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by Navrig
2 Jun 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Imagine doing the NC500 in 3 days! Just to say that you've done it. They speed around so they have no idea how brilliant it is just so they can say they have done it. Seems to be a fashion of the most recent tourist generations. We used to see people "doing Scotland" by spending a week in...
by Navrig
31 May 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Well I'm glad I did the '500' back in 1980 before it was classified as such. Met some Scots lads recently when in Mallorca, they feel it has been ruined by defining it as a route; overpriced accommodation, sports car racers, etc etc. Yup, some of whom are now doing the entire route in one go so, ot...
by Navrig
30 May 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I would be surprised if most motorhomes were hired in Inverness. I simply don't see there being that much demand for pickup in Inverness. There are a number of hire places in Perth, Fife and the central belt areas which are closer to the main incoming hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It's also worth d...
by Navrig
29 May 2019, 12:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

There is no economic benefit from the motorhomes on the NC500. They damage the, already poor, roads leaving the council with the repair bill. The council could impose a tourist tax on B&B, hotels and hostels but that doesn't cover the motorhomes. I fancy one for post retirement but wouldn't vent...
by Navrig
28 May 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1656

Re: Scotland north coast 500

There are two things to consider. A-roads in the north of Scotland are not the same as A-roads in the south of England. This is a typical NC500 road. A835.PNG Except when you get to the east coast. Unfortunately you cannot easily avoid the A9 and the A99. Probably best cutting south at Melvich. Traf...
by Navrig
27 May 2019, 3:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair

mrvinegar wrote:Surprisingly Ryanair just confirmed in writing that the CTC bag is OK...


In that case print it out and put it in your passport PLUS go and buy that lottery ticket.
by Navrig
27 May 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: CTC Bike bags: Dublin airport and Ryanair

Ask Ryanair for a specific answer and get it in writing.

or

Buy a lottery ticket.
by Navrig
23 May 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

... not sensible to, effectively, leave it to chance. You will have a dull life (especially your holidays) if you leave nothing to chance my friend! Indeed I would, but you know what, if I'm going on a cycling holiday (which at least in my version of cycling needs a functioning bike or it becomes s...
by Navrig
23 May 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

I think that's a slightly longer version of my post a couple upthread isn't it :lol: ...but yes, I violently agree. Agreed although his post may carry a little more weight as he claims to be a pilot and sees it all first hand. A cycling buddy tells the story of his marmotte trip. At Geneva his flig...
by Navrig
23 May 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

The following text is unashamedly copied from a thread on another bike forum. The link to the thread is also below. I often reply to threads regarding this topic. You can tell from my nik what I do for a living! What it comes down to is how much protection you want for your pride and joy. You will f...
by Navrig
16 May 2019, 4:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1052

Re: easyjet NOT accepting poly bags May 2019 (Maybe?)

Still wondering the best way to start the Loire trip this September. So considering the above posts on Easyjet not allowing Polybags for bikes I telephoned them. The very pleasant girl I spoke to assured me that a polybag would be okay as their policy doesn't state that the''bicycle bag'' in their ...
by Navrig
14 May 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Presumably this is all about insurance and either the number of claims or exposure to the number of (potential claims). It would be interesting to know how may claims are made against baggage handlers each year to better understand if the change in policy is justified. I suspect that there are few o...
by Navrig
10 May 2019, 4:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Of course the CTC bag is very much a container specifically designed for the protection of bikes - it's being sold by a cycling specialist which endorses this, too, and has the endorsement of a major cycling body as being fit for this purpose*. Unfortunately, CyclingUK’s Definition of “protection” ...
by Navrig
10 May 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3252

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Bonefishblues wrote:
Navrig wrote:Allegedly :shock:

Is you making allegations? My mate Tony and his brother Michael will put an end to that - publicity, innit :o


Wrong accent, at least, in my head that's a cockney accent. To be sure :wink: