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Re: Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 11:31am
The link to your website didn't work, could you post the address as it would be interesting to have a look?

You can get lots of very useful advice on this forum but you'll need to be more specific with your questions - the wall of text is quite hard to read

Re: Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 11:03am
Have a look on http://www.crazyguyonabike.com where you will find accounts of trips in the region, some completed, some ongoing.

I also suggest you take to heart the motto "less is more" in your writings but best of luck! I lived in Belize for 6 months in 1981/82 and I can only hope the roads have improved since my time, avoid the wet season is all I can suggest and take lots of midge repellent.

Hopefully the border crossing into Guatemala has been improved a bit too - and open, it was closed when I was there as Guatemala was threatening to invade Belize.



And on the way through Mexico make sure you visit Chichen Itza. Belize and Guatemala have great Mayan ruins but Chichen Itza is very special, but I fear you will find it a lot busier these days than when we went:

Montpellier to Mont Ventoux tour place

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:52am
Due to a cancellation, there is a place for a single person on the Montpellier to Mont Ventoux tour CTC Tour from 8th to 17th May. The single supplement need not be paid.

We're a small group, carrying our own luggage, with ages from 50s to 70s but any age welcome. Its a leisurely tour through the Mediterranean hinterland and Cevennes, moving-on every other day with one 1-night stand. Optional rest day rides include the Gorges de l'Herault, Corniche des Cevennes and choice of Ventoux summit or Gorges de la Nesque.

Detailed prospectus at: http://www.cyclingholidays.org/tours/solo.php?Tour=1510 or contact me with any questions.

Sheila Simpson

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:51am
jamesgilbert wrote:It's a shame that websites like this one aren't more popular: http://www.urbanforager.org.uk/

Interesting site. Pity it's not more used. According to it there's barely a plant to be had on our route.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:49am
..and, if you have a problem coming back from Breste having taken the train out, you can pick up the train for a ride back. Some parts of the north coast are very hilly but its much more interesting than the canal and Voies Vertes which can get pretty boring.

Al

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:45am
beardy wrote:Ah, different accounting styles. I take the sum of my outlay and divide it by the number of miles cycled so far. So my newest bike is "costing me" 10p per mile just for the frame and forks at the moment.

Yes, that's roughly what mine has cost using your accounting method. But to work it out like that for this trip, why stop at the bike? It would only be fair to include the panniers, tent, cooking gear, clothes as well as all the food that had got me to my current weight, a large portion of which I will burn off as I cycle. I thought I'd keep it simple and just add up what was spent on the road.

beardy wrote:Is it "allowed" to exchange services for food? I have had opportunities on my travels to get a meal and board in return for some small job. This was once common practice in NZ.

I hadn't considered that, mostly because in 40,000 km of touring that situation has never presented itself. But no, it's not allowed because then what would differentiate the ride from working a normal 9 to 5? The only trade that is allowed is bartering in the highly unlikely event that we catch more fish than we need.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:43am
It's a shame that websites like this one aren't more popular: http://www.urbanforager.org.uk/

In some towns especially, you often see fruit trees in the autumn covered in ripe apples or plums or whatever, most of which end up rotting on the floor. There used to be a map of Sheffield like this when I lived there, but I can't find it now.

A place I worked at had lots of Alpine strawberries planted, with signs saying that they were intended for people to eat them, but no-one ever did. Maybe because there were no best before dates?

London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 10:40am
Hi All,

I just wanted to make a post about an incident last night.

I caught a reprobate on attempting to steal my bike last night at the bike rack .Sadly not before he completely screwed my front wheel to get my d lock off. luckily he didn't get through the cable. Had I been 30 seconds later I think he would have had it away. So now I have a screwed front wheel unable to cycle to work anymore this week until it is fixed.

The location was the bike rails/rack at the corner of Bedford Street/New Row. In fact it is a cross roads of Bedford Street/Garrick Street + New Row/King Street. Its the second incident in two weeks on that particular bike sotrage area so be careful.

