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Manxcat and Tina, cycle East… and then West!

The Way of the Roses, then back via Leyburn in Herriot Country. Tina and I set off in the still of morning, and as luck would have it, a runner was panting towards us and so took our first photograph of the trip. Tina and I at Groudle Glen enroute to the ferry

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Two girls plan an Adventure…

The Way of the Roses. I like to plan my own rides and where I cycle having already ridden several Sustrans routes since I began cycling in 2007. Tina knew someone on the island who had ridden the new Sustrans route – Way of the Roses and she wanted to do this ride. Well, why […]

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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a loop of more than 140 miles using mostly NCN-marked roads. As far as I am aware there isn't an official starting place, but for no other reason than my own convenience I see Beverley – the most significant point closest to my home – as the beginning of […]

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Cycling plans for 2011

Cycle touring in Denmark, 2010 (Germany across the water) It's already nearly one third of the way from the winter solstice to the summer solstice and Mrs Taylor reminded me that we need to get on and plan our cycling tour of Holland in May. She's the one who'll decide which places we visit, so […]

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'Louise Sutherland, Spinning the Globe'

As anyone who has read my earlier post will know, I am a great admirer of this remarkable woman. I was therefore very pleased to discover that a biography has just been published in her native New Zealand.

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Ireland 2010

On the way to Timoleague In May-June we did a tour of the Emerald Isle. I have copied below the text of our trip report, which was originally published on Mary's web site in September. Photos can be viewed here. (There are a few dropped links, but with patience you can view them all). Roscarbery […]

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A short cycling tour of Belgium (Ghent, Ypres, Bruges)

1 – Zeebrugge to Ghent After a few days of cycling along a short stretch of the Canal du Midi last Easter, Mrs Bailey was surprisingly keen to take a short bicycle tour of Belgium or Holland this summer. I have to confess to being out of my comfort zone when I looked at the […]

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A cycling trip to Holland: the land of the bicycle

1 – Rotterdam to Hoorn Early September is a good time of year for a short cycle tour in Northern Europe. The evenings are still fairly light, the days not too hot, and always the chance of fine weather at the tail-end of summer. The Continental holiday rush is also over, so accommodation is cheaper […]

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Holland cycle tour plan

Holland cycle tour route plan Mrs Taylor has organised this one single-handedly. She's been on some Dutch bike route planning website or another and planned the following for us in September:

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Ultra lightweight camping in the New Forest

The CTC New Forest family camping week takes place in the last week of July. I've often meant to pay it a visit but had never previously got round to it. This year, I got organised for once, and booked myself in for the Wednesday night. As I was only going for one night it […]

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Louise Sutherland – around the world before I was born

Louise Sutherland was a nurse from New Zealand who was working in London when she set off cycling around the world. She bought a bike in a church jumble sale in Soho for £2.10s and a 'grateful patient' in the hospital where she was nursing made her a small trailer 'to trundle merrily behind it.' […]

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ManxCat goes Forth… C2C from Liverpool to Lowestoft anyway…

Well, this I suppose is my very first BIG tour totally alone. I thought of this ride earlier in the year, when I was planning my summer Audax rides, I am on a mission you see, to improve on what I cycled last year (4x 100km Audax rides included in 5,000 miles of cycling over […]

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Ann Wilson: solo world cyclist

A year ago, July 11th 2009, cyclist Ann Wilson rode just 11 miles on the day she arrived in Calais from England to begin "an open-ended world tour in an easterly direction." 8,042 miles later, still cycling east, she's in North Dakota in the USA having ridden through Europe, Turkey, Iran, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, […]

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Cycling and Stoving

The cafe stop has long been an essential feature of cycling life but there is also a long tradition of carrying a stove to brew your own. In Scotland it is known as 'drumming up' and some die hards even forego the stove and 'drum up' on an open fire. Frank Patterson depicts the fun […]

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Markhill / Edelrid Gas Adaptor

I never venture out for more than half a day without taking a stove with me – I like to be very sure of my tea supply! On a short tour its no problem to take sufficient gas to last the trip but my recent longer visit to France and Spain created something of a […]

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Santander to Medoc

I suffer badly from seasickness and couldn't face the thought of the extra night on board the Bilbao ferry so I chose to start from Santander rather than take the shorter route from Bilbao. As it turned out the Bay of Biscay was like a millpond and it was a very pleasant crossing. However a […]

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Cycle Touring with a Non Cyclist Part 2

In my last post I extolled the merits of getting your nearest and dearest onto 2 wheels, albeit with an engine, to enjoy cycle touring together. This post unfortunately describes a major pitfall – in both the literal and metaphorical sense!

