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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.


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.


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 .....

Re: Wild camping in England ???

1 March 2015 - 12:48am
I used to "wild camp" all over the British Isles (... and America, Canada, Europe ...) in my younger days. Why? because I was hitch-hiking and trying to get to a campsite didn't seem worth the effort or wasn't always possible. But when I started cycle touring - joy of joys, you could actually get to a campsite. OK, some were a bit expensive, most not, and you had a shower and some peace of mind.

I don't really see the point of wild camping in the UK, France or Germany. But there are times when there are no campsites within reach - I was stuck one night in North Cornwall (yes, it's hard to believe). But a few enquiries later and I was happily ensconced in someone's back garden.

I don't think trespass comes into it - you just ask. And if there's no-one to ask then it's probably going to be all right anyway. On my last trip to Spain I wild camped and always looked for someone to tell them I was there!

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).

So go for it, but make life easy and ask - you might get a nice spot!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

1 March 2015 - 12:21am
it is less stressful if u just use a bivvy bag. I did that for a short time last summer near to where I live to try out the idea and found lots of places where you could stay for a night. obviously only fun if the weather is fine

Re: Wild camping in England ???

1 March 2015 - 12:16am
I was always told trespass is still a civil offence requiring the landowner to identify you, take you to court (sue you) and proving that you deprived them of something. By the last thing I mean you caused financial damage, physical damage to land/property or prevented them from going about their business. For example you left a gate open and their sheep got out resulting in one getting hit by a car. That's a contrived situation but you get the idea. Actually, I'm wrong about that last one. About 10 years ago I believe trespass was partially made a criminal offence if you stopped the landowner from carrying out their business.

As far as simple camping without fire or damage you'll be unlikely to have problems if you are away from roads, buildings, above the highest fell wall, etc. Basically in a discrete location. Pitch late, strike early. I've never had any issues in the lakes and not heard of anyone else having problems.

Northumbria I believe have a few formal wild camping spots on footpaths but IIRC some on bridleways which could be good for bikepacking. Dartmoor has legalised wildcamping in most areas (not sure if that's open to all areas or if there's zones it's legal in). I understand the New Forest has a few legal wildcamping areas. All other areas of England it is not legal but it's a civil offence requiring the landowner to take you to court for it. Unlikely but they do have the right to move you on. Above all do not try wildcamping on low levels but above all improved farmland.

If you join the backpackers club they give you a list of landowners who let the club members and others camp on their land. Some even provide access to drinking water and I've heard even toilet facilities. Other websites even give landowners who'll let you camp on their land for a token fee, informal I think.

If you were walking there's always the mountain bothy association. Some bothies aren't too far from road, but the best like that get trashed. Well not the best but the easiest to reach. BTW there's an excellent one north end of isle of Skye if you're ever cycling round there.

You'll be lucky to get away with wildcamping on a cycle tour in England I think as you'll probably want to stay near the road and you're bike. There's a lot of campsites around I think.

One last thing. No fires in England especially peak district. You'll come a cropper in the peak district.

All above info is my understanding of wildcamping across England. Might be wrong but it's a good basis. I've been wildcamping in lakes a lot over last 10 years without any issues. Got a lot of good spots sorted and a few special ones yet to try. One to try is on top of a rocky outcrop, invisible to people passing below and you would never think you could camp there too. It has a nice level and dry grassy spot big enough for 2 small tents if small enough. I'd be using a tarp when I get up there.

Re: Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

28 February 2015 - 11:48pm
I got this reply from a personal email:

Sorry but you’re out of luck on this one. In many cases the tunnel builders leave the old road in place, but here unfortunately the tunnel blocked the old road. This screenshot from Google Maps shows the problem. If you go onto Google Streetview you can follow the road from (going towards SM Maggiore) into the tunnel and see what I mean. if you look carefully you’ll get a glimpse of where the old road ends.