Sadly no CCTV in the area (which is a joke) and I was not close enough to grab the git before he scarpered into the busy streets. It was a Caucasian male, not too scruffy looking around 5ft7 dressed in grey /dark clothing with nothing too stand out about him. He does wear a helmet whilst he is about doing his crimes so.

I would be extra diligent and ensure your locks are attached in the best way. I stupidly had my D lock on badly. Don't rush these things!

Thanks,

Matt

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:33am
If the bikes are in good condition before we start and we already have a couple of inner tubes and a spare tyre before we get going we shouldn't need much on the road.

Ah, different accounting styles. I take the sum of my outlay and divide it by the number of miles cycled so far.

So my newest bike is "costing me" 10p per mile just for the frame and forks at the moment.

The older bikes are down to near just the running costs which are nearer 5p/mile but if as you say you start off with a set of brand new consumables then you can mostly avoid outlay during the trip.

Is it "allowed" to exchange services for food? I have had opportunities on my travels to get a meal and board in return for some small job. This was once common practice in NZ.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:22am
beardy wrote:I think forty miles a day would average out at twice your budget for my cheapest bike!


Really? I haven't spent anything like that much. If the bikes are in good condition before we start and we already have a couple of inner tubes and a spare tyre before we get going we shouldn't need much on the road.

beardy wrote:A thought that I have looking at your plan is that a larger group will have to split any finds into smaller portions. To be more effective (hunter)gatherers you should possibly split up for stretches and take different routes in order to increase your foraging area.

Yep, that's the plan. Depending on where we are, someone fishing, someone looking along the shore, another a little inland, to get the best variety.

beardy wrote:The man who inspired this had 17 acres to feed just himself?

He did, but he didn't venture any further afield - we have 6,000 km of territory - and he had no sea fishing possibilities. He also didn't have £1 a day. It might not sound much but it will buy flour, salt, sugar, oil, stock cubes, etc. On the other hand, he also wasn't travelling 6,000 km.

beardy wrote:I remember seeing nice pickings in France but that would be mostly stealing, either from the edges of fields or overhanging trees.

Overhanging trees are fair game, but I won't trespass.

beardy wrote:Again one person can "get away with it" but taking to feed a group will be seen as more significant.

I've had a handful of people write to me to say they are interested but, aside from one of them, each has a reason why it might not be possible. If we're a group, we won't be a big group and I'm preparing myself for the possibility of doing the majority of this alone. I hope I don't have to though.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 10:14am
I wonder if it's possible to identify, or at least narrow down, the school in question? I would certainly get on to the head teacher(s) ASAP. Kids boast about this sort of thing in the playground, it ought to be possible to identify them. Next time that driver may kill someone - and drive away.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 9:58am
Just got back after running the kids to school (5 miles away, no bus option). Did not hit anyone.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 9:06am
khain wrote:I'm sure there must be a way of linking a blog to Facebook, Twitter etc so you don't need to update them separately. It's something I've been meaning to look into.

If you use Wordpress there are plugins that will post to Twitter and facebook when you make a post.

But the Wordpress admin will not work on a crappy browser, you would need to enable posts by email. So you make the post as a email and send it to your blog.

Dave

Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 8:07am
To knock a cyclist over and carry on without stopping is bad enough. Stopping and getting out of the car, seeing them lying in the road injured and bleeding and to then say 'I can't stop my kids will be late for school' has to be the dictionary definition of callous selfishness. For this they really should get a driving ban and walk the kids to school. School run parents do seem to be a law unto themselves though.
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/cyc ... -1-7149791

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 March 2015 - 11:54pm
OK, at last got round to converting and cropping the rear vid from the 10-minute-long original. Less scary as you can see it approaching.

It's lost a lot of definition in the conversion, on the original the number plates are all very visible.

