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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?

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

19 July 2014 - 4:17pm
bikes4two wrote:travelling wrote:I'm quite fortunate in that when I first come over I brought a bike with me and it's recorded on my flight booking/ticket so taking a bike back will not seem unusual

I also used the airline supplied bike box rather than the manufacturers bike box which cost me 15 quid which I still have

in the scheme of things i think it's not likely I will be stopped and charged extra BUT i will have money on me in case that happens

Can't you just take the bike for a muddy/wet ride and dirty it up a tad so that it looks used!
This is an old thread so I guess it hardly matters anyway. In case anybody is reading this thread and thinking they may not have to pay tax/duty, they should be aware that they are committing an offence if they do not declare their purchases to customs upon arrival. I really don't think we should be encouraging tax evasion or any other illegal activity on this forum.. Amongst other things, it really is unfair on UK LBSs who do have to pay taxes and can't compete with goods illicitly brought into the country.

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

19 July 2014 - 4:00pm
I'm a Scout at home and this week turned out to be great fun after I spotted a few Scouts on the road and stopped to say hello. This led to me being invited to the Montenegro Scout Jamboree, which was taking place nearby. It was great and I was treated like a celebrity, but it wasnt't all fun and games as there was also some snake hunting and bad news from Iran.

Please have a read of my newest blog on James Vs World - James Goes To Jamboree

http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/07/19/jame ... -jamboree/

Thanks

Re: Norway from the South to Trondheim

19 July 2014 - 2:22pm
Thanks very much for all that information, We do like cycling along the coast and fjords, the only reason for avoiding them was that it seems a very long way to go round the coast (+ I've always wanted to cycle the road that goes by Gausta as we've often skied on it in winter). Going for the first 3 weeks of August and camping - so perhaps should consider leaving Rjukan for another time. I'll get the maps out and have another look at what you are recommending.

Re: Carradry front pannier prob

19 July 2014 - 12:46pm
I found that with their back panniers, bloody annoying!!

Carradry front pannier prob

19 July 2014 - 11:23am
If you detach the hook catch thing from the bottom rail of the bag it's impossible to re-engage the screw as it is too short. After a lot of fiddling about with tweezers, matches, etc I realised that longer screws is the answer. Just a detail, but might save a lot of fiddling about in a wet field somewhere.

Re: Oxford to Pembroke

19 July 2014 - 10:43am
It's mostly the computer's work - I added a via point at Hay, so it went inland rather than over the Severn Bridge and through the Valleys. Other than that, a few little tweaks here and there (e.g. to go via Maisemore rather than the horrid B-road out of Gloucester), but mostly what the route-planner suggested.

You're definitely right about NCN 4 out of Carmarthen... I did that hill once in my life and once was quite enough!

Re: Hokkaido

19 July 2014 - 9:57am
I spent 6 weeks cycling on Hokkaido a few years back - we had a brilliant time.

Get the Touring Mapple http://www.japancycling.org/v2/info/map.shtml

Really useful.

Forget about being able to understand road signs...

Strong winds. Some very long tunnels.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

19 July 2014 - 6:49am
Jeff Kruys went from Alaska to South America and home again to Canada over a few years.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=1419

Re: Four corners and five Bens

19 July 2014 - 6:15am
Hello folks.
Just an update on my tour.
I have completed most of the top half.
Shetland Orkney Lewis Harris and Skye.
I am now on Eigg for a few days before heading South towards Fort William.
If anyone needs any tips or info. please contact me.
Matt

Re: Majorca Road Cycling

19 July 2014 - 5:45am
GlasgowAl wrote:Just managed to log back in after some time away.

Sincere apologies to those who gave advice!

Velosport cycle hire were perfect, great service and great bikes for what we needed. Trip was excellent, will do it again as soon as possible...

Puerto Pollensa was an ideal base and we loved easier routes along the coast and some trips to Cap de Formentor...

Day ride to Sa Calobra and back the best day I've ever had on the bike - truly amazing, great challenge and a fantastic life experience.

Again, apologies for not thanking you for the advice before now.

Mallorca is just the best place to visit for cycling.

Thanks,

Alan

Glad you enjoyed it and glad you well looked after by Velosport....

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