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Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

20 July 2014 - 8:41pm
I have just returned from a trip across Europe which included Norway. It took me 4 weeks from Kristianland to North Cape it was ab . I got my route in Norway from the net , I can't remember the name of the site but it is an account written by an Australian lady who rode N.Cape to Kristianland , you'll find it easily. Take front and rear lights for the tunnels and don't worry about the N. Cape tunnels because they are ok ( and I don't like tunnels). Watch out for Germany , the cycle paths are terrible and the motorists do not want you on the road, I was carved up and got really fed up with them blasting their horns at me. The cycle paths are so bumpy that they bust my rear bearings and I have good touring wheels. I would get the train to Denmark and ride from there, I rode up the west coast and the cycle paths and drivers were superb. If you are going in July or August take mossie repellant and a mossie hood. Norway is not expensive if you use supermarkets , a jar of coffee costs 25nk , a 500g bag of pasta 12nk, a good loaf 28nk , 400g of minced meat 20nk .... best of all you can get a free cup of coffee at quite a few of the smaller coop stores. Campsites varied between 100nk and 150nk and they nearly all (bar one ) had good campers kitchens. You can get the bus back from Hennig something on N Cape to Alta airport for 380nk.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

20 July 2014 - 6:49pm
Hey James,

This may have been mentioned already, I did not read all the replies, there were a lot.

Warmshowers is a great way to keep your budget low as well as meeting great people. I have has excellent experiences using it in Norway and also as a host when I lived in London.

I think it is excellent that you are doing this, no fear! the best way to live.

Good luck.

Cherbourg - Poitiers - Route Suggestions

20 July 2014 - 6:42pm
Hey,

I have about 10 days to get from Cherbourg to Poitiers, does anyone have any route suggestions? I Know very little about the area, I would usually do my own research but it is a last minute plan. Usually do about 80km a day on average. I am working near Poitiers for the month.

Thanks,
Charlie.

Switzerland

20 July 2014 - 6:41pm
I am planning to cycle from Paris to Venice, via Zug in September. I intend to stay in B+B, hostels and hotels. I would welcome any advice on planning my route, accommodation, kit, transport (if I get behind schedule), good English language websites etc. Many thanks.
Keith.

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

20 July 2014 - 4:44pm
pitchshifter wrote:Any updates on this? I am moving to America on the 28th... Flying Norwegian, from LGW... So if they refuse me at the airport, I am really stuck!
If it was me, I would play safe & box the bike - get a cardboard bike box (& plastic fork spacer) off a bike shop (which should be free, as they would only have to dispose of it anyway) & pack it in that with a bit of pipe insulation and/or bubble wrap to separate/protect stuff.

Rick.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

20 July 2014 - 1:56pm
I expect you need to buy a copy of Stephen Lord's Adventure Cycle Touring, since that will answer a lot of your questions, which this box does not provide sufficient space to even begin to address.

Whilst people have raced it at 200 miles a day and done it in around 100 days, for an interesting tour with sensible weather on the way, allow a little over 18 months. You set off from Alaska and Canada in their summer, and then travel Patagonia in their summer. This timetable also succeeds in encountering the dry seasons in most of the tropical places too, so it works just perfectly.

Any interesting route will have extended sections of gravel road. For example, you can ride down the coast of Peru and Chile on tarmac, but it's terribly boring, much more interesting to ride in the Andes on a mixture of gravel and tarmac, and see Cusco, Machu Picchu, etc, on the way. So you need to think what kind of bike you can ride on gravel roads with heavy loading, since you will have to camp fairly often (multi-fuel stove). A traditional lightweight tourer probably isn't going to do it.

