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opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 8:45am
I'm due to set off on the tourist raid mid June. It appears that the road between the Col d'Aubisque and the Soulor is closed and is likely to be so for some weeks. I'm going to e-mail CC Bearnaise to find if there is an approved alternative, but it occurs to me that there may be others undertaking the raid (either version -this part of the route is common).
I've trawled the internet but there doesn't seem a definite date.
There does seem the suggestion that although access by car is not possible there is a possibility of making it by cycle.
Any information appreciated.

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 1:31am
On my circular route today, there's a bit of a hill that reduces me to about 9-10mph, it's not long out of a villages 30 zone https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.03530 ... lP5Wow!2e0 near the top the banks are high & it's twisty too so you can be slightly unsighted from behind and the view aheead is a few metres at best.
Heard a car coming up not fast mind, pulled in and slowed down even more (not that I was catching my breath or anything..lol) and waved them through, got a wave back, for me it massively reduces the chances of any motorist thinking get out my way, it reduces the chance of anyone being frustrated and thus any incident occuring(*) So if as a cyclist I can do it, then so should other vehicles when it's plain and clear their speed is much below everyone else's and a queue is forming behind them.

*I also hope that maybe, just maybe a few might just think twice about getting up the arris of the next cyclist or think that they are impolite red light jumping lycra types (as 99% of the time I wear lycra)

Re: Run Down and Robbed

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 1:15am
Bicycler wrote:Well seeing as the police were appealing for witnesses, it's not entirely inappropriate to release the description of the perpetrators and their vehicle. Though neither would be exactly notable considering the number of Eastern Europeans living in that area of town. I guess it's standard practice. I was always amazed when they asked for information from anybody who may have seen "a blue Escort" or "a white Ford Transit"
Remarkably little about this in the local press, in fact I think the Grauniad got there first. It's a cyclist so probably not a priority

Forriners in a maybe blue hatchback... Not exactly useful, is it? Like the tall dark stranger who does some other nefarious deed.

I had a look around for mentions of it, and all the other refs (LEP, Preston Blog, etc.) that I could find read like a press release, i.e. each one almost a facsimile of the last.

If I remember the article right, it was 11:15pm, so I guess alcohol may well have been involved, or an element of bravery under the camouflage of night, not that it would get very dark around there. Still, vehicular assault is vehicular assault, and damn nasty.

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:13am
They no doubt get annoyed that we hold them up by doing 30mph on roads where they would be happier doing their normal 45mph. They probably think that we are stupid changing our speed up and down all the time.

With the lack of traffic police, token enforcement and magistrates who let you drive with over 12 points on your licence, I am not sure that they are wrong.

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:05am
My problem with slow drivers are the ones you get stuck behind, doing 10-15 below the speed limit, with good conditions but gently bending roads where you never quite get the chance to overtake due to not having a long enough straight, or oncoming traffic. Then when you come to a village, the speed limit drops to 30, they continue at 45. Immediately out of the village, you see them disappearing around a bend at the end of a long straight with no oncoming traffic, where you could have overtaken had they not just sped through a village 50% over the limit! Hate them! Obviously once you catch them up, you're back to bendy roads and oncoming traffic.

Re: GPS Course this W/E

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 12:04am
Sorry forgot to put this in
Sopworth in Gloucestershire

Neil

Re: Back road to Ty'n-y-cornel YHA closed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 11:35pm
We cycled over it at new year in a rainstorm when the erosion was happening. It was quite a sight. It is truly wrecked now - OK on a fat bike but a pain for tourers.

One of the main problems here is 4x4 damage. They drive modified land rovers over it and cut deep ruts that channel runoff water down the steep slope. It soon cuts deep gullies and wrecks the track. I am amazed the council is going to repair it. I wish they could close the road to motor vehicles. I hope the repairs are sensetive and that the 4x4 drivers don't wreck it again as soon as they can.

Another problem with the erosion Is that the turbid water running off the track polluted the usually clear river Doethie for days.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 11:31pm
I use sandals....my bare feet are waterproof!

Re: GPS Course this W/E

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 11:20pm
Looks interesting - where is it?

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 10:55pm
I just get wet feet, but some swear by plastic bags between socks and shoes, with tops clipped inside trousers. Others prefer seal skinz.

Re: Close call for mother and child

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 June 2014 - 10:53pm
I must say that as somebody who stops for pedestrians who are at or near the side of Zebra crossings and even refuges where the law doesnt compel me to do so, I have had less unnecessary stops from that action in the past ten years than I get in one day from cars failing to indicate left when approaching a traffic roundabout.

