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  • in reply to: Use of two touring bicycles for 10 months? #8007
    El Cic
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      • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

      Thank you, Avinash. If there is no feasible Delhi option by 10 Jan, then I will avail of your kind offer for storage and use of the bicycles in Kanpur.

      in reply to: Use of two touring bicycles for 10 months? #8004
      El Cic
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        • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

        To be more precise: My son and I are doing a cycle tour of Rajasthan Jan/Feb from Delhi using two touring bicycles transported with us from Wales to Delhi.

        in reply to: Adviee on cycle route from Delhi to Bikaner #7748
        El Cic
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          Thanks for the Strava info, Avinash. That Strava route builder looks very promising.

          in reply to: Adviee on cycle route from Delhi to Bikaner #7741
          El Cic
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            Not yet, but I’ll install Maps.Me to see what it throws up on routes.

            But I know what you mean about crazy routes from my experiences with routes given by Google maps.  The funniest of these where the routes took me to an Army or Air Force base – because Google maps had not realised that the relevant region has been procured years back for defence use. The looks on both sentries and myself when these two encounters occured was priceless 😂 The photo – a still from cycle video camera – below is an example of google map route craziness (photo altered to prevent jawan sentry being identified)google map route error

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            in reply to: Adviee on cycle route from Delhi to Bikaner #7737
            El Cic
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              Sound advice, Avinash. Took a bus from Jaipur to Delhi last year so I know that route is fit only for 4 wheeled vehicles.  That route via Alwar is promising.  Quiet roads for slow plodding is what I manage at my age.

               

              El Cic
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                I can’t explain the discrepancy in experiences in Bikaner/Jaipur rural areas.

                Yes. Goa. I was chased by what looked like all the dogs in the hamlet that I was cycling through. Vowed never to cycle in Goa again.  Same thing in a hamlet near the Karanataka/TN border. Same vow taken.

                When on tour I try and avoid the highways due to the heavy traffic there and lack of nature and interesting environment, so going through villages is necessary.   After the Karanataka/TN  experiences I carry on cycle tour dog deterrents such as pepper spray, ‘sonic weapons’ such as a police whistle and ‘food distraction’ in the form of crumbled biscuits.

                in reply to: A relaxed Chennai to Rameshwaram Itinerary #7604
                El Cic
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                  Hello nirajns,

                  Several years ago, before the pandemic, I did a Whitefield to Puducherry ride, so I can say some thing about the Chennai – Pudicherry route. The ECR from Chennai to Mammalpuram is fine for a relaxed cycle ride in the slip road. After Mammalpuram the slip road gradually disappears, so that you are cycling along with motorised traffic, so not relaxing. Best to overnight in Mammalpuram and take in the sights there, and then brace yourself for the coastal road ride to Pudicherry  – or take a longer inland route to the same place. Getting through Pudicherry is like gettting through any major city.

                  All the best for your tour!

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