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by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Holland / Belgium ideas

Did this over the course of a week last year. Screenshot_2017-06-24-10-02-42~2-240x307.png How did you find it? By the looks of your route you had water to negotiate. Very easy cycling. Ferry over to Texel. The straight bit is where the Garmin had a bit of a grump and did not work properly. Went ov...
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:34am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE Route
Replies: 9
Views: 3701

Re: JOGLE Route

On the whole your route is quite different from my own Jogle last year and I’ve noticed that you’ve taken to using fast, but generally busier roads. Some of my more memorable days were spent on the quieter back roads but then I factored in an average 65-70 miles per day over 15 days. I noticed, you'...
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:22am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Crask Inn
Replies: 8
Views: 8669

Re: Crask Inn

I enjoyed my short stop for a cold drink at the Crask during my own JOG-LE last year, the owners were so friendly and welcoming it made my day, glad to hear it will continue. It really is a landmark in the area, in fact, it's the only thing in the area!
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Holland / Belgium ideas

Perhaps you would like to combine your cycling with a bit of sailing on a multimasted flat bottomed schooner as on the Flying Dutchman Frisian Sailing Company website. I am sure I found an example of one of these schooners beached while the 'crew' of holidaymakers had a game of football on the sand...
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Holland / Belgium ideas

If you like people, concrete and traffic lights go for the area's in red. If it's about riding your bike avoid them But the high density of fietspads, ( cyclepaths) means as a tourist you can enjoy stress free cycling but also the amenities that come with higher population densities, and the pleasu...
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Holland / Belgium ideas

Toffee wrote:Did this over the course of a week last year.

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How did you find it? By the looks of your route you had water to negotiate.
by BottomGear
26 Jun 2017, 7:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Holland / Belgium ideas

Just returned from a gorgeous 4 days spin along the Normandy coast (recommended :wink: ) where I bumped into a Dutch chap who recommended his homeland for great cycling. Unfortunately I didn't catch the places he suggested during our short chat so I would be interested to hear of your ideas and sug...
by BottomGear
23 Jun 2017, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide Sunglasses?
Replies: 12
Views: 2513

Re: Wide Sunglasses?

Any recommendations for sunglasses or cycling shades to suit those with a broad head? I guess you don't need prescription lenses? Either way, why not visit an optician and see what they have? I went online to Optilabs and have been delighted with their service. They will send you three frames throu...
by BottomGear
23 Jun 2017, 12:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland / Belgium ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Holland / Belgium ideas

Just returned from a gorgeous 4 days spin along the Normandy coast (recommended :wink: ) where I bumped into a Dutch chap who recommended his homeland for great cycling. Unfortunately I didn't catch the places he suggested during our short chat so I would be interested to hear of your ideas and sugg...
by BottomGear
3 Jun 2017, 5:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide Sunglasses?
Replies: 12
Views: 2513

Wide Sunglasses?

Any recommendations for sunglasses or cycling shades to suit those with a broad head?
by BottomGear
16 Feb 2017, 8:19am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which best month for Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 8872

Re: Which best month for Scotland?

I cycled JOG-LE in early June last year and mostly camped and generally speaking didn't have too much bother from the midges other than around Oban and Arran. I was lucky with the weather in Scotland and had a week of clear blue skies with plenty of sun. The evenings were generally windless and that...
by BottomGear
23 Dec 2016, 8:37am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone route - what would you change
Replies: 18
Views: 15237

Re: Cicerone route - what would you change

It's always interesting to read the differing opinions of route. Last year I was in the planning stage of my own solo End to End and apart from deciding I wanted to start from JOG I kept my options of route reasonably open. I read blogs and used various forums for a consensus of ideas and formed my ...
by BottomGear
28 Sep 2016, 8:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: May / June 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 21993

Re: May / June 2017

Hi, welcome to the forum. 1. Your plan is very possible. I also went from not even owning a bike to completing my own JOGLE less than a year later. Personally I built up my fitness gradually so that I was comfortably able to ride 3 to 4 hours at a time. If anything I risked over training towards the...
by BottomGear
20 Jul 2016, 10:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Is wind really an issue?!
Replies: 10
Views: 4494

Re: Is wind really an issue?!

In a nutshell the wind can affect your progress to a lessor or greater degree. I had mixed conditions for my own JOGLE in early June and broadly speaking the wind was in my favour for the first week and then it was a slight to moderate headwind that was noticeable only once in the south west. I woul...
by BottomGear
7 Jul 2016, 7:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Numb fingers
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Numb fingers

Yep, I have a similar situation with my hands too. In my case its the outer fingers on one hand and the forefinger, thumb and middle finger on the other hand. It sounds like your ulnar nerve is the one suffering; http://www.hughston.com/hha/a_15_3_2.htm I developed my own numbness a few days into a ...