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Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 11:33am
jakobpoffley wrote:Vorpal wrote:The only faster way over the central mountains is by other means of transport.
Couldn't I go further south? My bike doesn't have very wide tires so i don't think the Rallarvegen would work.

1) I am not sure how narrow your tyres are but we've done it three times twice on touring bikes with 38mm wide tyres and once on our Bromptons with 38mm tyres. There are a few sections that are always rough, but the condition of the track varies from year to year and which part of the season you cycle the route. In my opinion well worth doing Then again it is local route for me.

2) Look at joining WarmShowers. We're hosts, there was another one near us in Hemsedal. There are not that many in the interior of Norway but a few round the coast.

3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg and local trains to Hirtshals then take the Colorline boat to either Kristansand (start of the Setesdal route) or Larvik (start of the Numedal route, which joins up nicely with the Rallarvegen) or the Fjordline boat to Bergen.

The other option is a freight ferry that runs between Breivik (Sandefjord/Larvik area) and Immingham. I believe it is possible to book this as a non-commercial traveller although children are not allowed on board). A couple of people I know have used this ferry. From Breivik it would make sense to cycle to Larvik and go north up the Numedal route.

4) alternatively take the Harwich boat to Esbjerg, trains to Copenhagen and then the night boat to Oslo (DFDS or Colorline?), or trains to Frederikshavn and day boat to Oslo (Stena this is a night boat in the other direction). Only useful if you want to visit Oslo.

5) http://mistymornings.net/travel for some trips we took before and after we moved to Norway.

6) In support of the comment made by botty about the climate. Not only can it be cold during the summer the weather can also turn unpredictably. Especially on the coast. We've had sunshine on the Rallarvegen at Finse (1222m above sea level) which turned into a gale five minutes after we'd finished our lunch (2007 travelogue). The missus and I generally use 3 season sleeping bags with liners at night and take plenty of thin woollen layers for use in the daytime. On a bad weather day you have to know when you are getting too cold. It is not always obvious. It is easier if you are travelling with other people. When you notice someone else is not responding to banter as usual then maybe it is time to stop and get warmed up. We now take a storm shelter on our tours for such eventualities.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 11:26am
robing wrote:I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

For me it is not good value. The advertised speakers have nothing of interest beyond my own experiences for me to want to take time to listen. The lunches would prevent me doing day rides. That only leaves the cycling there, the actual meeting up with others and the camping. These, which first interested me about the event, would be poor value at £75.

Re: locating a school bus driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 January 2015 - 10:22am
iviehoff wrote:People fail to get any interest from the police in relation to far more serious incidents caught on camera. Trying to get them interested in non-contact incidents is a complete waste of time. Martin Porter QC had a correspondence with the DPP in relation to a non-contact incident he filmed/suffered, which to him, as a leading lawyer, was quite plainly "dangerous driving" within the meaning of the law as he read it. They really didn't want to know.

But there is some chance that the driver's employer will take an interest, as they don't want their drivers being delayed by having to stop because of accidents they are involved in. In the best case, the employer will tell you that the driver has been given a serious talking-to, though you will still have to decide whether to believe them.

The response does depend a lot on the force involved, though. Some forces seem to be much more inclined to listen. And even with a bad force, you might just light on a good individual. If the driver only gets 'spoken to', s/he might just be more careful in future, and who knows, you might have saved a life.
There is also the point that if it is a bus, and has kids on board, the police might take a closer interest.
I still think it is worth reporting, as you have evidence to back you up. If nothing else, if you only get it on record, and the driver gets involved in another incident that ends up in injury, his previous poor driving in general might back up a vicitm's case.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 7:24am
pedalsheep wrote:Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

You're not biased. It's a brilliant event even when the weather isn't.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 7:14am
pedalsheep wrote:Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

Thanks for the heads up [emoji1] That'll be good spectating. I'll be down on the south west coast on Sunday I think. I'll be doing very low mileage and speed and probably eating crab sandwiches and supping something wet. Holiday mode...hc

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 6:20am
You have made the same mistake as myself and chosen countries where 3's "Feel at home" does not work.

Depending what you want, I have often found it cheaper to buy a local sim card

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2015 - 5:58am
Bicycler wrote:Their website is very much Guide branded: http://www.waddow.org.uk/about_us.aspx

As a long term member of both the Scout Association and YHA (though not the Guides for obvious reasons), I think the strength of a lot of these organisations lies in some of the wonderful places they own. Many of which were donated in the last century or sold at a discounted rate. .

