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by Faeton
12 Feb 2009, 5:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Hills advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 1510

Being Dutch, we were not used to hills whatsoever. But with a good bike, you can conquer any hill. You just have to go slowly but in a steady pace. As lowest gear, we had a 28T at the front and 26T at the freewheel cassette. With that, we were able to get up 17 percent gradients, fully laden with 20...
by Faeton
30 Dec 2008, 11:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring to Venice - any ideas?
Replies: 4
Views: 897

Thanks so far, excellent advice. In fact, Benjaminse recommends the Spluegen pass as well in his route to Florence. I guess we'll be combining the Rome route an the Venice route into one that takes in Luxembourg and the Lorraine. Pitstop, I do agree that Venice is far too crowded. I've heard that Fe...
by Faeton
27 Dec 2008, 8:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring to Venice - any ideas?
Replies: 4
Views: 897

Touring to Venice - any ideas?

My wife and I plan to tour from The Netherlands to Venice, Italy in 2009. Does anyone has any tips or route advice? Essentially, it's a choice between a Germany-orientated route or a itinerary through Luxembourg, the north of France and Bern, Switzerland. Also, the best way to tackle the Swiss mount...
by Faeton
28 Aug 2008, 12:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route recommendations - flat and scenic :-)
Replies: 77
Views: 10101

I'm glad to see a favourable opinion on the Sustrans network. I may have sounded too harsh on the subject, without intending to be. In the planning stages of our LEJOG, I've incorporated quite a few stages along the NCN routes since we planned a scenic route, rather than a record breaking straight l...
by Faeton
27 Aug 2008, 4:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route recommendations - flat and scenic :-)
Replies: 77
Views: 10101

Au contraire, fellow cyclist :D And please do not think that British humour won't travel overseas. We have pubs over here where even scousers perform without subtitles. Although personally, I can't understand a word they're saying :shock: Sustrans routes, then. I meant to start a discussion about th...
by Faeton
27 Aug 2008, 2:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route recommendations - flat and scenic :-)
Replies: 77
Views: 10101

Awesome, this route! Are you actually going to cycle this distance? Good luck then, it certainly looks like a promising undertaking. We did some NCN bits to avoid the traffic. These stages had some advantages, such as nice scenery, but I still wonder if any of the Sustrans people actually cycle the ...
by Faeton
27 Aug 2008, 10:55am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route recommendations - flat and scenic :-)
Replies: 77
Views: 10101

Ben, you might be interested in our trip account of an Eastern approach . I haven't yet updated the Google map to our actual tour, but the planned route is very much what we actually did. Roughly, we did Okehampton, Glastonbury, Oxford, Northampton, Milton Mowbray, York, Newton Aycliffe, Consett, Ki...
by Faeton
27 Aug 2008, 10:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: train fares...how much did you pay???
Replies: 27
Views: 4440

We booked at the end of April for our trip in June this year. Two persons and their bikes from London to Penzance added up to € 67 (can't dig up the actual prices in pounds, sorry). But the return trip cost us € 485, from Wick to London by sleeper, with a transfer in Inverness. It's a relaxed way of...
by Faeton
29 May 2008, 8:38am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 6-day LEJoG completed
Replies: 36
Views: 7533

I'm stunned. Our friends believe that our 20-day scheme will be rather optimistic :shock: I'll try to keep your achievement a secret to them.

Very well done. You must be mad as a hatter to undertake it, but... well done. I'm looking forward to your travel log!
by Faeton
27 May 2008, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any ideas on Eastern route?
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

Basil, some ride that is! Although we shall not go as far east as Middlesborough (in fear of the Moors), I'm glad to hear that the stage Worksop-York can be nice. Shame to miss that wonderful bridge, but we can't have it all, can we? With all the great advice so far I've laid out the route from York...
by Faeton
26 May 2008, 4:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any ideas on Eastern route?
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

The North Yorkshire/Northumberland area has been a difficult part of my preparation, and with the last postings, some more problems have been added :D Starting from York, the itinerary is now: Boroughbridge, Topcliffe, Breckenbrough, Northallerton, Great Smeaton, Darlington. From there we would take...
by Faeton
26 May 2008, 12:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any ideas on Eastern route?
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

Simon, thanks very much for your route plan. I' ve marked the first part on our map as an alternative to the NCN 6 between Oxfprd and Worksop. After York, we've planned a similar route to the one you describe. Now, about this hellish road called the A68. In our plan, we'll enter this challenge at Co...
by Faeton
22 May 2008, 9:19am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Train fares to the Extremities
Replies: 25
Views: 6206

This complicated rail system in Britain has cost us hours and hours of puzzling. At last, we've managed to have all bookings confirmed. The pricing policy remains enigmatic, though. We're travelling to Penzance by First Great Western for € 67; that's for two adults and two bikes. But the return from...
by Faeton
21 May 2008, 9:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any ideas on Eastern route?
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

Flobber, you're guess seems to be spot on. I've calculated our Google Maps route to be somewhere around 1600 kilometres, so your 1000 miles looks allright. How nice to see you planning an eastern route as well! By the way, our layout might appear to be exact, but it's no more than an idea, pieced to...
by Faeton
21 May 2008, 9:54am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any ideas on Eastern route?
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

That would be great! I've sent you a PM.