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by vernon
5 Feb 2013, 7:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone travelled with bike on German ICE trains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

Re: Anyone travelled with bike on German ICE trains?

A possible solution is to carry one of the large IKEA blue bags or similar to put your other baggage into and consolidating it into one bag. Be aware though that some German guards are sticklers for rules and regulations. I was made to sign my bicycle ticket by one - apparently it's an anti cycle sm...
by vernon
29 Jan 2013, 10:18am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Rose (Germany)
Replies: 111
Views: 130849

Re: RoseBikes Germany (online order)

Don't make the same mistake that I did with their huge catalogue. I put it in the recycling bin and struggled when I needed to find something online. With the 'paper' catalogue you can at least look at components rather than trying to use all the search possibilities for the item you want. I've ind...
by vernon
27 Jan 2013, 11:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Peru
Replies: 17
Views: 1956

Re: Touring Peru

Have you read any of the accounts on the Crazy Guy on a Bike web site?
by vernon
16 Jan 2013, 10:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike restriction on Eurostar
Replies: 48
Views: 6703

Re: New bike restriction on Eurostar

It all sounds absolutely crazy to me. Why the hell couldn't they provide a good sized compartment with hanging hooks dedicated to bikes,trikes buggys, tandems recumbents etc on a few trains per day. Bike and train is such a fantastic option but is totally spoiled by all the unnecessary hoops and hu...
by vernon
16 Jan 2013, 9:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike restriction on Eurostar
Replies: 48
Views: 6703

Re: New bike restriction on Eurostar

There are alternative solutions....

Amsterdam there's a service that Involves a train from Liverpool Street to harwich, a ferry to Hook of Holland and a train to Amsterdam.

Catch an earlier Eurostar to increase the transfer time at Brussels.

When given a bag of lemons make lemonade.....
by vernon
16 Jan 2013, 8:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais - Munich by train
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: Calais - Munich by train

Thanks Vernon. I like to be disproved or discredited! Joking. Just lookin to get to Munich...by an easy way. Don't want to come across too many rules and regs that raise my stress levels+++. My worst fears are arriving at a station for a booked train for someone to tell me I have to disassemble my ...
by vernon
16 Jan 2013, 1:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais - Munich by train
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: Calais - Munich by train

There is no hassle involved in getting a Eurostar train to Gare du Nord in Paris and then a sleeper from Gare de l'Est to Munich if you are a single person. It might seem a faff but in reality it's straightforward and only involves two trains from London to Munich. You could travel from Harwich to H...
by vernon
15 Jan 2013, 4:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: getting to Eastern Europe for a tour.
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: getting to Eastern Europe for a tour.

Sleeper trains are your friend: Go to the web site http://www.seat61.com and have a look at the sleeper trains particularly the City Nightline ones. You can travel from Paris, Amsterdam or Munich overnight with your bikes fully assembled in a bike coach while you get a night's rest in a sleeper or c...
by vernon
14 Jan 2013, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road Touring in France
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: Road Touring in France

I cycled down through Provence to the Med and then headed along to Montpellier to be picked up by the European Bike Express. I used a cheap road atlas to pick the quiet roads and had a wonderful time.
by vernon
14 Jan 2013, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast and Castles in winter?
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: Coast and Castles in winter?

Definitely.
by vernon
13 Jan 2013, 2:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 25th wedding Anniversary
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: 25th wedding Anniversary

Are you happy to tour in less developed nations? For instance EV6 in France, Germany and Austria is a different experience to EV6 in Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. The latter are a lot more interesting and fun but if smooth roads, predictable facilities and easy domestics are important then...
by vernon
13 Jan 2013, 4:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 25th wedding Anniversary
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: 25th wedding Anniversary

Is Channel to the med long enough? France is quite nice cycling! It's a very nice ride but, can be very short and under seven hundred miles. I remember being surprised by the distance, or rather the lack of it, when I looked for my next cycling challenge after doing LEJOG. I did the ride anyway and...
by vernon
13 Jan 2013, 4:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Elbe Cycleway Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 1444

Re: Elbe Cycleway Germany

The Esterbauer books are 'essential' in that they 'fill in the gaps' i.e. provide information about the landscape, towns, villages and cities that you are riding through and can be a source of reassurance in showing where accommodation is likely to be available. If the route waymarking as as good as...
by vernon
12 Jan 2013, 9:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 25th wedding Anniversary
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: 25th wedding Anniversary

You could stretch LEJOG to 1000 miles. Think of the savings on flights. You could buy your wide a nice piece of jewelry with the savings. It's certainly worth considering if only to sample the diversity of regional accents in England, Wales and Scotland. My two rides, a LEJOG and a JOGLE were 1016 ...