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by PaulaT
3 Oct 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 91
Views: 2826

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long. I'll either eat out or eat cheap at the campsite or whatever facility I've landed at. Carrying food around with me ? Not for me. More or less the same for me except I always carry some food with me, enough for ...
by PaulaT
14 Sep 2020, 7:04am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 40
Views: 2161

Re: Camping Pillow

I use the "stuff spare clothes into something" method using a small pillow case in brushed material. I've been using it for literally decades.
by PaulaT
12 Sep 2020, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA "post Covid"
Replies: 51
Views: 2033

Re: YHA "post Covid"

YHA don't even figure on my radar. Couldn't care less about them. I stopped staying in them years ago as I never got a good night's sleep, full of inconsiderate selfish tw*ts, horrendous snorers, drunk idiots crashing banging rustler plastic bags in the middle of the night or swarms of kids running...
by PaulaT
3 Sep 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Risk and Freedom
Replies: 69
Views: 1879

Re: Risk and Freedom

It's worth noting that for quite some years before seat belts were compulsory it was compulsory for manufacturers to fit them in the front seats and many people were using them on a voluntary basis. I know I did as did my parents and brothers and from memory just about everyone I knew was also weari...
by PaulaT
1 Sep 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North East 250 Cycle route
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: North East 250 Cycle route

rualexander wrote:North East 250?
That's all we need, another promoted road route ruining nice roads with wannabe rally drivers, motorhomers, et al.


I thought the N500 already fulfilled that brief?
by PaulaT
26 Aug 2020, 8:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days
Replies: 31
Views: 1139

Re: Dartmoor: WildCamping banned for 47 days

Hi, Two campers stranded on an island had to be rescued by 30 people! This is a particular stupid place to camp as the river dart swells dramatically in heavy rain, many have died there during cadet training and canoeing. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-53909283 Probably practicing f...
by PaulaT
25 Aug 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post, Short break tour
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Post, Short break tour

Well done to both of you :)
by PaulaT
23 Aug 2020, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1901

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

Many questions, hopefully some interesting replies What did you choose ? A heavy-duty touring bike did you get what you wanted ? Exactly what I wanted Did you know what you wanted ? In general yes Is it the best bike you've ever ridden ? By a very, very, very long way What would you do differently ...
by PaulaT
22 Aug 2020, 2:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MIDGE-AGEDDON!
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: MIDGE-AGEDDON!

matt2matt2002 wrote:And it's only the females that bite.
If ever the chaps get a taste for us, we're doomed!


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by PaulaT
21 Aug 2020, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?
Replies: 25
Views: 1360

Re: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?

Unfortunately I think that many tent campers, particularly the first timers are in for a tough time over the next few days. This morning's Shipping Forecast had gales all round the coast. Hard dry ground probably won't help. I'm staying home this weekend, good luck to those out there. I've seen the...
by PaulaT
20 Aug 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MIDGE-AGEDDON!
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: MIDGE-AGEDDON!

Many years ago when I was younger and could keep up with the local CTC section there were several riders who were also experienced mountaineers/hill walkers. Their advice was don't go to the highlands in summer! (unless being eaten to death is your thing ;)). I'm sure there are some who would refute...
by PaulaT
19 Aug 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Street Maps
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Open Street Maps

I am grateful for the suggestions but I am looking at a cycle route in France, not Germany. VPD shows up as well on a route from Arrowmanches Les Bains going to Bayeux, Villiers Bocge and then La Ferriere Harang. I am using RWGPS with the OSM Cycle overlay. It does not appear using any of the other...
by PaulaT
17 Aug 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hand sanitiser
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Hand sanitiser

nick12 wrote:Paula, how do you find the gel works compared to meths. I was intrigued when I saw some. Does it burn longer.


It burns faster IME and you can't control it with a simmer ring like you can with meths but for me the removal of the risk of spillage or leaks outweighs those limitations.
by PaulaT
17 Aug 2020, 2:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hand sanitiser
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Hand sanitiser

I've actually moved away from meths to gel stoves because I don't trust myself to not spill the fuel. Never such a thing had happened after 30 or more years of camping and cooking on paraffin stoves. I may be being over-cautious but when you're s clumsy as I am, excess caution seems like a good ide...
by PaulaT
17 Aug 2020, 7:55am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hand sanitiser
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: Hand sanitiser

40% alcohol is too little to burn though, methinks. Or perhaps the off-license watered it's spirits? :shock: Perhaps it was 40 proof rather than 40% alcohol? They're not the same thing. One advantage of using my currently favoured BCB Firedragon stove is that the solid fuel blocks can be used as ha...