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Forum: Touring
11-01-22, 05:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By Chris L

Well, that was interesting. First of all I...

Well, that was interesting.

First of all I had a sprained ankle and couldn't train the way I wanted to. Then the bike I was going to take over there developed a rust hole in the frame that I...
Forum: Touring
10-24-22, 04:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Chris L

Very nice

Very nice
Forum: Touring
10-23-22, 01:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By Chris L

I haven't done the route 89, or the western road...

I haven't done the route 89, or the western road to Taichung, so I can't comment on those. I've ridden from Sun Moon lake to Yilan on the 14 road over Wuling and yes, it can be pretty chilly up...
Forum: Touring
10-22-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By Chris L

I have done Lishan to Yilan in the opposite...

I have done Lishan to Yilan in the opposite direction to you. I did it in one day as for me it was mostly downhill (Lishan is around 2,000 metres above sea level). From what I recall, your biggest...
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By Chris L

The be honest, the only reason I was thinking of...

The be honest, the only reason I was thinking of the train on the last day back into Athens would be to maybe skip some suburban riding at the end and spend an extra day in the mountains, or by the...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 04:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By Chris L

Hi Brian, I'm not totally committed to...

Hi Brian,

I'm not totally committed to touring alone, it's just generally what I do for largely the reasons you mentioned in your post. I am, however, committed to my dates as I've already booked...
Forum: Touring
08-30-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 713
Posted By Chris L

Greece

Greetings all,

So after a three year wait, I'll soon be heading to Greece for three weeks. After a couple of days of frenzied sight-seeing in Athens, I'm thinking I might ride down to Sounion and...
Forum: Touring
01-01-22, 04:57 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,150
Posted By Chris L

I'm hoping to do some touring in Greece this...

I'm hoping to do some touring in Greece this year, but it all depends on travel restrictions and the like. But with governments in the grip of mass hysteria and panic, I'm not planning anything too...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-20, 02:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By Chris L

Saturday: 40km or so, rolling hills. ...

Saturday: 40km or so, rolling hills.

Sunday: 49km up a valley with a mountainous 11km hike.

Continuing my recovery from a crash that left me with neck fractures among other things.

Some...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,261
Posted By Chris L

Well, the fact is that if you're only in town for...

Well, the fact is that if you're only in town for one day, it's not always easy to forge connections (or at least any substantial connections) and develop a social life. Perhaps you might want to...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,878
Posted By Chris L

He does seem to spend a lot of time asking for...

He does seem to spend a lot of time asking for donations on that site. I'm just curious about how you managed to get banned? He does seem a little prickly on there. I remember making a suggestion...
Forum: Touring
06-27-19, 03:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,759
Posted By Chris L

I've never had a bike stolen on tour, but I had...

I've never had a bike stolen on tour, but I had a camera stolen in the French Alps in 2016, along with some sweat cycling clothes that I'd worn that day (WTF???) from a campground in Switzerland. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 02:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,855
Posted By Chris L

I broke mine in 2011 after a collision with a red...

I broke mine in 2011 after a collision with a red light runner. It healed on it's own in about six weeks (along with the two broken ribs from the same collision). I didn't have a surgery, in fact,...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 04:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,398
Posted By Chris L

I toured there in October 2014. I found the...

I toured there in October 2014. I found the climate just about perfect pretty much most of the time I was there and didn't really have any problems with the air quality. I highly recommend it to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,511
Posted By Chris L

My Diverge was back on the road yesterday (so of...

My Diverge was back on the road yesterday (so of course, my commuter flatted this morning).

118km with a ridiculous amount of climbing.

This type of weather is extremely unusual for this...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,068
Posted By Chris L

Well done. On another note, I might just...

Well done.

On another note, I might just find myself heading that way next year.
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 04:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,649
Posted By Chris L

Make sure you have REALLY good insect repellant. ...

Make sure you have REALLY good insect repellant. Mosquitoes in tropical climates are not only extremely common, they also tend to carry nasty things when they bite.

When I did the Malaysian...
06-04-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 20,891
Posted By Chris L

I love threads like this. They are yet another...

