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Re: winter tour

25 August 2015 - 12:23pm
I'm off to Cuba for 3 weeks Nov/Dec (before the Americans trash it!) You can now fly direct from Manchester £500. Good weather, safe quiet roads, and excellent accommodation in casa particulares (local B&B's)

Re: winter tour

25 August 2015 - 11:45am
I would not be put off by the problems in N Africa. I was slightly nervous last year but never felt threatened once. I'd be more worried in northern Morocco - the south is dominated by Berber arabs that don't appear to have much interest in such matters. Morocco is virtually a police state, and thousands of french tourists head south each winter.

As we have seen recently you could be in Paris or Bangkok and get caught up in something, so I personally wouldn't let put you of southern Morocco. being hit by a truck or car is a far bigger worry when cycle touring IMO

Re: winter tour

25 August 2015 - 8:12am
I regularly tour in SE Asia and can definitely recommend it. Great weather at your time, good food and plenty of cheap accommodation so no need to carry heavy camping gear. Cheap flights to Bangkok I paid about £450 last year. Used Emirates who give 30 kgsand take boxed bikes.

If you like hills then head for NW Vietnam and Lao. Central and S Thailand, Cambodia and S Vietnam generally flat.

If you want something very different, but never too far away from comforts, then GO!

Happy to advise more.

Re: Bayonne to LaRochelle via EV1 - a report

24 August 2015 - 10:39pm
Polite wrote:[I've just got back, today, from cycling La Vélo Francette (if that's what you're referring to?).

No its not the same route
you did http://www.lavelofrancette.com/
I did http://www.velodyssey.com/ or at least a section S. of La Rochelle
If you put the two together it looks as though the result might be an interesting loop from the N. coast via La Rochelle and back north.
Its great to have these options, but I have to say I'm hoping to roam the highways on my next trip rather than stick to a track

Harwich to Brighton route needed

24 August 2015 - 7:37pm
Hi guys, after a couple of weeks cycling through France, Belgium, Holland my mate and I return to England through Harwich. We have a route in mind that brings us down to the M25 near Rainham. We wanted to pick up the BHF route to Brighton but the start seems a long way from Rainham. Any ideas of a pleasant way to pick up said route [if possible ] . Also we want a camping site or hostel near Rainham. We leave home through Portsmouth on the ferry to Le Havre.
Any other info regarding our mini tour will be welcome, cheers T.

Re: winter tour

24 August 2015 - 6:01pm
Thanks for the suggestions.
Aus/NZ too many hours on the plane (and English speaking).
The Morocco route looks good, my only reservation is the security situation given the general situation in North Africa. I noticed the riders in the link did the ride in 2007.

Re: Rotterdam - Rhine - Venice

24 August 2015 - 5:55pm
There are plenty of decent campsites between Venezia and Slovenia - so please, you're not helping other cyclists with wild exaggerations.
What wild exaggerations did I make?

Bayonne to LaRochelle via EV1 - a report

24 August 2015 - 5:07pm
Hi there

I took IGN 1:100,000 because of the detail but I'm sure the Michelins will be fine, too.

Perhaps the wrong choice of word but by terrible I mean they're incomplete and temporary, and in some legs (Laval to Domfront) pinned to a tree, stroke of luck I stopped to answer nature's call! I guess frustrating, too, when you follow a particular size/colour sign for a while and you cycle past the next one when it's not where you expect it.

It's a fab route but compared to something like "Loire a Vélo", for example, it's still quite amateur but I believe is work in progress.

Don't let me put you off, I did Angers to Ouistreham in 4 days so was click watching so to speak.

Let me know how you get on, or if you want any further info.

Re: £1 a day tour completed

24 August 2015 - 4:47pm
Congratulations. Look forward to hearing more.

Re: winter tour

24 August 2015 - 4:34pm

Re: winter tour

24 August 2015 - 4:16pm
Morocco - much nearer and cheaper and wonderful cycling. I did ten days last feb and I would love to return this year. Number 8 here http://travellingtwo.com/resources/10-best-bike-tours

and some other ideas too. Chile anyone?

Re: winter tour

24 August 2015 - 2:31pm
South America?
South Africa?

Re: winter tour

24 August 2015 - 10:35am
Well, it will be summer in Australia and NZ!

Re: £1 a day tour completed

24 August 2015 - 10:13am
How did you feed yourselves on £1 a day ?
Freeganism ?

Re: £1 a day tour completed

24 August 2015 - 9:47am
smith4188 wrote:On Thursday three of us reached Gibraltar on the Ride and Seek 2015 £1 a day tour. We had a fair bit of negativity about the trip but that was good because it was the negativity that spurred on one of our cyclists to come along. At least now I know that, whatever the state of my finances, I'll always be able to tour, because touring can be cheaper than staying at home. Thanks to everyone who followed us on Facebook!

shame you didnt post here as I dont use Facebook

Re: £1 a day tour completed

24 August 2015 - 8:45am
Well Done You!
Please pass on such tips as you think might be useful for me to live here at home for £1-a-day!

Re: £1 a day tour completed

23 August 2015 - 10:22pm

Not on FB either and am really intrigued on how this was accomplished, so look forward to learning more on what must be a great story. You must have some good lessons to pass on.

Well done again.

Re: Rotterdam - Rhine - Venice

23 August 2015 - 10:06pm
I definitely wouldn't recommend visiting Venezia in early-August - go out of season it's much nicer - but I think you're overstating the difficulties.

Earlier this month I stayed a couple of nights at the Venezia Village, they didn't seem to have any problem fitting people in. Price was 21€ (for one person) which made it one of the more expensive sites I've stayed at, but this was probably the closest site to Venezia and it was in early August so hardly ridiculously expensive.

There are plenty of decent campsites between Venezia and Slovenia - so please, you're not helping other cyclists with wild exaggerations.

Re: £1 a day tour completed

23 August 2015 - 8:28pm
khain wrote:Well done on finishing!

Is there going to be a book coming out, or even an online diary? I don't use Facebook.

What was the negativity about the trip?

Some people thought it ill-conceived. Some even said it might kill my co-riders. It wasn't and it didn't. And yes, there'll be a book. I just need to cycle the 1600 miles back to the Isle of Man before I can start to write it

Re: Rotterdam - Rhine - Venice

23 August 2015 - 8:22pm
There are more than you can shake a stick at on the eastern shore of the lagoon, and even more at Chioggia. All have excellent links by vaporetto to the Venezia itself (and are ideal for exploring places like Burano and Murano before the crowds arrive).
I think I tried everyone of those 'campsites' and the few that had spaces for a one person tent were ridiculously expensive. They're holiday complexes for caravans rather than campsites. It depends what you're looking for I suppose and near Venice campsites are bound to be expensive. I can't remember if I eventually found something or ended up cycling all the way to Slovenia.

You can't (as in you're not allowed) take your bike into Venezia itself: you're right, it's no place for bikes - although Mestre on the mainland is pretty bike-friendly. EDIT: to avoid giving the wrong impression you can cycle across the causeway as far as the Santa Lucia rail station but that's as far as you can go. You can also take your bike on the vaporetto that goes there - but tat's the only one on which you can take a bike into Venezia.
A local told me it is legal to cycle across - he said he had done it but would never do it again. I took my bike in on the train. I had intended having a quick look around then taking the ferry out but a guide insisted it would be easier taking my bike to St Mark's square for the ferry and that I could cycle in places. He was wrong. Pushing a loaded tourer through Venice is not much fun.


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