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Re: Surviving Norway?

5 May 2014 - 11:53am
I cycled from Bodo to Stavanger a few years back - The OPs experience is pretty much what I found - away from the larger cities it was difficult to find much in the smaller shops (when they were open) to make a meal that I wanted to eat - so I tended to hoard - visit every small shop I saw open - buy small bottles of pasta sauce when they were available - as a staple I would buy frozen mince in the mornings - cooked with plenty of herbs and eaten with pasta in the evening together with whatever bread and cheese I could find - The mince lasts OK over a couple of days - and if i found something better (and some potatoes) was cheap enough that i was prepared to discard it if I was in doubt about it if i found something better at a decent shop - at no time was I short of decent filling food at a cost well below eating out - the benefit of having sufficient cooking kit?

Having to proactively forage for food is not unique though to Norway - travelling across the baltic states, parts of Poland, northern Greece, parts of New Zealand (and Germany at weekends) - Im assuming that folks travelling to far more exotic places have strategies to ensure they keep themselves well fed

Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

5 May 2014 - 11:50am
30 kg load seems a lot? thats 4 1/2 stone i dont think i would want that on a bike. how heavy are you?

Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

5 May 2014 - 11:44am
Whatever bike you take to South America, it will have to be strong and in good condition to survive the roads.

You would probably be better off to fit a front rack and distribute your 18kg backpack load.

Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

5 May 2014 - 11:37am
one more point, rear of my bicycle is bloody heavy compare to front. It still has 10,5 kg but its unbalanced.

btw so i don't need to be worry about next say 30kg on my bicycle?

Re: Bikeroutetoaster is Back!

5 May 2014 - 10:47am
downloaded a few routes onto garmin, but when attempt last time got;error message, dont know why?

Flying with a stove

5 May 2014 - 10:46am
Cadair Idris wrote:I imagine if the matter is brought to their attention, they will err on the side of caution and tell the passenger that a stove can't be carried if there's even the faintest whiff of fuel about it!
Finding the correct information and knowing with certainty one way or the other is better than "imagining" anytime.

Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

5 May 2014 - 10:39am
Hello,

I never go tour by bicycle. I like to go to Central and South america by bicycle. I am bloody poor and i got idea to grab my old claud butler bicycle (80s/90s) and do some fittings and upgrades. I like to put two panniers on back, on top of rack some bag and on the handlebars camera bag. I don't expect to put any panniers on front wheel. I feel myself that i don't want to carry the crap.

Today I was cycling to work with my 18kg backpack on my back and I had feeling that the bike is not really happy. Im bit worry if it is good idea to "convert" this bicycle to touring one. Is it my worrying just cause I'm not used to carry some weight on bicycle??? or is it really essential buy one of "touring" frames. BTW I would like to use bicycle for communing so i would like bicycle what go reasonably quick (i don't wanna be late at work )

Island hopping in the far north of Norway

5 May 2014 - 10:39am
Seems to me that many people cycling through northern Norway are on a pretty direct route to and from North Cape. I've been lucky enough to cycle this way before (both North Cape to Oslo, and from Kirkenes to the Lofoten Islands). Thought so much of it that I want to return for 12 days or so of cycling in September this year. I'm looking for an alternative route between North Cape and Tromso. I wonder if anyone here has travelled to any of the islands located between North Cape and, say, Oksfjord? The islands concerned are Masoya, Rolvsoya, Soroya, Seiland and Stjernoya, and they're all accessible by regular ferries from Havoysund, Hammerfest and Oksfjord. There's not a whole lot of road between them collectively, and pretty much none at all on at least one of the islands. Amongst visitors, they're more likely to draw hikers and fishing enthusiasts than cyclists, but perhaps someone here has some thoughts on where to go for a couple of nights of wild camping in a dramatic setting.

PS In case someone should suggest visiting Senja, I would love to go there too but won't have time to do so on this occasion. By the way, if you do visit Senja, make sure you take the road to Husoy...

Re: Flying with a stove

5 May 2014 - 10:28am
Re Airlines having guidelines concerning taking a stove. Well, I imagine if the matter is brought to their attention, they will err on the side of caution and tell the passenger that a stove can't be carried if there's even the faintest whiff of fuel about it! Which is why there's no problem packing a stove on the outward journey but it's more of an issue taking it home...

Re: Roscoff to Santander

5 May 2014 - 10:17am
Plenty of campsites and B&Bs. Never had a problem on Roscoff to Bayonne.
Get a campsite list in advance or some maps show them. If not sure just get to the local tourism info point before they close - they are always helpful.
About 500 -550 miles to Bayonne, following parts of the Velodyssey route, which is slower and less direct than all roads, but don't know from there. Took me 2 weeks to reach Bayonne with a constant headwind and well loaded last year.