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 March 2015 - 11:28pm
My suspicion is that the problem persists simply because what is expected of pro riders is simply too tough, particularly amongst the journeyman riders. The sport needs to be restructured, particularly there needs to be a rethink about the major 3 week tours. Should they be 2 weeks or should the stages be shorter? It may also have a positive effect on the quality of the racing as well.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 11:27pm
If you follow the suggestion of getting a train out west, I'd recommend booking on https://www.capitainetrain.com - it uses the same system as the SNCF website so ticket prices are identical, but it's much easier to book bike spaces. The Rennes to Brest train is a TGV so bikes will cost 10 euros and must be booked beforehand (tickets for you are also much cheaper if booked well in advance).

If you follow the coast very closely from Brest back to Saint Malo it could well be 300 miles. A few campsites may still be closed in May, but the majority will be open.

I really like the NW part of Brittany, it's much wilder than most parts of the coast with some fantastic scenery, but also a lot of hills! It's also the least sheltered place for bad weather coming in off the Atlantic...

I used this guidebook for a 2 week tour around the western end of Brittany a few years ago: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bretagne-Tour-R ... 841823997/ The route was good, basically following quiet roads as close as possible to the coast. It is only available in French though...

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 10:58pm
khain wrote:Don't know how you'd access wifi though.

With the original Kindle (not sure about newer ones) you access the internet with their 'experimental' (i.e. rubbish) browser via Amazon's Whispernet, which means, unbelievably, it's free. The browser is almost unusable, unless of course you're trying to live on £1 per day.

khain wrote:I would try and get someone along with lots of foraging experience. Identifying plants and fungi can be tricky, even with a book, and a mistake will be costly. It's not something you want to be learning on the road when tired and hungry.

An expert would be great but we'll have to work with what we have. Besides, we won't come across many mushrooms given the time of year (except possibly wet north-west of Spain in early autumn). I'm aware of the old forager-bold forager rhyme. I won't take any chances.

khain wrote:I reckon £1 a day is doable if you can find wild camps every night, but that could be tricky along the coast, particularly in England and Wales. You'd be better heading up the Scandinavian or Scottish coast. Better fishing (maybe not Scotland) and wild camping is legal. I suspect you'll end up cycling much further than you intended each day simply because of a lack of camping places and the need to pitch after dark. Does the £1 include spares and repairs and ferry crossings?

Wild camping the whole way is the plan. Forget the legality. The fact that a human is not legally allowed to sleep in the open air is a law that I think should be broken en masse, like the mass trespass of Kinder Scott. It won't be the only illegal act. You're not allowed to fish in the sea in Spain and Portugal without a licence, and yet it will be impossible to get one. I appreciate the need for lake and river licences. The need for a sea licence is abhorrent. (This type of law isn't unique in Spain. If you want to produce your own solar electricity in Spain, you must be connected to the grid and pay tax on the electricity you yourself generate. Or pay a truly massive fine.)

I'm hoping to find a way to cross the Channel within our budget. I have a few possibilities. If none of them work out then it will have to be exempted. Bike spares are included in the budget.

khain wrote:I'm looking forward to reading about this. Despite all the enormous advances in living standards over the last few thousand years I'm by no means convinced that modern life is superior to that of a hunter-gathering existence, and almost certainly the lives of 99% of people living in Britain over the last few thousand years would have been worse. I suspect the hardest trial you'll have on the trip is simply finding a place to peacefully pitch your tent every night.

There's a certain romanticising about hunter-gathering, but I'm interested to see how my mood is affected when my main priority is finding food. Will the freedom of it all induce some sort of euphoria or will I be as depressed as George Orwell in Down and Out in Paris and London? Dunno. It's an experiment. I'll do my damnedest to get to the end regardless of how miserable it might become. But maybe it will be wonderful. I hope so.

Re: Moor to Sea Cycle Network - North Yorkshire Moors

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 10:49pm
There is a map set in a plastic wallet you can buy for this route which from memory is pretty good.
http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiti ... le-network

I haven't actually cycled any of it though!
(It was an idea for an excursion on a holiday a few years back that was shelved)

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 10:45pm
Gutted big time, my friend who was supposed to be going with me said he was buying a ticket decided to wait to see if they went cheaper....... now I am going on my own Billy bloody no mates! hopefully I will meet someone there! wonder if they allow dogs lol
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