The tunnel if pretty well lit (if you go on Google Streetview you’ll see what I mean) and the road surface is pretty good. However, bear in mind that there is a 9% gradient (or at least there’s a sign saying a 9 per cent gradient, but I don’t think this is the average gradient for the whole tunnel) - the good news is that if you are going towards Domodossola in that you’ll be quickly through the tunnel, but the bad news is you’ll be going fairly quickly (unless you keep the brakes on of course). I’d definitely wait to give your eyes time to adjust. I think it’s a good idea to carry a light that allows you to see by, for emergences - although in this case you probably won’t need it.

Alternative options are to go through Ascona (you’ll probably need to push through the pedestrian area) avoiding the tunnel that’s off-limits to bikes and then follow the lakeside road to Cannobio - or climb to Malesco and then descend to Cannobio. I’d suggest either getting the boat from Cannobio to Luino, or the ferry from Verbania to Laveno, and then following the road on the quieter eastern side of the lake to Sesto Calende. Don’t miss the Eremo di Santa Caterina.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

28 February 2015 - 11:16pm
quick update on my discussions with Garmin:

I bought the city navigator maps to solve my woes with the edge touring not wanting to use A roads... turned up didn't work .... the postcode search left my device sat there with the ride button frozen... They felt my device was at fault even, though I told them that the postcode search on the open maps worked?? They insisted so they took my unit in for RMA, on the brightside new unit turned a short while later. Guess what, same problem... so now they are taking my card back to be re-programmed. The young lady started to tell me how they should be charging me 35 quid to reprogram?????? I pointed out that it was new and how do you charge £35 quid for a reprogram...

and then I pointed out that my Garmin Virb no longer uploads to garmin connect via garmin express as it just fails... wait for it.... after speaking to customer services/tech support and being told that you should use Virb Edit, I pointed out that it doesn't upload to garmin connect they told me it does..... after proving it with screenshots they then told me that the garmin Virb is not supported by garmin express and if I want my rides from the virb in garmin connect i have to export them and import them manually FFS....

I am going to try and find the name/details of the head of uk garmin etc.. send him my woes and see what his response is... so far my opinion of GARMIN is GARBAGE! If i get the navigator maps and they still don't let me use A roads I think I will do something silly with my device!

If you are thinking of buying this device... don't please don't or if you are really really going to buy it... buy mine

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

28 February 2015 - 9:50pm
BeeKeeper wrote:The time to be in the Faroes is on the 20th March this year for the total eclipse. Of course the chances of it being clear are remote I suspect!

Slightly OT... I have just spent a week in Iceland and there were either clear skies and no Aurora activity or lots of Aurora activity and total cloud cover.

However spent some time on a volcano in high winds, went walking at -15 with the windchill, and learnt a lot about the geology and Huldufólk so thoroughly enjoyed myself

Take your chances, but make sure that you do other things that make the holiday worthwhile even if yo don't achieve the main aim

Re: Weight distribution.

28 February 2015 - 7:11pm
MrHJ makes ME carry the extra weight on my bike slow me down!

Ps I prefer rear panniers only
, less temptation to overload.

Re: Touring in Devon in the 1970s

28 February 2015 - 6:15pm
The tour continues in this Youtube video and 4:15 in there is a sign " Smolensk Town Centre 1/2m. Tavistock 1612m ".

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

28 February 2015 - 5:57pm
I use cycle.travel routes. Export as gpx and then download. Open download file on PC and copy into new files folder on garmin touring. Two things don't work, 1. elevation is lost, 2. The file name is changed to Active. You can change the name on the Garmin

Re: Chromebook for touring?

28 February 2015 - 5:43pm
Rogo wrote:Great bit of kit.

I've got the Asus C200. Perfect for the tour where you're expecting to be away from power for a long time. 11 hour battery! (tested)

Looking forward to more app (Skype) integration, probably won't be too far away I'd imagine.

Apparently Google Hangouts is an alternative but then you probably both have to be wedded to Google?

I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..



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