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by skicat
14 Oct 2016, 7:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Father of the Bride speeches
Replies: 18
Views: 1239

Re: Father of the Bride speeches

One of the funniest quips I ever heard: "The wedding organisers here at [Name of Venue] asked if we could bring along an interesting or poignant photograph of [The Bride] to use in the display. We looked through the album and came across one of her on the rug in front of the fire, completely na...
by skicat
9 Sep 2016, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?
Replies: 40
Views: 5244

Re: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?

I can't proclaim to have used Bart's maps but I do enjoy maps generally. It occurs to me that it should be possible to produce a modern-day version of these maps using up-to-date data from OpenStreetMap combined with the content, colours and style that make the original Bart's maps so popular. It's ...
by skicat
29 Aug 2016, 2:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maps for Etrex 30
Replies: 17
Views: 2261

Re: Maps for Etrex 30

For cycling I use OpenFietsMap ( http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe ) which is free and in the main, very detailed and accurate. The OFM(EU2016_GB_GPS).zip should comfortably fit in the 1.7Gb Etrex memory when unzipped. If you wanted to add other maps you would need to buy a micro SD card. ...
by skicat
22 Aug 2016, 9:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John Ogroats to lands End route advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 4457

Re: John Ogroats to lands End route advice please

TBH, I've never found the search function particularly helpful. I agree. I searched for "YHA" the other day and got the message "The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: YHA" . I agree it's a short word but I wouldn't say it was co...
by skicat
22 Aug 2016, 6:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2207

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

Travelodge works like budget airlines, with variable prices that can be competitive with B&B or YHA if there's 2 of you. Yes, I stayed at the Edinburgh Travelodge during my JoGLE 2 years ago. As you say, you know what you're in for but I have to say it was the worst breakfast of the entire trip...
by skicat
21 Aug 2016, 11:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2207

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

The one single thing that stopped me using YHA and SYHA, is that even if you book and pay in advance, you can be fobbed off with no meals or access to the kitchen because there's a school booked in at the same time as you. I'm not too bothered about access to the kitchen - the last thing I feel lik...
by skicat
21 Aug 2016, 11:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2207

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

andymiller wrote:Yes I'd definitely second the advice on getting a good pair of earplugs.


That shouldn't add too much to the weight count :lol:
by skicat
21 Aug 2016, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2207

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

Thanks all, some very useful information here. I think a mix-and-match approach is going to work best for me. I started looking at hostels as a cost-cutting exercise. I'm at the planning stage of a few multi-day rides and looking at B&Bs and pubs/small hotels I am often finding quotes of £50, £6...
by skicat
20 Aug 2016, 12:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2207

YHA - advice for a rookie

Somehow I've managed to get to the ripe old age of fifty-mumble-mumble without ever staying in a youth hostel. As I've got a few multi-day tours planned for next year I've started exploring the idea of staying in hostels, partly as a cost-saving measure. The YHA and SYHA sites seem to describe the f...
by skicat
9 May 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How many miles of training
Replies: 44
Views: 11345

Re: How many miles of training

IME of high mileage tours it's the 3rd and 4th days that are the hardest, it's easy to set off too fast full of enthusiasm, then it seems regardless of how much practice I've had it feels a bit achey, then realise how much further it is till the end... Then it just passes and I get really into it, ...
by skicat
9 Apr 2016, 4:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: The Strawberry Line
Replies: 21
Views: 2183

Re: The Strawberry Line

Photo from when we did it http://lh6.ggpht.com/_u23i07TPvlQ/TDTt5p5jukI/AAAAAAAAADE/lpJtB0COjI8/%5BUNSET%5D.jpg It was 2010, but as you can see the surface was fine, the tunnel was scarily dark, and I don't remember an issue with panniers, but the barriers may have changed since then. I'll be ridin...
by skicat
20 Dec 2015, 6:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: View from the bridge
Replies: 154
Views: 21629

Re: View from the bridge

DSC00305-sm.JPG Ok, it's a motorway bridge - not very inspiring at first glance. But stay with me. This is the bridge at Lane End over the M40 between J4 and J5 and it has a story to tell. It was back in late 1967. Gerry Anderson and the Thunderbirds team had a couple of hugely successful series be...
by skicat
30 Oct 2015, 8:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: This might appeal to the techies in the forum
Replies: 1
Views: 728

This might appeal to the techies in the forum

I saw this and thought it might be interesting to play with. It uses a smartphone, a free app and a home-made cardboard projector to display info such as your speed on the ground in front of your bike.
by skicat
28 Sep 2015, 8:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two cars one tunnel and the woman gets harassed
Replies: 52
Views: 1903

Re: Two cars one tunnel and the woman gets harassed

I know that bridge really well (it's about a mile from my house). I'm not passing any judgement about either party, but the road designers have not made it easy. The silver Mercedes did not have right of way, however here's the view he would have had before he went under the bridge.(*) map.jpg I've ...
by skicat
28 Sep 2015, 7:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ViewRanger
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Re: ViewRanger

I used ViewRanger on my JoGLE last year. Or rather, some of it. I used the Buddybeacon facility which pings your location onto your Viewranger home page at preselected intervals, which was quite useful. I also used it as a backup repository of offline maps in case the Garmin failed although I never ...