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Re: Rum, Beer and Cigarettes - Cycling Castro's Cuba

16 January 2016 - 3:06pm
[emoji106]You've smashed it again! Thank you for sharing M....b

Re: Lincolnshire Wolds

16 January 2016 - 12:23pm
Mistik-ka wrote:Jon, you're a terrible man! You've just made us scrap the plans for our next English trip and start over with a view to including the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Happy to help, interested you're from Saskatoon, a relative was in the Saskatoon Rifles in WW2, and have relatives in Moosejaw!


Re: Sri Lanka

16 January 2016 - 11:06am
We did a CTC tour of Sri Lanka a few years ago, it was the best CTC tour we ever went on. Didn't do any write up but here are some pictures: http://www.by-bike.co.uk/photos.htm

Re: Frankfurt to Norwich 10th OCT

16 January 2016 - 10:56am
went and did this ride, had a cold snap that week! every other week around then was good temps, that week it barely made 5 each day.

the first 2 days were cold but bright and were quite nice. camping in minus temperatures isn't my thing though.

after that it pretty much rained the entire time and each day ended up being a straightforward direct slog to the next stopoff via the most direct route, i barely saw the river the last 3 days.

I have learned that after a couple of hours riding in the rain you hardly notice it any more though.

I took a chance on the weather and it didn't work out for me, i'll be doing similar again but in warmer months.

Next time though I might do more of the river main, what i saw of that was nicer than the rhine.


Rum, Beer and Cigarettes - Cycling Castro's Cuba

16 January 2016 - 10:51am
As 2015 came to a close, I took my bikepacking journal to Cuba and cycled the eastern provinces before economic changes transform this unique Caribbean island forever. This is part 1 in a story about Cycling Cuba.

Re: Hebrides tour on TV

16 January 2016 - 9:15am
I did a Hebrides end to end in September. Nice to see all the same places. I had considerably better weather though!

Re: Itinerary for a tour in Southern Italy?

16 January 2016 - 9:07am
andymiller wrote:The strade statali (and the strade regionali) can be either busy through roads or roads that the national or regional government maintains in order to relieve the burdens on the local councils along the way. The designation is only a very rough guide - they can be very busy, or they can be really, really, quiet. The Touring Club Italiano maps and Michelin maps colour some of the strade statali red to distinguish the major through roads, but even this isn't a definitive guide.

From Paestum I would really strongly urge you to take the SS267 via Agropoli and Castellabate, then pick up the SS447 and SS562 via Palinuro and the Marina di Camerota. This section of coast is very beautiful, and with relatively few tourists (unless you are there in August - this area is very popular with Italian holidaymakers). I enjoyed this section of road more than the Costiera Amalfitana. The section of the SS18 from Sapri via Maratea to Praia a Mare really is unmissable. At Praia a Mare you have the choice of following the old road that clings to the cliff edge or following the new SS18 over a huge viaduct. I thought the old road was fabulous but then I think the new one would also offer some spectacular views.

I only said that in general, I would avoid SS routes. Local knowledge, and recommendations like this are a good reason not to. Just as someone might say that some A roads are absolutely fine. But I wouldn't plan a trip by picking A roads off the map.

Re: Itinerary for a tour in Southern Italy?

16 January 2016 - 8:59am
honesty wrote:Had a look on google maps and am disappointed they seem to have put lots of deckchairs etc on the beach. When we used to go there was nothing for miles apart from a nightclub in one of the caves that was never open. Thinking about it though I watched Italy loose in the semi finals of the world cup in a pizzeria in Palinuro to a dodgy ref decision for Argentina. So that would be 1990. 26 years ago. Blimey.

Deckchairs on a beach in Italy? Surely not.

The southern Campania coast is relatively undeveloped, and is fairly quiet out of season, and during the week, but you definitely couldn't call it undiscovered.

There has been a lot of property development on the Calabria coast and a lot of it hasn't been very good - with developers going in, building apartments, but not much attention to other facilities.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

16 January 2016 - 8:33am
Hmm just had a look at flights to Washington Dulles, may be be the better option over Richmond VA, just looking at aer Lingus now, seems like a good option coming at about £650 return, BA was over £1000. From what i can see Aer Lingus carry bikes for £50.

Now does anyone know if it is just that one £50 charge for the outward journey and again for the inbound, or will i be charged again for connecting flights? For instance Aer Lingus flys from Manchester to Dublin to Washington, would this be a £50 charge or £100 for the outbound? Sorry if its a daft question, not done much flying.

Id probably just cycle down from Washington, looks pretty flat so should only take a couple of days.

Re: Sri Lanka

15 January 2016 - 10:39pm
Thanks. Does your friend have a blog?
Any other info appreciated.

Re: Itinerary for a tour in Southern Italy?

