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Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 11:12am
Hi,
Your getting old.................like the rest of us, I'm only on 70 too.
In the last twenty days I have only slept for three hours continuously any night (except one), 18 days off the bike and BP is still up.
Funny thing is that when I ride the bike I feel no pain at all in the arm that's keeping me awake, meds aren't working any more so I grin and bare it.

Even Steve Abraham is only doing 160 a day and plans to ramp up to 280? a day in the summer, those will be long days on his 14 mph average

Re: Los Angeles

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 11:11am
Pete Jack wrote: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.

'Young man' - I haven't been called that for a while!

thanks for the advice

re camping - as I don't intend to carry cooking gear, are there plenty of overnight 'opportunities' on the SF - LA route? Cost is an issue, but not overly so - so occasional motel/hotel interspersed with camping is fine, as long as the camping has food close by!

lastly - should I plan and book in advance (Sept/Oct) or just turn up?

Mike

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 11:03am
Overboard still have a few of their fully waterproof handlebar bags available. If you want to access the bag on the fly it's not for you but possibly the most waterproof unless you're into MTB bog snorkelling

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 10:50am
Looking at doing the ten miles a day challenge but it seems that everything is against me. Didn't manage to cycle to work on Thursday/Friday last week for some reason - can't remember why. Saturday and Sunday I was on-call so couldn't get out. Monday I managed to have a ride and then commute to and from work. Tuesday I woke up and couldn't move my thumb - extremely sore too so no cycling then. Wednesday managed to do a commute but could only change gear up - had to use the back of my hand to change down gear which wasn't ideal. Had a decent ride before work yesterday but now don't feel that I can go out today as it is just a tad windy. That said, used the time today to give the drivetrain a clean.

Anyhow, 70 miles in nine days so a bit behind schedule. On nights next week so getting a ride in then is often difficult - that said, I still commute and it's just over ten miles - just need to catch up on the shortfall.

new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 10:34am
Theres a notice at work showing a new cycle path to be built along the main road.
this is great news as the main reason I don't commute is the factor of 6 miles mainly bad road on one route or this route of 8 mile is mainly cycle path but the main road near work is quite daunting.

Any useful paths near you being built ?
Or totally useless ones for that matter like the 10 foot long one near me

Re: Marrakech to the High Atlas - December

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 9:37am
That was a good read, have subscribed ready for the next parts.

Dave

Marrakech to the High Atlas - December

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 8:35am
Last month, my partner and I flew to Marrakech for an 18 day bikepacking trip to the High Atlas and beyond. First we had to find food, fuel and a tool to fix one bike. It was the beginning of a great adventure...
http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking-marrakech-to-agadir/

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 7:35am
Sorry, forget my earlier post. I can no longer find a list of farmers willing to take tents on a casual basis. But you might consider just turning up at a farm in a quiet location and asking. Farmers in mid Wales are generally friendly and helpful people.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 10:32pm
The farmer's field at Llanthony Priory is nice. Don't know how busy it gets in the summer, but 3 quid/person. Stayed there ten days ago. It's next to two great pubs and some ancient ruins, very scenic.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 10:20pm
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 - 9:55pm
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 - 9:50pm
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 - 8:53pm
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 - 8:07pm
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 - 7:01pm
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 - 6:58pm
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 - 4:53pm
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 - 4:36pm
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 - 4:19pm
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?
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