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by tbessie
20 Jan 2018, 2:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???

Speaking of cycle.travel - one thing I'm frustrated with is that I want to create a route by continually adding end-points, like I can do with Google Maps, rather than give a start and end point, and then start adding in-between points. It would like be nice to be able to choose which 2 points that ...
by tbessie
20 Jan 2018, 2:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???

Do you 'need' a route, am guessing once on the road over the pass there is only one way..... Never had a problem with paper mapping not showing a route... :lol: I don't strictly need one; I wanted to do this online, though, so I could compare the more flat northerly route I was thinking of doing, w...
by tbessie
18 Jan 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???

I checked out cycle.travel just now; good site - I signed up for it a couple of years ago, but haven't used it since then (I found Google My Maps to be more useful at the time). I think I'll give it a try doing my planning on it. Thanks again!

- Tim
by tbessie
18 Jan 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Re: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???

Thanks for your suggestions and experiments!

Weird that "My Maps" should disallow this, especially since that app is mostly used to create routes/maps for later use, not for getting current conditions. I wonder if that's an oversight, or if they actually want it to work that way...

- Tim
by tbessie
18 Jan 2018, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???
Replies: 15
Views: 837

Google Maps won't let me create a cycle route over Little Saint Bernard Pass???

Hi all... I've been using Google "My Maps" to route cycle tours, as it's convenient and easy to use. I've been attempting to plan a route over the Little Saint Bernard Pass, between France and Italy, for a trip this summer. All the way up to the summit of the pass, Google My Maps let's me ...
by tbessie
5 Nov 2017, 8:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Best brakes and wheels for S&S Coupled touring bike?

Hi all... So I currently have two touring bikes - one is a Bruce Gordon Rock n' Road Tour (American maker, very well known, though retiring as of this weekend, in fact); the other is a Surly Long-Haul Trucker that I had chopped into two and S&S couplers put on. I like them both, but I'm currentl...
by tbessie
29 May 2017, 11:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

When I've been in midgey places in Scotland, I have stayed in youth hostels. Whether camping is feasible depends partly on how well the midges like you. Like with mosquitoes, some people are less bothered by them more than others. If you are not too bothered by them, or only moderately bothered, ca...
by tbessie
29 May 2017, 12:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

More about midgies and a bit about accommodation in Scotland. ... Thanks again for all your suggestions! A wealth of information! By the way, yes, I know that Scotland is in the UK - I said "England" the first time, but for some reason wasn't thinking clearly the second time I meant to ty...
by tbessie
26 May 2017, 6:47pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inexpensive gear-storage options near London?
Replies: 3
Views: 4700

Re: Inexpensive gear-storage options near London?

Join Warmshowers, I'm sure you would be able to find a friendly host on there who would be happy to look after your stuff for you free of charge. https://www.warmshowers.org/ I'm on there, tho' I haven't ever used them (I tried once, in Northumberland, but we missed each other). I didn't even think...
by tbessie
26 May 2017, 6:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inexpensive gear-storage options near London?
Replies: 3
Views: 4700

Inexpensive gear-storage options near London?

Hey all... Normally, when I go to the UK, I leave my extra gear at a relative's in Eastbourne. This year, when I'm going to do the second half of my LEJOG, I had hoped to do the same; sadly, this relative is doing poorly and may be in hospital, and I don't want to be an extra burden on them at that ...
by tbessie
25 May 2017, 9:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

Yeah I find it so much easier to avoid Carlisle now if coming from the Dalston side. I usually use the cycle path beside the relief road and come out passed the railway yards. I don't absolutely HAVE to go through Carlisle; the reason I wanted to go there is because it's nice to stop in towns along...
by tbessie
25 May 2017, 9:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

(maps and instructions) Thanks again for all that useful info! Regarding midgies, what kind of accommodation are you planning ? If you have stone walls around you at night you should be OK. Note that "mosquito" head nets have bigger holes than "midgie" nets and won't defend you....
by tbessie
11 May 2017, 5:41am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Scotland ESPECIALLY bad for midges this year?
Replies: 17
Views: 11037

Scotland ESPECIALLY bad for midges this year?

A friend sent me this: https://stv.tv/news/features/1388044-midge-explosion-scotland-set-for-bumper-year-of-biting-bugs/ ... basically it says that this will be a particularly bad year for midges. I've definitely seen my share of midges and mosquitoes in various parts of the world, but the way peopl...
by tbessie
6 May 2017, 7:45pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

I'd head for Ardrossan, then Arran, Kintyre, up the west coast of Knapdale from Tarbert to Kilmartin (there's a prefectly rideable track between Ellary and Kilmory), up the west side of Loch Awe to Taynuilt, the back road in to Oban, ferry to Mull, take the long way round to Tobermory, ferry to Ard...
by tbessie
5 May 2017, 8:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

Well, much less traffic for sure. But extra ferry costs. Looking back, I didn't find the Outer Hebrides that interesting. But on balance I'd take that route over Oban Fort William Mallaig. Less chance of being squashed. Is it only major highways on the Oban/Fort William/Mallaig route? Lots of traff...