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Routes / Re: Santiago de Compastela
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:28:36 am »
Anne Mustoe, one of the great cycling authors, wrote a book called "Amber, Fur and Cockleshells".  This is really three tour accounts in one.  The amber is about her ride down the old amber trading route from the Baltic.  The fur is about a trip along part of the old fur trappers route in the USA and the cockleshell is about her ride along the Pilgrims route to Santiago de Compestella.

Higly recommended as are all her books.

There is also a book called "Following the Sun" by John Hanson Mitchell which touches briefly on the route as part of a longer trip.


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General Discussion / Re: Essential Kit for Trans AM
« on: July 26, 2012, 05:47:43 am »
A sense of humour and a liking for meeting people.

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If you're starting from Dublin, make your way south through the Wicklow Mountains (which are more hills than mountains), have a gentle potter through Wexford and on into Waterford.   Curl up into Tipparary and enjoy the Comeraghs and make sure you visit Clonmel.   Then head back towards Dungarven on the coast and on into County Cork.   Kerry is nice but the Ring can be a little touristy.  Clare is lovely and if time permits, wander gently through Limerick and up the Shannon before a gentle ride into Galway.

I think what I'm saying is it doesn't really matter where you go, it's all good and the small country roads are generally pretty quiet.


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General Discussion / Re: What do you use for sunscreen?
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:33:30 am »
I think I'm going to sulk!   We've just had the wettest April, May and June since records began and July isn't turning out much better.   Come to the UK, you won't need any sunscreen just lots of waterproofs :)

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General Discussion / Re: Arm, Leg or Bike?
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:17:08 am »
And another idea just popped up.   Decathlon have a store in Belfast from which they will deliver to anywhere in Ireland.   I have never ridden one of their touring bikes but their road and mountain bikes always do well/very well in comparative tests.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/

Have a look at their B'Twin Riverside 7.   At £600 it looks pretty good.

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General Discussion / Re: Arm, Leg or Bike?
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:09:25 am »
I'm not sure if Edinburgh Cycle Co-Op will deliver to Ireland but they have some great touring bikes which are very well priced.   Their own brand Revolution Country Premier is well worth a look, £850 for a steel framed, disk brake equipped bike with mudguards and a rear rack. 

Even if they don't deliver to Ireland, if you have a friend in the 6 counties, I'm pretty sure you could get it delivered there.   Have a look at their website:

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/

Anoher of their bikes worth a look is their Revolution Cross at £450.   It's a crosser but has all the fittings you need for touring such as rack and mudguard mounts.   In fact, it uses the same frame as one of their tourers.   For £600 you could have a pretty good tourer, I know, I have one myself and the oe cross tyres work very well on the road.

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As mentioned above, the Adventure touring maps are excellent, imo better than the Sustrans maps we have in the UK.   I also second the idea of getting in some smaller scale tours before you start the Transam.   The Trans Pennine trail might be a good one for you, it starts in Fylde, I believe.   Other than that the C2C and Rievers, back to back make a very pleasant 6 day tour.

As also above, the Sustrans trails are all cycle paths and quiet country roads, the routes you encounter on the TA can be busy.   One of the things I found very helpful was a Garmin Edge with USA maps, more for the ease of finding facilities such as banks and hotels and also if you choose to go off route (or get geographically challenged!)

My phone plan gives me the option to add on a USA call plan which is useful, check with your mobile phone provider, they may well have that as an add on.

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General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:44:32 am »
I suppose the old Yorkshire saying has some validity:

Hear all, see all, say nowt.
Eat all, drink all, pay nowt.
And never do owt for nowt unles tha's doin' it for thi'sen

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Routes / Re: Nevada and Utah 2011 ? Advice & tips please
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:12:17 am »
Only one I can help with is where to stay.  There's a Motel 6 close to the airport which I've used a couple of times and am happy to recommend.   

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A few thoughts which might help.   I have an 06 Allez Sport and it's an excellent bike but perhaps a bit light and racy for what you have in mind.   The advantage of bringing it with you is that you'll have the use of it whilst working at the camp.   On the other hand, you have the additional expense of shipping.   It might be an idea to contact the camp organisers, you may find they have bikes available.

As for the tour, I wonder if there are any cycle recycle shops in Portland, perhaps someone on the forum may be able to advise and even keep an eye out for any suitable bikes for yourself and your brother.

And if you haven't already done so, I suggest you get hold of the excellent Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast maps.

Have a great trip!

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Routes / Re: cycling Germany
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:23:46 pm »
The German Cycling Federation (ADFC) used to offer an excellent booklet with all major cycle routes by region.   I got a copy free from Sustrans a few years ago, don't know if it's still available but it's an excellent guide.   

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General Discussion / Re: Woman riding by herself
« on: January 22, 2012, 06:57:53 am »
Josie Dew and Ann Mustoe have written some wonderful books about their travels, I heartily recommend them to anyone thinking of travelling on their own.   

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General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 25, 2011, 07:46:08 am »
Cyclists Touring Club would be my recommendation,

http://www.ctc.org.uk/ is the main page.   Lots of resources and plenty of useful discounts.

http://www.citybond.co.uk/?refid=CTIN01   This is the company that they recommend.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier- Travelling from UK - Help
« on: November 09, 2011, 06:33:04 am »
As an afterthought, I enjoyed the ride down the southern part of the Pacific Coast route from LA toSan Diego.   If you feel you have time in hand, try that.   The cycle paths along the beach are fun with the added pleasure of being able to say: "I've been there" when they show up in film or in TV series :)

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier- Travelling from UK - Help
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:04:03 am »
Did part of it last year but had to fly home early.   I flew BA and got a flexible ticket which meant I could fly in to LA and then get a return flight from Miami 3 months later.   Got it through Thompson Holidays so you should be able to get the same.

Probably a good idea to get in a few days in advance.   It will also help you to acclimatise.   In the past I've included a rental car in the ticket price which helps in the first few days as you're not reliant on taxis etc.  Helps if you get something big enough to carry your bike box and I'd also recommend a Sat Nav.   If you have a Garmin, they're USA map also includes locations of hotels, campgrounds etc.

For somewhere to stay, I usually go for Motel 6, they're generally reasonably priced and the rooms are fine.

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