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by jamesgilbert
7 Jun 2018, 10:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TransAmerica Trail Variants
Replies: 12
Views: 469

Re: TransAmerica Trail Variants

@jacksonz Sorry to highjack the thread, but what route did you take from Jasper to Flagstaff?

@MrsHJ Thanks for posting your thoughts, the TransAmerica is also something I'd love to do one day.
by jamesgilbert
14 May 2018, 1:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Switzerland in May: Geneva-Lausanne-Neuchâtel-Biel-Delémont
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Re: Switzerland in May: Geneva-Lausanne-Neuchâtel-Biel-Delémont

No-one replied but I thought I'd post the final route that I did over 6 days last week: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/62016 We used WarmShowers for three nights, and had three nights on campsites. The only campsite I'd recommend is the camping municipal in Joncherey, near Delle ( https://jonchere...
by jamesgilbert
5 Apr 2018, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Strikes in France - train travel
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Strikes in France - train travel

I'm sure most people are aware of the current strikes in France, I just wanted to post a heads up for anyone hoping to make use of trains as part of French tours for the next 3 months. Strikes are taking place on 2 out of every 5 days. On the "strike days" services will be minimal, and on ...
by jamesgilbert
3 Apr 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leaving a Bike In Europe
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Re: Leaving a Bike In Europe

I know people who've used WarmShowers for this - you're probably more likely to find someone who has room to store a bike outside of the big cities...
by jamesgilbert
23 Mar 2018, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Switzerland in May: Geneva-Lausanne-Neuchâtel-Biel-Delémont
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Switzerland in May: Geneva-Lausanne-Neuchâtel-Biel-Delémont

Hi all, I haven't posted on here in a while, I'm currently looking at doing a short tour in Switzerland, over a week in May. The route would be something like this: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/59601 It's mostly flat but with a few hills to get back to the French border as I'd like to get the tr...
by jamesgilbert
7 Sep 2016, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: Buying French train tickets online

Yes, nothing's changed yet other than the website address and the colour scheme. However, the last paragraph of their latest blog post says: "In time, our website and apps will merge with the services of Trainline, to offer a single and comprehensive booking platform for all trains in Europe.&q...
by jamesgilbert
28 Aug 2016, 2:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: Buying French train tickets online

@andymiller Yep, the SNCF travel agency website does now let you book bike spaces, but it wasn't the case when Captain Train first launched. @Mick F Sounds very good value to me, and the advantage of booking it all through Eurostar rather than separate tickets is that you should be okay if, for exam...
by jamesgilbert
28 Aug 2016, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Buying French train tickets online

In the past I, and others on the forum, have often recommended Captain Train as a very straightforward way of buying train tickets in France, including booking bike spaces (which was not possible on the 'official' SNCF website). As a result of their success, Captain Train has recently been bought by...
by jamesgilbert
3 Feb 2016, 9:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1719

Re: WESTERN ISLES

For some excellent (and cheap) accommodation, check out the Gatliff Trust hostels: http://www.gatliff.org.uk/

You can't book, but there's usually room!
by jamesgilbert
15 Jan 2016, 1:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1239

Re: Russia

I don't want to lecture anyone, but I avoid visiting nations with foreign policies I have trouble with. Russia's very popular president, with the heartfelt backing of his people, has been stoking up a civil war in the Ukraine for the last few years and that would keep me from taking my holiday mone...
by jamesgilbert
12 Jan 2016, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy
Replies: 17
Views: 1634

Re: Eurostar South of France Trains Bike Policy

There are some direct TGVs between Paris and Grenoble that accept undismantled bikes (for a 10 euro fee of course), but not all of them do - the double-decker TGVs don't have room for wheel-on bikes. It is now very easy to find out which routes accept bikes and even book the tickets online, just use...
by jamesgilbert
12 Jan 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When to avoid peak times in France?
Replies: 16
Views: 1124

Re: When to avoid peak times in France?

Just to confirm the above, the 'traditional' dates for going on holiday in France are between the two bank holidays on 14th July and 15th August. That doesn't apply so much to all the foreign tourists of course, but I would expect most places to get less busy in the second half of August.
by jamesgilbert
31 Dec 2015, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike

Amsterdam is better designed for bikes than for pedestrians, I'd definitely recommend it. At rush hour there can be a lot of bikes around - make sure you look like tourists (an easy way is to wear a helmet!) and the locals will give you a wider berth.
by jamesgilbert
12 Nov 2015, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight
Replies: 37
Views: 3241

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

whoof wrote:Vous avez un garage ou à la cave pour mon vélo, s'il vous plait?


would be even more appreciated by the locals :wink:
by jamesgilbert
12 Nov 2015, 7:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight
Replies: 37
Views: 3241

Re: How do you keep your bikes safe overnight

As others have said, hotels will usually be able to find somewhere to store bikes. In rural France I wouldn't be too worried about leaving bikes locked up outside, if it's a B&B in a small village for example. My best experience was in Bratislava where for a birthday treat we stayed in a 5* hote...