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Re: Riding Amsterdam to Stockholm

25 September 2015 - 9:53pm
@glasgowjim, I assume you're Scots? Göteborg is semi-famously a Scots part of Sweden, there's lots of Scottish connection with the place. If you're passing through you might want to do a wee bit of research beforehand, to make the trip there more of interest. 'Scots in Gothenburg', 'Goth Scots', etc... You may have noticed the abundance of pubs name Goth/Gothenburg around Scotland

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 9:40pm
Very true , absolutely fascinating how broad scots is similar in vocabulary to the scandinavian languages eg

twa bairns => two barn hoose => huis glesshoose => glarhuis oot => ut they are homophones to name a few

braw => braw

Re: Riding Amsterdam to Stockholm

25 September 2015 - 9:33pm
Thanks vorpal your route is impressive. Did you preplan it in detail or just the main points and alter on route as the humour took you?

My son and I are going to do the reverse route and are at the stage of pencilling in days and distances with approx routes.
We intend to take a tent and are hoping to wild camp en route at times. Interestingly the rough outline of our journey although not matching yours is fairly close. We will be travelling from stockholm to malmo via gothenburg . Then overnight ferry to travemunde and onto Bremen and then Amsterdam . With the time available we will end up having to take the train for the final part of our journey to reach the ferry at Ijmuiden. We intend to make the first day of cycle travel from Stockholm to Trosa (campsite) and from there head on to Nykoping ......

Reason for the overambitious route is I retire and this might be the only time I get to travel a long european tour before the wife closes things down. PS I will be 62 and son 33 when we make the road trip of a lifetime.

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 8:35pm
Elizabeth_S wrote:I don't know what is not advised in Norway, parabens and SLS I guess, look on Ethical Superstore, they have a few makes. (My babies are now 6ft 2 and 6ft 6, and one of them is dating a Norwegian girl, so I'm learning Norwegian with him, very slowly.)
Here they don't like phenoxyethanol, benzylalkohol. We use, by accident, one of the test winners. You can read the article here if you want, good practice for your Norwegian.

Norwegian is easy to pick up if you have some German or Dutch. Many Norwegian words are to be found in Northern or Scots English. I am sure you have come across "barn" and "fjell" by now, "tjarn" (tarn) and "leik" (lek) spring to mind.

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 5:50pm
Simonhill: I know,I know. Oftentimes my heaviest baggage is the stress of travelling! I don't know why I do it to myself! I'm usually okay once on the bike!

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 5:44pm
Negative waves tyreon, negative waves!

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 3:35pm
Sounds like a great ride.
We, myself and Mrs Whoof thinking of riding from Porto to Bilbao next year. The plan was to ride North into Spain and then East, mainly inland but occasionally dipping down to the coast. The hostels on the pilgrims trail sound appealing but someone told me that many do not welcome cyclists only walkers, how did you find it? Also do you know if it would matter if I where going in the 'wrong' direction?

Re: october tour sleeping bag

25 September 2015 - 2:48pm
bikes4two wrote:I test my bags and sleeping mats overnight on the floor of the conservatory when the outside temperatures are near those to be encountered on the tour I'm planning. For me, that gives me a reasonable guide to what to expect.

Are you living at Downton Abbey?

As I became too fat for my best 3 season bag I tend to put my feet inside the bottom and turn the bag over me like a duvet with my mat underneath.Works well for me.

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 2:29pm
I do carry wet wipes for emergency washing but for any open air.....'performances' I just use Normal toilet paper and burn it as it takes a long time to degrade, obviously a trowel comes in handy as well. Normal washing is with a small microfibre cloth and collapsible bowl and a small amount of bio degradable soap.
Any wet wipes used can be taken away and binned,please don't flush or cover them with soil, with a Little forward planning they can mostly be avoided.

Re: Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 2:24pm

So when are we getting some o the pictures?

And...folder: good idea! But for every plus there's a minus: Small package: bike handler to his mate, Fred: ' Throw 'er up Harry. No probs. Chuck that big(15kg) suitcase on top,(of your packaged folder)it'll do no 'arm.'

Sounds a great trip.

Re: Tandem tires?

