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by ernest
27 Dec 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Experiences of ALSA buses
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Experiences of ALSA buses

After doing the Camino about 6 years ago I got an Alsa bus to Oviedo and cycled back to Santander from there. I had booked it but wanted to change the date of travel. This I did with no problem. Although I had a CTC plastic bike bag, others simply used bin bags and did so without any apparent difficulties. So my experience was positive.
by ernest
28 Feb 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3879

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

Am interested in joining you but probably for only part of you trip so please keep me in mind and let me know when you have some dates.

John
by ernest
28 Feb 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September
Replies: 23
Views: 3879

Re: Velodyssee Eurovelo 1,. September

Snap! I am retiring in April and a trip in September sounds enticing so I am interested. Do you intend to carry onto Santander for a ferry home?

Perhaps you could give a few more details about when and which ferry route to France you intend to use.
by ernest
18 Jun 2018, 6:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to St Malo
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Santander to St Malo

Have just established that I am able to take some time off work in early August and am interested in joining you for some of this trip although I will be heading for Roscoff. Could you supply some more details i.e. when you are intending to go, from which port (Plymouth or Portsmouth) and anything about yourself. I am 67 and tend to be comfortable doing about 60 miles a day.
by ernest
18 Apr 2018, 7:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle trip 5/6 weeks from St-Malo/ starting 2nd May
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Cycle trip 5/6 weeks from St-Malo/ starting 2nd May

Have you decided on a route? I will be coming up through France (roughly - Toulouse, Niort, Nantes, Roscoff) between 27/05 and 1st week in June. Could meet up our routes allow.
by ernest
14 Mar 2018, 4:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to Barcelona
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: Santander to Barcelona

Sorry guys I should have been more explicit about my intended route. So here it is:
Reinosa
Miranda
Tudela
Zaragoza
Caspe
Reus
Barcelona
In other words go to the source of the Ebro and follow it. I assume a climb up to Reinosa then flattish to Caspe.
by ernest
13 Mar 2018, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to Barcelona
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Santander to Barcelona

Has anybody cycled this route? If so what was it like? Am planning to do so in May.
by ernest
7 Mar 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mayenne River Cycle Path
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Mayenne River Cycle Path

I cycled this path from Angers to Ouistreham last year. As I recall the path went all the way to Pont d'Quilly. There were hilly roads to Thury Harcourt and then a path to Caen and on to Oueterham. The path was all ok for a loaded bike. Try looking at 'la velo francette' which covers the whole route.

I will be riding this route again in May.

Enjoy
by ernest
10 Mar 2017, 5:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France en Velo
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

France en Velo

I am riding this route starting 27th May. Has anyone got any experiences of the ride. I would also like to know whether anyone used the TGV to get back. If so did you have any problems. From what I can see from the SNCF website, you can use the TGV with a non folding bike as long as you book ahead.
by ernest
16 Jul 2016, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day rides around Crieff
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Day rides around Crieff

I am looking for some advice about day rides (50-70 miles) in the Crieff area in early September. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
by ernest
25 Apr 2015, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go home?
Replies: 16
Views: 3311

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

I think I know just how you feel when I have toured alone as I have had similar feelings at that stage of a tour. I have returned home only later to regret it. I suggest you read 'The Chimp Paradox' by Steve Peters about mind management. I have found this really useful. I think that psychological part of a tour is as important as the physical but we only tend to train for the physical!

Thinking of you.
by ernest
9 Mar 2015, 4:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bayonne, Lourdes, St Gaudens, Toulouse
Replies: 0
Views: 538

Bayonne, Lourdes, St Gaudens, Toulouse

Am planning to do this route in May (cycle camping). It seems a moderately demanding route but not a too strenuous. If anybody has done it before I would welcome any advice.
by ernest
5 Jun 2014, 8:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains FROM Narbonne to Cherbourg
Replies: 6
Views: 3424

Re: Trains FROM Narbonne to Cherbourg

Ok so you could go from Narbonne to Carcassonne and on to Nantes. This would mean you use none TGV trains that will take bikes. I imagine that you would also be ok going from Nantes to Rennes and onto Cherbourg as this isn't a TGV line. Travelling by train with bikes is ok as long as you avoid TGV trains which is a bit of a pain because the journey time is longer. I have used the train on different occasions from Perpignan, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux (two weeks ago) all back to Brittany and have used the train from Nantes to Rennes on other occasions.

I would break the journey as someone suggested. I am not sure you could do it in one go anyway.

You could also go the other way via Lyon and Paris but you would have to take a few short journeys avoiding TGVs. I have taken the train from Auxerre to Paris and back to Cherbourg on various occasions.
by ernest
8 May 2014, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Off to the Spanish Pyrenees
Replies: 17
Views: 4578

Re: Off to the Spanish Pyrenees

I may cross your path as I will be taking the ferry to Santander arriving on 19/05 and then cycling along the coast to Bayonne. I then intend to go on through to Lourdes and on to Toulouse. The plan is then to cycle to Bordeaux, via Cahors, take the train to Nantes and the last part of the trip will be along the N-B canal to Carhaix and on to Roscoff for the ferry home.

I really like to have places to visit along the way so am looking forward to visiting the Guggenheim where Yoko Ono has an exhibition, San Sebastian, Lourdes, Toulouse etc as well as cycling through beautiful countryside in-between. I like to plan trips through the winter almost as much as going on them and then get excited / nervous when it is time to go; have I got everything, will the bike/tent be ok and so on. Once there all these anxieties disappear. Do others have the same thoughts.