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Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 10:19pm
El Prat is v.busy and loaded with security guys, I would not bank on a few hours uninterrupted kip with a bicycle.

I'd sleep at an airport, say Hull, but not at BCN, it is a fantastic city, you could be in the centre super quick via the airport train before the fun has kicked off, with a great night out to look forward to. I use a clean pension that takes bikes, bang central, for only 25 euros.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 8:55pm
andrew_s wrote:I tried a route from Aviemore to Braemar, just to see what it did, and it came up with a crossing of the Lairig Ghru.
As of half an hour ago, it won't send you that way - it'll go round via Nethy Bridge instead. I'll write more about why in due course, but suffice it to say that it should now be better at finding sensible routes in rural Scotland.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 8:42pm
A very common sight on roads near a Centr Parc.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 8:13pm
I've several Windstopper tops and I find it very a good fabric, but it's not cheap and perhaps not worth buying for a single ride. Before Windstopper was available - and when I'd have been unable to afford it anyway - I used to carry a large rectangle of breathable fabric, cut from the back of an old anorak. That was compact enough to carry in a back pocket for stuffing up the jumper when needed. Going back even earlier, I've salvaged newspaper from bins for the same purpose and even a bit of cardboard, but that was largely through setting out unprepared: assuming it would stay warm throughout a long ride.

A lot depends on what you would wear anyway at this time of year. I'm a softy and I hate cold extremities so a hat and gloves would be a must for me and even thin overshoes. I have ridden all night in midsummer in shorts but I'd take tights.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 8:01pm
heatonrider wrote:Grunavik is Grindavík I think - really good campsite there with good cooking facilities - we used it as a base to cycle to the Blue Lagoon - hopeless commercial and expensive but figured it was a once in a lifetime ... managed a whole day there and took own lunch ...

Thanks heatonrider for spotting my spelling mistake it was Grindavík that I meant.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:48pm
ChrisButch wrote:What particularly rankles here is that, despite what must have been overwhelming evidence, given the immediate guilty pleas, he was free to drive pending trial. Surely the very least which could be expected after such events would be a requirement temporarily to surrender his licence?

I think this is a good point and AFAIK it's possible without any change to the law or current procedure. I don't think it's even necessary to disqualify the driver temporarily from driving: agreeing not to drive motor vehicles could be imposed as a bail condition (breach of which can lead to arrest etc.) I can't see it happening, largely because of the prolonged period on bail when a defendant like this one would be prevented from working. (That's an explanation, not a justification on my part.) The fact of his bail being renewed after the second bad driving case probably shows how strong that attitude is. I don't know what bail conditions, if any, were imposed after the charge for the later offence.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 7:44pm
Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian

Thanks for that Ian!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:38pm
Not at all. Council property is owned, albeit by a public body. It is private land in the sense that we use the term.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 7:38pm
MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:25pm
Sorry, personally think sentence much too lenient

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:18pm
mjr wrote:I feel dirty linking this but it's the only source I found, so take it with a bucket of salt. Are you sure it was on the Beeb and you didn't spot it while looking at their famous pornish sidebar?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1260662/Young-family-left-fuming-motorist-leaves-car-driveway-jetting-holiday-nearby-Stansted.html wrote:A young family has been left fuming after a motorist left a car in their driveway before jetting off on holiday from nearby Stansted Airport. [...] The owner of the vehicle is believed to have left it there and walked to Stansted to catch a flight, but police and council officials have told the family they are powerless to move it because technically it is not breaking the law.
Plenty of similar cases on other forums, though.
Could be that one. Bit more interesting than I remembered - council house, therefore council property and not really 'private' property...
Can o' worms there I think!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 6:55pm
The "Oh, yes they can!" bit is enshrined in the rather bizarrely named Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

s 54 prohibits clamping and the like, as originally promised by Bliar. s 56 empowers the recovery of parking charges. Schedule 4, sets up a legal framework for the recovery of those parking charges. I've not looked for loopholes but I suspect it's in duck's orifice territory in terms of impermeability. It was framed after a lot of lobbying from a powerful lobby. (Clue: the govt which is hell bent on liberalising the yellow line enforcement of street parking to gain a bit of popularity from the motoring lobby, was happy to risk alienating motorists to gain the "support" of the hedge funds etc which tend to own the retail car parks. )

