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Re: St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 5:54pm
I got this book recently but haven't had time to read it properly yet, however, I was thinking of riding down and getting the European BikeBus back.

Would that work for you?

Re: Holland cycle route info

25 January 2015 - 5:47pm
BARRACH wrote:Don't know if I should use a new post but what I would like to know is if I take my ebike, does anyone know what I should do
regarding recharging the battery. I could take my own charger but unlikely plugs would fit. Would I need a European adaptor.
You probably would do better to start a new post - you're more likely to get an answer.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 5:22pm
looserlama wrote:I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.There are a few bowls in the landscape around which are the remains of the volcanoes. What you see in Le Puy (tourist websites show it nicely) are the plugs left when the rest has eroded away. It is quite dramatic, and the walk on steep cobbled streets by the cathedral and up to the statue of the Virgin Mary are well worth doing. You can climb stairs inside the statue for a higher viewpoint, or you could last time I was there about 25 years ago.

Camping book - I use it for a bit of planning before I go, but it also contains small maps which at least give an idea of which towns have campsites (10,000 of them) and I photocopy those to take with me.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

25 January 2015 - 4:59pm
With regards Anglesey, I wouldn't be too concerned as long as I was on the old A5, not the current dual carriageway. It's at position (mile?) 9 that the track takes you onto the dual carriageway. Go across the roundabout and you'll be on the old A5. Some traffic, but can be deserted at times.

St Marlo to Nice

25 January 2015 - 4:53pm
Having recieved a copy of France en Velo for christmas I am considering doing the trip in late August/Sept. Having had problems with geting a bike back home in one piece and at a reasonable cost from the South of France on several occasions I intend using a modified P Type Brompton, which I have used for several long tours. As usual my trip will be solo, unsupported and camping wherever possible. Fortunatly I have the benifit of no time limit. Unfortunatly most guides tend to gloss over the difficulties so any advice on the route and campming facilities would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

25 January 2015 - 4:37pm
Awesome, thanks for your replies!

I'll definitely go through Le Puy then, as I've never actually seen a volcano.

Good to know there are signs for the Priorité à droite rule. I'm always careful when I come to a junction anyway, but having signs makes me feel a bit more comfortable.

Thanks for the tip about the campsite book, but frankly I'm trying to minimize the number of hard copy books/maps I'm bringing, so I think I'll just stick with googling campsites or using the ones already marked on the map. I don't think that should be an issue. If I decide to come back and do a trip only through france, that book would be really useful though!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

25 January 2015 - 3:58pm
Just read a great book on my kindle on just such a trip. You may find it interesting also. Its called CYCLING
NORTH THROUGH FRANCE by Elan Homer. He started his trip in Santander cycling all the way to Roscoff.

Re: Touring in Sweden

25 January 2015 - 3:28pm
The weather is often very good in southern Sweden and Norway in May, but there is a risk that some roads will not be open further north and in the mountains. http://www.visitnorway.com/en/about-nor ... ng-winter/ shows the main roads that close in Norway. I imagine there is something similar for Sweden. When the roads open in in srping / summer depends upon the weather. I was over Aurland fjell on midsummer day last year and there was quite a lot of snow up there still.

The other things is that while it might be 25 degrees on a nice day in May in Gothenburg or Oslo, winter conditions may still prevail on a high mountain road, even if it's open. The temperature could well be below zero, and all possible camping spots snow covered.

It's fine if you are prepared for it, and check in advance that your route is open.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 3:15pm
Do not forget the area in the north of the forest - NE of Ringwood. Geographically very different to the south.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 3:09pm
Worth knowing that there are a lot of off-road cycle routes in the Forest and they are all of the sort you can take a road bike on without problems so consider including some of those in your route. But best stick to the marked ones and the Rangers get a bit upset if you wander off them.

The ride from Bolderwood down the Rhinefield ornamental drive to Brockenhurst is nice. You can return off road to Lyndhurst and then via Emerson Down with a possible detour to the Oak in Bank.

Re: Holland cycle route info

25 January 2015 - 2:48pm
Don't know if I should use a new post but what I would like to know is if I take my ebike, does anyone know what I should do
regarding recharging the battery. I could take my own charger but unlikely plugs would fit. Would I need a European adaptor.

