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by HarryD
13 Sep 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Tracks in Spain?
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Cycle Tracks in Spain?

A fair number of closed railways have been converted to cycle paths and they can be a great way to visit some remote corners. However, these Vias Verdes rarely join to make a network for touring. Many towns and cities have cycle lanes and other cycle infrastructure but there is no universality. Traf...
by HarryD
13 Sep 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Wonders of Touring, not?
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: The Wonders of Touring, not?

Picture taken from the viewpoint on the AB-880 so probably quite easy to take. If you've not been to Spain before it probably is quite special

You sound like you need a couple of weeks on a bike in the sun
by HarryD
31 Aug 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2505

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

Did the Camino from Sevilla with my Nikon D3100 (18-55mm) slung over my back. No problems at all even after I lost the lens cap. When it rained it went inside a tick plastic bag in a panier. Got lots of good* pictures and has been said before framing is easy with a DSLR. *By good I mean far better t...
by HarryD
12 Aug 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on trains in Spain
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Bikes on trains in Spain

Give Renfe a call. Not all their operators speak English but enough do. Long distance coaches do take bikes and are often faster than the local trains. Alsa run 2 services a day from Santander to Palencia and you can book your ticket and bike (subject to space) on-line. Cost E10.95 plus E3.00 for th...
by HarryD
6 Aug 2019, 9:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Northallerton - A-roads or lanes?
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: Northallerton - A-roads or lanes?

Not tempted by the hillier and more scenic route via Chop Gate and Helmsley?

From Northallerton consider staying on the A167, cross the A168 and continue via Helperby etc.

Agree with Paulatic about avoiding the A19
by HarryD
20 Jun 2019, 9:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 22
Views: 3668

Re: Way of the Roses.

Be prepared to push through the Clapham tunnel and get dirty shoes. The bits before and after more than make up for it. Signage in Nidderdale is good. Looks like you'll have some good weather for it
by HarryD
8 Jun 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Teesdale route via Holwick
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: Teesdale route via Holwick

The only problem you will have is that the end of the public road through Hield House farm to the bridge and up to the road is a public footpath and not a bridleway. According to my OS maps and other sources that is. May wish to re-plan.
by HarryD
30 May 2019, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 4996

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Here's my tuppence worth as a campervan driver and keen cyclist. I first visited the area in 1978 and have been back many, many times since. Wild camped with friends on Applecross for a month and even ended up with our own postal address, Little green tents, Ard-Dhubh Road Junction, Culduie nr Apple...
by HarryD
27 May 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Epic (my definition) European, or otherwise, tour suggestions.
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Epic (my definition) European, or otherwise, tour suggestions.

As you'll have plenty of time why not give your tour a theme. Such as old Roman roads or pilgrim routes (Santiago and/or Rome). The Roman roads established some of the great European towns and cities which are today thriving cultural and historic centres. You may not always be able follow the exact ...
by HarryD
27 May 2019, 8:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malaga to Granada
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Malaga to Granada

We went through there in January. Alhama, Trabuco and onto Antequera. The irises were out. The route you describe south of the MA4100 was very pretty and peaceful through the mountains. Just one more of those delightful, quiet corners in Spain that you never hear about; until now.
by HarryD
24 May 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malaga to Granada
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Malaga to Granada

Have done this one the other way. Weren't camping so cannot advise there. Malaga to Colmenar on the A7000, Alfarnate, use the A341 to get to Zafarraya, minor roads to Alhama de Granada then Cacin, Chimeneas and Belicena and into Granada Distance about 225km plus 3200m of ascent. May have more climb ...
by HarryD
21 May 2019, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: data only sim
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: data only sim

I've a pay as you go SIM from O2. Costs something like 1p per MB and can easily top up over the web. I think there is a minimum of £10 top up. No time limit as to how long the credit lasts.
by HarryD
8 May 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source
Replies: 33
Views: 1678

Re: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source

Paul Hewitt Cycles in Leyland, Lancashire or the aforementioned Spa. Both will see you right
by HarryD
3 May 2019, 8:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pootling around northern Italy
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Pootling around northern Italy

Seems like you've got it sussed out so go and enjoy. We loved our tour there and apart from start and finish dates we didn't plan anything else. Simply went with the flow. Good food and wine was not a problem. The cycle paths were always interesting: from brilliant to a bit chaotic. Avoiding the mai...