How much money will you spend. Well if you are Alastair Humphreys, never pay for accommodation, and eat nothing but rice/pasta (with nothing on) and food people give you, are never tempted by chocolate, beer or tourist sights, you can get away with about 50p a day on the road, though you will have to budget additionally for transport to start and back from finish, also from Panama to Colombia (no simple satisfactory answer to this one I'm afraid) because there is no road. If you like to stay in pleasant hotels when they are available, eat in restaurants and drink fine wine, you probably need to allow £100 a day. You are probably somewhere in between, but I cannot tell you exactly where.

Btw, if it took you 5 years to learn how to fix a puncture, I'd start practising with the multifuel stove now and you'll be ready to go about 2020.

Re: Beware Gatwick / Norwegian airline & unpacked bikes

20 July 2014 - 8:58am
Any updates on this? I am moving to America on the 28th... Flying Norwegian, from LGW... So if they refuse me at the airport, I am really stuck!

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:36pm
If just using infra red they may have spotted what appeared to be a human body on the ground, and wanted to make sure it wasn't someone injured.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:10pm
Don't forget police helicopters (if that is what it was) have Infra red cameras that will pick out people by their body heat so they could probably see you even without a search light. They may have been looking for someone (but not you) and wanted to double check on you for whatever reason.

Rick.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 11:04pm
Brilliant. You should have come equipped with your own remote controlled drone to gather counterintelligence.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 9:22pm
I'll have to rethink my nighttime/early morning skinny dips in lakes now

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 9:07pm
thirdcrank wrote:I think that the area covered by a helicopter which seems to be directly overhead is quite large so they might well have been looking at somebody else. I base this on the area containing people complaining when the police helicopter has operated over an urban area at night. I've no idea of the equipment carried by current police helicopters, but from my own observation when my sleep has been disturbed, they still have a large and powerful searchlight. Discreet operation is not on the agenda.

Fair point....no search lights used

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 9:05pm
mercalia wrote:Probably GCHQ been tranking u since u came back to UK. it was in the hurried bill that "Parliement" passed a few days ago. Any one can now be followed and spied on.

Quite probable......do you think they'll have passed my details to Tesco? (Tesco doing a superb line of FOC bathrooms for the wild camper).

Re: West Country Way - Bristol to Padstow GPX?

19 July 2014 - 8:50pm
Many thanks Richard.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 8:47pm
Probably GCHQ been tranking u since u came back to UK. it was in the hurried bill that "Parliement" passed a few days ago. Any one can now be followed and spied on.

West Country Way - Bristol to Padstow GPX?

19 July 2014 - 8:17pm
Does anyone know where I can find a GPX file for the West Country Way from Bristol to Padstow? Tried a lot of searching online but nothing found.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 6:34pm
I think that the area covered by a helicopter which seems to be directly overhead is quite large so they might well have been looking at somebody else. I base this on the area containing people complaining when the police helicopter has operated over an urban area at night. I've no idea of the equipment carried by current police helicopters, but from my own observation when my sleep has been disturbed, they still have a large and powerful searchlight. Discreet operation is not on the agenda.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 6:15pm
Aliens

Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

19 July 2014 - 6:07pm
Anyone else experienced the above

Following a flat out, 100 mile plus transit through Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire this week (On my return from a week in France), I identified a fairly empty stretch of land in Gloucestershire, a good four miles out of town, a single house out of sight being the only local dwelling within a mile. Noting the fact that the gate to the woodland area obviously hadn't been opened for several months, opted to "wild camp", a good 100 yards into thick woodland.

Being knackered, a quick wash, tent up, ear plugs in and I was "out" for the night, nothing could wake me.

Other than a helicopter hovering directly overhead in the pitch black, the volume sufficient to shake me from sleep. *%&$""% myself, I virtually jumped out of my skin, prior to recognising that it was highly unlikely a private landowner or the state, would descend upon me SAS style . Said helicopter then circled overhead, departing once, twice, prior to returning directly over me on each occasion.

There were no people, human habitations, transport or utility networks for said helicopter to be surveying.

I'm assuming my prone body was identified by infra red techniques (Police, Badger culling?). Any ideas?

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