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Re: LLC and Wales Questions

8 January 2015 - 9:55pm
Fingers crossed indeed.

Having trouble deciphering where this Peninne Trail is? Its not clear to me on the OSM map. Nothing quite near the airport that doesn't do a circular loop.

The hard part will be getting back to Manchest from Cardiff/Chepstow.

Crossing the High Atlas passes in Morocco

8 January 2015 - 8:53pm
Kate and I are planning a 3 week cycling tour of Morocco In April. We'd like to start by heading south from Marrakech and crossing either the Tizi n' Test or Tizi n'Tichka. Both are over 2,000 metres and involve hairpin bends etc. We like a challenge but the problem is we're afraid of heights. Does anyone know if one is easier than the other and whether they are or are not feasible for people with this fear of heights?

Thank you and kind regards

Re: Bicycling Around The World free photo eBook

8 January 2015 - 8:07pm
pedalsheep wrote:The photos in this are stunning. Its well worth a look.
Definitely well worth a look.

Re: Los Angeles

8 January 2015 - 7:01pm
Go south young man, you'll appreciate the tailwind. The stretch from LA to San Diego is one of the few in the US with a reasonable number of hostels, see the ACA maps. The Sierra Cascades route has 2 in 2800 miles and one of them was booked up by a school party when I needed it.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

8 January 2015 - 6:58pm
Both OFM and Velomap exhibit, very clearly, the entire EV1 track from Hendaye to Roscoff complete of relevant elevation data.
To prepare the trip you can also visit CARTOVELO website.
I just purchased their guides and I must say that they are very well done.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

8 January 2015 - 4:53pm
Yes, when I emailed them they said that no vessels are available to run the route in the summer.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

8 January 2015 - 4:36pm
Yes it seems weird that it is winter only, I wanted to use it last May but couldn't because it was the summer timetabke.
Presumably the boat they use is already allocated to a summer route.
Hopefully it will become a year round route eventually.

Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

8 January 2015 - 4:19pm
Just before Xmas I was looking at the CalMac timetables and idly thinking about possible trips for 2015 when I noticed the service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig. This looked very promising as I've been thinking of doing a trip from Oban, up through the islands to Harris over via Skye and then mainland via Applecross to Ullapool, return via Lewis, Harris, Skye, then Moidart and Mull. The only bit I didn't like was the double crossing of Skye. This route offered the chance to avoid that (by doing a loop through the Uists and then crossing to Mallaig). Unfortunately having now seen the Summer timetable it seems this route is an experimental winter only service (3 years test), bother! I wonder what will happen after the 3 year pilot?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

8 January 2015 - 2:53pm
A thread about options at Porthmadog...
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=89071&p=806175

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

8 January 2015 - 2:16pm
I went over there with the OH this year - 4 days near La Roche-en-Ardenne at a great little campsite next to the river that lets you light campfires (http://www.campingmaka.be/), another 4 days at the campsite in Brugge. Both were good but I think there's much more to get your teeth into in the Ardennes - hills and climbs and whatnot- as opposed to pancake flat Brugge and the surroundings. Still, we really enjoyed the contrast and the OH is not a big cyclist so it was good to engineer in some nice flat easy riding in the north, including a circular ride to the coast + picnic and sunbathing and a trip over into Holland. I wouldn't rule out spending some time in each part of the country, especially if you're coming over on the ferry from the north anyhow - but I would definately spend more time in the south.

/edit - doh, I meant last year.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

8 January 2015 - 2:01pm
I'll second any of the recommendations above, and suggest that you add Ghent to the list. I quite liked it there, and it has the advantage of being within a day ride to many of the tourist destinations in Belgium, including Bruges, which is touristic, but pleasant, coastal areas, which are worth a visit for variety (although flat), Brussels and Antwerp. Ghent also provides access to a network of pleasant canal-side routes. When you want a route that isn't so flat, you could head southward. It's a bit hilly towards Endingen and Ronse. And a bit more hilly in the Wallones region (Vlaams Gewest).

