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Re: Tandems to Denmark

25 June 2015 - 11:37am
Mark S wrote:May be defer the trip to next year if you can, when hopefully the Harwich to Esbjerg route will materialise again with Regina Line http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm
This nonsense keeps on being repeated. There is zero chance Regina Lines will ever take you across the north sea.

To be clear
- Regina lines is not a ferry company, it's not even a registered company
- It is just one man and his very amateurish website
- He has no money, no ship, no crew, no relevant experience
- There is absolutely no chance this could ever possibly turn into an operating ferry company taking you across the North Sea

At the moment he is not taking money off people. So it doesn't, at least not yet, seem to be fraud. Most people dismiss him as a fantasist. But he is causing damage by making a lot of people think there will be a ferry service to Denmark next year. But there won't be.

Re: New Route Planner

25 June 2015 - 11:03am
Quick Q.
My route to work includes part of the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path - why does cycle.travel not want me to go through Staple Hill tunnel? Is the algorythm afraid of: i) the dark, ii) the damp or iii) the pigeon droppings? Staple Hill tunnel.jpg

nordkapp-tarifa

25 June 2015 - 10:50am

Re: Touring on a Roadrat

25 June 2015 - 10:44am
My colleaggue is on one as we head south from nordkapp, hes ridden it all over the place. FB clive rogers and chat to him?

Cycling Canal de Midi accomodation

25 June 2015 - 9:42am
Hi,
We are touring novices and plan to Cycle the Canal De midi from Toulouse to Narbonne later this year. We have the Cicerone guide as a good start but would like some advice re accommodation. Any information or recommendations gratefully received. Many thanks Colin and Angela

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

25 June 2015 - 8:38am
The Eurotunnel service can take up to 6 people + bikes per trip. The bikes are safely strapped into the trailer using (adapted) Thule roof rack mountings.
We travelled with 4 older ladies who were using trains to get to the West coast of France for a 2 week cycling holiday.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

25 June 2015 - 7:48am
We are at present a group of only 3, but are hoping for a 4th later this year. Thank you all for your contributions -- I feel a good deal more hopeful now of taking our own bicycles with us and finding them intact on arrival, all at a reasonable cost.

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

25 June 2015 - 12:25am
Hi Matt,

how you doing?

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

24 June 2015 - 11:34pm
I like maps & they are my favourite bed time read.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

24 June 2015 - 11:17pm
Some friends and I recently used the Eurotunnel Bike Service for the 2nd time and would highly recommend it. It is the fastest and cheapest way to get to France with a bike (£18 each way). Pick up (by minibus + trailer) is in Folkestone for an 8am or 3.30pm departure. Travel time is about 75-90 minutes and you are dropped off by the Cite de Europe shopping centre near Coquelles. The driver may even drop you at Calais Ville or Frethun (if you ask him nicely) but this is "off the record".
The amazing thing about the service is....if you have to postpone your trip for any reason then as long as you give them a little notice...your ticket is valid for a whole year from date of travel. This sounds too good to be true but the van driver confirmed it to us.

Re: Tandems to Denmark

24 June 2015 - 10:18pm
May be defer the trip to next year if you can, when hopefully the Harwich to Esbjerg route will materialise again with Regina Line http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm

Re: Tents without groundsheet

24 June 2015 - 10:05pm

Touring on a Roadrat

24 June 2015 - 9:58pm
Does anyone tour on a Cotic Roadrat?
Or are they too flexible as I've heard?

Only talking 2 Super C's reasonably full.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

24 June 2015 - 7:59pm
meic wrote:I always assumed that Mountain Rescue units were locals who knew the ground. I would not trust my GPS's accuracy to guide me along a cliffside path in the fog. My Brecon based sister was a little disappointed when I warned her (now Ex-) husband that a GPS would not reliably provide this service on his regular walks in the hills.