25 September 2015 - 2:22pm
granville2 wrote:Planet X are selling off Schwalbe Marathon Dureme Tandem tyres, you need to follow the link below, their search or stock systems do not find them.
Duremes are highly rated durable touring tyres, I have a pair of the lighter standard version on my Thorn Nomad, they have done 5000 miles mostly with a heavy camping set up and are still going strong without a single puncture. I have bought some of the 26X2 inch ones for our tandem, (this size is no longer available).

I have a set of them to put on ours - serious pieces of kit indeed!

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 1:30pm
I don't know what is not advised in Norway, parabens and SLS I guess, look on Ethical Superstore, they have a few makes. (My babies are now 6ft 2 and 6ft 6, and one of them is dating a Norwegian girl, so I'm learning Norwegian with him, very slowly.)

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 1:03pm
Elizabeth_S wrote:You can get paper-base wipes which are eco-friendly, or as eco-friendly as they can be.
Any suggestions for a baby friendly version? The first three brands I found all contained a couple of ingredients that are not recommended for baby wipes here in Norway.

Re: TI3IT-Thru Italy's 3 Islands Trail

25 September 2015 - 12:13pm
PS, don't know which way you are going after Oristano (I think you go close to there) but there is an interesting way through Arborea if you forsake the main 131 road.

If you do go that way, let me know.

PS - are you using a GPS?

Pps - maybe i imagined that last post of yours. Did you delete something?

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 12:07pm
You can get paper-base wipes which are eco-friendly, or as eco-friendly as they can be.

Re: TI3IT-Thru Italy's 3 Islands Trail

25 September 2015 - 11:35am
Hi Conrad.

Slightly surprised to hear from you - I clearly misread your last post as a polite Italian way of saying "thanks but no

thanks - sod off and let me sort stuff myself", which I should stress I didn't take umbrage at.

### edit - see my post pps below - maybe you deleted something.

Also, when I said north or south towards Cagliari, I meant immediately north or south of the main road west to east.

Anyway, some quick notes/thoughts on your chosen route (am not trying to change it) and stuff close by which may be of interest/use.

@ Just before Buggerru in a place possibly called San Nicolao (which hardly exists) there is a nice small cemetery - you can't miss it as it is on the road you will be cycling on. I can't be certain but I have a memory that it might have one or two pieces by the aforementioned master. If not, there is some stuff of interest. Like many cemeteries in Sardinia though it does have somewhat odd/infrequent opening hours so may be shut. I was once gently mocked by an elderly Sard for expecting a cemetery to be open in the afternoon - but then I think that was the old Sard habit of generalising from very restricted local even family experience. They have longer hours in the north of the island I think. I am of course assuming that you share my interest in Italian cemeteries

@ Buggerru - by the way donkey's years ago I once slept in a tent pitched on the cindered football pitch you will see from above the town. Probably wouldn't do it now - the place is much "improved".

You will of course have to drop down to see the place and then climb back out but it is worth doing - a nice little place with a harbour and some history - there is a memorial to some miners killed in a strike. For, hard to believe now, this was an industrial area.

@ Cala Domestica - further south. I am pretty sure there will be a sign to this. A bit of a detour to the coast but well worth seeing. Nice place to pause. This was apparently the location for "Sebastiane", a film by the arty Brit director

Derek Jarman - lots of men in roman dress but more often I think out of it. The first British film ever to be filmed in Latin. And the last.

As you travel further south on the main coast road there is a pretty horrendous long climb at some point - just grin and bear it but be aware of it when timing the ride.

@ Masua - reachable from here is the pretty incredible Porto Flavia (google image it) but it will probably be shut and not convenient for you to visit anyway.

@ Nebida - From memory there is a bit of a descent to this and you may be tempted to sing to the sky and whizz on by but do stop. Pull into the carpark on the right/coast-side of the road. From close to there there is a panoramic walkway (you could ride if in a hurry and polite) which goes round the headland with a beautiful view. On the furthest extreme of it there is a even a bar. But may be shut of course. After the bar as you walk round there is, from memory, a small memorial to, I think, a carabinieri officer possibly from the 1940s. If you can find out from a local I would be very interested to know the story behind this.

