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by randonneur
8 Nov 2019, 5:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carretera Austral
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Carretera Austral

When I went out to Chile to cycle the Carraterra Austral, while not the cheapest flight, I flew via Brazil on TAM Brazil which has a very generous luggage allowance of 2 X 23kg bags, so bike in one bag and panniers in the second bag. Obviously had to take a domestic flight from Santiago to Puerto Mo...
by randonneur
22 Oct 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets in Spain
Replies: 47
Views: 1800

Re: Helmets in Spain

Cycled across Spain early this year-end was stopped twice by Traffic Police for not wearing a helmet, both times were in the Picos Europa area, in rural areas. Told it was the law to wear a helmet, but after pleading ignorance I was allowed to go on my way. Whilst I was aware of the law, having cycl...
by randonneur
30 Jul 2019, 11:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3758

Re: Coast of UK?

Check out Audax UK, They used to have a permanent event for the coast of Britain, can"t recall the distance, but was based on 200km daily.
by randonneur
30 Jul 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail
Replies: 8
Views: 1747

Re: Manchester Airport / Trans Pennine Trail

Head out of the airport towards Wythenshaw/Heald Green essentially following the tram route, and the nearest point to join the Trans Pennine Trial is either on the banks of the River Mersey at Northernden or Cheadle, the route then follows the River through to Stockport Town Centre, but is quite con...
by randonneur
21 May 2019, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone with experience of railsail?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Anyone with experience of railsail?

No need to use the trainline website and pay unnecessary fees, use one of the train operator sites, Transport for Wales provide most services for the ferry connections to Ireland and offers rail sail tickets. Just phone to book bike on train, although they do not insist on reservations. As for the f...
by randonneur
21 May 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

Re: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)

Reading this thread had me a little nervous flying out of Manchester last week with bike in poly bag. Had no problem in March on EasyJet and could not see any difference in the T & Cs since then. Anyhow bicycle was accepted in simple polybag without question. Only hassle I had was getting the bi...
by randonneur
24 Oct 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Return from the Arctic
Replies: 42
Views: 3060

Re: Return from the Arctic

I have cycled a couple of times between Norway, Sweden and Finland to UK, usually June time, although was in Finland early July on one occassion, overall had few bad experiences with mossies, and no way is it as bad as Alaska. As for crossing to Denmark, Oresund is closed for cycling but bikes are t...
by randonneur
29 Sep 2018, 1:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 927

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

Its been a few years since I last visited the Chamonix Valley by cycle, and in the days before apps and owing detailed maps on my first visit did use the main road up across the viaduct, not too pleasant climbing up, but the descent on a Sunday morning was fine. On subsequent visits I used the D roa...
by randonneur
23 Jun 2018, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Puttgarden - Rodby ferry
Replies: 17
Views: 1635

Re: Puttgarden - Rodby ferry

Just an update. Used this ferry last week, simply cycle up to the toll booth at Rodby, paid cash 16.50 Euro and ride (Danish Kr or cards accepted). Then once directed cycle onto the boat after other vehicles have been loaded. Cycle routes once off the ferry clearly signed. Similar arrangement at the...
by randonneur
21 May 2018, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA booking discount
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: YHA booking discount

The 10% is an additional discount to the £3 discount for being a member, but only available at the wholly owned YHAs and not the enterprise hostels which account for a substantial number. However, I have used the discount a few times in the this year, but the last time I tried I got some obscure com...
by randonneur
28 Apr 2018, 8:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2064

Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Have not flown with KLM recently due to high fees for carriage of bicycles. Got stung a few years ago just after fees were introduced, despite having there frequent flyer silver card allowing additional luggage allowance. For the record Aberdeen Marrakesh will set you back 55Euro each way. It is all...
by randonneur
26 Apr 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Inverness to Perth
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Re: Cycling from Inverness to Perth

The Sustrans Route 7 essentially follows the route of the A9 as far Pitlochry, often using sections of the old A9, and other minor roads, you pass to the west of the Cairngorms, but there are several passes involving reasonable climbs, Drumochter being the highest at at 1500ft., only cycled most of ...
by randonneur
19 Apr 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: getting out of Malaga Airport on a bike
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: getting out of Malaga Airport on a bike

Its was over 10 years ago when I last cycled from the town centre to the airport, so certainly had no detailed map, and fespite trying to stay off motorway type roads, had no alternative but to use them for some sections. No one hooted so probably legal, but who knows? Alternatively there are quiet ...
by randonneur
10 Apr 2018, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail: To Oban
Replies: 23
Views: 2654

Re: Rail: To Oban

Yes you are correct for your booking not accepting bikes, interesting it works without problems for the week earlier. you will also note the fares are much cheaper, Maybe wait until next week and it will be available and cheaper. I have previous encountered this problem, with cheaper fares only bein...
by randonneur
8 Apr 2018, 1:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rail: To Oban
Replies: 23
Views: 2654

Re: Rail: To Oban

ScotRail.