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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

14 December 2014 - 5:22pm
Having ridden the Great Divide, the Southerrn Tier, the Pacific Coast twice over and round Florida I have seen very few bears, a few coyotes, lots of very lecherous old men, some turantulas, about 3 snakes and no scorpions.

McNichols you will be absolutely fine. Be sensible, take Halt dog spray, carry spares and maybe a Katadyn filter. I can lend you one if you need it.

Just go and have fun.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 4:37pm
Eight countries in eight weeks is what Pauline is planning for us. The rest of the year will be made up of a couple of solo tours and meeting up with others at various rallies.

Re: Multi Function Watches

14 December 2014 - 3:27pm
An altimeter can be helpful if you want to know how far up a pass you are.
I find a compass helpful with route finding particularly at junctions but it's better in front of your eyes.

I have seen them with "memory bank" type functions which could be handy for a pin/password reminder.

Definitely carry a watch as it runs forever on a separate battery; no unzipping the sleeping bag to check the time.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 3:23pm
dodger wrote:Where does the Tour de Manche go? I like cycling in France. Could be an option if I can get permission!

The full thing is the North Coast of Brittany, South Coast of Normandy, along the centre South of Dorset and Devon. We met a Dutch family last year who found the Dorset and Devon sections too steep for the kids but obviously you can choose which bits you do. 1200km for the whole thing according to a quick google.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 3:09pm
dodger wrote:Where does the Tour de Manche go? I like cycling in France. Could be an option if I can get permission!

There's various options depending how long you've got. I did Cherbourg to Roscoff http://en.tourdemanche.com

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 3:03pm
Where does the Tour de Manche go? I like cycling in France. Could be an option if I can get permission!

Re: Is touring up to Bormio possible in April?

14 December 2014 - 2:20pm
Am afraid I can't answer your question, though you might find this film interesting if you can track it down
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVniHMrnub4

It's available with subtitles.

I saw it last week at the Italian cultural institute in London.

With subtitles.

The sad looking guy in the film is collecting remnants of WW1.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 1:45pm
honesty wrote:I supposedly walking the two moors way next year, so doubt I will be allowed another holiday away from the wife. If I do, it'll be the LLC for me, though am toying with the idea of the tour de manche instead. Other than that the only ride I have planned is the Exmouth Exodus.

LLCymru is excellent, if hilly. Tour de Manche is easier but longer with ferries to deal with. Recommend both although French food is an attraction!

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 1:32pm
I supposedly walking the two moors way next year, so doubt I will be allowed another holiday away from the wife. If I do, it'll be the LLC for me, though am toying with the idea of the tour de manche instead. Other than that the only ride I have planned is the Exmouth Exodus.

Re: san javier

14 December 2014 - 1:20pm
Head inland through Pilar de la Horadada and follow the cv-325 towards the Embalse de la Pedrera Reservoir and follow the road around clockwise. Head back via San Miguel salinas via the canal. If you ride on a Sunday 100s of cyclists and very light traffic. Spanish motorists are also very considerate towards cyclist and will give you plenty of room.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 12:20pm
My dream for September next year was to do the pilgrim route too but starting from Roscoff and then adding the necessary time to get to Santander for the ferry home. With a full time job it's virtually impossible to fit into two weeks and even two and a half weeks is a stretch. However, some family issues mean that it might have to wait

I like the planning though!

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 11:49am
France for me, something loosely based on France en velo route time permitting. Btw if anyone has this route on gpx I'd be grateful. The guide is beautiful and ideal for wet Sunday reading in December. Looks like the route will be St Malo South to Cevennes then head east via Arles to Nice.

Hel - Danzig Ferry

14 December 2014 - 11:45am
Does anyone know if bicycles are allowed on the ferry between Hel and Danzig?

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 11:20am
I like the idea of continuing down into Portugal, although maybe that can wait for another adventure.
Poland also sounds good - go for it! Maybe Slovenia and the Czech Republic. I think the Carpathians are considered an interesting area to tour. And the USA would be wonderful; my preference would be for some of the mountain states, like Colorado. Enjoy.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 10:36am
Sounds good. It would be fun to finish off at the Rias Baixas too or to continue on down the Portuguese coast.

I'm only likely to do some long weekends away with the kids/family next year I think doing UK stuff- not a bad thing and we'd get to try out the new single man tent if all 4 of us cycle camp (with the 3 man coleman- I'm not proposing squishing everyone in!). I failed to get the kids to do the devon Coast to Coast last half term so that's high in the list but there are some other good long weekends I'd like to do.

I might do a trip with the girls if I can find 10 days free- Poland has been on our joint list for some time, the girls tend to prefer B&Bs these days so no tent testing.

However I am also planning my big escape in spring 2019 when I have a big birthday. Then I will take 3 months off work and do a long trip I hope. Maybe the Southern tier of the US, maybe eurovelo 6 if the family wants to do some of it, maybe somewhere else I haven't considered yet.

TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 9:57am
Season's Greetings to everyone.
This is the time of the year I really get into thinking about touring next year and it's great to read about all the tours people are planning or just considering.
Care to share these with us all?
For example, I'm hoping to cycle from Bayonne to Santiago on the Pilgrim Trail. I covered half the route (from Roscoff to Bayonne) last year, but retired when the awful weather didn't let up.
So maybe next June!!

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

14 December 2014 - 3:40am
I am a bit surprised nobody mentioned it yet, but if you are travelling through any remote location, particularly without cellular phone service, a very good thing for your group to carry is a SPOT device, or better yet, an InReach device for emergency communications and distress calls.

Re: Default tourer?

14 December 2014 - 1:04am
Si wrote:Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!
And not for a long time!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.
That could be a matter of geography,not that I've anything against Thorn IMO they're good bikes,but at around £320 for a frameset SurlyLHT and DT's are pretty good value for a well thought out bit of kit.
Built up with kit of choice and such a bike is a world beater IMO, that most definitely won't break the bank.

Re: Default tourer?

14 December 2014 - 12:57am
Heltor Chasca wrote:......... And I will die upon my steed...hc

I sincerely hope you don't.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 10:31pm
thirdcrank wrote:Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

You mean like:

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With essential touring information like:

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With other useful information like:

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My copies are all a bit out of date now though

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