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by coastman
1 Feb 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2601

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

Hi, I did this route a couple of years ago although I was going to Kings Cross. Leave Newcastle over the Tyne bridge and head south on the A167 to Birtly, Darlington, Northallerton. Then the A168 to Thirsk and meander down to York. I would keep off that section of the A19. The A19 out of York isn’t ...
by coastman
24 Nov 2015, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring luxuries
Replies: 68
Views: 6001

Re: Touring luxuries

My slippers, I know it sounds silly but as a credit card tourer it's a piece of home in the hotel or B and B.
Last thing in the pannier and the first out.
by coastman
23 Jun 2015, 8:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Getting bike back from John O'Groats
Replies: 11
Views: 10280

Re: Getting bike back from John O'Groats

Go to Virgin East Coast and book yourself and the bike on the Inverness to Kings Cross train. Cycle to Waterloo (15 min.) Then south west train to Southampton.
Hope this helps.
by coastman
27 Mar 2015, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted
Replies: 23
Views: 3124

Re: Newcastle port to central station - route wanted

There is no need to cross the river and go up the south side. Simply leave the ferry port and follow the cycle signs to Necastle as it follows the Hadrian Cycleway. As you cylcle along Newcastle quayside you will pass the millennium bridge on the left. Another 400mts or so and you will be at a right...
by coastman
30 May 2014, 9:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike
Replies: 41
Views: 10096

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

Simply pitted dates. Loaded with sugar and energy. Just a couple every fifteen minutes will keep the wolf from the door.
Enjoy!
by coastman
29 May 2014, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C routes by tandem advice....
Replies: 15
Views: 6836

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

Hi, I may have got a bit carried away when I said it was 100% road. There are of course short sections of off road but these were easily rideable. The signage is a bit iffy in places but if you plot the route out on a road map such as the Philips navigator it's quite easy to follow. I arrived in Whi...
by coastman
27 May 2014, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C routes by tandem advice....
Replies: 15
Views: 6836

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

Hi,
I did the Reivers route last year and its ideal for a tandem. It's 100% road. There is a section through Kielder forest but this can be avoided by taking the alterative road route. A really pleasant route on almost deserted roads.
by coastman
19 Apr 2012, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 weeks in france
Replies: 6
Views: 7158

Re: 2 weeks in france

You could try getting Brittany ferries to St. Malo and go south via La Rochelle heading for Biarittz/Bayonne where you could pick up the bike bus back to the UK. I believe it's £134pp. Or take a few extra days and head onto Santander where you could get a ferry back to Portsmouth. You can map out a ...
by coastman
28 Feb 2012, 7:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres-yet again.
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

Tyres-yet again.

I've been using Specialized Armadillos for some years now on 700x25 and get about 3000 mls. out of a pair, but of course the p***ture fairy pops up occasionaly (excuse the pun) to prove they are indeed not infallable. I'm going on a tour in a couple of months time and long stretches of it are off ro...
by coastman
28 Feb 2012, 4:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Parking in Dover
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Parking in Dover

I work at a travel agents and about a year ago we got a flyer regarding parking at Dover. If you go to www.relyongroup.co.uk you will find you can park for about £4 a day. Never used them myself but they still seem to be operating.
by coastman
7 Jul 2011, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which cycle sat nav?
Replies: 72
Views: 12374

Which cycle sat nav?

It's time to leave my beloved maps, join the 21st. cent. and purchase a sat. nav. but which one? I am a little naive in this department, therefore:- 1 Do they come fully loaded with UK roads (and what about France) 2 Can I just set the the start and finish as in a car sat nav and it automaticallycom...