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All wired up for cycle touring

Wired up as in: cycle touring with bicycle computer, laptop computer, satellite communicator, GPS receiver, iPhone, satellite phone, mobile broadband USB stick, digital camera, video camera, blogging website, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Skype, cycling forum membership, etc, which altogether defeat the object of going away for a while on a bicycle, unless the object is an […]

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Fine cycle touring: cycling round Denmark

We've now toured Denmark twice on our bicycles: an Esbjerg-Copenhagen loop of 450 miles, and recently an islands loop, again from Esbjerg, of 520 miles. Our next loop up to the North of the Jutland Peninsula will probably be in the late Spring of 2011. Jutland is 70% of Denmark's land mass and is reputedly […]

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A Spring tour of Denmark

Compared to France or Ireland, Denmark isn't so easily accessible if you want to take your bicycle. It's an eighteen hour overnight trip to Esbjerg by ferry, leaving your car at the port of Harwich, and costs about £450 including breakfast on the boat and long stay parking. It's worth every penny. Denmark offers what […]

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Cycle Touring with a Non Cyclist

Its a problem faced by many couples. One partner loves cycling but the other just can't see the attraction, they abandoned the bike the moment they were old enough to have a driving license and they've never looked back. Sheds and garages throughout the land hold unused bicycles bought in an attempt to persuade a […]

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Loading bicycles on a car rack

Loading a couple of touring bicycles on to a car rack isn't a matter of throwing them on and holding them down with a few bungee cords. We'll be driving to Harwich from Manchester in a few days with the bikes on the car – a five-hour drive with a lot of bouncing around – […]

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Nile Journey – by bicycle!

Thousands of people watched on TV as Joanna Lumley made her way to the source of the Nile accompanied by a camera crew and several guides. She travelled in a convoy of 4x4s, cruise ships, 1st class trains and the odd plane. But how many people know that in the mid 1980s a British woman […]

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Cycling along the Canal du Midi

Last week, during a family holiday, I enjoyed a few days cycling along the Canal du Midi, or, more accurately, cycling along a stretch of the Canal du Midi near Carcassonne in the south of France. The canal's full length is 240km from Tolouse to Agde (or Sète – it depends which guidebook you believe). […]

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Denmark cycle tour plan

Denmark tour map from Google Earth The route for our forthcoming cycle tour of Denmark is now complete. Last year, we arrived at the port of Esbjerg from Harwich with no accommodation booked nor a detailed route plan. There was always room on the Danish campsites as they tend to have a small area set […]

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Round the world cycling record

Midnight on 31st March 2010 marks yet another attempt on the record for cycling round the world, or circumnavigation to use the fancy word for it. This time it's Briton Alan Bate (left), a professional racing cyclist who's aiming for a time of just 99 days. The Guinness record of 195 days is held by […]

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Garmin eTrex HCx cycle touring setup

The following setup is for using a handheld GPS unit as an aid to navigation on a multi-day cycle tour in Europe. There are different ways to navigate, and they differ fundamentally. Some are active, by which the GPS is 'thinking' as you travel, and others are passive, by which the GPS is only presenting […]

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Route planning in Google Earth

Further to a recent post titled creating a cycle route on Google Earth I'm now well into planning this May's cycle tour of Denmark. It takes a couple of hours or so to draw a whole day's path, then a couple of minutes to convert it to a .gpx track. The route so far: Esbjerg […]

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Winter fun: planning cycle tours for summer

There's not much chance of cycling in the lanes of Lancashire over the next few days. Nine inches of snow fell overnight and the temperature is below freezing. It's difficult enough to walk, let alone ride a bicycle. Cycle tourists can at least get their maps out and plan for better weather. Cyclists' maps and […]

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Cycling Lands End John O'Groats 2010

Mrs Taylor has announced that she's going to walk Coast to Coast with her cousin in June 2010. So I said: "Right. I think I'll cycle Lands End to John O'Groats." She said: "Good idea." Of course she's only saying that because she knows she won't be coming. When I've mentioned it in the past […]

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Post Christmas Audax ride

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day, and that you are all fit and well, and looking forward to the new year of cycling. Due to the fact and one, that I keep forgetting about – my other job – that of Mum, Wifie and chief Christmas organiser, I was FAR too busy to get […]

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WWW (Westerdale, Wheeldale, Whitby)

There was a time when a cyclist in my part of the world would see www and think of only one meaning: Westerdale, Wheeldale and Whitby. The Three W's was a special stamp you would claim for your Youth Hostel Association membership card – or the blanks that you'd stuff in the little plastic wallet […]

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Sat Nav gripe

I planned a recent cycle tour using Ordnance Survey Explorer maps and mapmyride.com. However, I didn't have room for all the maps so I just took an AA Northern England (1 inch = 3.2 miles) map. For the most part this was fine, but as I left Castleton it wasn't clear which way I should […]

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Round-the-world cycling blogs

There may, of course, be many long distance cycle tourists who remain incognito, either because they prefer to or because they can't be bothered carrying a laptop computer to update their blogs. But the ones that do take the trouble to blog about their adventures from faraway places make it possible for mere mortals – […]

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Tracking your route on Google Maps with a non-GPS enabled mobile phone

Cycle tourists nowadays can track (record) their route on Google Maps using a GPS-enabled mobile phone. Here's was an example on John Talbot's 2009 end-to-end tour in which tracking data was automatically uploaded every 5 minutes whilst he was moving. However, to do a whole day's logging with the phone switched on is battery-intensive and […]

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