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by smith4188
10 Mar 2015, 9:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11786

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Heh heh. Good enough library Steven. By hook or by crook I'll find a way to help. I like the charity you are riding for and I've 'wish listed' your book on Amazon. I've challenged myself: If I finish pollarding a little copse I'm doing tomorrow without falling out a tree I'll buy your book by Frida...
by smith4188
10 Mar 2015, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11786

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Sounds cracking! I'm self a self employed gardener so couldn't join you in person. However in spirit I'll be there checking out your blog. Fishing? I'm not any good. Foraging? Hell yeah! I wish I could contribute. Hey wait a minute: I might have a spare wild food book or 2. Let me know if you are o...
by smith4188
10 Mar 2015, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted
Replies: 95
Views: 11786

Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

Between 2011 and 2013 I did a massive European tour and it was wonderful except that I spent all of my money. I started looking around for a cheaper and yet still enjoyable way to travel and I hope I've found it. This summer I'm attempting to cycle from the north of England to Gibraltar living on £1...
by smith4188
3 Mar 2015, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Turkey april2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: Turkey april2015

I've been to Ankara but no further east but I've seen quite a lot of Turkey west of Ankara. None of it was wilderness. There were always towns every few tens of km and garages where you can stock up and where you're usually treated to a free tea and a chat. Turks are friendly. That is, unless you go...
by smith4188
22 Feb 2015, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 3893

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

My mum's life is fuelled by worry and regret. Without both she'd be a different person. I was 40 years old when I set off on my 3 year, 22,000 mile around Europe. She told me all the ways I was going to die. Now that I've safely finished the ride she chastises herself for three years of unnecessary ...
by smith4188
2 Feb 2015, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Sweden
Replies: 30
Views: 8477

Re: Touring in Sweden

In 2013 I found Sweden to be the second most expensive country in mainland Europe (after Norway). Despite wild-camping nearly the whole time, I still spent £20 per day on food, and that was only the most basic supermarket grub (no meals or takeaways and no alcohol). If your budget can stretch to alc...
by smith4188
19 Jan 2015, 10:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South
Replies: 18
Views: 2497

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

When I was cycling there in 2012 I met a guy who was WWOOFing near Perugia. He said it was a great life, giving him plenty of cycling time, but that the Italians were incredibly conservative, especially when it came to which sauces went with which shapes of pasta. Just letting you know in case you f...
by smith4188
19 Jan 2015, 9:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South
Replies: 18
Views: 2497

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

I don't know your route but don't miss out the cities, most of which were very easy to cycle in and out of, like Florence (nice, affordable campsite overlooking the city), Rome (OK, depends which way you go) and Naples (lots of cobbles on the way out), and the smaller ones like Perugia, Bologna, Are...
by smith4188
26 Nov 2014, 6:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Prague via northern Germany
Replies: 18
Views: 3759

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

I cycled a similar route - to Amsterdam, straight across to Berlin, through Dresden to Prague. Definitely don't miss Berlin. For me it's one of the best capitals in Europe. The ride from Amsterdam to Hannover was particularly dull. After that it got a little more interesting but didn't really get go...
by smith4188
26 Nov 2014, 6:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK - Greece (Athens)
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Re: UK - Greece (Athens)

I cycled through Greece towards the end of June. It was very hot but doable. Also, don't underestimate the wind. Albania is good fun. The road surfaces, on the main roads at least, are not as bad as they used to be. Some of the country's main roads are not very main at all but with lots of traffic. ...
by smith4188
22 Nov 2014, 4:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite country?
Replies: 36
Views: 6511

Re: Favourite country?

Now places that have become more mainstream and weekend stag night venues, whereas when i went there folk said "why are you going there sweep, it's so grey". I like your pioneering somewhat perverse approach - meant in the best possible way. Long live the weird. Yes, some of it is grey an...
by smith4188
22 Nov 2014, 4:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada
Replies: 12
Views: 2469

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

The route on the map on the Dutch site starts in Cadiz, which I imagine would be a better starting point (Gibraltar is a toilet). But if you have to start from Gib then I'd avoid the main coast road to Malaga. It's a fast dual carriageway and even though I've seen cyclists on it, it looked terrifyin...
by smith4188
22 Nov 2014, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite country?
Replies: 36
Views: 6511

Re: Favourite country?

Eastern Europe, particularly Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Beautiful scenery, very cheap and nicely weird.
by smith4188
3 Oct 2014, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone recommend any good books?
Replies: 105
Views: 31432

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Just wanted to thank robing and sweep for recommending my book - No Place Like Home, Thank God - and say that it's now out in paperback from Amazon.

Cheers and thanks again,
Steven
by smith4188
5 Sep 2014, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New European Cycling Website
Replies: 14
Views: 2918

Re: New European Cycling Website

Sweep wrote:I bought the book in the end and can thoroughly recommend it - interesting and also very often funny without straining for effect.


Thanks for the kind words.

Sweep wrote:Such wit, wisdom and soulfulness must of course be entirely due to your northern/Blackburn roots.


:D