I love threads like this. They are yet another reminder of why I'm so grateful to live alone. I just came back from a beautiful early morning ride with nobody to question me about it. I might go...
06-04-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,680
Posted By Chris L

Why? Everytime I'm feeling down, I just come...

Why? Everytime I'm feeling down, I just come here and read it. I immediately have a higher opinion of myself in relative terms.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 04:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,953
Posted By Chris L

It is a rare day that I get to use the word...

It is a rare day that I get to use the word 'cold' in Queensland. It does make a nice change. I can't be 169% sure of the distance since my Garmin died and it's replacement hasn't arrived yet. I'm...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 03:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,080
Posted By Chris L

I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks...

I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks amazing.

I'm heading for Shikoku in October of this year (got an amazing deal on airfares considering the timing). Your post makes me realise I...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,431
Posted By Chris L

I remember my first bike tour. I was absolutely...

I remember my first bike tour. I was absolutely petrified at the start. I mean REALLY nervous. I remember seeing the town of Beaudesert disappearing behind me about 75km in and realising there was...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,470
Posted By Chris L

I used a Goal Zero solar panel that I bought in...

I used a Goal Zero solar panel that I bought in Cairns last year for a while. I found it pretty slow to charge my phone if I'm honest. Eventually I lost it somewhere near Townsville when I didn't...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 03:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
Posted By Chris L

This thread will probably be moved or closed...

This thread will probably be moved or closed before the next time I log in here, but I also adopt the pragmatist approach on my bike (I don't own a car). If I'm in a place like Japan where there is...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 02:45 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 15,482
Posted By Chris L

Early days yet, but I'm looking at a return to...

Early days yet, but I'm looking at a return to Japan this year, probably Shikoku in October. After that, I'm weighing up whether to spend next Christmas in Greece or Sri Lanka.

That said, I got...
Forum: Touring
01-01-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 19,298
Posted By Chris L

I made it to North Queensland for a couple of...

I made it to North Queensland for a couple of weeks this year. To be honest I was grateful to get it after dealing with some job changes and some personal issues. I feel like I'm now back on track...
Forum: Touring
03-08-18, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By Chris L

I think the itinerary you have is pretty good. ...

I think the itinerary you have is pretty good. Following the coast road from Opatija to Senj is probably the best option if you're going early in the season. The island route that I followed over...
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By Chris L

A lot depends on where you're coming from before...

A lot depends on where you're coming from before you hit Croatia. I think the best of Croatia is the islands, Plitvice Lakes and Istria (the northern peninsula near the Slovenian border which is...
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By Chris L

Personally I loved Zagreb when I was there. I...

Personally I loved Zagreb when I was there. I just spent ages walking around the old town and enjoying some of the restaurants. I visited the Museum of Broken Relationships (yes, that really is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-18, 05:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,003
Posted By Chris L

I'm late on this because I can be. Sue me. ...

I'm late on this because I can be. Sue me.

Saturday: 136km with a bit over 1,800 metres of climbing.

Sunday: 65km with around 600 metres of climbing.

https://i.imgur.com/Eks10Ru.jpg
...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 03:26 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 170,980
Posted By Chris L

Rain, glorious rain. What a great way to start...

Rain, glorious rain. What a great way to start 2017. Oh sure, the rain could have been a little heavier, and maybe the temperatue could have been a couple of degrees cooler, but it was awesome...
Forum: Touring
01-01-17, 04:43 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 16,234
Posted By Chris L

Lots of things up in the air for me at the...

Lots of things up in the air for me at the moment, having just started a new job and just recovered from the worst illness I've ever had. If I can get away in July/August, I'd love to go somewhere...
12-31-16, 02:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,161
Posted By Chris L

I covered 26km by lunchtime one day a few months...

I covered 26km by lunchtime one day a few months ago, which included a mountain climb (and subsequent descent). That was after riding 40km to get there (and riding another 40km to get home). Not...
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 05:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,195
Posted By Chris L

There are many stories I could share here, but...

There are many stories I could share here, but here are some that stand out...

In Spain I snapped a derailleur on Monserrat (near Barcelona), and some locals not only gave me a ride out, but then...
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,325
Posted By Chris L

The perimeter of Hokkaido would take a bit longer...

