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Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 4:35pm
Thanks for all the replies already!

Good to know about the local produce. Also those weather sites were really useful to get a feel for what the weather will be like, thanks a lot! It seems like we'll be getting a bit of rain when we're there... (August/September)

MartinBrice: that's actually the exact map that I have! It seems great! I was just wondering if there were additional camp spots around, but given I now know that wild camping is allowed, I'm not too worried about it. Probably only need campgrounds when we want to shower.

Vorpal: thanks for that food thread link, that's super useful! Lots of great tips on there!

nmnm: thanks for that route tip! I googled the Lysefjord boulder and it looks amazing! I'll definitely try to go there if we have enough time.

Does anyone know anything about the ferry from Stavanger to Skudeneshavn?

My first car incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 4:32pm
Today I was hit by a car for the first time ever in many years of cycling. And it was... fine .

It was a classic SMIDSY: car pulling out of a side road didn't stop. Luckily I was already wary (I couldn't get eye contact with the driver), had time for evasive maneuvers, shouted loudly and the car was slow. In the end it was the gentlest of bumps and I didn't even fall over (I was ready to roll into the car bonnet if possible, rather than under the wheels). No damage at all, apologetic driver etc etc etc. On my way soon after.

It's not something to recommend, but I'm glad my first (and hopefully only) such incident was a gentle reminder of what can happen.

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 4:24pm
I did a job at Heathrow 3 days after Lockerbie. Ever single car going to departures was being searched. I was going to the luggage handling side with a whole car full of metals boxes full of my kit, no security checks, no passes, nothing. Some cargo containers were left open and anyone could have put anything inside one.
My client's security pass was 6 months out of date.

The same on Army bases in the NI 'troubles'. Front entrance all top security. Rear just drive right in.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 4:16pm
99.99% sure that when we've booked air tickets (BA & EasyJet) we've only used first names and not middle. I'd be 100% sure but Mrs gaz does the bookings.

Await further replies before deciding what to do.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 4:13pm
simonhill wrote:...I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

At the frack-free festival I went to last year, there were a few Beltane events set up which was great. As I'm taking my bike and tent for a 4 day spin around the IOW I'll be on the look out for any events. Any one know where I can gate-crash a celebration? That's one mission. The other mission is to try and spot a Glanville Fritilary. Hopefully I'm not too early but I could be lucky. And if I fail; I'll just have to go back again

(Off topic Simon, but I've found that red lentils, although harder to clarify, make lovely "cheat Dhall".)

Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 3:56pm
Can anyone advise me on flying without my middle name on my passport being on the airline ticket?

I have booked a return ticket with Turkish Airlines from Edinburgh to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via Istanbul.
I leave on Mat 26th
When I booked on line the site asked for first name and last name.
So I entered Matthew & Newton
When I was checking through things today I looked at the site again and in very small print it does say that the name on the ticket should match the passport name.
When I called the Airline the lady said I should have entered 2 names ( Matthew William) in the section for first name.
I said this wasn't clear and could she change the ticket. She didn't have the authority to change the ticket and asked me to fill in a complaint form on line.
I have done that and have a reference number but have to wait 7 working days for a reply.
I suspect it will be that they cannot change the ticket name and I will not be able to fly with my passport as it reads.

I do have the option to change the name on my passport ( drop the middle name ) but don't want to do this unless necessary. And I'm not sure how easy it would be and any future personal consequences.

Any folk have experience of travelling without their middle name on their ticket?
Could I take additional identification with my photo on?
Anyone any ideas on how best to proceed?

Many thanks

Matthew (William) Newton

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 3:28pm
I am glad they have sold out, anyone sticking their (financial) neck out like this deserves a bit of success.

My initial thought, when it was first posted here a a while ago, was who will be attending. I would be interested to see a breakdown of those there and why they went. How many are actual or budding cycle tourists and how many are vicarious travellers.

Also, I noticed that 3 of the 9 listed talks/workshop topics were about things like writing for magazines, blogging and film making. I wonder how many people see cycle touring as a route to a career in travel writing, the media, etc?

I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 3:25pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm glad the event has sold out and potentially going to do well. It just wasn't my bag at all: Cost prohibitive and it's a conference rather than a festival. 'Festival' is a fun marketing word though...b

EDIT: I Went to a fracking festival this time last year (Opposition of course!) and there were lots of 'talks' by various speakers held outside in the shade of gazebos & marquees. I personally can't spend long inside buildings. The poor speakers had to do a fine balancing act: the less skilful ones bored the pants of the attendees who 'were in the know' but the ones who had a certain 'magic' were able to deliver an engaging message. AND the food was amazing!

I find it hard to imagine what there is to give a talk about ( 30 minutes?). Maybe other people here can enlighten me what types of things. I always thought that cyclng was a doit thing not a talkit thing. As interesting as the many tech talks there are here these forums I dont think I would want to listen to some one chat about them at a festival.......

