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by keithg
26 Jul 2017, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)
Replies: 5
Views: 6376

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: 3996

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: 234

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: 5582

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: 5582

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: 1498

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: 592

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: 1117

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: 1543

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...
by keithg
3 Sep 2014, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian

What an astonishing website! Truly the web is an amazing resource, all human life is there.
by keithg
1 Sep 2014, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

I am starting a tour from Barcelona and my budget flight gets in at 10pm. I was planning to kip on the floor for a few hours somewhere in the terminal till dawn before setting off, hopefully somewhere discreet, quiet and out of the general hubbub. Does anyone know if this would be possible or practi...
by keithg
28 Aug 2014, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCN Route 1
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: NCN Route 1

Planning a touring holiday in North Scotland from Inverness & on my way would like to use NCN 1. Looking @ OS maps part of the route uses old railway track towards Cullen. Is this route OK for laden touring bike using 700/28 wheels/tyres. Or am I better sticking to the lanes ? Dave Yes, very su...
by keithg
29 Jul 2014, 7:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping mats
Replies: 23
Views: 1239

Re: camping mats

I use a thin traditional style karrimat (non-inflatable closed cell foam) and a 3/4 length lightweight thermarest-type inflatable one, this is a bulky but comfortable and bombproof best of both worlds belt-and-braces solution. The karrimat protects the thermarest from pu*ct*res (why did I say that, ...
by keithg
25 Jul 2014, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: long sleeves for a summer shirt
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: long sleeves for a summer shirt

I could use suncream What do others do? Use Riemann P20 in either the SPF 20, 30 or 50 strength depending on your skin and where you are. Its a genuine once a day waterproof sweat proof non-greasy sun cream. It works. I do use a hat/helmet to protect the scalp as I'm a bit (very) thin on top. I hav...
by keithg
25 Jul 2014, 12:49pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?
Replies: 11
Views: 3437

Re: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?

Hello AaronR, NCN7.3.jpg I built that bench from a upcycled ("retired") skis and wooden sleepers last winter, it was "installed" this spring, glad someone is using it. I did wonder if it was a bit too visually intrusive but it was one of the few places I could put it where motor...