If you'd rather just long rides & scenery, then the Ardennes has clear advantages over northen Belgium, but it is quite hilly; comparable in many areas to Cornwall, or the Peak Disctrict.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

8 January 2015 - 1:19pm
Thanks Chocjohn9 & AndyK, both very helpful

Re: Los Angeles

8 January 2015 - 1:11pm
Saw this about a trip similar to yours on an entry about riding through Wales and thought it might be useful

http://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipC ... eadEntries

Re: Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

8 January 2015 - 10:51am
Nice write-up and photos, thanks for posting. I must get around to doing the LLC, it looks great! Seems you were quite lucky with the weather, despite the hazy conditions.

Re: Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

8 January 2015 - 9:45am
Thanks for posting this. I did the Lon Las a couple of years ago finishing up in Cardiff . Your journal makes me wish I'd kept a similar record, it also reminds me of what a great route it is.

Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

8 January 2015 - 1:44am
In the second week of September, 2014, I rode from Holyhead to Chepstow on the Lon Las Cymru (and on to Beacsonfield, where family lives).

I have written a detailed daily journal of the ride with dozens of photos for anyone interested.

It was a challenging ride with plenty of uphill everyday. After the strenuous climb before Barmouth, I used A and B roads to avoid the steep climb south of Dolgellau and north of Llanidloes. Even with those changes, I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a full taste of what Wales has to offer.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

7 January 2015 - 11:02pm
I think you need to pick and choose which parts of Velodyssey to follow.
The canal towpath is Ok, but can be boring. However, I liked the old rail line from Morlaix to Carhaix-Plougeres and there are several towns on the towpath worth stopping in, such as Josselin, Pontivy and Malestroit. The surface varies, particularly between Redon and Nantes and wider tyres are better.
From Nantes I avoided the published route and made my own way on small roads to La Roche sur Yon because it was more direct and avoided the many coastal resorts, which can be busy.
The section from around Arcachon to Cap Breton is endless very well surfaced, quiet, flattish paths through interminable pine trees. Easy going, virtually no traffic, but again, to me it was too quiet.
I suppose I averaged 40 miles per day on a loaded bike, with a few days of torrential rain and a constant cold headwind. I'd like to repeat it, with a few tweaks in pleasanter temperatures.
160km per day would to me be vastly excessive, but I guess it depends on your preference and fitness.

Re: Spain now included on 3

7 January 2015 - 11:00pm
22camels wrote:Still seems like it wouldn't help when it comes to making calls to local numbers in the country you are in? Looks like you'd be paying around 50p/min for that on pay as you go. So still better to get a local SIM.

I use Skypeout. Very cheap for making international calls. And as I get unlimited data on 3 I can use it anywhere. But I probably wouldn't need to make that many local calls when I'm in Spain. Occasional accommodation and stuff, but much of that you can do online these days.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

7 January 2015 - 9:45pm
The diversion, for the Brewit bridge, should be finished (fingers crossed) by the time you do your trip. Otherwise train is a good idea every 2hrs with space for 2 bikes. The other alternative is up and over through Rhyd (which is steep) but a nice drive, I haven't ridden it but many do:o)
Have a nice trip, I will wave if I see you go past our door:o)

Re: Loop of Wales - route advice please

7 January 2015 - 9:20pm
Stuart. Take the west side of the Conwy from Conwy town to Llanrwst and on to Betws y Coed. To get to Bala I would suggest A5 and then the back road in from either Pentrefoelas B4407 through Ysbyty Ifan or B4501 from Carrigydrdion. If you take the first one there is a back road to the south of Llyn Celyn which is nice.
If you are happy to miss out or drop down to and then back up there is a good route above the Conwy from Colwyn Bay B5113 all the way to Pentrefoelas (nice cycle friendly cafe just over the road from the pub)
Hope thats of some use )

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