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Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 6:08pm
If you want a fairly up to date, current trip report etc, inc lots of great pictures and some route info go take a look at http://www.whileoutriding.com/blog
Cass is happy to answer questions too, a lot of comments to posts are enquiries of one kind or another.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 4:48pm
serbring wrote:Regarding food I'd prefer to not bring with me the cooking equipment. Can I get something just prepared on the road, like sandwiches, piece of cakes, and so on? Are this kind of meals expensive?
You can live on bread and cheese etc without breaking the bank, but if it's cold you might miss the warm drink you can cook up on a stove. Food and drinks in cafes etc is very expensive.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 4:34pm
Just be careful.
This is a sad story from only recently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-27206659

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

22 July 2014 - 3:46pm
I will whinge to anyone who will listen about Northern rail and their antiquated junk but I have to agree that the conductors are quite amenable to cyclists on the cumbrian coast line. In some ways their flexibility is preferable to a mandatory reservation system.

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

22 July 2014 - 3:38pm
I would imagine there wouldn't be too many heading to Whitehaven on a Saturday evening?

Re: Harwich-Esbjerg ferry to close

22 July 2014 - 2:41pm
Hi all,

I'm looking to use it in August, around 15th-20th August, one way and I'm looking to split the cabin fare (ooh err) as it's all a bit pricey pricey.

4 people sharing gets it down to around £65PP.

Any interest?

Re: Cherbourg - Poitiers - Route Suggestions

22 July 2014 - 2:14pm
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Routes, put in the start aand finish points and click on the cycle icon and you will get a very thorough route guidance using back roads and voies verte where applicable. have a good trip.

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 1:51pm
http://familyonbikes.org/blog/journal/journal-entries/
this family did alaska to argentina, i am reading their book 'changing gears' at the moment

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

22 July 2014 - 10:35am
A good source for research is the website crazyguyonabike. Read lots of accounts of the trip which has been done many times, in many ways for many reasons. I too had ideas of a similar trip but decided that for me it was better to 'chunk it up' into 4 separate trips and in that way you can hit the seasons right and plan to see more. It suits me but for others the desire to achieve the north to south of the planet / point to point is the aim. 1 year? I wouldn't because you would miss so much and the seasons would be unkind. You have to answer one important question first; why are you doing it? And take it from there.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 9:47am
I cycled to Nordcapp in 2009 from Uk heading across north Germany, Poland, Baltics across to Helsinki and due north through Finland and into Norway. I wrote an account which you can find on www.martinphilpot.co.uk.
Good luck,

Patagonia, Carretera Austral, south to Ushuaia

22 July 2014 - 9:33am
I completed my first South American venture earlier this year and it was a truly awesome experience. South along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt and then south to Ushuaia. Taking time out for treks through stunning National Parks / Glaciers the 3 month venture was amazing. An account can be found on my blog www.martinphilpot.co.uk. Any questions /advice - happy to offer.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

22 July 2014 - 6:14am
serbring wrote:Vorpal wrote:Lots of food advice on viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142

Thanks Vorpal, you're the wikipedia of this forum
You only think that because you're looking for information about Norway.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

21 July 2014 - 10:44pm
Vorpal wrote:Lots of food advice on viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142

Thanks Vorpal, you're the wikipedia of this forum

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

21 July 2014 - 9:51pm
NUKe wrote:You can't book on line, but you should be able to book at the station. You can still book the cheaper fares in the station

Not with northern rail. They just have a turn up policy and some sensible staff. Main concern would be if a team of c2c ers turned up but I'd be relaxed about it.

Re: Switzerland

21 July 2014 - 9:27pm
> A pricey place to visit but neat and tidy just about everywhere - that's the Swiss for you
> A camping municipal on the shores of Lake Geneva for one night/one tent/2 persons = 32 Swiss Francs = £21

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

21 July 2014 - 9:23pm
BeeKeeper wrote:This was my bike earlier this year before sliding it into the CTC bag. The blue stuff was a stiff foam which was used to protect the edges of a worktop which we had had delivered. I guess you might be able to blag some off a builders merchant or buy the foam insulation you get for wrapping round pipes. It is not essential, stiff cardboard does equally as good a job of protecting the vulnerable bits. The only bits I removed apart from one pedal (the other was reversed, see picture) were the bottle racks which fit on the front forks. These were stowed in the frame bag. My panniers travelled in an 80 litre Bergan liner with a webbing luggage strap around them. The Bergan liner is very light and folds up small for stowing in the bottom of a pannier. It is useful as the airline charged per item of luggage so the two panniers in a bag only counted as one. My bar bag was my carry on luggage. Note tyres were deflated as per the airline's rules although no one checked them at Bristol when I checked it in.

I only needed the CTC bag for a one way flight as we came back by ferry but if you need a bag for the return journey I would recommend buying a second one and leave it unopened. It will take up a lot less room on your bike than if you try and fold up the bag used on the outward journey.

Was it robust enought that protection of the light? I'm afraid that the bracket might bend.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

21 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Sweep wrote
I can recommend this.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touring-Surviva ... ival+guide

Not a travelogue but you will learn more from it than reading several travelogues about the practicalities.

Answers lots of sensible questions (even stupid ones - stupid questions are often the best) you will have thought of, some you will have thought of but were too embarrassed to ask and some you maybe haven't thought of but should have done.

But no worries they will ask and answer them for you.

With this on a Kindle you could prepare for a trip in no time and if you take it with you will have a ready reference for comfort and advice along the way.
Sweep

I bought this a couple of years ago from their website http://www.travellingtwo.com and a couple of days ago I received an email from them telling me that I was entitled to download the new updated edition for free. I did so and it is absolutely excellent. The focus is primarily on lengthy tours but the advice is equally applicable to shorter jaunts.
Highly recommended.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

21 July 2014 - 8:54pm
Nigel Laverick wrote:I have just returned from a trip across Europe which included Norway. It took me 4 weeks from Kristianland to North Cape it was ab . I got my route in Norway from the net , I can't remember the name of the site but it is an account written by an Australian lady who rode N.Cape to Kristianland , you'll find it easily. Take front and rear lights for the tunnels and don't worry about the N. Cape tunnels because they are ok ( and I don't like tunnels). Watch out for Germany , the cycle paths are terrible and the motorists do not want you on the road, I was carved up and got really fed up with them blasting their horns at me. The cycle paths are so bumpy that they bust my rear bearings and I have good touring wheels. I would get the train to Denmark and ride from there, I rode up the west coast and the cycle paths and drivers were superb. If you are going in July or August take mossie repellant and a mossie hood. Norway is not expensive if you use supermarkets , a jar of coffee costs 25nk , a 500g bag of pasta 12nk, a good loaf 28nk , 400g of minced meat 20nk .... best of all you can get a free cup of coffee at quite a few of the smaller coop stores. Campsites varied between 100nk and 150nk and they nearly all (bar one ) had good campers kitchens. You can get the bus back from Hennig something on N Cape to Alta airport for 380nk. Good luck Nigel L

Hi Nigel,

Thanks for your suggestions. Interesting. How was the weather? Regarding food I'd prefer to not bring with me the cooking equipment. Can I get something just prepared on the road, like sandwiches, piece of cakes, and so on? Are this kind of meals expensive?

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