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by MrsHJ
11 Feb 2019, 10:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??

I don’t know Roscof to carhaix Plouger (I was with the kids and we ran out of time so taxied that section) but after that the canal is fine to Redon. The roads from roscof to Nantes are ok but I haven’t tried the canal for that section.
by MrsHJ
9 Feb 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?
Replies: 125
Views: 12547

Re: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?

Booked for first half of USA trip from mid April to end May. DC-Pittsburgh-Columbus-Indianapolis-St Louis-Kansas City-? Pueblo. The question mark is because him indoors and junior are flying out to join me after a month and aren't interested in seeing the back end of Kansas- they will pick me up whe...
by MrsHJ
9 Feb 2019, 1:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?
Replies: 125
Views: 12547

Re: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?

I'm planning to ride halfway across France this summer, from Caen to a friend's house near Le Puy en Velay. (I was going to start at Saint Malo, but on the day I want to travel, Brittany Ferries are doing their exasperating "we won't sell you a bike space on this sailing because we'll get more...
by MrsHJ
8 Feb 2019, 11:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

Me too. If this is the race I am thinking of they had more drop outs than usual because it was extra extra cold. Your ride will be a lot easier than this (although no doubt it will have its Moments). I was going to suggest you consider getting the train to Dover so you get to start on the easy stuff...
by MrsHJ
8 Feb 2019, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

Everyone has to start somewhere. I had absolutely no experience, had never tested the panniers on my bike, had to buy a new bike to do the trip- flew down to nice with a couple of friends to join another friend and cycled home. The first hill really hurt! But I was inspired and engaged by the experi...
by MrsHJ
8 Feb 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

I've now had a quick review of the cycle travel route on the laptop (couldn't zoom in effectively on the ipad). The mountain routes look good to me- you'll be following cycle routes and valleys. More than 50% of the route is on cycle ways although I don't recognise many of the names but I think that...
by MrsHJ
8 Feb 2019, 6:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 30
Views: 1678

Re: Google Maps

I’ve had that in Google maps a few times too. I wonder if it’s a risk thing? Colleague at work suggested I look at komoot too (always interested to see different approaches). Agreed with other comments- my preferred option is cycle.travel.
by MrsHJ
7 Feb 2019, 8:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

There are plenty of lists knocking around about what to take, this seems a sensible outline to me. Don’t take more than absolutely necessary- you can build up on future trips. Don’t forget that campsites won’t all be open on the way out- it will be better on the way back but I think that some may st...
by MrsHJ
6 Feb 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fly be bicycle carriage
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: Fly be bicycle carriage

I’ve flown with them a few times. I gather that some of their caution is due to the smaller size of aircraft eg going to the Scottish islands so if you’re on one of the bigger ones likely to be no problem unless your whole cycling club is going somewhere together. Our policy has always been to turn ...
by MrsHJ
6 Feb 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle odometer
Replies: 28
Views: 2198

Re: Cycle odometer

I got an old fashioned cyclometer off eBay, everyone here said not a good idea and they’re probably
right but here is the link in case this is what you are thinking of.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/vintage-cycl ... 468e1c92b6
by MrsHJ
5 Feb 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Colorado- Moab-Salt Lake Citu is phase 2 -probably in September. I’m aiming for Portland but probably in 3 trips. I’m embarrassed to say that my maps stayed in my panniers on my last trip (France and Switzerland) and I exclusively used cycle.travel to plan my route and google maps on my phone to che...
by MrsHJ
5 Feb 2019, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste (G)

Hey Simon and MrsH Thanks so much for the suggestions. Am checking in with my local zero waste group and will find my local tri-club. Went to Halford's and Decathalon today to look at bikes and see if I could be tea lady to watch the bike mechanics work. Halfords no, Decathalon yes as part of their...
by MrsHJ
4 Feb 2019, 12:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Vrienden op de fiets (The Netherlands)
Replies: 15
Views: 3499

Re: Vrienden op de fiets (The Netherlands)

I didn’t have much success either. I suspect I wasn’t using it right- in terms of the length of time ahead in making the booking, most of them (understandably) want more than short noficr but agree with the other respondent that maybe you are planning too far ahead. Having said that we found plenty ...
by MrsHJ
3 Feb 2019, 11:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 1891

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

In France a visit to the Boulangerie at lunchtime is a treat. If there are no other shops in a village there is always a boulangerie, its a part of French life. Everywhere does filled baguettes and then a nice sweet desert. No need to carry anything IMO. Al +1. They often do mini quiches and pizza ...
by MrsHJ
3 Feb 2019, 10:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 78
Views: 3365

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

I’m off to the USA mid April for a major cycle trip and I’m only in the gym at the moment, not on my bike due to a couple of injuries, however my muscles have lots of cycling memories. NB I suspect that my overall fitness level is probably less than a quarter of yours atm so I have no doubt you’ll g...