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Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 11:20pm
A few years ago I camped in a very pleasant field on a farm near Brecon. I paid the farmer £4 and he gave me and my son the choice of several quiet, empty fields, and the use of his farm yard tap and toilet (basic but okay for one night). I found the farm through a website, probably a link from the Brecon Beacons National Park. It had a good list of farms happy to take small numbers of tents for a few quid. I can't remember the details, so you will have to do some searching.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 10:55pm
Fingers crossed indeed.

Having trouble deciphering where this Peninne Trail is? Its not clear to me on the OSM map. Nothing quite near the airport that doesn't do a circular loop.

The hard part will be getting back to Manchest from Cardiff/Chepstow.

Re: A sunday in hell

CTC Forum - Racing - 8 January 2015 - 10:50pm
Back on youtube in full for the first time in a while.

Crossing the High Atlas passes in Morocco

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 9:53pm
Kate and I are planning a 3 week cycling tour of Morocco In April. We'd like to start by heading south from Marrakech and crossing either the Tizi n' Test or Tizi n'Tichka. Both are over 2,000 metres and involve hairpin bends etc. We like a challenge but the problem is we're afraid of heights. Does anyone know if one is easier than the other and whether they are or are not feasible for people with this fear of heights?

Thank you and kind regards

Re: Bicycling Around The World free photo eBook

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 9:07pm
pedalsheep wrote:The photos in this are stunning. Its well worth a look.
Definitely well worth a look.

Re: Los Angeles

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 8:01pm
Go south young man, you'll appreciate the tailwind. The stretch from LA to San Diego is one of the few in the US with a reasonable number of hostels, see the ACA maps. The Sierra Cascades route has 2 in 2800 miles and one of them was booked up by a school party when I needed it.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 7:58pm
Both OFM and Velomap exhibit, very clearly, the entire EV1 track from Hendaye to Roscoff complete of relevant elevation data.
To prepare the trip you can also visit CARTOVELO website.
I just purchased their guides and I must say that they are very well done.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 5:53pm
Yes, when I emailed them they said that no vessels are available to run the route in the summer.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 5:36pm
Yes it seems weird that it is winter only, I wanted to use it last May but couldn't because it was the summer timetabke.
Presumably the boat they use is already allocated to a summer route.
Hopefully it will become a year round route eventually.

Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 5:19pm
Just before Xmas I was looking at the CalMac timetables and idly thinking about possible trips for 2015 when I noticed the service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig. This looked very promising as I've been thinking of doing a trip from Oban, up through the islands to Harris over via Skye and then mainland via Applecross to Ullapool, return via Lewis, Harris, Skye, then Moidart and Mull. The only bit I didn't like was the double crossing of Skye. This route offered the chance to avoid that (by doing a loop through the Uists and then crossing to Mallaig). Unfortunately having now seen the Summer timetable it seems this route is an experimental winter only service (3 years test), bother! I wonder what will happen after the 3 year pilot?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 3:53pm
A thread about options at Porthmadog...
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=89071&p=806175

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 January 2015 - 3:31pm
As the OP, some of the early posters were correct in guessing that my interests laid more in pootling off road touring than full on MTBing. For the past year or so I have been enjoying riding an old rigid Rockhopper for this purpose which has been great fun.

I thank all the posters for their responses and I particularly like some of the more adventurous pictures

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 3:16pm
I went over there with the OH this year - 4 days near La Roche-en-Ardenne at a great little campsite next to the river that lets you light campfires (http://www.campingmaka.be/), another 4 days at the campsite in Brugge. Both were good but I think there's much more to get your teeth into in the Ardennes - hills and climbs and whatnot- as opposed to pancake flat Brugge and the surroundings. Still, we really enjoyed the contrast and the OH is not a big cyclist so it was good to engineer in some nice flat easy riding in the north, including a circular ride to the coast + picnic and sunbathing and a trip over into Holland. I wouldn't rule out spending some time in each part of the country, especially if you're coming over on the ferry from the north anyhow - but I would definately spend more time in the south.

/edit - doh, I meant last year.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 3:01pm
I'll second any of the recommendations above, and suggest that you add Ghent to the list. I quite liked it there, and it has the advantage of being within a day ride to many of the tourist destinations in Belgium, including Bruges, which is touristic, but pleasant, coastal areas, which are worth a visit for variety (although flat), Brussels and Antwerp. Ghent also provides access to a network of pleasant canal-side routes. When you want a route that isn't so flat, you could head southward. It's a bit hilly towards Endingen and Ronse. And a bit more hilly in the Wallones region (Vlaams Gewest).

If you'd rather just long rides & scenery, then the Ardennes has clear advantages over northen Belgium, but it is quite hilly; comparable in many areas to Cornwall, or the Peak Disctrict.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 2:19pm
Thanks Chocjohn9 & AndyK, both very helpful

Re: Los Angeles

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 2:11pm
Saw this about a trip similar to yours on an entry about riding through Wales and thought it might be useful

http://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipC ... eadEntries

Re: Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 11:51am
Nice write-up and photos, thanks for posting. I must get around to doing the LLC, it looks great! Seems you were quite lucky with the weather, despite the hazy conditions.

Re: Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 10:45am
Thanks for posting this. I did the Lon Las a couple of years ago finishing up in Cardiff . Your journal makes me wish I'd kept a similar record, it also reminds me of what a great route it is.

Journal of my recent ride across Wales on LLC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 2:44am
In the second week of September, 2014, I rode from Holyhead to Chepstow on the Lon Las Cymru (and on to Beacsonfield, where family lives).

I have written a detailed daily journal of the ride with dozens of photos for anyone interested.

It was a challenging ride with plenty of uphill everyday. After the strenuous climb before Barmouth, I used A and B roads to avoid the steep climb south of Dolgellau and north of Llanidloes. Even with those changes, I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a full taste of what Wales has to offer.

Re: Saving faces

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 January 2015 - 12:18am
The research is actually focussing on cyclists at the moment. Fairly rare to get 20mph+ full facial collisions any other way. Particularly with the mollycoddling that drivers get.

Rear seat passenger without a belt I suppose... (Or front seat without an airbag)
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