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by tbessie
5 Jun 2016, 9:56am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Recommended route from Chester north?
Replies: 9
Views: 2972

Recommended route from Chester north?

I'm in Chester, taking a rest day. Tomorrow I continue North, I'm thinking if going through Liverpool (might even stay there even thigh it's less than 20 miles). After that north to the lakes and possibly the Yorkshire Dales. Any suggested routes to avoid big traffic and major roads? - Tim I'm a tre...
by tbessie
28 May 2016, 9:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Who's setting off when
Replies: 60
Views: 13714

Re: RE: Re: Who's setting off when

Emonda wrote:3rd day done. In Bristol. Weather so far has been dry but head winds the entire time!

Some good riding but hard!

You're going way faster than I - I'm in Bude. Also caught a bad cold the day I left, which had slowed me down a bit.

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by tbessie
23 May 2016, 11:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(

I'm on my way by train from Eastbourne to Victoria. Just called Evan's Cycles near Paddington, they're going to do a quick adjustment (reassembling the bike cocked it up a bit). While there I'll check for replacements. :-)

- Tim


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by tbessie
23 May 2016, 10:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: RE: Re: Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(

Bonefishblues wrote:You were lucky...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo

Heh, I guess so [emoji2]

- Tim

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by tbessie
23 May 2016, 2:27am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Who's setting off when
Replies: 60
Views: 13714

Re: Who's setting off when

By the way, where are people getting their bad-weather predictions? Up until the weekend, most services I look at show no or little chance of rain through the weekend.

- Tim
by tbessie
23 May 2016, 2:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Who's setting off when
Replies: 60
Views: 13714

Re: Who's setting off when

How many days are you doing it in? I am staying in St Just - taxi to LE and then I start! I'll be looking to be at LE for around 9. Wind direction and precipitation seem to be against us but a lot can change between now and then tbessie. I'm planning about 3 weeks, give or take a few days. Going fu...
by tbessie
23 May 2016, 2:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Airline lost items from my bike box! :-(

I flew United from SFO to LHR; I put my bike together today (going to London tomorrow, then Penzance the day after). In my bike box (S&S coupled bike in its case) I had a bunch of small, loose items that wouldn't fit anywhere else. Apparently, somewhere along the line they opened the box to insp...
by tbessie
21 May 2016, 12:41am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Who's setting off when
Replies: 60
Views: 13714

Re: RE: Re: Who's setting off when

Emonda wrote:Setting off on Wednesday next week - weather forecast currently looking terrible.

Hey, me too! Starting in Penzance, going to Land's End then heading north.

I'll need to check out that weather :-(

- Tim


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by tbessie
17 May 2016, 1:18am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?
Replies: 19
Views: 6810

Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

3) Pitching the tent as a single unit like that meant that event if I was dry enough during the rain, when it came time to break camp, I had to roll up a big, floppy wet tent to pack it up. Water could easily get into the inner tent from the wet fly. With a tent that has separate tent and fly, I ca...
by tbessie
17 May 2016, 1:12am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: New rules for bikes on GWR trains
Replies: 12
Views: 2637

Re: New rules for bikes on GWR trains

Lucky me, I reserved a seat and a bike space for my train to Penzance.

- Tim
by tbessie
12 May 2016, 10:51am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?
Replies: 19
Views: 6810

Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

+1 If I had that tent, I couldn't see buying anything else to take on a northern European tour I can't imagine a Hilleberg with either condensation, nor leaks. I would look to set-up. We'll see... the semi-leakage is a worry, but yeah, probably water that came in under the top vent, I'm guessing. I...
by tbessie
12 May 2016, 6:39am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?
Replies: 19
Views: 6810

Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

I think you're just having some teething problems with the hillie, I wouldn't give up on it, gets great reviews so maybe get some opinion on a camping forum. But I have a preference for an inner first pitch, I saw it as a drawback when I bought the tent but it matched all my other criteria, now I s...
by tbessie
11 May 2016, 9:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?
Replies: 19
Views: 6810

Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

I took all my gear on a camping trip this past weekend, and it rained part of the day and all night before clearing up in the morning; this was a good test of the gear I had. Though the tent I have (the Unna) is big and cozy, I did find that: 1) Rain got under the fly and onto the inner tent, which ...
by tbessie
11 May 2016, 9:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Clothing and kit recommendations
Replies: 38
Views: 2826

Re: Clothing and kit recommendations

I use a long cable lock too (if it's too short you will struggle to get it around posts etc with the panniers on). It's a combination one, which is a little less secure than a key I'm sure, but there's none to lose. Locking wheel skewers are a useful deterrent, but the most vulnerable are the panni...
by tbessie
11 May 2016, 9:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Percentage of "fully loaded" tourers on LEJOG?
Replies: 27
Views: 2069

Re: Percentage of "fully loaded" tourers on LEJOG?

I did it fully loaded with just rear panniers on an old hybrid with full camping gear, the lot. Didn't see anyone else doing the same, everyone I met was hostelling/B&B, although quite a few were carrying far more than me regardless! Mine was a leisurely 4 weeks via the Scottish Islands, so the...