15 January 2016 - 10:34pm
Thanks for all the great input.

I have taken andymiller's advice and created a route that follows the coast down to San Nicola Arcella and then heads over the mountains to Cosenza and then back over the mountains to the coast at Amentea. By this, I hope to avoid uninteresting coastline and to sample some of the mountain views in Calabria. Here is my route: http://mycycletour.com/displayroute.php?RouteNumber=836

Re: Hebrides tour on TV

15 January 2016 - 9:09pm
BBC Scotland and Alba seem to excel in this sort of thing. Shame there will be those calling to pull their funding.

Does anyone watch the Bike channel Sky ch464

Re: Dolomites Cycle Guides

15 January 2016 - 8:43pm
I've cycled this and they were handing out hard copy maps from information booths on the route. You could try phoning or emailing their tourist information centre

Re: Sri Lanka

15 January 2016 - 8:39pm
I have a friend touring there at the moment but he's not back yet. Photos look stunning. It's on my list of must tour places. There are a few tour companies go there as well

Re: Lincolnshire Wolds

15 January 2016 - 8:22pm
Jon, you're a terrible man! You've just made us scrap the plans for our next English trip and start over with a view to including the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Re: Hebrides tour on TV

15 January 2016 - 8:08pm
Excellent, there were a few glimpses of one of my daughters in the opening 90 secs!

Looks a great film, will finish watching it later.

Thanks for the link.

Sri Lanka

15 January 2016 - 8:05pm
Anyone here toured Sri Lanka?
I'm thinking of June and or July there.

I've checked out crazy guy but thought I'd ask the experts here, as well !


Re: Russia

15 January 2016 - 8:01pm
Russia is amazing for touring. Camp where you like. Loads of crazy but kind people living tough lives who would feed and shelter you at a moment's notice. Really cheap outside the cities. Wilder wilds than you can imagine. I love it but it is very remote. I remember asking when the next shop was and being told 200km. And you're right about the bugs, but they aren't everywhere.
It helps greatly if you can speak Russian but Couchsurfing and social media are really popular and looking after guests is an implicit part of the culture. The roads are terrible everywhere and drivers can be erratic but where else can you look out over 5000km of forests from on top of a mountain, get drunk with Buddhists and Muslims together, ride 5 days with no towns then reach a city where everyone is dressed in designer clothes and eats sushi. Bonkers place.
Summer before last I rode the Sayan Loop from Abakan in Southern Siberia down through Tuva and back again. I climbed to 3000m and rode for 4 days only seeing 2 houses, on pristine tarmac mind (the Ussinsky Trakt M54), swum in rivers and basked in 30 degrees. Stunning and remote and not like anywhere else I've been except Mongolia. And the Chusky Trakt (M52) from Altai into Mongolia was fabulous. As was riding from Vladikavkaz, Ossetia to Tbilisi on the Georgian Military Highway last year.
Future plans for me include the Kolyma Highway from Magadan to Yakutsk and the Russian Far East. There are of course loads of remote, long distance roads. I met a Russian 60 year old touring cyclist who rode from Yamal on the north Arctic coast back home to southern Siberia using only hunters tracks. It took him 4 months and he carried 2 weeks of food and 10 inner tubes. He only saw 2 bears. Luckily for them as he carried a taser. Each night outside his tent he put up an infrared beam attached to an alarm.
As long as you are self sufficient and open to anything and everything going right or wrong, you should love it.

Re: Russia

15 January 2016 - 7:40pm
tyreon wrote:I am lazy. And ignorant. I went to googlemaps and scoped over a bit of land there(Russia). Looked at some of the roads: major highways. No traffic on them! Probably next fuel stop(for bananas)200 miles! Vast areas without roads,or roads with no images. The bit I looked at...flat...for miles...and miles. Think they should introduce some cycle way betwixt x and Moscow: The Napolean Route? Hitlers retreat from Moscow? With better knees and no arthritis I'd give it a shot!

I have been to the old Soviet Union more than 100 times, but not for many years,and so much has changed since then. It's a wonderful, varied country with lovely people, but I would not risk my life on a bike on those roads with those drivers.

Re: How to fly with bikes to S Korea

15 January 2016 - 7:02pm
AIR FRANCE - BEWARE, they did not accept a CTC poly bag for me on 22nd December. Worse i had taken a cardboard box just in case it was refused - but they did not refuse it for 2 hours, just made me wait telling me someone would come and collect it in the bag. Only at the last minute when it was too late to box it did they change their mind and REFUSE me to fly. But they booked me onto the next days flight once they saw that i could have boxed it.Bad start to Cuba, just back.
I had difficulty getting cardboard in Romania for a return flight once but i did manage to get some bits and all was ok. I wouldn't bother with the bag again.




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