Mountain Rescue is often mispercieved as just rescuing people that have fallen off a mountain. In addition to that we are often called to search for missing people in urban and rural areas, for many different reasons, missing walkers, missing elderly people with dementia, people that wish to do them selves harm, missing children, the list is quite long. We are called to help the ambulance service, if the terrain is difficult. We have assisted the fire service with the recovery of casualties from car crashes when the car has ended up in a ravine. Some teams provide assistance during floods.
My team covers roughly the area west of a line drawn from Bridgend to Aberyswyth, but often go further afield to help other teams. So, locals who know the ground, not possible. Calls to places as far afield as Hereford, St Davids, Carmarthen, Newton and Aberystwyth.

I would not use a GPS to guide me, I would use it to navigate, along with a map, compass and all the navigational techniques I have learned over the years.

I am not one of those anti GPS tpyes, but I really do believe that people need to learn how to navigate with a paper map and compass first. I find it quite scary that some people venture into the hills with just a GPS and a route programmed into it to follow, with zero navigational skill. Ignorance is not always bliss, and a GPS is not a shortcut to experience.

Neil

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

24 June 2015 - 6:33pm
annido wrote:The thing about Bike Express and the Bike Bus is that they are so incredibly expensive. Some of us are on budgets!!

Really? Depends how far you go, the longer it is the better value. I think £143 one way with a pick up near me in the Midlands all tho way to Roses in Spain including ferry crossing is pretty good. How much would it cost by train and think of all the hassle.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

24 June 2015 - 5:25pm
I came along the Main route last summer, intending to stay in Mainz then head north up the Rhine. I wasn't too taken with the modern city of Mainz so carried on down the Rhine to a night stop at Bingen. I then did Bingen-Koblenz along the Rhine the next day before turning left up the Mosel route. The Mosel route is not as well-developed as the other German routes I have done (Rhine, Main, Elbe, Danube). Starting from Koblenz I had to do the first 7km or so on a fast main road. There was also a stretch of somewhat rough forest track approaching Cochem. Nothing too difficult though. I did Koblenz to Traben-Trarbach in a day (a nice place to stay, if very quiet). The next day was Traben-Trarbach to Trier, and then Trier-Metz on my last day's cycling. I did consider then heading west to Paris on minor roads (about 3 days), but the weather was turning bad.

The Mosel route is flat and generally scenic except for the last bit, which passes through some industrial districts around Thionville. I was able to get on a TGV to Paris on arrival in Metz, so stayed the night in Paris and was back in England by Eurostar the next day.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

24 June 2015 - 5:07pm
I've just returned from a 5 day tour where we took bikes on the Harwich to Hook ferry and used trains. We only went as far as Koblenz but spent 2 days entirely cycling in Holland. Bonn to Koblenz took us from about mid-day to 7pm at a leisurely pace including all cafe stops and navigation delays getting started. I think there are trains from Hook to Dusseldorf (change Rotterdam) then change Dusseldorf for train to Koblenz. With overnight ferry travel you should get at least 4 entire days on the Rhine-Moselle

Re: 11 speed for touring?

24 June 2015 - 4:29pm
"The only preparation Roz needed was the removal of her three-speed derailleur gear, which I reckoned would be too sensitive to survive Asian roads." - Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt, 1965. Just in the middle of reading this classic and this thread amused me .

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

24 June 2015 - 4:05pm
The OS business model changed hugely a few years ago, when the cost of licences to resellers dropped - at least to us leisure consumers. Before that date - 2012? I chose not to buy a Satmap Active; after, it all suddenly became 'affordable' - the major cost being not the unit but all the bloomin' maps cards I'd wanted!
I bet the commercial costs are still steep. It does make some sense to offer digital at the same time as the paper, although you can peruse OS mapping so readily as well as print, it seems hardly worth the cost of buying these days.
An unintended consequence - printing from the on-line mapping of choice while obviously not free, given the cost of domestic colour printer consumables does means you get to centre your route on the page, and for walking at least, to a certain extent avoids the folding/refolding issue that we know of old. And for winter walks at least, I often pop the A4 'hard copy' through the office laminator!

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

24 June 2015 - 3:46pm
I quite like the look of viewranger - it is not clear if you can view maps on a PC or for that matter mobile device when offline? - might be worth me considering as I am in the process of refreshing my digital maps

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