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Re: Touring in Denmark

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 10:33pm
I was looking at touring Denmark in June but found out that the Danish school holidays are earlier in June and July

Re: Orange / Vaucluse / Luberon - ideas?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 10:27pm
Orange is worth exploring , Arc de triumph and Roman open air theatre. Heading for the Luberon , Pernes Les Fontaines - Isles sur la Sorgue - Fontaine de Vaucluse-Vanasque.
The Luberon is very busy but being on a bike you can get away from the tourists . Gordes is worth a visit with the photogenic Sananque abbey round the corner. Roussilion and Apt. The southern part Menerbes -Lacoste -Bonnieux -Lourmarin. There is a wonderful ride on top of the ridge near Bonnieux The Route de Petit Luberon it goes west to Cavaillion.
To the north of Mont Ventoux, Vaison la Romaine -Malaucene - Montbrun les Bains -Sault -Gorges de Nesque.
I hope this gives you a few ideas when planning you routes.

Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 10:19pm
Heh heh. Good enough library Steven. By hook or by crook I'll find a way to help. I like the charity you are riding for and I've 'wish listed' your book on Amazon. I've challenged myself: If I finish pollarding a little copse I'm doing tomorrow without falling out a tree I'll buy your book by Friday evening. (Useless, late paying clients beside) The reviews are brilliant. Kind regards, Blair.

Re: wessex ridgeway

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 March 2015 - 10:14pm
Great campsite opposite Champernhayes - summer only but you never know.

http://www.brigsfarmcamping.co.uk/

Re: Paris to London

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 9:53pm
I cycled Mr Hirsch's route last year. The route is good throughout and the entry to Paris is brilliant.

There is a gpx track of it online; it was really helpful at junctions if I wasn't sure exactly where in the instructions I was. The only tricky bit was working out which way you were going when the route isn't going south.

Like everyone I got lost around the hospital area roundabouts trying to work out which tower block was which.

I found googlemaps very good within Paris for getting to a specific address; the spoken instructions via headphones were easier to follow than a screen.

Thanks Mr Hirsch

PS I had problems in Surrey; tree's overhung so many lanes that the signal was obscured. Also dark / lights were needed.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 9:53pm
keyboardmonkey wrote:In the interest of balance...

Er, but both facing away from the actual traffic.


Are these set up on bus shelters? If so there may be a regulation / recommendation that they leave the side facing the direction of travel clear, so that bus drivers can see if anyone is waiting there.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 9:44pm
horizon wrote:On roads like that (fast but not narrow enough to slow the traffic), I take it car by car: lock onto a car, slow it right down to my speed (about 12 mph), let the others follow through slowly and then lock onto the next one. No-one should drive faster than that on that road next to a vulnerable human being.

Sorry - I don't understand what you mean . Please could you explain a bit more fully.

I can't comment on the video as my machine won't play it .

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 9:37pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Sounds cracking! I'm self a self employed gardener so couldn't join you in person. However in spirit I'll be there checking out your blog. Fishing? I'm not any good. Foraging? Hell yeah! I wish I could contribute. Hey wait a minute: I might have a spare wild food book or 2. Let me know if you are on the scrounge for some literature...b

Thanks for the offer but since my foraging knowledge has holes I'm taking along my lightweight library: 5 x Collins Gems (Food for Free, Trees, Fish, Seashore and Mushrooms). I'll also have my free-internet Kindle if I need additional info. If the whole world decides not to use gardeners this summer, it'd be a cheap holiday for you.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 9:06pm
If you notice just at the moment he passes, the car on the other side squashes right over to give him space to pull out a bit, but he pulls in. It seems as though it's verging on malicious, but I think it's probably just a driver with other priorities.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 9:05pm
Sounds cracking! I'm self a self employed gardener so couldn't join you in person. However in spirit I'll be there checking out your blog. Fishing? I'm not any good. Foraging? Hell yeah! I wish I could contribute. Hey wait a minute: I might have a spare wild food book or 2. Let me know if you are on the scrounge for some literature...b

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 8:40pm
Vorpal wrote:That made me suck my breath in, and it's only video!

Me too. On roads like that (fast but not narrow enough to slow the traffic), I take it car by car: lock onto a car, slow it right down to my speed (about 12 mph), let the others follow through slowly and then lock onto the next one. No-one should drive faster than that on that road next to a vulnerable human being.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 8:03pm
Yes. I'm on the train now. No problems. Four bikes on a Greater Anglia with space for two earlier. This Great Northern peak commuter service is awash with folders. I feel a big part of the problem is the rolling stock not being flexible enough to take more rigid bikes off peak.

Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 8:01pm
Between 2011 and 2013 I did a massive European tour and it was wonderful except that I spent all of my money. I started looking around for a cheaper and yet still enjoyable way to travel and I hope I've found it.

This summer I'm attempting to cycle from the north of England to Gibraltar living on £1 per day. The majority of my food will come from fishing and foraging. It will take around 100 days. Normally I cycle alone but on this year's ride, without the campsites, bars and restaurants of my previous rides, it might get a bit lonely and so I'm looking for a handful of people to join me on this unique tour.

I appreciate that few people can take three months out of their busy lives but the timing of this tour would be ideal for students, the retired or anyone who is stick of daily life. The trip will cost less than it would to stay at home and you'll get the opportunity to attempt something that has (I think) never been done before.

If you're interested in joining me, or keeping an eye on the trip, please visit http://www.rideandseek2015.com/. It would be great to have you along!

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 7:20pm
Raph wrote:
Yeah I think in the top trumps of closeness, my example beats that. I'm going to have to post it up! I'll crop the rear facing vid when I have a moment... Meanwhile here's the helmet cam:


That made me suck my breath in, and it's only video!

