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Weekend Cycle and Wild Camp

6 March 2015 - 2:39am
In the post for the 2015 cycle touring festival a few people commented that they would have gone but tickets sold out. It was suggested a get together for like minded tourers, does anyone fancy a weekend get together in April? Meet up on a Saturday Morning early cycle out to a wild camp site for the night then cycle back? I was thinking of about a 40 mile trip?

Anyone interested? Suggestions, choose a central location for camping?

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

6 March 2015 - 1:33am
I have just checked my current Emirates ticket and it says HILL SIMONMR. That is how it puts my name. It gets my name from my frequent flyer and I can't remember if my middle name is there. It is on my passport. I have never had a problem on 10s of flights.

My latest AirAsia ticket, used a week ago just says SIMON HILL no middle name and no problem.

What you quoted off your ticket doesn't say exactly match. First and last should be fine.

Another example is they sometimes say credit card should match ticket. I have 2 credit cards one Simon and another only S. I would never worry about them not matching.

Anything to take your mind off the pedalling hell to come!!!

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

6 March 2015 - 12:33am
A posh Alessi i corkscrew was taken from someone i know recently. Worth a fair bit.

But the corkscrew bit of it is totally recessed within the body, not exposed at all.

In fact it is so clever clever stylish italian design that after using it you sometimes have to struggle to retrieve the cork from its innards.

I appreciate the dilemma the authorities face but can't help but think that the SAS/mossad etc, and the islam extremist nutjobs that follow them, could fashion a deadly weapon from almost anything, and could buy it in the consumer heaven airport once they have passed through security.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 9:37pm
On another note be careful in changing any details on your passport as it is an identity document these days. Thats the only reason I have mine, so many situations I have needed it as a photo id.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 9:08pm
My full name is Mark Paul Hewitt it's on my passport. I don't recall ever using my full name on any flights ever. It's never even crossed my mind.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 8:27pm
millikino wrote:I work as a travel agent so should be able to advise here!!

You do not need your middle name on the booking, as long as it is a middle name and not a double barred surname you will be fine.
I sell about put through about 20 tickets a week actively ask my clients not for the middle name since airline systems can only carry a certain amount of characters-so it is easier/safer to leave it as first name/surname.

Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe, so I would be very surprised if they even asked you about it at check in

Have a great trip,i'm planning a round the world trip so will be cycling through Kyrgyzstan in November so you'll have to let me know how it goes

+1 for this. In a 'past life' I was a travel consultant too. Great fun, but indoors is bad for me! Middle name scenario is cool so long as initials and surname is EXACT. Happy holidays...b

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 7:46pm
millikino wrote:Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe...

Admittedly this incident this week wasn't in Europe, but...

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

5 March 2015 - 7:41pm
I'm in Stavanger just now. I'll nip in to the Tourist Information Office in the morning and ask about the ferry to Skudeneshavn, and the suitability of the E39 for cycling if you need to reach the Mortavika - Arsvagen ferry.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

5 March 2015 - 7:21pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:simonhill wrote:...I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

At the frack-free festival I went to last year, there were a few Beltane events set up which was great. As I'm taking my bike and tent for a 4 day spin around the IOW I'll be on the look out for any events. Any one know where I can gate-crash a celebration? That's one mission. The other mission is to try and spot a Glanville Fritilary. Hopefully I'm not too early but I could be lucky. And if I fail; I'll just have to go back again

(Off topic Simon, but I've found that red lentils, although harder to clarify, make lovely "cheat Dhall".)

Good luck on the IOW trip I did a trip round the coast with a friend on the 20th of December for two days, Gale force 8 winds! If you see a small teddy bear lying around near the needles please let me know, he was my mascott, the wind blew me clean off my bike and he got blown away too he answers to the name of A70 which is where I rescued him in Scotland (he had been run over several times). I am now missing our conversations on the bike, but just haven't been able to find a mascot to replace him.... real mascots can only be found through chance or coincidence!!

I haven't come across Beltane before looked it up sounds interesting!

Have Fun!

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

5 March 2015 - 7:08pm
Ortlieb here too
I have one that can be worn as a backpack, but it mostly a pannnier
works well, but spendy

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

5 March 2015 - 6:53pm
I haven't used Garmin-format OSM maps of the States but I have a bit of (ok, too much) experience of OSM generally in the US.

In urban areas it's pretty good.

In many rural areas, there's a systemic problem whereby dirt tracks, gravel roads, and tarmaced minor roads often aren't differentiated. (In OSM terms, they're all marked as 'highway=residential'.) That means auto-routing is unlikely to be reliable, and you won't be able to reliably find your way through a backwoods area using the map alone.

The situation is better (but still not perfect) for roads big enough to have a painted centreline. State Routes and upwards are usually ok, though it varies by state.

In other words, don't rely on OSM data as your only or even main navigational tool in the rural US.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 6:14pm
I work as a travel agent so should be able to advise here!!

You do not need your middle name on the booking, as long as it is a middle name and not a double barred surname you will be fine.
I sell about put through about 20 tickets a week actively ask my clients not for the middle name since airline systems can only carry a certain amount of characters-so it is easier/safer to leave it as first name/surname.

Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe, so I would be very surprised if they even asked you about it at check in

Have a great trip,i'm planning a round the world trip so will be cycling through Kyrgyzstan in November so you'll have to let me know how it goes

Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

5 March 2015 - 6:08pm
I'm doing a 4 week tour of USA and Canada (mostly US only 2 days in Canada), and I am planning to using my Garmin 800 for Navigation

The Garmin Maps for North America are $80, but I will probably never use them again

One of my friends that is also going has a Garmin, and there are 3 other people going who don't currently have, but are considering buying a Garmin

My questions are:

A: If I buy a map of USA can I share it (and the cost) with my friends
B: Does anyone have any experience of using the free OSM Maps in the US and how do they compare with the Garmin equivalent

Thanks in advance

Re: New free map app out for Android / iOS and works offline

5 March 2015 - 6:03pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I used it (as MapsWithMe) on my tiny little Android phone and it worked beautifully. I now use MapOut on the iPhone - similar offline maps with smooth vector rendering, but it has contours, hillshading and a couple of other bike-friendly features. Both OSM-based, of course.
I've just purchased MapOut (for my iPhone @£3.99) and it looks excellent. Uses vector maps (OSM) so quick to download (for offline use) and doesn't take too much storage. Fabulous maps, quite cycle oriented, does some really nice things with altitude plots (e.g. touch and hold two fingers on the screen and it will draw a line between your fingers and an altitude plot. Tap n a cycle route and a the section of the route is highlighted and an altitude plot drawn.

Not yet tried recording a track but certainly tracks/routes can be exchanged between Mac and iPhone (e.g. using AirDrop and other mechanisms I've not tried).

Previously I've been using ViewRanger but they now seem to be focussing more on the "Social Internet" aspects (sharing your tracks route to/from others on the web, logging on to their systems and buying more premium mapping and routes and not focusing in what I would consider core functionality (like the altitude plots in MapOut). e.g. a "major" (i.e. listed" feature of the latest release of ViewRanger is "the ability to change user profile picture and first and last names from user account menu" - which to my mind is really trivial when there are major mapping features they should be implementing.

So, depending on the recording functionality (resolution, battery use, etc.) I'll be switching to MapOut (it has already replaced my Apple Maps which is only online and uses mapping full of errors).

Ian

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

5 March 2015 - 5:35pm
Thanks for all the replies already!

Good to know about the local produce. Also those weather sites were really useful to get a feel for what the weather will be like, thanks a lot! It seems like we'll be getting a bit of rain when we're there... (August/September)

MartinBrice: that's actually the exact map that I have! It seems great! I was just wondering if there were additional camp spots around, but given I now know that wild camping is allowed, I'm not too worried about it. Probably only need campgrounds when we want to shower.

Vorpal: thanks for that food thread link, that's super useful! Lots of great tips on there!

nmnm: thanks for that route tip! I googled the Lysefjord boulder and it looks amazing! I'll definitely try to go there if we have enough time.

Does anyone know anything about the ferry from Stavanger to Skudeneshavn?

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

5 March 2015 - 5:24pm
I did a job at Heathrow 3 days after Lockerbie. Ever single car going to departures was being searched. I was going to the luggage handling side with a whole car full of metals boxes full of my kit, no security checks, no passes, nothing. Some cargo containers were left open and anyone could have put anything inside one.
My client's security pass was 6 months out of date.

The same on Army bases in the NI 'troubles'. Front entrance all top security. Rear just drive right in.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 5:16pm
99.99% sure that when we've booked air tickets (BA & EasyJet) we've only used first names and not middle. I'd be 100% sure but Mrs gaz does the bookings.

Await further replies before deciding what to do.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

5 March 2015 - 5:13pm
simonhill wrote:...I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

At the frack-free festival I went to last year, there were a few Beltane events set up which was great. As I'm taking my bike and tent for a 4 day spin around the IOW I'll be on the look out for any events. Any one know where I can gate-crash a celebration? That's one mission. The other mission is to try and spot a Glanville Fritilary. Hopefully I'm not too early but I could be lucky. And if I fail; I'll just have to go back again

(Off topic Simon, but I've found that red lentils, although harder to clarify, make lovely "cheat Dhall".)

Airline ticket / passport not matching

5 March 2015 - 4:56pm
Can anyone advise me on flying without my middle name on my passport being on the airline ticket?

I have booked a return ticket with Turkish Airlines from Edinburgh to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via Istanbul.
I leave on Mat 26th
When I booked on line the site asked for first name and last name.
So I entered Matthew & Newton
When I was checking through things today I looked at the site again and in very small print it does say that the name on the ticket should match the passport name.
When I called the Airline the lady said I should have entered 2 names ( Matthew William) in the section for first name.
I said this wasn't clear and could she change the ticket. She didn't have the authority to change the ticket and asked me to fill in a complaint form on line.
I have done that and have a reference number but have to wait 7 working days for a reply.
I suspect it will be that they cannot change the ticket name and I will not be able to fly with my passport as it reads.

I do have the option to change the name on my passport ( drop the middle name ) but don't want to do this unless necessary. And I'm not sure how easy it would be and any future personal consequences.

Any folk have experience of travelling without their middle name on their ticket?
Could I take additional identification with my photo on?
Anyone any ideas on how best to proceed?

Many thanks

Matthew (William) Newton

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

5 March 2015 - 4:28pm
I am glad they have sold out, anyone sticking their (financial) neck out like this deserves a bit of success.

My initial thought, when it was first posted here a a while ago, was who will be attending. I would be interested to see a breakdown of those there and why they went. How many are actual or budding cycle tourists and how many are vicarious travellers.

Also, I noticed that 3 of the 9 listed talks/workshop topics were about things like writing for magazines, blogging and film making. I wonder how many people see cycle touring as a route to a career in travel writing, the media, etc?

I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

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