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by delport
30 Jun 2011, 11:54am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: is it implausible?
Replies: 23
Views: 2101

Re: is it implausible?

Didn't the time involved make it different?That point is directed at poster Kyussmondo. When i do close to 100 miles in a day, i notice i've been on the road from light till dark, and only clocked up less than 10 mph with a loaded bike. 60 miles in a day i find fairly easy, no ache or pains afterwar...
by delport
30 Jun 2011, 11:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shaving en Tour
Replies: 40
Views: 2215

Re: Shaving en Tour

You don't need to use any soap/detergent to clean pots and pans, plain old water does a pefectly good job, preferably hot but cold will do. Just fill them with cold water straight after you've finished and leave to soak for a while before cleaning. And you don't really need a scourer or anything ei...
by delport
29 Jun 2011, 4:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shaving en Tour
Replies: 40
Views: 2215

Re: Shaving en Tour

I only shave as i look like a tramp after a few days on the road. Another alternative for wild campers is just to use the local public toilet, the ones that normally have a coin thing at the front.You can be left in peace for 15 mins in there.And they sometimes have a good sized mirror. Many of thes...
by delport
27 Jun 2011, 5:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Normandy Voises Vertes Cycling & Thoughts
Replies: 1
Views: 1555

Re: Normandy Voises Vertes Cycling & Thoughts

Of the voie verte i used in Normandy i found it hard to get lost, which was a big bonus, too many times on cycle paths you can simply take a few wrong turns and just give up. I also saw camels, same as your picture, and i was in Bernay a fornight ago, i can't remember where i saw camels it may have ...
by delport
26 Jun 2011, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Hotel in Rome
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: Cheap Hotel in Rome

I have stayed in Rome during a holiday, cheap hotels in the centre will be hard to find. I went for a 3 or 4 star miles away from the city, lowish price [less than £50 a night] but it was too isolated, no busses or trains at the weekend].At that time i didn't have a bike, i travelled everywhere by t...
by delport
26 Jun 2011, 2:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bike now fully loaded!
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: Bike now fully loaded!

Wow. That really looks quite fully loaded :shock: . I've been quite particular in what I pack. I can afford to leave a lot behind though as I am not camping. If I was camping then I probably would have went for the larger panniers and probably strapped my tent between the panniers. The tent is betw...
by delport
25 Jun 2011, 7:32pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bike now fully loaded!
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: Bike now fully loaded!

here was my john o'groats-LE tour bike http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj86/port_soft/john%20ogroats%20to%20lands%20end/DSCN4244.jpg managed a 1200 mile cycle but it was heavy from beginning to end, really overdid the luggage, but used nearly everything i took along. You should breeze along with ...
by delport
24 Jun 2011, 5:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Routes..Le Havre to Le Mans
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Routes..Le Havre to Le Mans

I have done this exact trip a few days ago, i went to le havre from Portsmouth,alencon,le mans and Saumur,eventually ending at Angers. I used the D roads, there are a couple of short cycle routes between Le havre and Le Mans.The D roads aren't at all bad, the terrain is good, traffic not too bad for...
by delport
20 Jun 2011, 7:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shaving en Tour
Replies: 40
Views: 2215

Re: Shaving en Tour

I carry a small mirror [a bit bigger than the size of a cd], it's unbreakable the way it is moulded into a wooden frame, bought for £2 at a charity shop. And i take one blue throw away bic razor, with a bar of soap, i throw some water in a can i normally boil my water for coffee in then thoroughly c...
by delport
20 Jun 2011, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: That is what I call travelling light!
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: That is what I call travelling light!

Having recently returned from France towing a trailer everywhere, and having too much stuff onboard [that i felt i needed for a 3 week trip]. I realised that in reality a sleeping bag, a tent, and little else is all that is needed for cycle touring done the basic way. I drop into the supermarket eve...
by delport
19 Jun 2011, 1:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trailers and trains.
Replies: 13
Views: 1471

Re: Trailers and trains.

On the regional French trains i used a few days ago, the bike slots into an upright holder, so your bike literally stands on it's back wheel, there was 4 or 5 spaces for bikes to be held upright. My 2 child trailer has all the fabric removed, and measures just less than 3 ft wide,it's a metal shell ...
by delport
19 Jun 2011, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 weeks in Brittany
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: 2 weeks in Brittany

The whole of Brittany appears to be full of cycle routes, i was going to do a few of them myself a few days ago, but returned early from France.

May'be someone has the whole map?
by delport
17 Jun 2011, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trailers and trains.
Replies: 13
Views: 1471

Re: Trailers and trains.

I have just returned from the Loire region, i was in Angers, got the train with a 2 child trailer on to Le mans, then on again to Caen. Journey 150 miles, bikes allowed on certain services throughout the day, to me, bikes carried, gives me a little leeway for a trailer.My interpretation, not the off...
by delport
15 Jun 2011, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route St Malo to Cherboug
Replies: 16
Views: 5228

Re: Best route St Malo to Cherboug

here are all the long distance cycle routes in normandy in english.
the book is provided by the tourist board and is an acrobat document.
http://www.manchetourisme.com/uk/pdf/ma ... B-2009.pdf