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Re: Touring in Sweden

26 January 2015 - 10:28pm
The warmest weather in the coldest parts of Norway and Sweden is usually in July and August. Last year in May, the average temperature at Nordkapp was only 3.5 C.

Weather statistics are available for most weather data collection points in Norway from yr.no http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Finnmark/ ... stics.html

Re: Touring in Sweden

26 January 2015 - 9:31pm
I hadn't even really thought that it may still be quite cold in the north in May and June fortunately the route I was looking at taking through Sweden never goes particularly high but through Norway it goes much higher but in July so hopefully everything will be open and most of the snow gone by then. I need to have a look for what roads are closed in Sweden in the winter and when they open.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

26 January 2015 - 8:55pm
Don't miss Hay on Wye and the nearby Gospel Pass, a mainly single track road that is said to be the highest pass in Wales and is a great favourite with cyclists. From there down to the camp site near LLanthony Priory (pub food nearby).

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

26 January 2015 - 8:27pm
I will be certainly be playing it by ear. Depending how I am feeling etc I may end up doing a 30 odd mile loop out onto Anglesey and not go all the way to Holyhead. I am hoping I'll be in fine shape and will be able to take my time - looks like lots of little hills along the way.

Caen - Mont Ventoux !

26 January 2015 - 4:48pm
Have you ridden this and if you have could you give me an indication of how long it took , whether it was very hilly and whether the roads were very busy. Am I also correct in thinking that camp sites would be in abundance along the route. Thanks.

Re: Holland cycle route info

26 January 2015 - 4:39pm
Sorry, double-posting.

Re: Holland cycle route info

26 January 2015 - 4:39pm
I don't know how it works.
But here is a map with chargingpoints.

But you will need an adapter for the European system, I think. (In some way the UK is a non-European country )
On the map there are mostly restaurants etc. but i think that almost every campsite has the possibility for charging nowadays.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

26 January 2015 - 4:27pm

Have you got any maps of your routes in Andulacia? I will be heading that way in early summer fully loaded. So may be interested in checking out or avoiding them as the case may be!

Accommodation on Camel Trail near Bodmin

26 January 2015 - 4:20pm
Bit of a plug for my friends who run a B&B with shepherds' huts and small camping field.
http://www.berrylanecottage.co.uk Do let me know if this isn't allowed!

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 3:47pm
Even if you are with some other supplier Threes 321 deal is the way to go for the countries it serves. You can simply take your SIMM out if your phone is unlocked, get a 321 simm for £1 , top it up with a fiver, then get a £10 add on and you are set to go with a handset in all these countries http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/ ... set=1#dest with 1000mb of data at your fingertips.

Its a no brainer. I hear the billionaire owner is a Mr Li Ker Ching - most appropriate


Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 2:38pm
We were disappointed to find some new forest camp sites had no showers.

Re: New Forest Tour

26 January 2015 - 11:52am
All the FC campsites are fairly basic with Portakabins for the washrooms etc. If you are arrving by car then it helps can run to taking a chemical loo and tent then there are some nicer sites like Setthorns. Avoid Holmsley as it is in the landing flightpath of Bournemouth Airport with Ryanair flights arriving as late as midnight.

The private sites have nicer facilities but are more crowded: Red Shoot is good, and has a decent pub next door. There is a nice but small site at Acres Down which is a bit of a secret. IOW is well worth a visit and has excellent riding, both road and MTB.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

26 January 2015 - 11:43am
MrsHJ wrote:
I'm wondering if this will be the solution quite soon though:


They have been talking and talking for years about reductions and it is slowly getting cheaper.

Foreign sims normally cost no more than a pound. You can cut them with scissors or a knife to fit and then PAYG and data bundles will in most cases be much cheaper using a local network.

Take for instance Vodafone, they wanted £3 per MB, yes MB as soon as I arrived in Morocco. My Vodafone sim was quickly ripped out of the phone and replaced with a local one which cost about £1 and a GB of data was £4!

It's inly since Zambia that datas got more expensive but it's still significantly cheaper than roaming. South Africa worked out £13 for 2GB.


Re: Thailand 2015

26 January 2015 - 10:49am
Off topic but interesting all the same.

I've just come back from Myanmar (Burma) where an expat told me that a while back bicycles or anything on two wheels (scooters,mopeds,etc) had been banned in the country.
Apparently there was an attempt on a General's life by some characters on a motorbike so he banned anything on two wheels from the country. There are quite a few trike bike taxis (three wheels, thats all right).
There are a few 'daring' people on bikes in Yangon and quite a few out into the rural areas.
Needless to say Yangon is one big traffic jam!


Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

26 January 2015 - 10:21am
Good to read that account, especially as I was going the opposite way at the same time. We probably passed near Mimizan.
Funny though, the wind seemed to be in my face too, even though I was 180 degrees different!
Coldest and wettest I've ever been in France.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

26 January 2015 - 10:13am
Hi all
Tickets are now on sale for £65.00 quite good value for what's on offer can use the £10.00 saving to buy breakfast
Which means I do not have to bring all my cooking equipment and food so can travel light.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

25 January 2015 - 10:56pm
Hello !

I edited a compilation video about my bicycle tour In Andalucia (year 2012) with cycling up to Pico Veleta (3396 m), Tetica da Bacares (2080 m), Puerto Ragua (2000 m), Puerto Escúllar (2036 m), cycling along the coast + through Tabernas desert... etc.

This is the 1st part with english subtitles about this part of our tour: Malaga - Puerto del Leon (view) - Almunecar - Mirador Cabra Montes (view) - Motril - Haza del Lino (Veleta panorama) - Motril - Granada - Pico Veleta - Granada

At the end I show few moments of the 2nd part : Veleta cycling by high wind (gale), Tabernas desert, Puerto velefique & Tetica da Bacares, etc.

Have pleasure with the video !

Similar videos, articles, photos of my experiences of 30.000 kms + 650.000 m heightdiff in the Alps, Pyrenees, Andalucia, Canary islands, ...

D137 Rochefort to Saintes

25 January 2015 - 10:18pm
Just on the off chance, does anyone know if this road is unpleasantly busy?
It seems to have been by passed by an E road and looks quiet enough on Streetview. It even has a cycle lane each side. Its dead flat, dead straight and not particularly interesting, but if useable it could close a gap for us quite neatly. I'm just a bit nervous about riding along thick red lines!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

25 January 2015 - 10:07pm
Thanks for that - your suggestion caught me at a vulnerable moment with nothing much in the unread folder

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

25 January 2015 - 9:52pm
That could be useful, thanks. It's not the Icelandic mountain bike club is it? I might try contacting them, think they have a forum or something.


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