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/201 ... /4/enacted

Not much use to the private person who finds a car hogging their driveway, because they'd be unlikely to have got the notices etc in place in anticipation and if they did anticipate it, the easiest thing would be to prevent it with some sort of obstruction. The owner of a shop near here who seems to be plagued with people parking on their small car park while visiting the neighbouring pub and who then leave the cars overnight deploys a line of kerbstones each evening and shifts them the following morning.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 6:53pm
I did 1,600 miles around Iceland last year on my bent trike and had a wonderful time due to almost perfect weather.
I found most of the ring road not to bad to cycle on. It just got really busy around the sw corner.
The steepest hill I went up was only 17% coming off the ferry. But most hills are only around 8%-10%.
All the tunnels I cycled through where lit, 3 in the N and 1 in the SE, so I didn't really need lights in them.
Campsite worked out to be roughly 50 miles apart, but shops could be 200 miles apart.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 6:48pm
kwackers wrote:BigFoz wrote:In the case of the car dumped on a driveway, what would happen if you decided you no longer wanted a driveway and bricked it off from the road before said tool returned from holiday?
[...] I tried to find the article, sure it was on the Beeb website.
I feel dirty linking this but it's the only source I found, so take it with a bucket of salt. Are you sure it was on the Beeb and you didn't spot it while looking at their famous pornish sidebar?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1260662/Young-family-left-fuming-motorist-leaves-car-driveway-jetting-holiday-nearby-Stansted.html wrote:A young family has been left fuming after a motorist left a car in their driveway before jetting off on holiday from nearby Stansted Airport. [...] The owner of the vehicle is believed to have left it there and walked to Stansted to catch a flight, but police and council officials have told the family they are powerless to move it because technically it is not breaking the law.
Plenty of similar cases on other forums, though.

Re: Cambridge to Canterbury

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 6:47pm
Just to confirm the Tilbury-Gravesend ferry does not run on Sundays.

Dartford Crossing does have a shuttle service for bikes but it's no longer 24/7; details in this thread.

There's a cycletrack south following the A282 that picks up NCN1 and offers a good route out of Dartford, much better than the A226 which is ghastly. NCN179 offers a shortcut to Medway. It's proximity to the A2 makes it very noisy but you'll pass cafes at Cyclopark, Nells (Marling Cross) and Shorne Country Park.

Have a look at Freeflow's route on this thread for further ideas. There's another useful stretch of NCN1 from Whitstable to Canterbury, the Crab and Winkle.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 6:44pm
Hi,
Habitual texting whilst driving, when his driving ban is over what job will he be seeking
Ban should be longer I.M.O. And half the 8.5 years in jail or is that 4 in jail and only two with good behavior
The rest on licience, to help with over crowding...............

Just seen on spotlight TV, the whats left of cycles on the ground is gruesome Condolences to family.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 6:44pm
What an excellent website.

I often sleep at airports, usually for early departures or else if in transit. I have never been to Barcelona airport, but I don't imagine you will have any problems. There will be loads of people waiting for early morning flights, just join them.

One thing sometimes worth checking is that there are late and early flights which mean the airport wil be open overnight (usually only necessary at smaller airports).

I normally find that (contrary to what the website says) I stay in or near the departure area. You are less likely to be hassled if they think you are waiting for a flight.

As I don't camp, I take a bit of bubblewrap to sleep on, then bin it. A cheap blanket from a charity shop is useful when departing UK in winter, shouldn't be a problem in Spain unless the a/c is very fierce.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 6:15pm
In the old days even before my time hikers on the Kilpatrick Hills near Glasgow allegedly had a good ploy. They walked on until they saw a keeper and immediately turned and walked slowly in the opposite direction. Keeper caught up with them and demanded that they return whence they came. So after a bit of argument they turned round and walked in the direction they had been going in the first place. I doubt anyone was fooled but honour was satisfied and the keeper was able to say to his employer that he had sent them back wher they came from.

Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 6:14pm
I am starting a tour from Barcelona and my budget flight gets in at 10pm.
I was planning to kip on the floor for a few hours somewhere in the terminal till dawn before setting off, hopefully somewhere discreet, quiet and out of the general hubbub.
Does anyone know if this would be possible or practical in Barcelona airport?
I'd rather do this than head off into the night and fly camp or bivvy in a doorway.
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