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 7:13pm
blackbike wrote:If you plan your trip outside of peak times the chances are you will have no traffic problems whatsoever on the Snake Pass, the M60 or any other Manchester area motorway.

Since the disappearance of guards vans on trains in the late 80s taking a bike on a train is a hit and miss affair, and even reservations and other permission can be overridden by the whim of a railway employee.

For a one-off trip just take the car.
And any car journey car be disrupted by the "whim" of a crash, breakdown or roadworks. I regularly (roughly once a week) go to Chester. By car (which I only do rarely) it takes about 1¼ hours door-to-door on a good day, but has taken up to 2½ hours even outside peak hours. By bike and train (8½ miles by bike plus 2 trains) it takes about 2 to 2½ hours (3 sometimes if I miss a connection & it is slower coming home as I have over 600ft net height gain on the home leg from the station). Apart from the cycling time I can do other things - email, read forums, read a book, plan a ride, etc. - so it isn't "dead" time. Fuel cost & train fare are similar - the train is possibly slightly cheaper if it is just me (it usually is).

Staff on the trains and platforms, at least around here, are almost universally helpful and friendly (plus quite a few are cyclist themselves). The only real problem I've had is one guard on a Pendelino told me tandems weren't allowed (ironic since the Virgin Pendelinos are the one type of train that I know of that specifically allows tandems), but he was persuaded to let me on. That is the worst, and only specifically bike related, incident - that I nearly didn't get on my train - in at least 100 individual train journeys (2 trains each way on a return trip) in the last 9 months plus other trouble-free train journeys elsewhere. I've missed a few connections (although not directly bike related) but I've also got stuck in traffic (& Mrs H regularly has problems with traffic not just at peak times - she needs to use the car for work).

It is easy to over-hype the problems. I'm not denying they happen but, from my experience, taking a bike on train is rarely a problem & certainly no worse than the problems I encounter when in the car. YMMV, as they say.

Rick.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 7:08pm
Leaving it to the possibility that you might have space to your left isn't a particularly good way to regard road safety. And by the way I didn't have any space to the left, there was a kerb. I could have bunny-hopped it I suppose.

PS just dropped in to the local nick, they said definitely ring 101 and report careless driving.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 6:47pm
There's 3 points here that are probably important
1. Children under the age of 10 cannot be held criminally responsible
2. The punishment for pavement cycling is a fixed penalty fine, so I don't think they would have the authority to confiscate anything
3. Fixed penalty fines cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 16

Either way this goes against the guidance from the transport bod, that cycling on pavements should only be punished at the discretion of the officer and they should be lenient if there was no risk.

Re: Easier than catching law breaking motorists

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 March 2015 - 6:43pm
Flinders wrote:Whether the police(whatever) officerwas adequately trained or not, this is clearly the actions of someone whose judgement is so poor they're in the wrong job, or, if voluntary, in the wrong volunteering area.
However, I'm not sure what sort of job/volunteer sector this sort of poor judgement and unnecessarily stroppy conduct would fit anyone for.............

First, as somebody else has suggested, there may be more to this than we know.

Dealing with children/ young people is one of the minefields of everyday policing. Some people want action taking against every child but their own and for various reasons, police are called to deal with children much more than was once the case. The contrasting demands are typified in the frequently reported remarks from people longing for a return of the days when the local bobby dealt with miscreants by administering a clip around the lughole.

A couple of memory lane examples about specials and children.

Now almost 50 years ago, when my hair was still brown, I was delegated to take out a special on patrol. He was recently recruited - ie with less policing experience than I'd gained that week - but had just left the Regular Army after a long career, retiring as a warrant officer. He'd a row of medal ribbons, knew how to be smart in uniform, looked the part and obviously had much more experience of life than I had. We attended a call where the parents of a juvenile had found that he had information relevant to a police appeal. I cannot now remember the details but they were understandably pulled between a civic duty to report the information and a fear of their child becoming involved. I did my best to reassure them and as I was getting the details, my trainee intervened to instruct me to get details of the child's school in case we needed to interview him there. Totally taboo, but it took me some time to get the parents down from the ceiling and it's not easy to convince people that you know much more than somebody old enough to be your dad.

Much more recently, as in about twenty years ago, somebody had the brilliant idea that it would be OK for a couple of specials to patrol together in a car, putting in an appearance at selected minor incidents. As they had radios, they could also turn up at incidents to which they had not been sent. Inevitably, they were eventually first to arrive, indeed the only people to arrive at something a bit outside their depth, in this case a couple of juvenile offenders in their own street. With no real knowledge of what to do next, they decided to bring the suspects back to the reassuring safety of the police station, leaving their parents protesting on the pavement. Luckily, they reported their proposed course of action and were quickly told to take the children home. I was down there PDQ, hair by now largely grey, only one medal ribbon etc., but I was able to sort everything out. Public spirited but untrained people, doing their best.

Re: First two weeks tour in Europe in June: where?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 6:42pm
For June i would certainly head more northern parts of Europe, Denmark, Norway, Sweden? What about Southern Ireland... a beautiful country....
I have solo toured thru Europe and as a lone female have felt more threatened on my commute to work by a group youths than i ever had lone touring...

Re: Paris to London

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 March 2015 - 6:35pm
Dear Caitlin

I agree with others that it's unwise to use a route from Google Maps for this purpose as you'll end up on busy roads and my route via Dieppe and Newhaven is only lightly trafficked and shorter than via Calais.

http://www.donaldhirsch.com/dieppeparis.html

Even though my main descriptions are London, Paris, there is a Paris-London set of instructions here

http://www.donaldhirsch.com/reverse.html

and you can use the main pdf printable guide to see maps of the route which work in either direction.

Good luck, Donald Hirsch
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