Re: Surviving Norway?

5 May 2014 - 10:11am
Pete Jack wrote:I wish I'd had Vorpal's advice when I was in Norway. I found the food bloody awful and incredibly expensive. On a lighter note the tourist office in Stavanger sent me to a 'motel' at an address that turned out to be a hospital. Thinking I'd got to the wrong place I walk into the lobby and ask where the motel was to be told "This is it" At one stage I was shoving my filthy old Trek with four paniers onto a smallish lift and had to back out to allow a woman with a tiny baby on a cart thing to get off.

That's a bit funny. Did you find the 'motel' eventually? Had they converted part of the hospital or something? Or was there a miscommunication?

Re: Surviving Norway?

5 May 2014 - 10:04am
Another thought about protein...

Ethnic groceries and large supermarkets often have a pretty good selection of nuts, and may have them to buy in bulk, which is a little cheaper. The salted ones are pretty salty. I tend to mix salted and unsalted.

And cheese... if you like to try some different things, try the brunost (brown cheese). It's a sweetened goat cheese. It's very Norwegian, though it has a mixed reception from visitors. Perhaps it's an acquired taste, because I didn't like it the first time I tried it, but I do now. It's not a cheese to eat in a sandwich with salad, though. Just eat it on a slice of bread or cracker, maybe with a little butter.

Re: Flying with a stove

5 May 2014 - 10:00am
Most airlines will have information about this on their web site.
I just give the tank a good flush with boiling water and pack it with my bike.

Re: Flying with a stove

5 May 2014 - 9:56am
Hi Keith - Thanks for the tip. Just to make doubly sure - you're saying to fly with the bottle full of water? That makes sense, and I should have thought of that at the time...

Re: Cycle friendly accomodation in Skipton

5 May 2014 - 8:05am
Last January I stayed in the Woolly Sheep. They did an excellent B & B. I'd been sent there from Heriots opposite the station because they were fully booked (this is in January mind). They said this was quite normal so you may want to be sure to book ahead. Both these places are handy for the canal. Be aware that the towpath from Skipton to Gargrave is lousy for road bikes.

Re: Surviving Norway?

5 May 2014 - 7:54am
I wish I'd had Vorpal's advice when I was in Norway. I found the food bloody awful and incredibly expensive. On a lighter note the tourist office in Stavanger sent me to a 'motel' at an address that turned out to be a hospital. Thinking I'd got to the wrong place I walk into the lobby and ask where the motel was to be told "This is it" At one stage I was shoving my filthy old Trek with four paniers onto a smallish lift and had to back out to allow a woman with a tiny baby on a cart thing to get off.

Re: Harwich-Esbjerg ferry to close

5 May 2014 - 7:33am
Never taken this ferry, always sad to hear of a valuable service disappearing (like the late lamented Bergen Orkney ferry). Esbjerg is a nice place with an excellent hostel. I rode through there going down the Danish coast.

Re: Shetland Orkney Mainland

5 May 2014 - 1:34am
LollyKat wrote:Doss down in Maes Howe?

Maes Howe probably gets locked, but there are other places - I used one for having lunch in once, to keep out of the wind, which would have been OK to kip in, given a mat. The pick it off the map method of memory jogging led me to guess Rennibister, but google suggests I'm probably wrong. Gurness, perhaps?

On the other hand, there's a camp site in Kirkwall, by the Leisure Centre. Pitch up and pay in the morning, if you have a tent.

Re: Shetland Orkney Mainland

4 May 2014 - 9:06pm
I went to a concert in Kirkwall one night and another in Ullapool the next day. I stayed in the hostel at Kirkwall and left early in the morning for the Stromness ferry. I guess if you speak to the hostel or e-mail them you could arrange a late arrival and an early departure. Alternatively you could get the ferry the morning after your arrival from St Margarets Hope to Gills Bay that would remove the need for a very early start.
On the other hand I wouldn't rule out spending a day exploring if you haven't been to Orkney before. There is plenty to see and it would be very easy to fill a day. You used to be able to get B & B on the Stromness ferry if you were booked on the early morning sailing and I think they still do this. It is quite nice to get out of bed and have a shower instead of rushing to catch the ferry.

Re: Shetland Orkney Mainland

4 May 2014 - 8:33pm
Doss down in Maes Howe?

Seriously, if you can spare an extra day there is lots to see on Orkney.

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