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by MrsHJ
9 Jan 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour to Budapest - 3 weeks in July but starting where?
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Tour to Budapest - 3 weeks in July but starting where?

I have no experience of the route mentioned, although eg 6 is now at the top of my list of trips to tackle. My cycle tour pals though did Venice to Budapest without me as I was inconveniently having a baby. Anyway they had a great trip although rather hot. The cycled by the Lake Balaton.
by MrsHJ
9 Jan 2020, 8:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Views on GARMIN e Trex 32x
Replies: 65
Views: 1782

Re: Views on GARMIN e Trex x32

You can download free open source maps. I did that to add to my garmin touring (had Europe only preloaded) when I went to the USA. Didn’t stop the garmin (different model to the one you are looking at) being hopeless but the maps were good.
by MrsHJ
6 Jan 2020, 9:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great Divide
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Great Divide

I have not done it but read a good book by Jill Homer on doing it. Good luck.
by MrsHJ
6 Jan 2020, 12:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

He will only eat pizza whilst travelling so density of pizza places is helpful! (not kidding). In which case you will love the Loire! Honestly not kidding... I rode it last summer (in the 40°C heat) and pizza appeared to be the national food of France. One night I pitched up at a campsite outside a...
by MrsHJ
5 Jan 2020, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

No idea about Loire. Looks flat from what I have seen. If your family don't like hills, I wouldn't do Roscoff to Morlaix as suggested above. It has hills. Also, my family didn't rate the off road stuff down to Carhaix much. You can't see much as the track us densely wooded and the surface gets very...
by MrsHJ
5 Jan 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

Thank you Rob. Nantes looks promising for a dead flat start and I can see a small town just east of the city with rail station and hotels that may be a prime starting point. Will test that idea with the troops and aim to reassure on lack of cycle paths.
by MrsHJ
5 Jan 2020, 12:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Please help solve a route planning dispute for family trip in France

Him indoors and I are planning on taking the teens on a couple of weeks cycle trip this summer. Teens have unexpectedly approved although may try to wiggle out of it later. Probably straight after GCSEs so late June and a bit of early July. Teen one is a fit but lazy 16 who likes creature comforts. ...
by MrsHJ
5 Jan 2020, 11:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 46
Views: 2633

Re: Bike-and-train touring

I can recommend Norway for combining train, bus, ferry, & bike touring. Most trains and buses take bikes (there is a fee on most routes) without reservation. Long distance (regional trains) can be booked in advance, but except for a few popular routes. they aren't generally required. Ferries ta...
by MrsHJ
4 Jan 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hotel laundry service?
Replies: 23
Views: 1355

Re: hotel laundry service?

Lots of the cheaper USA hotels /motels have laundry facilities. Same goes with camp grounds all over. Whilst I’m quite happy washing my own stuff overnight and air drying if the whole family is along I’ll do it every other day in a machine and often tumble dry (depending on time etc- the USA doesn’t...
by MrsHJ
4 Jan 2020, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Never contemplated Belarus although Poland has been on the future trip list for a while. Now I want to see the reserves, bison and vodka!
by MrsHJ
4 Jan 2020, 7:51am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative
Replies: 20
Views: 1275

Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

I have a hubba hubba NX. I’ll give it an “it’s ok”. I also have a Big Agnes copper spur bikepacking tent. I didn’t pay £400 though- closer to £300 from memory. Love it- similar design to the hubba hubba but just worked better for me with various niggles ironed out. Great pack size and shape for a pa...
by MrsHJ
3 Jan 2020, 9:52pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Recs for semi hilly commute
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Recs for semi hilly commute

I’m looking to start commuting by ebike 2-3 times a week (other days I work 30-100 miles from home so less practical). My likely commute route is linked below- it’s 13 miles each way which is the sort of distance I would have lapped up when younger and living in a flatter area but it’s now quite da...
by MrsHJ
2 Jan 2020, 9:14pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Recs for semi hilly commute
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Recs for semi hilly commute

Cycle to work is no longer limited to £1000, is your employer aware of this or have they chosen to keep the limit ( link )? I don't think an upgradeable kit would comply with the law. That may or may not bother you but in the, albeit relatively unlikely, event of there being an incident you risk th...
by MrsHJ
2 Jan 2020, 7:29pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Recs for semi hilly commute
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Recs for semi hilly commute

I’m looking to start commuting by ebike 2-3 times a week (other days I work 30-100 miles from home so less practical). My likely commute route is linked below- it’s 13 miles each way which is the sort of distance I would have lapped up when younger and living in a flatter area but it’s now quite dau...
by MrsHJ
19 Oct 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans

Sounds like a good plan- I’m planning to do this section next year too. I was thinking of flying in to Nantes and out of Paris and train from Orleans to Paris. My experience is that if you stay at a hotel with plenty of parking or not town centre or camping they will often facilitate extra car parki...