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by Archie2K
23 Jul 2011, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camp Sites !
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: Camp Sites !

From much cycle touring and walking I have used dozens of camp sites and only been turned away from one. A bike and a two-man tent are pretty small, and most will be willing to find a quiet corner for you to pitch up in, even in peak time.
by Archie2K
26 Jun 2011, 7:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Depressing commuting statistics...
Replies: 51
Views: 3270

Re: Depressing commuting statistics...

6 mouths ago*, I was the only one of a team of 7 that did not drive to work and 2 of them lived well under 1.5 miles away.... :roll: Work was so short of parking spaces they had to rent a additional car park about 400 meters away, this was padlocked meaning they had to stop there car get out and un...
by Archie2K
2 Jun 2011, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brecon Beacons
Replies: 11
Views: 1669

Re: Brecon Beacons

+1 for The Tumble from Abergavenny to Blaenavon. Also Gospel Pass from Hay-on-Wye to Abergavenny. Pretty much any route from north to south will involve a nasty climb of some description. Heol Senni was really tough. The A4069 features in a book of tough climbs I've got, along with Rhigos. And if yo...
by Archie2K
4 May 2011, 8:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How fast do you go down hills?
Replies: 256
Views: 14349

Re: How fast do you go down hills?

Slack Hill near Matlock Derbyshire, I recorded 74mph down that hill and that was in the 80's on my Panasonic Raleigh :wink: Deliberately going there in four weeks time to try my hand at a bit of speed bombing. Aiming to finally clock over 50mph, as I had failed to do on Pork Hill a couple of weeks ...
by Archie2K
4 May 2011, 8:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Compression Recovery Leggings for Lejog
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Compression Recovery Leggings for Lejog

In my opinion, a false economy unless you are absolutely hammering it.
by Archie2K
1 Mar 2011, 7:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly drivers
Replies: 36
Views: 1896

Re: Friendly drivers

I recall approaching Cairnwell Pass on a summer's evening and getting a friendly toot from a driver coming the other way and a thumbs up which I took to mean "Good luck - It's steep up there". It was a cherry on top of what had already been a wonderful day's riding and I've remembered it t...
by Archie2K
22 Feb 2011, 7:04am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: route through Dartmoor National Park
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: route through Dartmoor National Park

I've done that route twice. Once on my E2E in June which was sunny but windy (and a headwind at that), and once in December which was cold and windy. Although the height and lack of trees makes Dartmoor very exposed, I've never felt that the road was worth avoiding. Unless the wind is very strong I'...
by Archie2K
12 Feb 2011, 12:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dartmoor Way
Replies: 11
Views: 1920

Re: Dartmoor Way

The old railway line to Princetown is a gravel bed bridlepath. Fine for a mountain bike. Not so good for a stiff road bike. I think the Dartmoor Way is signposted, but it appears to take a lot of back roads so you'd probably want a map for back up anyway. I'd say the rough route of the Dartmoor Way ...
by Archie2K
12 Feb 2011, 12:01am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Jogle worst parts???
Replies: 47
Views: 3958

Re: Jogle worst parts???

Hardest: Weather. Two days of solid headwinds out of Cornwall and Devon (rode to 10pm to hit mileage, and got caught in a thunderstorm - nothing would be as hard after that). And the day of solid rain in the Cairngorms. And the 50 miles in the driving rain on the A68 to Edinburgh. Worst: A9 from Inv...
by Archie2K
13 Sep 2010, 8:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG training advice
Replies: 23
Views: 2431

Re: LEJOG training advice

Head the advice above - it's good stuff. On my E2E which was camping and scenic (so sounds like what you're after) the two longest days were 123 and 109 miles, and both leaving at 9am and arriving at 10pm. Even so, 123 miles would only just get the E2E done in 7 days taking a direct route. Taking a ...
by Archie2K
13 Sep 2010, 7:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London → Spain in Jan '11: French weather imposs? + other Qs
Replies: 15
Views: 1445

Re: London → Spain in Jan '11: French weather imposs? + other Qs

1) CROSSING THE CHANNEL: Should I get the Chunnel or Portsmouth- [edited] Santander Ferry? I'd like to cover as much ground on the bike as I can, but FR1 says that "the period between November & February inclusive is too cold for comfortable cycling", averaging about 10°C. 10C is warm...
by Archie2K
6 Sep 2010, 10:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speeding in Oxfordshire up 88%
Replies: 261
Views: 9887

Re: Speeding in Oxfordshire up 88%

A survey by "Max Power" and the Institute of Advanced Motorists showed that 80% of their readership felt they were "above average" in their driving standards rating themselves a s "Good" or "Very Good" How does that compare with the population as a whole? Mos...
by Archie2K
30 Aug 2010, 11:14am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inverness to Wick - why not?
Replies: 31
Views: 5547

Re: Inverness to Wick - why not?

Hate the A9 too. An absolute horror of a road with no shoulder to even ride on from Inverness to Tain. North of Helmsdale it was fine, but if I was doing it again I'd definitely turn off at the earliest opportunity (B 9176) and follow the route through Altnaharra and Bettyhill. The fact that I had a...
by Archie2K
30 Aug 2010, 11:05am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: End to End December
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: End to End December

I am going to do the end to end in Decemeber. I have two questions I was hoping for some help with: 1. Does anyone know if it has been done in Decemeber before? 2. If so, have they a blog or website with usefull info? Thanks in advance I didn't do an End-to-End in winter but the past two years I ha...
by Archie2K
10 Jul 2010, 11:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I think I'd p** myself with this
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: I think I'd p** myself with this

Had it happen twice in the space of about 3 hours on the A9. Well actually not exactly, since the drivers weren't overtaking on a blind hill. They could see quite clearly that I was coming the other way, but decided their time was more important. Only evasive driving from the vehicle they were overt...