@ Gonnesa - much improved - one or two Sards have scoffed about this place to me in that Sard/possibly Italian way about the next place along the road but I visited a few years ago and it has clearly been improved. Quite nice. Worth popping in to.

@ Portoscuso - a pretty long time since I have been that way but I remember it being rather industrial.

But near there is a nuraghe, Seruci, worth popping to if you haven't had your fill of them in the rest of the island.

@ Cortoghiana - could I think be reached by a back road from the nuraghe but it would be a bit of a detour from your route. It's a Fascist era town/dormitory town - pretty uncompromising architecturally but I find it interesting. Pretty much all complete though the church has gone - it must surely have been used for films? I can never remember whether it was built just before or just after nearby Carbonia, which is also a Fascist creation.

As I say if you have any questions ask away and I will help if I can.

Yes, I know Sardinia pretty well - sometimes it seems as if I have been up all the roads, but since a lot of them were in car I have forgotten a lot. I have also though cycled a fair bit and have cyled the route described above.

I will tap down more thoughts on the rest of your planned route to Cagliari when I have a bit more time.

Happy cycling

Re: Wet Wipes

25 September 2015 - 11:23am
Pete Jack wrote:Mistik-ka wrote:syklist wrote:Is that a bit like living with a Canadian?

Here now! Sorry mate. It's usually Yank bashing that I get, snotty comments about spelling etc.. Looks like you got caught in the crossfire.
My main point was the way that the OP phrased his sentence. I like that kind of ambiguity. I would have said "Always had a septic tank at home" which I feel is more difficult to misinterpret.

Personally I do live with a Canadian, and, certainly linguistically speaking, it is like living with an American, different words, backpack instead of rucksack, pavement means the surface on the road not the sidewalk, a bathroom can contain just a toilet etc. It still causes confusion every now and again. We do however have fewer disagreements about spelling than if Mrs Syklist had grown up in the USA. On the down side, it means that Norwegian born Syklist Junior has to deal with two different Norwegian dialects* during the day at the kindergarten and then two different English dialects when he gets home.

Getting back on topic, Syklist Junior's arrival means now that we have to take two types of wet wipes on tour with us - the facial cleansing tissues to get oil and grime off our hands and the baby ones to keep Junior clean. The baby wipes generally get wrapped up in the nappy which we throw away as soon as we find a bin.

*Gol is on a dialect cusp between the Nynorsk dialects to the West and the bokmål dialects to the East. Strictly speaking he has to deal with three Norwegian dialects as Hallingdal has its own dialect. However Hallingdal can also be considered to fall under the Nynorsk group it depends on how many hairs you want to split.

Buen Camino!

25 September 2015 - 10:43am
Just back from two & a half weeks cycling the Camino pilgrim route from Pamplona to Santiago on my 'Birdy' folder with Rohloff. Flew from Manchester to Bilbao & then train to Pamplona.Return,again with Easyjet,from Santiago to Gatwick.
Great riding,although some of the 'walking' routes are very steep & rough,so tended to opt for minor roads running nearby.
Mostly walkers,but quite a few cyclists too from a huge variety of countries. Became friendly with some lads from Brazil & from Argentina also riding. Most people were intrigued that riding it on small wheels. The only others I saw were a small group from USA on 'Bike Fridays', & two Bromptons in Santiago.
The bike & tools,clothes went in the bike bag as hold luggage, & rest in pannier inside rucksack as 'carry on'.
Only real problem was a couple of punctures. Excellent hostels along the way,often serving good food. If not lots of options nearby on 'Menu of day' at 9Euros.
Amazing.jaw dropping architecture all the way along.
Glad I fitted my 'Dutch Ding/Dong' bell. It generated a lot of favourable comment & was popularly received.
Still pretty busy in September,despite being 'off season'. Must be pretty hectic in high summer!

Re: Tandem tires?

25 September 2015 - 10:22am
When we had a Thorn Me-n-U2 triplet I ran it (like most of my bikes) on standard Marathons. I keep coming back to them because they've always done well for me (touring 'bent, Brompton, 8-Freight cargo bike, plus the triplet).


Re: Tandem tires?

25 September 2015 - 8:33am


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