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Re: France en Velo

5 May 2015 - 2:08pm
My two mates and I will be following this route from May 22nd! May see you on the road! Enjoy anyway. It looks a good route.

Re: bike storage Belgian hotels

5 May 2015 - 1:56pm
I don't think you can really generalise but I have never had a problem in Belgium. The only time I've had a problem anywhere is one hotel in central Southampton! That was more due to the receptionist being too junior to make a decision. In the end we compromised on the cold store! So really down to local staff. If I am booking in advance I always flag bike storage which gives them chance to think about it. As a last resort offer to take it to your room, this can go one of two ways they will either be relieved you are willing to share with your bike or aghast that filthy thing is going to be rolling down their corridor!

Re: France en Velo

5 May 2015 - 1:49pm
Ron wrote:Linda13 wrote:I will be cycling from St. Malo to Nice through May/June
IME of northern France, campsites don't open until the 1st of July, similarly other touristy attractions.

Very much not the case in my experience, and anyway the "France en vélo" route doesn't actually go through northern France... (http://franceenvelo.cc/route/)

The vast majority of campsites on this route will have opened at the latest on May 1st.

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

5 May 2015 - 1:46pm
It's the one a bit burther inland. I don't think the coastal path is up do much, though it's been a while since I've tried that route. If you look at the OS map here http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php, it starts at newdelight walk

Edit, this would be it http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/44286500/

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

5 May 2015 - 1:21pm
is that the Suffolk Coast Path? was just looking on a map

bike storage Belgian hotels

5 May 2015 - 1:10pm
I was thinking of getting the train to Brussels and then riding a loop stopping at Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp. Does anyone have experience of bike storage at Belgian hotels in general?
I go to France almost every year and have never found a French hotel that didn't have somewhere secure to put my bike. The same cannot be said of many other countries. I know there are websites giving bike friendly B & Bs and hotels but many of these are double the cost of ones I've found on comparison sites so I was wondering if Belgian hotels in general were widely accepting of bikes or otherwise.

Many thanks.

Re: France en Velo

5 May 2015 - 12:57pm
Linda13 wrote:I will be cycling from St. Malo to Nice through May/June
IME of northern France, campsites don't open until the 1st of July, similarly other touristy attractions.

Re: cycling blog help

5 May 2015 - 12:18pm
b1ke wrote:It's a fair point about Wordpress blogs. And it reflects in the most visited posts when I check the stats. That said, it's possible to lay out a Wordpress site with pages, which can be set up in any order you like. Overall I'm happy with Wordpress - good support and great templates.
Sorry but it's not a fair point. On https://farewellburt.wordpress.com/, it seems like the archives-by-date have been disabled/removed/unlinked (which is one common way of finding the start), there's no sticky post or menu link or anything to the start of the tour and pages are used where posts probably should have been used, thereby breaking the next/prev navigation links which would help people to follow through a tour.

Wordpress is a good tool - far better than blogspot. It's like how a multitool is useful, but you can still wreck a bike with it.

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

5 May 2015 - 12:16pm
Once North of Dunwich, there is a fantastic gravel road off the B1125 that is closed to motor vehicles that takes you around the edge of Dunwich Forest [url](https://picasaweb.google.com/ipdriver/O ... 1662929714[/url]). You can then follow this to Walberswick and cross at the sluice down to Southwold Harbour. This avoids one of the busiest stretches of road.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

5 May 2015 - 12:05pm
TonyR wrote
The signed Round the Island route offers a nice and very quiet alternative to the Military Road in summer.
Indeed it does. I ride the military road in winter when its quiet and the lanes are mucky, and the lanes in summer when they're cleaner and largely traffic free. Perfect arrangement!

Re: cycling blog help

5 May 2015 - 11:28am
Yes but thats the problem, you don't want "recent" posts, you want the oldest posts.

https://farewellburt.wordpress.com

Is a good example of hard to follow tour. I eventually found the first post of the tour but after reading it, there was no way to go to the next post.


Thanks for plugging my blog .

It's a fair point about Wordpress blogs. And it reflects in the most visited posts when I check the stats. That said, it's possible to lay out a Wordpress site with pages, which can be set up in any order you like. Overall I'm happy with Wordpress - good support and great templates.

