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by simonhill
12 Dec 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 409
Views: 32490

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Cycle friendly policy is meaningless if the staff are unaware of it, or choose to ignore it. Unfortunately this is quite a regular occurrence across the board. You only have to look at the many complaints on here about easyJet staff not letting bikes in poly bags on a flight. The company have a clea...
by simonhill
12 Dec 2019, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Introduction of Scottish Tourist Tax
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Introduction of Scottish Tourist Tax

I haven't heard of the Scottish one, but they are getting popular. The Thailand tourism minister had just mooted one. Last year Malaysia introduced a £2 per night tax on hotels for foreigners. This is particularly galling for solo cyclists like me as it is £2 on a £10 room but still £2 on a family o...
by simonhill
12 Dec 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 41
Views: 747

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Am intrigued by your lack of need for guidance at junctions. Is this because you tend to use main roads and so are content to follow road signs (mostly aimed at cars) or something to do with the areas you tour in? I tend to use small roads and struggle to remember more than 2 turns at once. (By the...
by simonhill
12 Dec 2019, 6:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 41
Views: 747

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Mentioning the price of your chosen device could/ would be useful.

I just looked up one of the recommended satnavs and it is about £400.
by simonhill
12 Dec 2019, 1:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 41
Views: 747

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Unfortunately we don't know how the OP wants to use his maps. Most suggestions are for permanently on, turn by turn mapping. Great if that's what he wants and is prepared to buy another (single use) device. But may I offer another approach: I use Google maps on my smartphone with no problem because ...
by simonhill
11 Dec 2019, 12:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Group Transport to Bayonne
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Group Transport to Bayonne

I see what you mean PH. The OP posts, then that's it (also one on Japan). It would be useful if he came back with answers to questions and the results of his own investigations.
by simonhill
10 Dec 2019, 11:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 409
Views: 32490

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

I didn't realise that some had been closed. How many?

I don't like to see any pub close, but the Guv'nor shouldn't have squandered £¾ mill on pro Brexit trivia.
by simonhill
10 Dec 2019, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 409
Views: 32490

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Looks like Tim has heeded mjr's love of his pubs. He has just announced a few new ones and 3 of the 4 English ones are all in East Anglia.

Ely, Diss and Felixstowe.
by simonhill
10 Dec 2019, 1:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Group Transport to Bayonne
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Group Transport to Bayonne

Another thought.

Boxing all the bikes in LBS cardboard boxes would make finding a suitable trailer much easier.

Boxes are free and it's about an hour's easy work to box.
by simonhill
9 Dec 2019, 11:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malta
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Malta

Thanks for the info. I thought about doing the same with my Brompton a couple of years ago.

I posted here then and was put off. I'll put it back on the list.
by simonhill
9 Dec 2019, 11:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Group Transport to Bayonne
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Group Transport to Bayonne

Your location in UK would help. With that number of people I would contact local coach companies. Bikes underneath and in the back. That way, only one vehicle and one driver. It would have to be a big specialised trailer to take 14 bikes safely and then you need a small bus for all those people. Com...
by simonhill
8 Dec 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thailand into Laos
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Thailand into Laos

Did you read my post and the link? That website you refer to and their list of borders that issue VoAs is now out of date (or will be on 1st Jan depending what you read) hence my warning. As I tried to point, it's all change on many of the less used VoA borders. Unfortunately, these are often the on...
by simonhill
8 Dec 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thailand into Laos
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Thailand into Laos

Be warned that Lao are changing their Visa on Arrival (VoA) rules. From (I heard,) 1/1/20 VoA are not being issued at a number of mainly land borders. The whole thing seems odd as the new eVisa isn't properly up and running yet (plus there is an additional $15 charge for using it). https://www.lonel...
by simonhill
7 Dec 2019, 3:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hotel laundry service?
Replies: 21
Views: 967

Re: hotel laundry service?

Not that I have ever been challenged, but my answer would be I haven't washed my clothes, I've just rinsed out my damp sweaty stuff. It had to dry anyway.

Obviously doesn't work if you have line full of stuff, but mine is usually shirt, socks and pants.
by simonhill
5 Dec 2019, 1:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel insurance worth having?
Replies: 10
Views: 509

Re: Travel insurance worth having?

So you definitely should have been covered from date of purchase, as with all travel insurance. All you need is proof of purchase date. Could it just be that the person you spoke to got it wrong. They are not necessarily travel experts, just script reading call center employees. I think that appeali...