Re: Close call for mother and child

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 June 2014 - 10:40pm
Postboxer wrote:If it's only illegal to pass once the pedestrian is in the road it means there's a will they/won't they decision whenever a pedestrian near the crossing. It also seems dangerous. Much clearer to have a marked area on the pavement for pedestrians to step into, at which point vehicles have to stop, then the pedestrian crosses in safety.
Drivers are perfectly able to understand the concept of giving way where they meet any number of roads. All that is needed is for them to apply the same logic to zebra crossings. The problem isn't ambiguity, it is selfishness

Re: Close call for mother and child

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 June 2014 - 10:35pm
Postboxer wrote:And how is turning into the sideroad traffic to know you are going to step out in front of their heavy, moving, indicating vehicle and not walk down the sideroad?
To reverse the question, why should the driver assume the pedestrian to be turning? A vehicle is generally presumed to be continuing the way it is heading. Are pedestrians to be assumed to be turning or walking around aimlessly? There's some more motor-centric logic at work here; a vehicle travelling along a road is cut up by another vehicle which turns across its path, whereas a pedestrian travelling along a road steps out in front of a turning vehicle... The subservience of pedestrians has become ingrained into the way we understand the roads

Re: Close call for mother and child

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 June 2014 - 10:19pm
And how is turning into the sideroad traffic to know you are going to step out in front of their heavy, moving, indicating vehicle and not walk down the sideroad?

If it's only illegal to pass once the pedestrian is in the road it means there's a will they/won't they decision whenever a pedestrian near the crossing. It also seems dangerous. Much clearer to have a marked area on the pavement for pedestrians to step into, at which point vehicles have to stop, then the pedestrian crosses in safety.

Re: Camping in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 10:12pm
Last year I just turned up and paid membership at the first Natuurkampeerterrainen site I stayed at. I liked it so much I didn't bother with any other types of site, found enough Natuurkampeerterrainen ones!

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 10:05pm
I hope I'm not hijacking this thread - how do you keep your feet dry (as cheaply)?

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 10:04pm
My favourite is Moroccan fish stew: 1/2 packet Moroccan/harissa/tomato couscous, a tomato or two, a tin of mackerel/sardines/pilchards. Get the couscous started in hot water, chop and cook the tomatoes, break up the fish, stir together and serve.
I usually have a packet of couscous for emergencies as most rural supermarkets have tinned fish in tomato if not the tomato itself. I'd like more ideas of couscous dishes!
I'd like to do more speedy food like this, but British supermarkets are a bit limited, particularly small amounts for those of us travelling by themselves. Lidl used to do an actually tasty packet pasta but they've not stocked it for years. Most packet pasta takes 10 minutes which would almost be enough for ordinary pasta.
I always take a little pepper pot which makes even a tin of beans and sausages taste a bit better, and a little pot of cinnamon to go on my oatbran porridge!

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 9:52pm
They do lovely sausage rolls and ice cream in the Netherlands! My main food during the day on my tour last year, with a coffee and pastry or apple cake in the morning. I usually have a pretty healthy diet but I reckon 2 weeks with a higher-fat diet won't be a problem, I do try to eat a vegetable and couscous or pasta meal in the evening, and I lost several pounds in weight.

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 9:28pm
The Honey Stove and the optional Hive extension kit is a very versatile piece of equipment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmjnUEbXv4c
Can be used as a stove, burning solid fuel (wood, etc.), or can be used with Trangia burners, fuel tablets, bbq charcoal. Also makes a great self contained mini campfire and good for keeping midgies at bay.
I'm just back from a trip in the west highlands and Hebrides and used mine with the Hive extension regularly as a campfire including burning wood, coal and peat!
I haven't barbecued on it but have cooked wood fired bacon no problem (photo is basic Honey stove without Hive extension).
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Re: Loch Glashan, Argyll

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 June 2014 - 9:27pm
I have cycled round Loch glashan on a hybrid and I would say the forest road will be fine with full panniers.
I have a leaflet from FOREST ENTERPRISE called Cycling in the Forest and the direction given states
"Theroute begins at a right turn signed ADD PONDS 3km north east of Kilmichael Glassary. It travels through
open grazing land for the first 2km and passes the farm at Barrachuile before entering the forest and climbing up
beside the River Add. The route then leaves the river and passes the conservation ponds on the site of an old
gravel pit. You then turn right at the junction and shortly find yourself on the red route round the loch."
The address given for this leaflet,which has about 10 different forest routes around Argyll in it, is Kintyre
Forest District Offices, Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll .
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