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Cycling the Coast-to-Coast C2C Route from Whitehaven to Sunderland

The C2C cycle route runs from the English west coast in Cumbria to the east coast at Tyne & Wear (see detailed map below). Having cycled the 8-day 'Wheelwright' mountain bike coast to coast route a couple of times before, the C2C seemed like a great way to cover similar ground in just 3 days. There's a few variations to the C2C route and we chose the Whitehaven to Sunderland option as a rough approximation to the traditional St Bees Head to Robin Hoods Bay walk. With about 15% optional off-road, the C2C is really a hybrid route, but we ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/cycle-c2c-whitehaven-to-sunderland-map

Exploring San Francisco - Biking the Marin Headlands

The second day of a weekend's exploration of San Francisco had me escape the city by bike and head north over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. Bike and Roll bike rentals on Columbus Ave / Lombard St provided a basic but functional hybrid and I followed the Bay from Fishermans Wharf along Marine Drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. Touristy photos duly taken, I crossed the bridge and took the underpass west beneath Highway 101 to Golden Gate Recreation Area and Battery Spencer. Great views back over the Bay to the City made the steep climb worth ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/explore-sf-biking-marin-headlands

Touring Livermore Wineries by Bike - Day Trip from San Francisco

Wine tasting is a pretty popular activity on the US Pacific Coast, with Napa Valley's visitor numbers second only to Disney Land amongst Californian attractions. However, there's lots of great wineries without the tourist hoardes and with a lot more character, Livermore Valley near San Francisco being just one. We'd decided to tour the wineries by bike since tasting copious wine and driving has got to be a bad idea, whereas at least cycling poses less of a threat to innocent bystanders. And cycling through the vineyards is infinitely more fun than sitting in a hot car ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/cycle-tour-livermore-wineries-bike

Japan cycle touring on rental bikes - Izumi, Kumamoto & Amakusa

We'd read in many places that Japan is a cycle touring heaven (japancycling.com, etc), so decided to spend 8 days biking and exploring rural Japan. Where exactly was a detail to figure out later. Since we were traveling to multiple countries, we wouldn't have our own bikes with us, so finding a decent bike rental place was the first challenge. This was more difficult than expected. It seems that multi-day bike rentals aren't at all common in Japan, cycle touring presumably not being all that popular domestically. We narrowed down our bike rental options to countryside-chiba ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/japan-cycling-rent-touring-bikes