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by keithg
18 Dec 2017, 5:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice

I found cycling out of Barcelona airport into town a pretty unnerving and unpleasant on busy dual carriageways.
You may want to pack up your bike in town and get the shuttle or a taxi to the airport.
Have fun, sounds like a great route.
by keithg
12 Dec 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4532

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

The roads from Carrbridge to Pitlochry were all OK, likely to be snow free for most of the day but BBC weather forecasts freezing overnight temps for the next 5 days so they may be icy in the mornings.
by keithg
11 Dec 2017, 5:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4532

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but I was ski touring near Newtonmore (on your route) today and was able to ski from the roadside (just). There’s about 50mm of snow on the bike track at Drumochter currently. Its old snow and its getting harder and more consolidated. The main road nearby is entirel...
by keithg
1 Dec 2017, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4532

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

1. Yes, the train option would work to bypass the Drumochter Pass bike track (perhaps from Dalwhinnie to Blair Atholl, this would keep you on minor roads with a good chance of gritting and salting to keep ice-free-ish, avoiding the bike only section which is most problematic in winter). The section ...
by keithg
30 Nov 2017, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4532

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Hi, I live in Perth and grew up in Pitlochry, I’m a Sutrans volunteer for NCN7 on the stretch you plan to ride. I really cannot stress enough how much the weather and snow conditions will influence your planned trip. It is extremely likely that a part or all of the Drumochter stretch of NCN7 route w...
by keithg
10 Sep 2017, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: leaving Tolouse Airport by bike
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: leaving Tolouse Airport by bike

I can't give a specific answer but I had such a traumatic start to a touring holiday in Spain, trying to make my way out of Barcelona airport by bike (and Spain is pretty relaxed about where you can cycle) that I often take a taxi or the airport shuttle/train for a few miles with the bike still pack...
by keithg
26 Jul 2017, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)
Replies: 5
Views: 6410

Re: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)

Pretty sure the old A9 is an exclusive cycle route now. I cycled it from Aivemore to Pitlochry the other year. It was stunning. The new dual carriage way is usually within sight but the old road is quite, scenic but admittedly has the odd pot hole. I followed the red sustains signs for miles withou...
by keithg
17 Jul 2017, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness and North
Replies: 35
Views: 4058

Re: Inverness and North

This is a nice route, I did it last year or a variation. My only worthwhile input is that much of it is on the North Coast 500 route (google it) and this makes some of the road a fair bit busier and some of the single track sections can be a little bonkers with camper vans and caravans who dont seem...
by keithg
17 Jul 2016, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day rides around Crieff
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Day rides around Crieff

There's a useful back road to Comrie from Crieff for routes going west. Then you must join the can-be-busyish road to St Fillans going west but the delightful south L Earn roads takes you to Lochearnhead where you can join N7 and the old railway line viaduct route (recommended, good views) to the he...
by keithg
18 Nov 2014, 2:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Simple camping recipes
Replies: 74
Views: 5676

Re: Simple camping recipes

Pasta doesn't seem a suitable camping carb to me because you waste a lot of water in the cooking and you need a larger pot. Actually you don't need much water to cook pasta, just enough to cover and you only have to bring it to the boil and leave it covered and insulated for it to cook in 12 or 15 m...
by keithg
14 Nov 2014, 2:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Simple camping recipes
Replies: 74
Views: 5676

Re: Simple camping recipes

Chorizo and couscous for a quick salty hit. Fry up the chorizo, (it keeps without refridgeration) once done, remove (decant the oil if healthily inclined) and then boil water for the couscous, soak and then add the chorizo, delicious and quick. Tuna and pasta, cook flavoured pasta packet and add a t...
by keithg
2 Nov 2014, 8:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beziers to Millau
Replies: 9
Views: 1513

Re: Beziers to Millau

Any ideas/thoughts on a route from Beziers to Millau? I'm flying out to Carcassonne and heading north to Zeebrugge at the end of April and thought it would be good to see the bridge (and maybe ride over it!). Thanks I rode from Narbonne via Millau heading to Lyon. We used Michelin maps and used the...
by keithg
20 Oct 2014, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for your First Bicycle Tour
Replies: 1
Views: 603

Re: Tips for your First Bicycle Tour

Lots of excellent suggestions there Antonio, I especially liked the generally positive and encouraging advice. I had thought you would have had lots or detailed tips on gear etc but it was refreshing to find it was mostly "seize the day and have fun"!! A practical bit of advice I find help...
by keithg
14 Oct 2014, 9:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Venice to Lecce - and how to get there (and back)
Replies: 2
Views: 1131

Re: Venice to Lecce - and how to get there (and back)

I would like to cycle down Italy's Adriatic coast, from Venice to Lecce - a journey of about 600 miles, along cycle routes. Also, what is the best way of getting there and back, with your bike? I'd be confident enough of doing the bike journey in 7-8 days, but wonder how long it would take 'all in'...
by keithg
3 Sep 2014, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour
Replies: 7
Views: 1567

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

Personally, in September, I'd ditch the overtrousers and just endure wet legs in the likely event of rain. Hate riding in them. I tend to take a lightweight pair of "flip-flops" (OK sandals if you prefer!) so you can dry out your shoes in the evening. Do you need a fleece to wear in the ev...