CTC plastic bags.

Re: Somerset Tour

2 June 2014 - 11:16pm
How long have you got? How many miles a day?
Stourhead is lovely and the road north from here through Kilmington Common is lovely, bear right and drop down over Gare Hill, through Trudoxhill and into Nunny which it's small but very interesting moated castle, through Leigh on Mendip then Oakhill, past the Mendip Golf Club for a beautiful descent to Wells with distant views of the levels and Glastonbury. Wells has the cathedral aside the City of London is the smallest city in England. There is a Sustrans route along an old railway which then takes you across the levels to Glastonbury.

Prior to this is a very pretty wooded ride to Stourhead from Wincanton, you head east parallel to the A303 and there is a zig zagged road heading NW then East through woodland that leads to Stourhead.

Does this help?
Neil

PS I run the CTC Hospitality Directory, staying with a cyclist is great fun, we hosted a Portugese cyclist last week. The other directory is Warm Showers.

Lyon to the Alps - September 2014

2 June 2014 - 11:11pm
Hello, I am planning a cycle camping two week trip from Lyon, with initial goals to ride around Mont Blanc. This will in the middle two weeks of September. Apart from the climbs I hope to take it easy, but I know my bike will be loaded. Any recommendations and places to avoid etc. would be appreciated. Cycling companions too for that matter would also be welcome.

Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 10:53pm
OK it's 500 metres from Gloucestershire, the joys of a forum.
Glad my typo brought a smile to a few faces

Anyway the place has filled, so thanks for looking
Neil

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

2 June 2014 - 10:47pm
I use the Grilliput Portable Camping Grill with optional charcoal basket called a firebowl and it's ace. The BBQ on its own is phenomenally portable.

Re: Cycling in Vienna

2 June 2014 - 10:36pm
I have cycled along the northern bank of the Danube through Vienna and it was an interesting experience. From what I can remember, the path was decent and straightforward. Very busy with pedestrians. We seemed to go through a variety of cultures as we cycled along. One section was full of romany people and one large group were busy spit roasting a large pig. Further along we passed through a nudist section full of middle aged people with portly figures.

Re: Touring in Northern Norway

2 June 2014 - 10:30pm
I bought a few gas cartridges from petrol station shops when touring between Trondheim and Tromso a couple of years back. I took a multi fuel stove and switched to petrol as it was cheaper to run.

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