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by takeonafrica
27 Jan 2016, 9:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1399

Re: Russia

Russia is amazing for touring. Camp where you like. Loads of crazy but kind people living tough lives who would feed and shelter you at a moment's notice. Really cheap outside the cities. Wilder wilds than you can imagine. I love it but it is very remote. I remember asking when the next shop was an...
by takeonafrica
19 Oct 2014, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?
Replies: 60
Views: 3842

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

I heard someone from the British Antarctic Survey team being interviewed and she said -30° was okay, it was when things dipped below -40° that the real problems started, and at -50° it was pure survival, meaningful work was impossible. From experience, I would say this is a very accurate descriptio...
by takeonafrica
25 Apr 2014, 11:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best of Africa
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: Best of Africa

Great photos! Brings back fond memories... loved Primus!
by takeonafrica
4 Apr 2014, 12:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Well, I am now in Magadan! After Yakutsk, the cycling was great, what a difference 20C makes. It was still cold at night though and my toes were definitely suffering with the prolonged cold. I made decision to ride to Magadan, not Chersky... primarily because of the slower than expected pace meant I...
by takeonafrica
24 Feb 2014, 2:52am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: which tent and sleeping bag would you use for Iceland?
Replies: 31
Views: 8750

Re: which tent and sleeping bag would you use for Iceland?

i like to travel with a bivvy bag these days - keeps the sleeping bag cleaner (and dry) and means you can easily sleep out under the stars if you want / can't be bothered putting up the tent... why not the lighter (non-waterproof) sleeping bag and then a bivvy too?
by takeonafrica
21 Feb 2014, 3:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

I can confirm - cycling/camping when it's -30C is a bit cold, when it's -40C it's not fun, and when it's -50C all you can think about is keeping your finger and toes and nose!

Some photos from biking in Yakutia
by takeonafrica
3 Feb 2014, 6:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling shorts - not the usuals, something unpadded
Replies: 18
Views: 13069

Re: Cycling shorts - not the usuals, something unpadded

I wear surf-style board shorts. They seem to wear pretty well and last a while... a $10 pair I bought in Mexico are still going after several thousand km... plenty of selection in Tesco etc once summer gets nearer if you don't want to shed out on some surf brand.
by takeonafrica
2 Feb 2014, 12:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

It has now been a couple of weeks in Russia. Things aren't going quite to plan. Namely, that lake Baikal is late freezing over... so when there are stretches of water - cycling across it becomes even more of a challenge! Still, in some ways, this makes life simpler - it gives me realistic time now t...
by takeonafrica
29 Jan 2014, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

When it gets to the stage of drinking cooking oil, that's when I book a flight for a beach holiday in warmer climes... there are some things I'll do, and some I won't. Cooking oil instead of coffee, I think, is my line... thin as it is!
by takeonafrica
23 Jan 2014, 7:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

Yup I was adding a piece of butter to more oats in the morning and to my pasta in the evening :) great calories per gram ratio. Don't forget to pre cut it though, its a pain when frozen :) Yep - butter and cheese are on the shopping list. Bookmarked.. Look forward to reading about this, good luck! ...
by takeonafrica
12 Jan 2014, 4:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: solo touring
Replies: 9
Views: 36787

Re: solo touring

patpalloon wrote:Second tour is British Isles.


If you find yourself lonely, the easiest solution is to find the nearest pub and sit at the bar with a pint. There's always someone to chat to...
Worked for me in Ireland at least!
by takeonafrica
10 Jan 2014, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

22camels wrote:удачи! :)


спасибо! я думаю что мне это нужно... :)
by takeonafrica
10 Jan 2014, 7:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Siberia Winter Bike Tour
Replies: 30
Views: 63415

Re: Siberia Winter Bike Tour

22camels wrote:Good luck! How good is your Russian?

As unintelligible as a Russian after a few vodkas. I'll get on just fine :)
Seriously, I know enough to get me by.
I'm trying to learn a bit more - got my 'teach yourself Russian' book for reading in the evening (in case I have trouble falling asleep)...
by takeonafrica
10 Jan 2014, 1:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Money and long-distance touring
Replies: 23
Views: 52102

Re: Money and long-distance touring

You'll want a bank account that charges nothing/minimal amounts for cash withdrawals abroad. (Someone I know mentioned Metrobank doesn't charge, not sure about others, except Lloyds bank are rubbish!) Debit card for ATM/cash withdrawals. Visa is most widely available. Maybe take a Mastercard as well...
by takeonafrica
9 Jan 2014, 11:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Elephant Highway Botswana anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 38173

Re: Elephant Highway Botswana anyone?

oh yeah - it's worth staying in Kasane and going on an evening Chobe river cruise if you want to see lots of wildlife from the safety of a boat (elephants/hippos/crocs/various antelope/birds etc. Very tame, but rather enjoyable. I'd recommend taking a beer too :)