Thanks for that, bicycler, i should have checked. I only wondered as I cycled past a year or two ago and at the entrance there was something that looked like a corporate sign.

Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 11:58pm
3p a minute/2p a text/1p a megabyte from Three, if I’m in France or Italy or Austria or a few other countries, looks hard to beat. But it’s still around 20p/minute & 20p/megabyte in Netherlands or Germany, where I might be heading in the spring. That seems to be about the going rate – any better deals around?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 11:09pm
All down to disposable income really, was only trying to help. John

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 11:08pm
It's more than 20 yards nearer a hundred.
As to why it has taken so long, well our local Gwynedd Council Highways Department had some hand in it all, so that explains a lot.
They are professional incompetents - I exaggerate not.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 10:57pm
Here's another easy one.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 10:45pm
I think I saw a picture of said bridge on a newsite. It looks like its only about 20 yds long...all the more perplexing as to why its taking so long etc.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 10:41pm
mcallaghan wrote:Not that a pound and a half is much to pay for a train ticket, but it seems rather silly to have to ride a train for 1 minute to cross a bridge to the other side! I could probably wade the river faster!

It depends on a couple of factors like how much it has rained and whether the tide is in or out.
I really hope the bridge has re-opened by then. It will be over a year behind schedule.

Re: Local to me cyclist killed

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 10:33pm
Follow up report http://goo.gl/lulkHb

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 10:32pm
Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

Re: Cycling out of Marseille Airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 10:27pm
iandennis wrote:Did this last year using Garmin City Navigator. The roads around the immediate airport are pretty nasty and busy. However an apron road skirts south then west around the airport before heading north to the sea and the Etang De Berre. Here you can cycle the barage between it and the Etang de Bolmen. Then go under the motorway and head west into Martigues hugging the coast using the minor roads. We then took minor roads NW through St Remy to Avignon. In all we took 5 hrs. It's not a bad ride. The access roads at the airport have pavements you can use to wheel your bike. As soon as you get out onto the airport apron road things get better. If you get onto one of the dual carriageways in error get off immediately.


Has anyone cycled out of Marseille Airport recently using the apron road referred to in the above post from 2011? Looking at Google Earth it looks like a new car park (at location 43.428397, 5.231315) has been placed over some of the apron road by the airport. I want to cycle from the airport through Martigues westwards; cycling on the busy road from the airport is non-preferred.

Thanks,

Tim

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 10:24pm
robing wrote:I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

Cyclists are a diverse lot aren't they? If it was my sort of thing I would say it's good value too. After all some daft ******* pay nearly that to ride on public roads and be given gels.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 9:51pm
I saw many such things on my Tour in Ireland. Lots of monolithic round forts seemingly in some of the more random places.

My family ashes are spread on a hill south of Chester that has one of the earliest monolithic forts - right on the edge of a cliff - though the name of said hill escapes me at this moment.

My trip is now booked - July 23rd, 7AM arrival in Manchest. I am now going through the process of reserving B&Bs along the route. some minor issues with that, but apparently I am grabbing the last room in a lot of places. Must be a busy time of year but that is fine with me - fingers crossed for some good weather.

Its too far in advance to book my train ticket from Cardiff to Chester - still not sure if I need to reserve a spot for my Bike on that train.
Also too early to know whether the Porthmadog Bridge will be open to crossings or only trains by the time I get there. Not that a pound and a half is much to pay for a train ticket, but it seems rather silly to have to ride a train for 1 minute to cross a bridge to the other side! I could probably wade the river faster!

Looks like I will also have the first 2 days of August (a weekend) to explore Cardiff on foot. Should give me enough time to visit some museums and the Castle. Anyone have something in Cardiff I should not miss while visiting there?

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 9:01pm
DaveGos wrote:There is a sign posted route around the island bit hilly but only about 100 k . Its pretty easy to do in a day and see a few sites as well at that time of year . New forest itself is very anticycling


The New Forest has a few rabid antisocial muppets, but as a whole it is very cycle friendly...


A fe weeks ago I was out on the Kettwiesel and following a BMW 4x4 down a narrow winding road

Came to a junction, he pulled over and waved me on as "I would be faster than him on a road like this"

That is a far more typical experience of the New Forest
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