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NCN 21 - John C. Kirk
Mar. 12th, 2011
10:11 pm -
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March 12th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I did a ride from Hampshire to Devon and back last summer, camping over night, and loved it. I strongly advise taking a small first aid kit, your energy food of choice (Snickers are usually my first choice :-) and cash in case you end up in a small village, hungry for a proper meal, and they don't take cards!
I was also sure to take a toolpack including spare inner tubes, cables, spoke key, chain key etc. just in case but if you're planning a LEJOG I may well be teaching you to suck eggs!
As far as mapping goes it was mostly new for me as well, and although I was NCN2 most of the way I still got some OS Landranger 1:50k maps and pored over them several times before setting out. As you found out, the signage does fail sometimes and in my experience it's very bad in cities, so knowing your route and having a compass come into their own.
I'll be eagerly awaiting your next instalment :-)