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Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

27 July 2014 - 7:07am
Timely post as I was considering the purchase of a Anker Astro E5 15000mAh External Battery which also uses a Micro USB as its charging point. I guess it will suffer the same issue as you have reported.

I notice Anker also sell the Anker 2nd Gen Astro Pro 15000mAh Triple-Port External Battery with PowerIQ™ Technology which requires a 12V / 2A charge source. With the necessary wiring the eWerk could handle this but then then it would also require taking an additional wall plug for charging in town.


Re: Surviving Norway?

26 July 2014 - 10:46pm
Many grains will soak up water overnight, or during the day. Porridge oats can be soaked overnight, though I've never tried it. Pot noodles are partly cooked and dehydrated, rather than uncooked, so they are okay just soaked for a long time. It's common for university students to do this

Bread + stuff to eat in it will generally be better & cheaper in Norway, though.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

26 July 2014 - 10:35pm
There's a new tunnels map on the Vegvesen (highway authority) site http://www.vegdata.no/2014/06/17/cyclin ... n-tunnels/ There is a link 'Link to this vegkart-query'. If you click on it, there is a nice map that shows tunnels and the status with regard to cyclists.

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

26 July 2014 - 7:53pm
iviehoff wrote:But wouldn't you change at Newport rather than Cardiff? Why go from Newport to Cardiff and back again?

I wasn't aware that this was the route the train took. I already have my (non-refundable) tickets so I will have to file this in the "mistakes before leaving" folder.

Thanks for the heads-up, anyway.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

26 July 2014 - 7:50pm
No I've only done the Southern Tier West to East but lots of people do the Northern Tier in that direction so it will be doable, it's just most people go East to West.

Agree with JamesGilbert look at Crazy Guy, it's a valuable resource.

The ACA maps are excellent, good luck with your trip.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

26 July 2014 - 7:27pm
I'm thinking about doing it myself one day....

There are lots (232 to be exact) of Trans-Am journals on Crazy Guy on a Bike, here are the west-to-east ones: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cat ... ory_id=111

Re: Any ideas of good 3 day (mainly off road tour)

26 July 2014 - 5:58pm
Not in one go, no, and I haven't done the track down Tynedale in years. Maybe later in the summer!

The Cow Green-Dufton stretch is the best bit, mind.

Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

26 July 2014 - 5:55pm
Anyone done the American Adventure Cycling Trans Am route from West to East - starting at Astoria and ending at Yorktown? I'm sure plenty have and I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it - especially how long it took and any hints on gear etc.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

26 July 2014 - 4:36pm
iviehoff wrote: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.
thanks. for your suggestion.

Does the webisite with the list of tunnels work now? On my laptop tunnels are not displayed anymore. Here the website

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

26 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Ambler wrote:Nigel
Any chance of explaining how you travelled to Donaueschingen?


If I remember rightly I had to wait 2 hours at Stuttgart, then got a regional express train to Tuttlingen at about 06:20, which took 2 hours. I was only at Tuttlingen a few minutes, then got on a local train to Donaueschingen, arriving about 08:45 am. I didn't have a problem getting the bike on either train.

Re: Isle of Man - where's good to ride and stay?

26 July 2014 - 4:08pm
Hey thanks for your information everybody, I'll check all of this stuff out and decide what I'm gonna do

Re: Surviving Norway?

26 July 2014 - 3:02pm
I don't really like cooking when I camp, also because I prefer touring light and eating street food. But since I know that Norway is expensive I'm thinking to bring with me camping cuttery and a plate to prepare some cold meals. In this post someone posted the interesting suggestion of preparing cous cous with cold water. Cheap and quite fast. Do you have any other cold meal I may prepare in Norway without a stove?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

26 July 2014 - 2:06pm
The link from Galloper is very good. You used to be able to get it in hardback (and free)

Munsterland is very, very good. Not visited by Brits and very beautiful.

I'm off tomorrow to cycle camp the new route, the Roman-Lippe route from Detmold to Xanten. It only opened in 2013 and looks a cracker.

http://www.ruhr-tourismus.de/en/radrevi ... route.html


I'll post how I get on later in August

Enjoy the summer


Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

26 July 2014 - 10:46am
Thanks 22 Camels,
Hardly any need for sunglasses.

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

26 July 2014 - 9:24am
Thanks very much for the links Tim!

Great, will have a look through these this weekend.


Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Enjoyed reading that, thanks. No luminous orange and yellow panniers! What's the world coming to?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 10:12pm
Thanks for the link Galloper. Will get reading.

Re: France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 7:37pm
Claud wrote:Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)


I'm currently on the TdM route. Day one from Cherbourg to carentan was mainly on an old railway. Surface was rough and v dusty. Chain, bike and me covered in link dust. Today was mainly on a path along the Vire, a much better surface. Heading to mont st michel tomorrow, will let you know!

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:53pm
I did consider one of these, but the connector would still keep falling out and I suspect the micro USB socket in the device eventually fail.


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