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by amaferanga
18 Jul 2018, 2:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester Going Dutch
Replies: 11
Views: 808

Re: Manchester Going Dutch

I've commented on the map a lot for the areas I'm most familiar with. I seem to be the only person commenting on my area though which is disappointing. I've tried to be constructive, but my frustration at how pathetic the proposals are by Bolton LA have got the better of me at times. It's very evide...
by amaferanga
18 Jul 2018, 6:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester Going Dutch
Replies: 11
Views: 808

Re: Manchester Going Dutch

If you look at the mapping link above you'll see that for now it's a disaster because each local authority has come up with what they think is needed to get people moving. So for example, Big Ticket routes on main roads ends abruptly at LA boundaries throwing cyclists onto busy, hostile roads. This ...
by amaferanga
4 May 2018, 7:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

If this is for the bank holiday weekend I'd definitely recommend avoiding the Lake District if you want a bit of peace and quiet.
by amaferanga
3 May 2018, 9:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: 2-3 day tour from Carlisle

Have you considered heading straight up past Kielder on day 1 and then heading towards Hawick - Roberton - Ettrick Valley - Eskdalemuir - Langholm - Newcastleton - Carlisle. Some great scenery a very little traffic.
by amaferanga
9 Feb 2018, 5:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Kenya to South Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Kenya to South Africa

For water, just pick up bottles or gerry cans if/when you need them. I think you'll mostly likely only need to carry as much as 10l in Namibia and Botswana and only if you're wild camping. You'll probably find 100 miles/day is quite easily doable in Namibia/Botswana anyway cos its flat with good roa...
by amaferanga
17 Dec 2017, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Tour of East Africa

Ah right. When I read your post first time I thought you'd said lake Turkana, that's why I was thinking you'd be heading south. I've been to Ethiopia a couple of times - 2004 and 2008. 2004 was 10 weeks cycling round the northern loop (Bahar Dar - Gondar - Aksum - Lalibella - Desse - Addis), 2008 wa...
by amaferanga
17 Dec 2017, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Tour of East Africa

These are very safe countries for solo travellers. Travelling solo isn't "living on the edge".
by amaferanga
16 Dec 2017, 2:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Tour of East Africa

I'm off to Ethiopia in Feb. Just 5 weeks. Planning to ride from Addis Ababa to Lake Tana. Are you going through the Bale mountains and over the Sanetti plateau? If not, I'd highly recommend it. Addis - Adama - Assela - Bekoji - Dinsho - Goba - Sanetti plateau then join the main-ish road again near ...
by amaferanga
15 Dec 2017, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Tour of East Africa

Why 3 or 6?

Do it solo. Then you'll interact with people way more.

(years of touring solo in Africa behind me. Too far behind me unfortunately :()
by amaferanga
14 May 2017, 8:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Elephant Highway Botswana anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 38168

Re: Elephant Highway Botswana anyone?

I cycled this road several years ago. I was doing 100 miles/day through Botswana from Namibia to Zambia via Francistown and I think the only night I didn't wild camp was when I stayed in Maun. It's very easy to find a quiet spot, but just be careful what food you keep in your tent given the likelih...
by amaferanga
30 Sep 2016, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Sahara and back?
Replies: 14
Views: 793

Re: UK to Sahara and back?

I followed bits of Nick Crane's route in the Atlas, starting and finishing in Marakesh back in 2007 and much of it was absolutely stunning. We did just under 3 weeks, with a mix of guest houses and wild camping. The book is a great read and it's possible to plot most of his route from the details in...
by amaferanga
9 Sep 2016, 8:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG
Replies: 47
Views: 18871

Re: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG

Well that sounds like pretty unusual weather for the end of May. I only had heavy rain most days. Still, given typical UK summer weather, it's not really as big an undertaking as this example suggests. Many, many people manage in 5 days or less without it being a drama or an ordeal. BTW if you can ...
by amaferanga
9 Sep 2016, 2:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG
Replies: 47
Views: 18871

Re: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG

Well that sounds like pretty unusual weather for the end of May. I only had heavy rain most days. Still, given typical UK summer weather, it's not really as big an undertaking as this example suggests. Many, many people manage in 5 days or less without it being a drama or an ordeal. And as above, so...
by amaferanga
8 Sep 2016, 9:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG
Replies: 47
Views: 18871

Re: Question for Mick F - 7 day LEJoG

Ok. For the mega fit cyclist, he/she can pick a scenic route and still be fast. I drove in support of some riders doing LEJOG in five days. May 2008. 1st night was Bristol. They never made it, and had to be given a lift due to fallen trees. Following morning, we took them back to where they left of...
by amaferanga
2 Aug 2016, 8:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040

I must admit Westhoughton is a bit out on a limb in some ways, but I'm over that way reasonably frequently. I'd have to think of the best way to get there without adding too much mileage (it depends a bit which part of Westhowfen you're in), I've not yet tried it myself yet since they've finished, ...