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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.

Re: Solo Etiquette

4 May 2015 - 10:05pm
mcallaghan wrote:St. Fagans has been recommended to me many times over and is certainly on my list. I have a free Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff. I was hoping to catch a Cardiff City pre-season game (looks like this past year they had a game on the same weekend) but am not counting on it. If there is, that will determine which day I go to St. Fagans. I'll be staying across from the Millennium Stadium too, very close to Cardiff Castle, so I imagine I should be able to find some decent food in that area.

Not sure which weekend you have in mind for visiting Cardiff, but later this year it's the Rugby World Cup and warm-up matches are taking place at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 8 August and Saturday 5 September. Quite colourful and noisy events.....

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

4 May 2015 - 9:48pm
Assuming you can make your way to Melton (out to Kesgrave then up through Woodbridge), then it's quite nice up through

B1084 to Butley, then towards Tunstall, Blaxhall, Snape (Maltings), Friston, Knodishall, Eastbridge, Westleton, Blythburgh, Southwold

Not got a GPX file for this, as it's a mix of routes I have done, but nice riding in that general area and easy to avoid most of the busier roads.

Hope that helps

Chris

Re: Maps tips

4 May 2015 - 9:40pm
1:100,000 is probably best, unfortunately I don't think anyone makes maps this scale. Road atlases are ok but lack contours.

Go for Nicolson 1:250,000 Scotland Road maps 2 & 3.

http://www.nicolsonmaps.com/acatalog/nicolson-tourist-mapping.html

They have contours and should be detailed enough for the areas you're touring in.

OS say Landrangers are for cycle touring but you'd need to carry dozens for a tour of any length.

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