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by ossie
15 Aug 2018, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCN route 2 experience
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: NCN route 2 experience

The South West is rammed at the moment and that includes the roads The first part of your route is busy and hilly including the NCN road up to Axminster. Bridport onwards isn't that bad, nice ride. I did Poole to Exeter on a road bike in 8 hours but over the less crowded route inland but you simply ...
by ossie
15 Aug 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer - french tour - ongoing
Replies: 54
Views: 1218

Re: Sitting here at Heathrow!

Thats a massive off topic.

The weather for Northern France , rain tomorrow I'm afraid. Cool temperatures from now on, the heat has gone but at least he can his tent pegs in the ground.
by ossie
9 Aug 2018, 8:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Close encounters of the agricultural kind

I nearly posted a similar thread a month ago when a tractor trailer missed my leg by an inch or two, without slowing or having any consideration for me.It was one of a number of incidents I have encountered over the last few years but is getting worse. The latest was a tractor with a wide bucket (li...
by ossie
3 Aug 2018, 10:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 92
Views: 4662

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

I packed for a camping trip this weekend and weighed everything last night = 3.1 kg, warm dry weather helps a lot. I think we have to start defining "camping" - it's a pretty broad term. Having said that, I'm impressed by your 3.1 however you did it. :D :shock: No tent. Ground sheet, slee...
by ossie
31 Jul 2018, 11:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 92
Views: 4662

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

wow..how to complicate things. I get the tent peg damage issue (I keep in a pannier pocket) - Inner and outer in the original stuff sack.always attached . This gets put in a slightly larger bag with the poles placed horizontally in the same bag and placed onto on the rear rack. In bad weather or lat...
by ossie
27 Jul 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: "Best" panniers for cycle camping
Replies: 63
Views: 3854

Re: "Best" panniers for cycle camping

I've stuck withe my old Altura Arrans. They're not totally waterproof but have plenty of pockets for the med kit, sun cream ,tools etc and stuff that can remain hard wired unless you need it. I line them with rubble-sacks (a new set every tour -about a fiver)- but organised into separate bags inside...
by ossie
26 Jul 2018, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cherbourg- camping or lodging??
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Cherbourg- camping or lodging??

St Vaast la Hogue campsite. Very nice little harbour, Oyster Beds, an Island with an interesting museum and Monsier Grosselin's gourmet store and Cave. Hotel France et Fuscias for a memorable evening meal, staying in the hotel is wonderful. A great spot just beyond Barfleur. One of my favourite pla...
by ossie
21 Jul 2018, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry question
Replies: 9
Views: 642

Re: Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry question

Woodtourer wrote:Thanks! Ferry is booked. Just have to be at the port @6 AM!


They do a 9am fast ferry service ..too late I guess
by ossie
17 Jul 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear Flashers??
Replies: 34
Views: 1789

Re: Rear Flashers??

I managed a month or so through Germany and NL without being pulled by the fuzz. As someone stated above NL would appreciate any sort of lights and I'd guess Germany would be the same after some of the stuff I witnessed. The bonus of course for long distance tourers is the extended battery life when...
by ossie
17 Jul 2018, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which touring bike . .again probably !
Replies: 37
Views: 1780

Re: Which touring bike . .again probably !

How about a Trucker or Disc Trucker frame and build it up with the parts you want? Might be overkill as he doesn't carry a load of note. I'm still using a relatively light aluminium 10 year CX bike with an upgraded rear wheel, carbon forks and suitable gearing to tour fully loaded (20kg load) and d...
by ossie
15 Jul 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear Flashers??
Replies: 34
Views: 1789

Re: Rear Flashers??

Yes.

Bring your flashing lights. Any rear light is better than no light and I've used flashing lights around the UK and Europe without issue.
by ossie
10 Jul 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road
Replies: 18
Views: 1057

Re: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road

drossall wrote:We did 57 miles round Guernsey, but we went down every possible coastal road, and did some bonus loops :D


haha.. I didn't do a bonus loop as I hit the first pub at the bottom of Le Val des Terres. :D

As a part time roadie the place would do my head in but fair play for extracting that mileage.
by ossie
10 Jul 2018, 5:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road
Replies: 18
Views: 1057

Re: Jersey Channel Islands, around the Coast Road

I also did Guernsey at the end of my last French tour 12 months ago between Condor ferries back to to the UK. I did it anti clockwise, fully loaded without issue. Only one hill of note to the SW of the Island with a steep descent back down into St Peter Port if doing it that way. It was 23 miles (37...
by ossie
8 Jul 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 6 or Eurovelo 15 in mid August
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Eurovelo 6 or Eurovelo 15 in mid August

I've done both routes you're suggesting but in one go ie..down to Basel from the Hook then up EV6 . I preferred the EV15 section down to Basel .Its almost all off road,on dedicated paths, very well signposted and plenty of accommodation including campsites. As stated loads of history as well.Even th...
by ossie
6 Jul 2018, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: 10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips

Some interesting short holiday ideas there - but I wouldn't describe most of them as "long distance". When we tour I don't feel I have gotten into it until we have done over a thousand kilometres. The Loire and Passau - Vienna are both small sections of the same route, the EV6. They are l...