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by HobbesOnTour
17 Apr 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 653
Views: 102638

Re: Cycle Travel question!

I need HELP please ! I'm soon going to the Netherlands and hope to save some offline routes on my Fairphone which is an Android. I want to do this to save battery power. I have found the site Cycle.travel and it looks good. So far I've had a go at saving a route, downloading GPX Viewer on my phone ...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Apr 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route and POI Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Route and POI Planning

RobinS wrote:The best sights, interesting places etc are usually those you come across by accident rather than the known tourist traps. Do not over-plan, it takes away all the fun.

This! And more of this! :)
by HobbesOnTour
16 Apr 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route and POI Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Route and POI Planning

For longer tours I have thrown together a document of interesting places and sent it to my kindle. This is a great tip. You can make documents like that for places to visit, contact details, tickets, insurance details etc. You can also make Kindle eBooks yourself and save the mass and volume of gui...
by HobbesOnTour
16 Apr 2019, 3:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route and POI Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Route and POI Planning

I have sets of Bookmark folders where I have highlighted things that spoke to me. They've been building up for years and get used for inspiration. I'm afraid I don't do spreadsheets for planning. Nor do I usually make reservations for accommodation - but then again I'm usually camping. I know from r...
by HobbesOnTour
14 Apr 2019, 3:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Euro Velo 6

Just looking again at EV6. The section after Vidin is labelled as in the planning stage. Looking in more detail, after Vidin the route seems to be further away from the Danube than previously, ie no more river cycling. I'd imagine that means a big contrast between cycling facilities in the early sta...
by HobbesOnTour
14 Apr 2019, 11:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

Plus one on the suggestion of going along the Rhine. I brought my bike (whole) to Basel from NL using https://www.nsinternational.nl/en - bear in mind I'm resident in NL. Price was surprisingly cheap if booked in advance. Is it an option to return via a Dutch port? The master of train knowledge is h...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Apr 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?

This might help http://www.fietsroute.org/Long-Distanceroutes-LF.php although I am not sure how well signposted the routes actually are. Belgium tends to be a little less emm...... organised than their Dutch neighbours :) (not a criticism - a little chaos is fun every now and then!) https://cycle.tr...
by HobbesOnTour
12 Apr 2019, 10:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Holland tour
Replies: 19
Views: 587

Re: Holland tour

I've got 2-4 weeks free next month so we're off on our 'bent trikes. We do about 40 miles per day so not far - it's a holiday! Original plan was to go to Prague but not really enough time to stop and look on the way. So thought of Scotland but this springs weather is not shaping up so well and we'r...
by HobbesOnTour
9 Apr 2019, 12:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Euro Velo 6

Out of interest (and hijacking the thread a bit), how hilly is it through Austria (or Nantes->Vienna). Part of my thoughts for EV6 would be to visit a friend who lives in Vienna. Looking on maps (that give altitude profiles) it does not look too bad. Ian Can't speak for the French leg, but my recol...
by HobbesOnTour
9 Apr 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 6
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Euro Velo 6

Has anybody done EV6 through to the Black Sea? I don't do massive daily mileages so was wondering what people do about getting home from there as riding would make it rather a long trip (or back via a different route). But I guess daily mileages depends to an extent on hills. Last summer my av was ...
by HobbesOnTour
6 Apr 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Holidays on Borrowed Cycle
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Cycling Holidays on Borrowed Cycle

I continually read in my copies of Cycle Magazine various cycling holidays been advertised and wonder, do you take and use your own cycle or does the holiday company provide you with a cycle? I would love to hear from any members who have used one of these companies where THEY provided a cycle as t...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Apr 2019, 8:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping spares
Replies: 42
Views: 1155

Re: Camping spares

Aliexpress can be a handy place for these kinds of things - so long as you're not in a hurry.

Always look at the quantities ordered to make sure you're getting a decent supplier.
by HobbesOnTour
4 Apr 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to Athens and beyond
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Santander to Athens and beyond

I am formulating a plan for a post retirement tour. This will be in 4 years or so. My initial plan is to train from Scotland to Plymouth and then ferry to northern Spain. Then I'll start a (credit card) cycle tour to Athens aiming to arrive in Athens around the end of June. At the end of June my sc...
by HobbesOnTour
4 Apr 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10434

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

In regards to gps, I found my phone was OK on 30-40 mile rides (3-4 hours) then the battery was getting low and I wouldn't have enough faith in it for my planned trip. Looked into dynamo hubs, but after some internal deliberation decided that a GPS unit is probably more up my street, and use the ph...
by HobbesOnTour
28 Mar 2019, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 178
Views: 18146

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

The very best of luck!
Have a great adventure!



And come back and update the thread please! :)