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 2:05pm

Re: Thailand 2015

25 January 2015 - 1:35pm
You can get the train to Kanchanaburi ..You need to go to Bangkok Noi railway station . A tuk tuk is about the best way to get there..Tie your bike on the back..Train will take your bike no problem..
Lots of ways to get to Chiang Mai..from Kanchanaburi go to Suphan Buri..north to Nakhon Sawan..head north to Pichit and then
to Phitsunalok..From there head to Sukhothai..and then north towards Lampang..Do not go to Uttaradit and then north..The road is busy and not very wide..Much better to go north from Sukhothai..visit old ruins..
Hilly towards Lampang..Then head to Lamphun ..visit the elephant hospital near Lampang..From Lamphun head to CM..
Riding on the main highway from Suphan Buri is quick but boring..Get a good map and take the back roads..Chances are you will always find a resort/bungalow/hotel to stay in..
If you get chance go out with the Chiang Mai sunday cycling club..meet 7am at Thapae Gate..100 cyclists sometimes..
You will do this ride easily in 2 weeks..
If you want another route get the train to Ayuthyya ..about 50k north of Bangkok..head to Lopburi and then Uthai Thani and Nakhon Sawan..and join suggested route..
You can take a bike on any 3rd class train but not second or first or express train..
You can fly back from CM to Bangkok if you wish..Send your bike by cargo Air Asia if you wish or box it up and take as luggage..
Stay out of big cities if possible..leave them early ..say 5am to 6 am and ride till 11am and try and finish for the day ..Treat every Thai driver with caution..Wear long sleeve shirts..Wear a bandana under your helmet..and long shorts..
Could be quite wet in July August..bring a waterproof!

Re: New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 1:31pm
Love the new forest. Used to go there for Easter holidays when we were kids.

Ornamental drive is very nice, if sometimes a little busy.
Lymington is nice, and you can get the ferry to the isle of wight from there.
As we,d generally stay in Brokenhurst there's a great walk from there (and a caravan club site I think!) across to the pub at Bank. My grandparents used to stay at a camp site called Holidays hill which was a fantastic site. Sadly it was closed by the forestry commission, but you can still go there to see the adder pits.
Bucklers Hard is a rather nice village to visit as well.

Re: Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web

25 January 2015 - 1:16pm
Mark Wallis (http://wallisonwheelscompleted.blogspot.co.uk/) has done some big trips with a good blog to keep up to date with where he is and how its going

New Forest Tour

25 January 2015 - 12:59pm
Me and a friend are going to tour the new forest in may this year. We are going to be starting and having our first stop in Ashurst. Other then that we dont really have a plan for the route
Is there anything that people would recommend like a campsite or attraction? Also time depending may pop over to the Isle of Wight for a few days as this will hopefully be a 2 week tour.
Any ideas are most welcome.
Thanks alot

Re: Touring in Sweden

25 January 2015 - 12:17pm
Thanks for the information and links, I was planning on starting about 20th May as I was then going to head down through Norway afterwards so wanted to start early is in the season for good enough weather for the rest of the trip.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

25 January 2015 - 12:15pm
tim_f wrote:I use T mobile UK PAYG (EE have some thing similar) -

EURO - Internet Travel Booster 200MB
EURO - Internet Travel Booster 500MB

which works out at 6 or 5 pence a MB.
Problem is the definition of "europe"

For a week away in Iceland, the cost for 50 Mb data per day and roaming is almost £50

I can get a Simmin card with similar for less than £15

Re: Touring in Sweden

25 January 2015 - 11:07am
http://www.svenska-cykelsallskapet.se/p ... 08156.html
A list of links relating to cycle touring, mostly in Swedish, but there's always Google translate http://www.cykelframjandet.se/Cykelfr%C ... urism.aspx

Wild camping is relatively easy in Sweden. There is allemannsretten / offentlig rätt which is a right of public access and means that you can camp nearly anywhere, as long as you observe certain rules:
-do not camp on land that is cultivated or grazed
-do not camp within 150 m of a dwelling (the rule of thumb is out of sight, but that isn't always possible on uneven ground)
-be careful with fire, and do not light ground fires when a ban is in place (local authorities can impose these, so i seems dry, it's best to check the rules with tourist information)
-clean up after yourself (leave it as you found it)
-do not stay too long in one place (I'm not aware that there is anything definitie on this. A few days ia okay. A few weeks is not)

edit: just saw you are planning to go in May.... in the north, mountain passes may not yet be open in May, so check before you travel, or consider alternate routes.

Touring in Sweden

25 January 2015 - 10:45am
I'm looking at going touring in Sweden starting in Gothenberg and heading north towards the North Cape, I was planning on starting at the end of May and was wanting any advice on routes in particular as in the south there seem to be quite a lot of roads but heading further north it looks like either the coast road or through the centre of Sweden and unsure as to which would be best or if there are any long distance cycle paths that go the right way.

I'm planning on mostly wild camping where possible and any advice on how much touring in Sweden costs roughly would be great.



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