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by Mattie
17 Oct 2018, 10:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guernsey coast
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Guernsey coast

Well done Paul - described it well and glad you enjoyed it. You even describe Condor Ferries well - I never bother with the fast ferry as it is very often delayed - I go on the Portsmouth ferry instead which really takes some stopping ! Cycling is popular in Guernsey on a Sunday morning especially -...
by Mattie
17 Oct 2018, 9:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Greece.
Replies: 15
Views: 1202

Re: Cycling to Greece.

I did not fancy cycling through Albania either. So took the ferry all the way out to Bari, and then back to Patras - just to avoid Albania. This was a bit of an expense, but also saved some costs Greek roads were a bit rough as well - had the biggest fat tyre I could on the rear just to soak up the ...
by Mattie
14 Oct 2018, 1:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling to Greece.
Replies: 15
Views: 1202

Re: Cycling to Greece.

I did St Malo France to Athens. Across France, through centre of Paris. Then Champagne region of France, over the Vosges mountains across the Rhine into Germany. Freiburg and the Black Forest. Titisee, on the lake, Schafhausen in Switzerland, along Lake Konstanz, then south to Chur and the start of ...
by Mattie
12 Jul 2018, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road
Replies: 18
Views: 1133

Re: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road

@ Paul Smith I would add Jerbourg (St. Martin's Point) on the S/E tip of Guernsey. You a great view of the other islands - you can see Jersey, France, Sark, Herm, St Peter Port, the Pea Stacks, the posh houses in Fort George, and often cruise ships anchored in the Little Russel during the summer. Br...
by Mattie
4 May 2016, 8:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Trangia stoves
Replies: 199
Views: 17700

Re: Trangia stoves

The single most important part of a good cup of tea is the milk. If unpasturised straight from the cow it is a different drink... Or better still, the absence of milk... I stopped taking milk in tea particularly because stored milk and summer camping are not a happy mix, so if you can't get fresh f...
by Mattie
9 Jan 2016, 5:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4370

Re: Good quality tent

What will make the Enan a cooler tent? If I was looking for something where ventilation was more important than bad weather capability, I'd be looking at US designed tents, it does seem to be a major difference. The Hilleberg Enan has a completely mesh inner door. And it has ventilation openings at...
by Mattie
9 Jan 2016, 4:33pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Good quality tent
Replies: 60
Views: 4370

Re: Good quality tent

I like the design of the TN Laser Comp, but found the only weakness is the hot weather capability - if using it in Southern European summers it can get very hot. So I think I will be getting the similar looking Hilleberg Enan, for that reason. It will not be used in the UK much, so more concerned ab...
by Mattie
28 Dec 2015, 2:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: PHD Minim sleeping bags
Replies: 13
Views: 1708

Re: PHD Minim sleeping bags

I have got one - had it for about 4 years. I find it is not so good at the lower temperatures in the spring and autumn, when it can still be quite cold. I have had some very cold nights with it in early May - in France, and late August on Exmoor - really cold. So I take two sleeping bags. A summer M...
by Mattie
27 Oct 2014, 7:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: German & Dutch Camping
Replies: 16
Views: 1925

Re: German & Dutch Camping

Marco Polo maps have campsites marked on them. Very useful for joining the campsites together. Often campsites are clustered around tourist or scenic locations and you may find there is nothing really in between. Marco Polo maps, showing campsites allows this sort of overview and strategic planning....
by Mattie
25 Oct 2014, 12:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping stoves - use for semi round the world trip
Replies: 13
Views: 1343

Re: Camping stoves - use for semi round the world trip

I seem to remember reading that alcohol as a fuel is bulkier, per heat unit. So you will probably get through your bottle of alcohol quicker that you would a bottle of petrol or kerosene. . Mostly I use a Trangia - which is my favourite - but it does seem to get through the juice quite quickly. . I ...
by Mattie
12 Aug 2014, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rance Tidal Barrage
Replies: 7
Views: 1007

Re: Rance Tidal Barrage

Yes you can. I have cycled across it myself. There is a footpath with high sides. When I cycled across there were quite a few people fishing from there and they had to slowly move out of the way to let me pass. Once across there is steep(ish) climb and traffic can be quite busy, especially from mid ...
by Mattie
3 Aug 2014, 10:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Double sleeping bags - what do you use?
Replies: 17
Views: 1564

Re: Double sleeping bags - what do you use?

My head just exploded reading this thread. On this forum, mention the following subjects - tyres, Brooks saddles, tent choice, sleeping bag choice, Trangia :mrgreen: and see how you get on - you may need more than one head ! PS. Down convert. I am sure my Mountain Hardware bag was a lot puffier and...
by Mattie
4 Jun 2014, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paris to Orleans any good routes
Replies: 4
Views: 4294

Re: Paris to Orleans any good routes

Left Paris through the Bois de Vincennes and wiggled about trying to find a route out. Went through a place called Melun and joined the main D road directly sign posted to Orleans. Used the road rather than any cycle route. Did the route from Melun to Orleans in a day. Found a campsite just outside ...
by Mattie
22 May 2014, 9:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good multi-tool model
Replies: 10
Views: 3246

Re: Good multi-tool model

Leatherman Wave, or the cheaper Leatherman Wingman.

We were looking at all this for a present for someone from work, who is going on a bit of a travel round South America - we got her the Wingman and bought the Wave for myself :oops:
by Mattie
11 Apr 2014, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road 90 between Beit She`an + Ein Gedi, Israel
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: Road 90 between Beit She`an + Ein Gedi, Israel

I have done some of this. The Eilat to Jarusalem stretch was okay up to Ein Gedi. I stayed there and paid to have the bike put in a van from Ein Gedi up the hill to Jerusalem - I saw 45'C that day. The road from Ein Gedi was narrow and a fence on the right side with not much area to escape. The traf...