The perimeter of Hokkaido would take a bit longer than two weeks. I did the length of Hokkaido over two weeks in 2010, and I was covering bigger distances than the OP is planning on.

That said,...
12-18-16, 05:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,790
Posted By Chris L

Depends how long I spend posting about it on...

Depends how long I spend posting about it on message boards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfreSnAXp0Y

*dons flame proof jacket*
12-18-16, 05:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,493
Posted By Chris L

There used to be a Unicycling subforum here many...

There used to be a Unicycling subforum here many eons ago. There's even a thing called "Mountain Unicycling" - imagine that!
Forum: Touring
12-18-16, 04:38 AM
Replies: 1,850
Views: 353,722
Posted By Chris L

Still feeling like crap, and Croatia came right...

Still feeling like crap, and Croatia came right before Slovenia, so it's that time again. What I found amazing was just how different these countries were, despite both being part of the old...
Forum: Touring
12-18-16, 04:07 AM
Replies: 1,850
Views: 353,722
Posted By Chris L

I wasn't aware of the French expression. I've...

I wasn't aware of the French expression. I've been to France three times, I really should have paid more attention. As for the town of Bled, not many people know that Slovenian is a language in...
Forum: Touring
12-17-16, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1,850
Views: 353,722
Posted By Chris L

I'm far too sick to do any touring right now, so...

I'm far too sick to do any touring right now, so it's time to delve into the past. These were from Slovenia in 2015:

Piran:
http://i.imgur.com/mtR0wsf.jpg

Predjama:...
10-17-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,281
Posted By Chris L

I gave up on try to organise group rides years...

I gave up on try to organise group rides years ago. Some of the problems I encountered were in people being totally unprepared (this happened after one of my rides was featured in the outdoor...
Forum: Touring
10-17-15, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,623
Posted By Chris L

I'm not thinking of 2016 until I'm finished with...

I'm not thinking of 2016 until I'm finished with 2015. I'm probably heading to Thailand at the end of the year for a few weeks exploring the northern part of the country. Then I'll start thinking...
Forum: Touring
10-15-15, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,252
Posted By Chris L

Depends where I am, and how long the tour is...

Depends where I am, and how long the tour is going to be. I've cycled through typhoons in Japan and Taiwan. Then on my three-month ride across Europe a couple of years ago, I took quite a few days...
Forum: Touring
10-15-15, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,238
Posted By Chris L

Personally I wouldn't worry about North Korea...

Personally I wouldn't worry about North Korea until things change (dramatically). I did some research into that one last year, and while it's definitely possible (and probably a lot safer than a lot...
01-24-14, 01:30 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,635
Posted By Chris L

At least three Australian states have seriously...

At least three Australian states have seriously discussed the issue at government level in the last 15 years. There was a big thread here about California discussing it several years ago, and I've...
01-24-14, 01:23 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,635
Posted By Chris L

Apparently more observant than you were reading...

Apparently more observant than you were reading my post in this thread. I never claimed the facilities in Germany didn't exist. I even admitted to using them. I simply pointed out that if I had to...
01-24-14, 01:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,635
Posted By Chris L

Pal, I was in Germany six months ago. I don't...

Pal, I was in Germany six months ago. I don't need to "exaggerate" anything, I saw it for myself. I could quite happily ride recreationally in Germany, but if I had to live there, I'd get a car for...
Forum: Touring
01-23-14, 03:38 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,261
Posted By Chris L

Oh goody! Another helmet thread. Just give me a...

Oh goody! Another helmet thread. Just give me a minute to cook up some popcorn.
01-23-14, 03:36 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,635
Posted By Chris L

That's pretty much nailed it in one post, and as...

That's pretty much nailed it in one post, and as a life-long cyclist, I think it's great. The last thing I want is to see a heap of people on bikes who don't really want to be there, interfering with...
01-23-14, 02:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,443
Posted By Chris L

Riding the same suburban route to and from work...

Riding the same suburban route to and from work everyday can be, and often is, as boring as bat*****. For me, commuting on a bike is simply a means of saving time and money, which then allows me to...
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