Re: Cyclist dies following East Sussex crash

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 2:35pm
A rare collision indeed - condolences to family and friends

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 5 March 2015 - 2:29pm
Let's work on prosecuting the dangerous offences of motor vehicle drivers and once we have completely eradicated dangerous driving from the roads we can attend to matters like nuisance cycling

BTW, cycling is permitted in many "pedestrian" areas. If cycling is prohibited there should be a no cycling sign or no vehicle sign (red circle with nothing inside). Cycling is perfectly legal in pedestrian zones where there is only a "no motor vehicles" sign (motorbike above a car inside a red circle)

On the Go Video editing - Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 2:24pm
Can anyone recommend a good Android smartphone app for on the go video editing?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 2:19pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm glad the event has sold out and potentially going to do well. It just wasn't my bag at all: Cost prohibitive and it's a conference rather than a festival. 'Festival' is a fun marketing word though...b

EDIT: I Went to a fracking festival this time last year (Opposition of course!) and there were lots of 'talks' by various speakers held outside in the shade of gazebos & marquees. I personally can't spend long inside buildings. The poor speakers had to do a fine balancing act: the less skilful ones bored the pants of the attendees who 'were in the know' but the ones who had a certain 'magic' were able to deliver an engaging message. AND the food was amazing!

So perhaps the cycle touring darkside meet could give you some research possibility- fracking is a very hot topic in this area!

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... king-water

Clitheroe = Hodder Valley = Bowland.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 2:13pm
mercalia wrote:no where down south - surrey/kent/hants?

I thought that if the rejects heap was near the official event, then the 'insiders' would ramble, it being in their nature of course, so all and sundry could get together. Waddow Hall (?) may well be lovely, but I bet that most cycle tourists would like a wander to the local hostelries at some point. The Long Buck seems rather nice, and some friends enjoyed their grub the other day. Aspall on tap too... (as well as numerous ales of course).

Besides, Clitheroe is South of Dunsop Bridge, which is apparently the gravitational centre of the UK, rather than the geographical... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunsop_Bridge so it's not truly North! But don't tell anyone from Wigan (which is South of Clitheroe).

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 2:13pm
Same here, lost my cable lock at Bournemouth last July. Let me keep the straps on my day sack and belt. Surrounded by people with thin leather handbag straps! Heyho.......

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 2:03pm
Audax67 wrote:...
The beasts have reached pest status here, and hunting is now permitted all year round. Rather disquieting when you're riding tranquilly down a country road and you see the "Chasse" warning signs out: even more so when a troop of 20+ crosses the road like an express train 30 yards ahead.
...
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When I lived in France local hunt asked if they could hunt on my land (they needed a formal contract, etc.). I agreed (with constraints). Then they would periodically turn-up at my front door offering me various dead animals (they had shot) for me to cook. But as I am useless when it comes to cooking, I always politely declined. Once they brought round a massive lump (2Kg'ish) of wild boar pate they had made ... and it was really good.

Whilst I disapprove of hunting in the UK, in France it seemed very different and my objections did not apply. And they were a good crowd as well. Leader of the local hunt once took me round all their "installations" (basically where they feed the wildlife, maintain the countryside, etc.) which was interesting (and took most of the day). And they used to come round and catch the Ragondin (which were pests) and they only got the €1 per animal the commune paid them.
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Ian

Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 1:34pm
I'm glad the event has sold out and potentially going to do well. It just wasn't my bag at all: Cost prohibitive and it's a conference rather than a festival. 'Festival' is a fun marketing word though...b

EDIT: I Went to a fracking festival this time last year (Opposition of course!) and there were lots of 'talks' by various speakers held outside in the shade of gazebos & marquees. I personally can't spend long inside buildings. The poor speakers had to do a fine balancing act: the less skilful ones bored the pants of the attendees who 'were in the know' but the ones who had a certain 'magic' were able to deliver an engaging message. AND the food was amazing!

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 1:28pm
danhopgood wrote:That morning though someone stayed behind me unnecessarily for a long time, allowing other traffic to build up behind. When the lead car did overtake, those behind followed, with speeds increasing.
Some problems are caused by over-aggressive drivers, but this situation can be very irritating/potentially dangerous too, where the driver is over-cautious and unwilling just to shift down and get past perfectly safely, and thereby frustrates others behind them.

Normally if someone has followed me patiently for a while and there is no safe overtaking opportunity, I will make an effort to let them pass by moving leftwards where there is a convenient entrance or similar, and waving them through. But the over-cautious driver will sometimes still hang back unless I actually stop, and I don't really see why I should inconvenience myself by doing so, just because they can't or won't control their car properly.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 1:23pm
no where down south - surrey/kent/hants?

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 1:02pm
It has caused me hours of hair pulling, knowing everything is within the weight limit but having to try and keep locks, pegs, mallets, stoves, tools - the heavy but smaller stuff in the hold whilst evicting the sleeping bag, tent canvas etc - the bulky stuff to the cabin bag.

Back in 2009 i forgot to put my lock and cable in the bike case, they stole my cable but left me with the lock! no logic at all.

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 1:00pm
A full set of 'Snap-on' ball ended Allen keys, been very useful. Being on a recumbent means you can sometimes pick things up without even stopping
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