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First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 9:54pm
Hello to everyone at CTC.

My name is James Johnson and I am not a cyclist. Well, I'm not a cyclist yet, but I will be soon. A few weeks ago I bought myself a second hand Surly LHT from this very site and on Monday I will begin my first ever tour. Where am I going? Around London, no. Down to Brighton, not quite. My first tour will be an attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle.

I decided to do this a few months ago as I was running out of ideas that would let me put off getting a job. I've also always wanted to see more of the world, but I'm not a big fan of anything touristy (such as famous buildings, churches ect.). I figure seeing the world by bike will give me an interesting new perspective, in more ways than one.

I should also mention that this tour is being done on the smallest budget I can manage, spending just £5 a day for 404(ish) days. I will pass through Europe, the Middle East, China and the USA before returning home sometime in March 2015.

I hope you will wish me luck and if you are interested check out my blog http://jamesvsworld.com/

I will probably be asking a few questions along the way and I hope you'll help me with those too.

Thanks,

James

Typical of youth today !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 8:17pm
I would like to think so. Two great young lads making the most of their youth and energy. I like their bikes and it just goes to show that you really do not have to spend thousands on a bike to tour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dwjdklymkU

Re: 11 degree or 11%?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 8:16pm
karlt wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:karlt wrote:Yes. The Daily Mail reporters are idiots. Did we not already know this?
That's not fair...to idiots

Well, it's a bit cruel to idiots.
Aren't idiots supposed to be highly intelligent people?

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 8:16pm
Living near Portsmouth you are spoilt for choice of crossings.
Look at http://ldlines.co.uk/ and www.brittany-ferries.co.uk Between them they offer destinations: Le Havre, or St Malo, or Cherbourg, or Ouistreham.

Find a crossing which suits your timetable.
A single centre trip would be ideal for a start.
As has been said by other contributors above, France is brilliant for cycling.

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 8:02pm
nirakaro wrote:Are too expensive, so I was thinking of trying to do homemade ones. Mixing perhaps, some dried vegetables, soya mince, easy-cook rice, and a pack of cuppaSoup, or some such. Any hints, experience, advice?
I think that would work - my main advice would be to try it at home first in case you find it inedible . A pot cosy made of insulating material would save cooking fuel and also help prevent the whole lot from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

A few months ago I posted this which I found on another site. I don't know how practical it would be for you but you could modify it:

Spud bomb:
Recipe: 2 cups instant mashed potatoes, half cup crushed nut mix, quarter cup tomato powder, half cup crushed fritos, quarter cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, quarter cup dried falafel powder, quarter cup shredded parmesan cheese, half teaspoon garlic powder, half teaspoon onion powder, half teaspoon each salt and pepper, half teaspoon dried italian seasoning. Mix it all up in a bowl measure out 3.5 oz per meal add water to liking let sit 5 minutes and eat

I presume hot water is intended - I might be tempted to form into patties and fry.

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 7:31pm
You are more likely to get results on a hiking site - cyclists can mostly hit shops often enough not to need to dehydrate.

You can get dehydrators so that you can cook meals at home and dehydrate them for your trips.
Examples:
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 34480.html
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 25694.html
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 28752.html
--> http://campingcookbook.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 52529.html
There's more available if you search the site.

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 7:05pm
FarOeuf wrote:nirakaro wrote:Thanks for the answers, but I already know about cheese, sardines, tuna, salami, bread, and all the other nice things you can get in shops. I'm thinking specifically about lightweight food to carry when I'm out of range of shops.

if you make it all at home and carry it with you, it's hardly lightweight. 'buy as you go' is lightweight, you're only realistically out of shop-range for 3-5 days at a time. unless of course you're talking about going away from home for 3-5 days, rather than a 2+ week tour?

agree - on a couple of occasions when ive had the thought that i might not encounter shops ive carried a couple of "shop" bought dehydrated meals - about a fiver a time so didnt break the bank - I think I used one in anger somewhere - ive never found it particularly difficult to come up with "an in case I dont find something" meal to keep in the bag - most of the time the shop ones get left in whatever camp kitchen is last before the airport - the one i ate was not particularly tasty or satisfying - but luckily i had a good collection of other odds and ends in the food bag

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 6:26pm
nirakaro wrote:Thanks for the answers, but I already know about cheese, sardines, tuna, salami, bread, and all the other nice things you can get in shops. I'm thinking specifically about lightweight food to carry when I'm out of range of shops.

if you make it all at home and carry it with you, it's hardly lightweight. 'buy as you go' is lightweight, you're only realistically out of shop-range for 3-5 days at a time. unless of course you're talking about going away from home for 3-5 days, rather than a 2+ week tour?

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 6:24pm
Thanks for the answers, but I already know about cheese, sardines, tuna, salami, bread, and all the other nice things you can get in shops. I'm thinking specifically about lightweight food to carry when I'm out of range of shops.

Re: Encouragement about reporting

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 5:26pm
I was walking through my small market town earlier today when I saw two police officers riding bikes in official garb, including helmets, clearly on duty. Maybe things will change soon? Well I can hope, but I'm not holding my breath

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 5:15pm
I've read accounts of intrepid riders in foreign parts who always found local dishes that were cheap. I've never been so brave as to undertake such adventures, but it seems economy is possible if you're not too picky

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 5:07pm
you can get quick cook pasta or rice. lots of different tinned fish in one-portion sizes. add in some spice mix (taco mix, curry mix, etc, etc). change the fish for some sort of sausage (salami, chorizo, etc), or veg.

I don't think it's worth pre-mixing stuff, as you miss out on the opportunist finds in markets/shops/supermarkets. so long as you carry two or three days of main meal ingredients, you won't starve.

cheers,

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 4:59pm
Apologies - my misreading

I'll edit my first post.

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 4:53pm
When I started mountain walking many years ago the food of choice was a tin of pilchards, followed by one of grapefruit segments. This was way before energy bars and the like were invented. Sandwiches were no good because it was always raining

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 4:52pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:They died in the crash with a white Renault lorry at about 8.30am on July 2.
Devon and Cornwall Police arrested the driver of the lorry on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later released on bail.
Today the force announced Robert Wayne Palmer, 32, from Bude, had been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Palmer has also been charged with a further count of dangerous driving in relation to another crash on September 21 2013, on the A30 near Okehampton.
He has been released on bail to appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court on June 3 a police spokesman said.


So he was released on bail (for death by dangerous driving) and went on to be involved in another incident where he has again been charged with death by dangerous driving. He is now on bail again - please tell me he isn't still driving?

I only see one mention of causing death.

Re: 11 degree or 11%?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 4:49pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:karlt wrote:Yes. The Daily Mail reporters are idiots. Did we not already know this?
That's not fair...to idiots

Well, it's a bit cruel to idiots.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 4:45pm
I'm sure we all have our opinions on this case, and others like it, but perhaps we shouldn't comment until after the trial.

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 May 2014 - 4:44pm
A tin of sardines or tuna, a packet of sliced cheese and off you go!

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 May 2014 - 4:41pm
They died in the crash with a white Renault lorry at about 8.30am on July 2.
Devon and Cornwall Police arrested the driver of the lorry on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later released on bail.
Today the force announced Robert Wayne Palmer, 32, from Bude, had been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Palmer has also been charged with a further count of dangerous driving in relation to another crash on September 21 2013, on the A30 near Okehampton.
He has been released on bail to appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court on June 3 a police spokesman said.


So he was released on bail (for death by dangerous driving) and went on to be involved in another incident where he has again been charged with dangerous driving. He is now on bail again - please tell me he isn't still driving?

Edit to correct my sentence, there was only mention of death
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