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by JJF
29 Sep 2014, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Scandinavia 2
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Getting to Scandinavia 2

BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.
by JJF
25 Jun 2014, 9:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mersey Tunnel
Replies: 38
Views: 15084

Re: Mersey Tunnel

" We built The Mersey Tunnel boys...
Way back in thirty three...
Dug an 'ole in the ground
Until we found
An 'ole called Wallasey...

RIP Stan Kelly died 16 April 2014
by JJF
20 Jun 2014, 10:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Swiss: Short steep descent or not
Replies: 11
Views: 4898

Re: Swiss: Short steep descent or not

Remember to use both brakes on your descent. On a tour with a Swiss woman, going down a long descent, her rear tyre came off. I deflated it, replaced it and the same thing happened again. On questioning I found that she only used the rear brake for fear of going over the handlebars. I concluded that...
by JJF
20 Jun 2014, 9:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Street Machine
Replies: 4
Views: 1261

Re: Dawes Street Machine

I have a few pages of Dawes catalogue which I acquired in May 1995. They list four models, Street Wise (Reynolds 501), Street Lite (Reynolds 500), Street Spirit and Street Free (both described as "Tig welded. HI-TEN Steel Frame Tubing").
There isn't mention of "Street Machine"
by JJF
6 Jun 2014, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accomodation Ypres, Bergues, Dunkirk
Replies: 4
Views: 5515

Re: Accomodation Ypres, Bergues, Dunkirk

About a fortnight ago my partner and I stayed in a small hotel in Grande Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk. We found it very satisfactory. Called "Best Hotel", about 6 miles from the ferry port. It cost 62 euro inc buffet breakfast. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. En suite loo and sho...
by JJF
20 May 2014, 7:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Grounded
Replies: 31
Views: 8735

Re: Grounded

Are you sure your bike's not insured for these circumstances?
I've just taken a look at my new home and contents insurance policy.
The bike is specified under the heading...Personal Possessions (outside the home).
There is no stipulation about location. Hope this helps.
by JJF
14 May 2014, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7780

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

Living near Portsmouth you are spoilt for choice of crossings. Look at http://ldlines.co.uk/ and http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk Between them they offer destinations: Le Havre, or St Malo, or Cherbourg, or Ouistreham. Find a crossing which suits your timetable. A single centre trip would be ideal ...
by JJF
7 May 2014, 3:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Trains - Caen to Nantes
Replies: 13
Views: 9287

Re: French Trains - Caen to Nantes

I did a search on the German rail website http://www.deutschebahn.com/en/start.html for trains from Caen to Nantes. That link is for pages in English. My chosen random day was 8 May. There were 4 trains in the day (dep 0905, 1246, 1650 and 1745) each requiring a change at Le Mans. No need to go to P...
by JJF
23 Apr 2014, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shabby small town French hotels
Replies: 8
Views: 2127

Re: Shabby small town French hotels

No doubt there are "Shabby small town French hotels" as there are shabby hotels in many countries. However there are reasonable hotels too. For example there are "Logis Hotels", a collection of about 2,600 independent hotels in rural France. They advertise jointly but the hotels ...
by JJF
21 Apr 2014, 10:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: prevailing winds France and Spain
Replies: 4
Views: 6218

Re: prevailing winds France and Spain

You might wish to be aware of the "tramontane" wind which occurs from time to time in the region of the French/Spanish Mediterranean border. I arrived there from Barcelona in February a few years ago intending to cycle along the French coast to Montpellier. I found that the wind was extrem...
by JJF
27 Feb 2014, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry Foot Passengers Turning Up With Bikes?
Replies: 5
Views: 9041

Re: Ferry Foot Passengers Turning Up With Bikes?

I have on a couple of occasions arrived at Harwich with two bikes but only one reservation. That is to say for me and my partner I booked (on line) in advance one cabin, two people and one vehicle (ie one bike). You can only book one vehicle on a reservation. If you want to book two vehicles (=bikes...
by JJF
23 Oct 2013, 8:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's a silly billy !
Replies: 10
Views: 7002

Re: Who's a silly billy !

I had an experience like this 55ish years ago. I was a radar mech in the RAF. A plane was standing on the tarmac with the engines running ready to depart. A message came thro' that one of the radars wasn't working. I was sent to take a look. Up the ladder and thro' the plane. The navigator sitting a...
by JJF
19 Oct 2013, 4:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Stena Line/Greater Anglia & Holland & Trains Etc
Replies: 11
Views: 8510

Re: Stena Line/Greater Anglia & Holland & Trains Etc

squeezebox gives us this quote from Stena: "... we have decided to withdraw cycles from our rail and sail product. " I have travelled Rail and Sail a number of times and was unaware that the ticket could include cycles. My recollection is that I arrived at the port with a R&S passenger...
by JJF
19 Sep 2013, 9:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need advice please on short tour with G.Son
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Need advice please on short tour with G.Son

You could investigate the Severn and Thames cycle route from, let us say Bristol to Reading. There's a cycle route along the Avon, Kennet and Avon Canal and Thames. Most of it is on traffic free paths by the rivers/canal. I seem to recall that the bit to the east of Reading leaves the river and is o...