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by captain offensive
17 May 2019, 9:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: how to hand signal 'straight ahead'?
Replies: 26
Views: 1159

Re: how to hand signal 'straight ahead'?

Total nonsense. As others have said, if the turning you are taking is after the first exit but 'before 12 o'clock' you just indicate to the left after you pass the exit prior to the one you are taking. Sadly indicating on roundabouts is something that a large number of road users seem to get wrong
by captain offensive
8 May 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes

I've taken a look at 'say no to 0870' website and you should be able to avoid the premium rate number by trying 020 8127 8303
by captain offensive
8 May 2019, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes

DFDS Dover-Dunkirk do have a limited number of proper bike racks near the doors ( visible in a pic described as "a small corner with railings" on this travelogue ), but they do also let people just strap the bikes onto rails around the deck if they're busy. Interesting. The ferry I was on...
by captain offensive
8 May 2019, 12:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 805

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

I'd agree with asking the JoG ferry people about parking. If you can do so it's a great little sailing across and you get to start the ride at the southern most tip of the islands. Let the tourist buses set off and then the road towards Kirkwall should be pretty quiet and nice riding. As for leaving...
by captain offensive
8 May 2019, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Booking Dover - Dunkirk ferry with child and bikes

Might be worth trying them on Twitter or email but I suspect you'll be good with just one bike booking. Used the ferry (from Dunkirk) in the summer and they just strap the bikes onto the deck. They don't have limited number of proper bike racks or anything that could limit numbers
by captain offensive
5 Mar 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

Re: Collecting Bikes from Eurostar

No tips on how to do it but both times I've been on Eurostar (Paris to London and London to Brussels: a few years apart) I did get lucky and found the crew unloading the luggage can as I went past. They were happy to see my documents and hand the bike over both times (in fact they seemed happy to do...
by captain offensive
4 Mar 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast to Coast (west to east)
Replies: 13
Views: 2882

Re: Coast to Coast (west to east)

Wrote up my c2c West to east here [emoji3]

http://www.richmay.co.uk/c2c/
by captain offensive
6 Feb 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?
Replies: 9
Views: 4799

Re: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?

Paulatic wrote:A good read thank you.
Air conditioning vans would be fitting Air Source Heat Pumps
Fixings on cars... for fishing rods?


Thanks Paulatic. That would make sense for the Aircon, and yes to the fishing rods [emoji3]
by captain offensive
5 Feb 2019, 10:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?
Replies: 9
Views: 4799

Re: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?

Agreed that crossing the railway bridge was pretty hairy and once I was across I wished I'd stayed on the 'main' road and crossed at Bonar Bridge. If you're going in season and you like ferries taking the black isle route and getting the tiny Cromarty ferry is fun. And another vote for strathnaver. ...
by captain offensive
5 Feb 2019, 10:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Kessock Bridge
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: Avoiding Kessock Bridge

Don't know about alternatives but agreed that there is no particular need to avoid the bridge. It has a segregated cycle/foot path, thus...Image
by captain offensive
5 Feb 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 2612

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

I always get by on things like flapjack, jelly babies and baby Bel. However do just be wary of the advice here about Boulangeries. Generally yes, but as someone else pointed out, I found the area around The Vexin to be very sparsely populated and went a long way on a very hot day without passing a s...
by captain offensive
28 Jan 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4818

Re: Salisbury plain

And a follow up having had a play on cycle.travel... If you manage to find a time when the plain is open I've taken the liberty of suggesting a possible two dayer (based on your c50 mile a day comment) starting and finishing at Westbury (well it has a station). Head around the north edge (starting w...
by captain offensive
28 Jan 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 4818

Re: Salisbury plain

I grew up around the plain though not lived there for many years. If you can get a weekend when the ranges are open (they normally open at Easter and a few days in August) then you're in for a treat. The Western plain (Warminster side) is the infantry ranges and if you can get up to Imber across the...
by captain offensive
21 Jan 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4793

Re: What better than doing the coast to coast?

A great read and some achievement. You used the words hill and steep a bit too much for my liking on the return journey. I live in Maryport so Workington to the east coast on The Hadrians Cycleway is becoming the favoured route. I've got a mountain bike and a road bike so was going to use the road ...
by captain offensive
20 Jan 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4793

Re: What better than doing the coast to coast?

Hello, this is my first post having only got into cycling last year. I've had a go at few things to test the water like a time trial, track racing (got lapped more than once) and a triathlon . I've got some holidays I need to take soon so what better than doing the coast to coast? Problem is I/We a...