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Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:58pm
Vorpal wrote:jakobpoffley wrote:Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?
From Andenes to Sortland, there's only one bus on Sunday, and that goes at 15:10. http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 18-871.htm

But I see from that timetable that they mark the buses that don't go in the summer holidays, so you should be okay on the other route if you use it.
Sorry, I just relaised I did that the worng direction. But maybe you will cycle anyway?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:40pm
pal wrote:The ride from Sortland to Andenes is a nice one, though! Pretty flat, and by the sea (or you can go the long way round via Bleik and try to spot some puffins on the way...)
I was going to just go south towards the ferry to bodø then cycle to mo I rana but I think that could be too long but if I get the train from bodø too short. Ive only got 4 and a half days so would only be able to do about 450km. Ive booked the train back from bodø but I guess I can get on the train anywhere on the line so that is why I was going to go to mo I rana. Any suggestions would be appreciated from anyone.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 9:23pm
The ride from Sortland to Andenes is a nice one, though! Pretty flat, and by the sea (or you can go the long way round via Bleik and try to spot some puffins on the way...)

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 9:11pm
Vmlopes wrote:whoof wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading.

Like the sound of this one

I did LeJog in 2012. The first 4 days were hell and would be enough to put me off cycling for life, never mind touring. Each to their own.....

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

23 July 2015 - 8:39pm
Sorry for the delay re your request. My comment referred to the Isle of Mull only starting from say Killichronan as that was your original destination I think.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 7:25pm
jakobpoffley wrote:Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?
From Andenes to Sortland, there's only one bus on Sunday, and that goes at 15:10. http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 18-871.htm

But I see from that timetable that they mark the buses that don't go in the summer holidays, so you should be okay on the other route if you use it.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 7:15pm
There are two per day on the timetable. They go from Fauske station at 8:50 and 18:10. Look for the bus to 'Sortland' and change at the Sortland bus terminal.

I would check the schedule at tourist information, or ring 177 and check, though. If it's a popular tourist route, you should be okay. Otherwise, it's possible that they only run one per day (or even only one for the whole weekend) during the summer holiday period.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:44pm
iviehoff wrote:What that timetable shows is that there are 2 buses a day. At Bognes, the route splits, and you can choose to proceed either to Narvik or to Sortland same day. There are 4 buses a day from Sortland to Andenes, but since the evening bus from Fauske to Sortland arrives at nearly midnight, which is the one you'll be using if you want to travel same day you arrive at Fauske, you will have to stay overnight to proceed to Andenes. If you stay overnight at Fauske instead, you can travel from there to Andenes in one day.
Thank you for clarifying. Ive just realised where sortland actually is becuase I didn't realise that was the route the bus did. I might just cycle from sortland or what time would the first bus on Sunday morning get to andenes from sortland?

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 6:41pm
5 days! Beware spending too much time on the train. You could easily waste 2 half days or 1 whole one which is a lot out of 5.

Kennet and Avon is great, towpath and road. Then loop back. Get a map and work out a route.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:40pm
What that timetable shows is that there are 2 buses a day. At Bognes, the route splits, and you can choose to proceed either to Narvik or to Sortland same day. There are 4 buses a day from Sortland to Andenes, but since the evening bus from Fauske to Sortland arrives at nearly midnight, which is the one you'll be using if you want to travel same day you arrive at Fauske, you will have to stay overnight to proceed to Andenes. If you stay overnight at Fauske instead, you can travel from there to Andenes in one day.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:13pm
Am I right in understanding that at this time of year there is only one bus a day at 16:20 and you can only get as far as sortland and can only continue at 21:15 the next day?

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 6:10pm
Thank you very much, im probably going to ask in Trondheim tourist information tomorrow as well.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 5:34pm
The bus timetable is at http://www.rutebok.no/nriiisstatictable ... 23-720.htm

However.... If you can, I suggest ringing them on 177 because during the summer holiday season, the buses don't always run to the timetable, despite the dates on the timetable linked above.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

23 July 2015 - 5:29pm
I saw a Dutch lady go head first into the canal along with her bike after she hit an (unseen) tree root

Was the bike ok?

Re: Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

23 July 2015 - 5:29pm
Its not a nice ride to Honfleur, but Honfleur itself is nice. Pont de Normandie is horrid. If it were me I would go to Pegasus Bridge then Courseilles, Aromanches, Bayeux to see the tapestry then back to the coast to see the invasion beaches museums and cemeterys, Carentan, up past Utah, St Mere Eglise, St Vaast for a gourmet seafood fest and back via Cherbourg. But.. You may not want to see all that. Havent done their route.

Al

Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

23 July 2015 - 3:53pm
Hi

Anybody used the Brittany ferries Caen cycle tour route(BF website)?.

Ouistreham
Honfleur
Pont Audemer
Beaumont le Roger
Rugles
Gace
Falaise
Mezidon Canon
Beuvron en Auge
198 miles.

First time bike camping for me and 14year old son.we've got mountain bikes tent and camping gear.both of us fit,but unsure of logistics/timeframes in bike/camping.
Is this realistic to do in four days?

If not any advice/ideas on circular route from the port,cheap campsites/wild camping.
Using Brittany ferries.Arriving in ouistreham Sunday 2nd August approx 07.00 departing ouistreham 08.00 Thursday 6th August.

Re: Touring in Norway

23 July 2015 - 3:25pm
Hello, I'm now in Trondheim and am getting the train to fauske on Saturday morning with my dad. The trip has been fantastic so far. I was trying to look up buses from fauske but the website won't work on my phone annoyingly. Id be very grateful if someone could find out our options to get to Narvik or if possible harstad or andenes. Our train arrives in fauske at 16:37 on Saturday the 25th.
Thanks a lot

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

23 July 2015 - 12:47pm
matt_twam_asi wrote:All of the track east of Carcasonne to Narbonne is a dirt/gravel surface which can sometimes be quite bumpy and you will need to watch out for tree roots across the path at times. It should be fine on a hybrid but be prepared to take it slowly. There are plenty of minor roads that roughly follow the canal if you prefer a smooth ride.

+1 for this advice. I saw a Dutch lady go head first into the canal along with her bike after she hit an (unseen) tree root near Carpestang - between Caracassone and Beziers. I jumped onto the roads that run parallel with the canal but came back to the canal for coffees, beers, food, and sometimes accommodation.

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 11:28am
maxglide wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading

From reading LEJOG accounts, it seems the hills in Devon are the main slog on the entire route. Perhaps something more moderate.

Having lived in Devon for 10 years it's not that bad and there are plenty of options. Looking at the 'fast' route it goes straight across Dartmoor which is very nice but certainly lumpy. If you ride from Launceston to Exeter on the OLD A30 it a nice rolling road with no slogs, passing through villages and all the traffic on the A30 dual carriage way. You can even have the best of both and ride to Whiddon Down and then have a great decent across Dartmoor to Moretonhampstead, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh Knighton and then up the Teign Valley (B3193) to Exeter with only one notable hill over Long Down.

Re: First 5 day Tour Ideas

23 July 2015 - 11:24am
whoof wrote:Get the train to Penzance and ride back to Reading about 260 miles. Use the LEJOG route to Bristol and then the Sustran 4 route up the Kennett and Avon Canal to Reading.

Like the sound of this one

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