Re: cycling blog help

5 May 2015 - 10:19am
robing wrote:Thanks Andrew, I went for this one in the end as it seemed simple to set up from my Google account. Now on my signature

Looks a fantastic trip, subscribed to your blog.

Dave

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

5 May 2015 - 10:13am
pedalsheep wrote:I love the military road, especially in winter when there is very little traffic on it. It can get a bit busy in summer and motorcyclists tend to confuse it with the Isle of Man TT!

The signed Round the Island route offers a nice and very quiet alternative to the Military Road in summer. Just leaves you with the climb to/from Freshwater to deal with but you'd want to do that bit for the views anyway.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

5 May 2015 - 9:32am
Bit early yet for Glanville's - better towards the end of the month. Along the seafront from Ventnor to Bonchurch is usually a good spot to see them.

I love the military road, especially in winter when there is very little traffic on it. It can get a bit busy in summer and motorcyclists tend to confuse it with the Isle of Man TT!

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

5 May 2015 - 7:50am
Sounds like you had a good time Heltor. I loved my bike trip to the IOW though I've never seen that particular butterfly on any of my visits.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

4 May 2015 - 11:19pm
Hi,

thank you so much for your precious information. I am planning to cycle along the M41 the next August. I have just few questions. I have a 10°C sleeping bag, is it warm enough for that period?

Kieran2663 wrote:Hi Rogo,

Cycled the Pamir last summer as part of a 12 month tour from Turkey to India and it was without doubt one of the highlights.


Congratulations for your trip, I believe it had been a great experience for you.

The Pamir has 3 commonly cycled routes, the classic M41, the Wakhan & M41 and finally the M41 & Bartang Valley.
The M41 from Kalaikhum towards Khorog is fairly well populated in places, with Kalaikhum being a good places to stock up on essentials such as food and petrol. They are fair sized villages all the way through this bit of the valley with Rushan being the biggest town. The road is fairly busy with local traffic and tourists 4 x 4 between Dushanbe and Khorog and trucks doing trade runs between Tajik& China. There is a strong army presence in the area and you may find them turning up at your camp site to move you on or insist on having an armed guard stay with you over night for your "protection". It is one of the most stunning area of the whole trip.



Just for curiosity: what did they do when they are with you for your overnight "protection"?

Would you suggest to go there without the MSR pump? Despite the Bartang Valley, for how long would you suggest to have food supplies?


Stock up on Somoni's in Dushanbe as they are no banking facilities (ATMs) from Dushnabe to Osh, have US as back up.


How much money did you carry to carry with you from Dushanbe to Osh? Do people accept €?

Re: cycling blog help

4 May 2015 - 11:08pm
andrew549 wrote:I'm currently using blogger/blogspot as it free fairly simple to set up and get going, I had a look at wordpress which seems a bit more customisable but it seemed like most things were an extra that you had to pay for as well as some of the features you couldn't seem to do very easily or at all like integrating maps into the post/page.

My fairly basic blog is linked to in my signature to give an idea of what is possible fairly easily.

Thanks Andrew, I went for this one in the end as it seemed simple to set up from my Google account. Now on my signature

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 10:46pm
My full days in Cardiff are August 1st and 2nd. I head back to Chester on the 3rd (3 hr train ride) where I have the 4th in Chester and fly back to the states on the 5th.

Still lots of planning to do in regards to what to do with my days off.

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 10:26pm
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Didn't think about the lack of contours on the atlas'. Going to check out that the OS tour again of Scotland tomorrow I think. Those nicolson's maps look good as well, never heard of those before.

Re: cycling blog help

4 May 2015 - 10:08pm
khain wrote:It can depend what you're planning to blog with.

Crazy guy on a bike looks like something from 1997

Keeping a blog on tour can be a bit of a nuisance I've found

The way I look at is, what exposure do you want, if you want your blog to be read by family, friends and a few lurkers then use one of the blogging sites, on Crazyguy I often see bloggers posting links/pumping there blogs.

The good things about site's that have app's, it's easy to add updates, whereas crazyguy is harder, but it's built as a low bandwidth site.

Keeping a Journal/blog is hard work, but for me it's about sharing information, I'm always collecting stuff so providing a journal of my trip is giving back.

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