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Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 11:21pm
mjr wrote:Monorail? (or Aérotrain to give it its proper name - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9rotrain says one of the old tracks is now walkable, but I don't think it's that one.)
Correct: well done. It's a picture of (well, I assume it's a picture of) the one we're familiar with, which extends for several miles just north of Orléans, and which was originally intended to extend all the way to Paris as part of a new high-speed levitated train network. The whole scheme was abandoned in the 1970s in favour of the TGV, and the structure now stands derelict.

I've only seen the track from below, so I don't know what state the upper surface is in, but you'd have to hone your jumping skills* if you wanted to try walking (or cycling) along it - there are gaps in the structure, partly where it has collapsed of its own accord, and partly where it's been demolished to make way for motorways and conventional railways.

Incidentally, a test section of this track features in the 1960s movie version of Fahrenheit 451, directed by François Truffaut.

*As in the movie Speed .

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 11:13pm
I just checked and the junction of Hall Road, The Street and Thurlow Road is where I left my saddlebag. Amazing coincidence!!

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 11:07pm
I remember handing one bit of lost property over to the police, many years ago, which they certainly wouldn't have let me keep!

It was a clip of live rifle ammunition - standard army issue .303 calibre if I remember right. I just found it lying on the road. That time I felt it was my duty to go straight to the nearest Cop shop (there were more in existence then, than now), but as luck would have it, I spotted a copper on the beat a bit further on in my ride, so I handed it to him. I certainly wasn't keen to carry it in my pocket any further than necessary!

That time, at least, the Cop got really excited about the find, insisted on taking all my full details, name and address and all, and asking me to describe in detail exactly how I had found it. He explained, this was as a precaution, "just in case it was involved in a crime". But he agreed with me that this scenario was highly unlikely, it was probably just a bit of lost property, like most things you find in the road.

Anyway, I was glad to be relieved of this particular piece of 'lost property', and I heard no more about it.

Atlantic to the Med along the Pyrenees, Spanish side, Qs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:59pm
Hi. me and the family are considering cycling the route from San Sebastian/Irun on the Atlantic side across to the Med, running parallel with the Spanish border at the beginning of July. There is a route in the Cicerone Spanish Touring book that looks hopeful but I haven't seen it yet - has anyone done the route? Any advice or ideas welcome. Some other people posting have suggested that camping isn't much of an option - are there enough places to stay? How feasible is wild camping? Cheers!

Contador bike up for grabs

CTC Forum - Racing - 30 January 2015 - 10:58pm

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:57pm
Thanks for the link Beekeeper. I enjoyed going through your account. How did you get so many blue sky pictures? I was going South on the route (Or parts of it) and there was plenty of cold wind, cloud and rain from around 11/5 onward, culminating in torrential rain and thunderstorms on 17th and 18th. Not much sunshine. Definitely a relief to finish!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:55pm
so this saddle bag is not freeflows?

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:49pm
Your not going to take it to a police station

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:45pm
Did you buy one with or without maps?

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 January 2015 - 10:43pm
MTBers that I have met at Cannock Chase never ride road out of fear and stick to driving there even though the place is on there doorstep!
Weekends I often see riders Walk and Cycle on the narrowest bit of pavement ever created I cycle to Birmingham town centre catch a train up then Cycle to the Chase. The roads are country narrow type roads and drivers think it's race track! Even the ones with bikes on top of the cars!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:27pm
Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=93791 ??
Ha! Just read that, but I think it's just a strange coincedence. I was on my country route on the way to Kirtling village and back around. It's a very scenic ride, especially along Hall road which is where I came across the cycle bag. You get a lot of cyclists down that way, so who ever it was, I'm very grateful for the freebies.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:13pm
This is our account of our trip two years ago. We went in June and there was a lot to see, Avocets and other waders with young, orchids in bloom, lots to see but some might find it boring! http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/France2013

Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:58pm
I have just bought a Garmin Edge Touring Plus and am wondering how good are the routings that are supplied on the unit, for the average tourist. Does anyone know what the criteria is for those routes? The device does provide some 'minimising' options including altitude for offered routes but it would be difficult to really judge the Garmin-designed route in its entirety as it is presented on the screen. I ask this because while it might be best if one could spend time custom making a route before starting a tour, that might not be possible. Or something else might mean that after you have set off, perhaps days later, unexpected opportunities or circumstances might require you need to modify things. Advice would be very much appreciated.


Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:54pm
Last year we rode a stretch from Bordeaux to the med - although we avoided Narbonne we got as far as Lezignan-Corbieres which is quite close by.

The Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse is easily rideable although the outskirts of Toulouse are a bit confusing. A good map will make it easier but isn't essential.

The Midi from Toulouse to, I believe, Lauragais is rideable (tarmac) but we only went as far as Gardouch maybe 10km before Lauragais. It was suitable for 28c slicks and not at all lumpy. After that things take a turn for the worse. It will be slow going and uncomfortable even with wide tyres, especially with a touring load. You'll make much better progress on the roads IME.

If you're interested we covered it on days 1-11 of our Crazyguyblog: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=14010

The region is great for cycling and you'll have a fantastic time. The camping municipal at Carcassonne is definitely worth a visit!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:15pm
That would be a happy coincidence.

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:00pm
It's good to have you on the forum, RiderintheMist.

Extraordinary that you should happen along at this moment. Lucky folk, with a sense of humour, are particularly welcome

Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 8:32pm
Been riding years and never had a puncture or a defect to my bike, mainly because I maintain it at the start and end of every ride. I used to have quite a bulky bar bag on with stuff like a pump, tubes and so on... After realising I never used this, I took it off to shed weight as I never needed it. I've been riding for over a year now without the need to carry this equipment. On Tuesday afternoon I was out for what I call my country ride, which goes along quiet country roads with hedges and verges. At some point over the weekend the farmer had been trimming the hawthorn hedges back and I hit a pile of the cutting disabling the front and rear tyres. I was a good 15 miles from home and 8 miles from the nearest town to buy some repairs so a long push was in order. After pushing the bike for about 2 miles nestled neatly on the verge was a cycle bag with inner tubes, a pump and all the tools needed to remove my wheels and tyres. The gods were shining down on me that day and thanks to the mystery cyclist who decided to shed weight on his ride, he saved another rider a long walk.


CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 7:42pm
Can anybody recommend any good 1 day circular rides near Amsterdam and vicinity ? Thanks.
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