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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:26 pm 
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Paula H (pooh) wrote:
Wow this looks brill. My riding skills are not quite up to it yet but may be next year. x


OK, here we go:

'Beginners' weekend

Please don't be put off by the title Everyone had to start somewhere and you'd be surprised at how many PM's I receive on a much larger rufty-tufty forum expressing an interest in something similar and / or looking for advice.

But, enough already..... Here's the deal:

Out: Saturday 28 April

Back: Sunday 29 April

Train out: 07:50 departure

Train back: 17:20 departure

I have bought my ticket £28 return, all in.

Where are we going: No definite plan yet, only as I am waiting for a couple of hotels to reply. I am hoping it will be a private / family hotel type o'thing. As soon as I know, you'll know too.

How far: I would guess at about 200 to 250 miles a day, some of which will be on a motorway. Let's guess at not more than 500 over the weekend in France. As we lose an hour simply crossing over I may well shove the motorway segment (it won't be miles and miles and miles) on day one, just to buy back some time. On the return leg we could think about cracking off reasonably smartish and do a longer run on some lesser roads. Let's see what the weather is like on the day, too.

Suitable for: Anyone who has passed a bog standard motorcycle test and has a full licence. It's aimed at anyone who has never ridden abroad or anyone who just wants to have a trial run with a novice pillion..... old hands welcome too, but first call to 'beginners', if that's OK. It will bring in just about every type of regular road you may come across (motorway, National (N) and Departmental (D) roads, towns and villages)..... maybe the odd farm road too, if we get a diversion...... but nothing deliberately 'off-road' and nothing that I would not ride on my HP2 Sport, I promise.

Navigation: I will create Garmin Mapsource routes and we'll use the marker 'drop off' system. Don't worry if you don't know what it is. Lots of bods do.... and still get lost. Seriously, we will run thro' it, before we set off in France.

Numbers: Let's say eight bikes in all, subject to me getting enough rooms. I will add a ninth if an 'old hand' wants to volunteer for a bit of tail gunner duty.

Richard

PS I will be offering the same jaunt on another (much larger) forum. If we get over subscription I will run another one, probably in September.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:16 am 
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Richard, put me down (not literally :lol: ) for the tail ender jobbie..... I will double check my work calendar and confirm shortly.

All, as Richard has said above this weekend really will be Fun whatever you ride and however you ride. You will be looked after even if you cant speak the Lingo!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:40 am 
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Excellent.

One slot gone, and a bit of tail end Charlie duty sorted, too.

Seven more to go......


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:47 pm 
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Hi Richard, Count me in please.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:52 pm 
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Train Booked :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:40 pm 
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The hotel has confirmed my provisional reservation for April next year.

We will be going to Bouillon in Belgium via France, so a two county jaunt into the bargain.

Why Bouillon?

(1) It is exactly the right distance away. Not too far, not too close.

(2) It can be reached using exactly the cross-section of roads I had hoped to use.

(3) The journey back, where we save an hour, can be extended.

(4) If it really pees down, it is possible to escape back from the hotel to Calais on the motorway.

(5) We have used the hotel (and routes) several times. The hotel has good parking, the owners are friendly (please don't upset them, I want to go back) and there is a reasonably priced 'Pizza type' restaurant / bar just around the corner. I will definitely book us a table as it is sometimes a problem getting a sitting.

(6) I know it should all work, which is a plus......

Richard


PS I have hacked a provisional outward route in Google to give bods an idea.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=Calais,+France&daddr=50.78754,2.10725+to:50.55571,2.22956+to:50.43403,2.1717872+to:50.34943,2.26476+to:50.18386,2.33209+to:50.02494,2.60896+to:49.92646,3.55037+to:49.88993,3.78157+to:Bouillon,+Belgium&hl=en&ll=50.285829,3.587036&spn=1.832204,4.938354&sll=49.910556,3.790283&sspn=0.461645,1.234589&geocode=FXp0CQMdflwcAClj4_HXdT_cRzH0edKM4Nm-rA%3BFdT0BgMdcicgACknSV7u_lDcRzHxIDOXPvEKEw%3BFT5rAwMdOAUiACmVYkO5XwfdRzHqDS71veHK3Q%3BFe6PAQMdiyMhACkXbM0c4qbdRzHhwlSZPvEKEw%3BFXZFAAMduI4iACmnKt7PHgvdRzFpKWYgrH78mQ%3BFbS-_QIdupUjAClhhCw98XDdRzEqly6F1hfcyw%3BFexR-wIdQM8nACltUuZRB1_dRzExEweXPvEKEw%3BFTzR-QIdoiw2AClPfbKlqynoRzEDwJo_A88tPg%3BFYpC-QIdwrM5ACn9XXHNoNbpRzGR2SuXPvEKEw%3BFebT9wIdE2ZNACnrlj1wunvqRzHYSQ1r45g8kw&vpsrc=6&doflg=ptm&mra=dpe&mrsp=8&sz=10&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8&t=m&z=8[/QUOTE]


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:52 pm 
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Off and rolling............

'Beginners'

Me
One tail-ender (Phil)
nharrild (Neill)
Duchess 1
Duchess 2

Three or four bike spaces free

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'Reserves'

Wilburt & pillion
bakerlonglegs
dxtans & pillion


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:21 am 
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Route looks good :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:42 pm 
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yes- lets go for it. its just what i need - a challenge but managable. free that weekend and ok from the boss. Do i book my own train??. havent got sat nav but know marker system. treat me gentle ;)
Pooh


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:23 pm 
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This is the spirit we need....

Paula H (pooh) wrote:
yes- lets go for it. its just what i need - a challenge but managable. free that weekend and ok from the boss. Do i book my own train??. havent got sat nav but know marker system. treat me gentle ;)
Pooh



'Beginners'

Me (Richard)
One tail-ender (Phil & pillion)
nharrild (Neill)
Duchess 1
Duchess 2
agent2494
Paula H (pooh)

Now only one or two bike spaces spare



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'Reserves'

Wilburt & pillion
bakerlonglegs
dxtans & pillion
Kev B


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:27 pm 
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Paula H (pooh) wrote:
yes- lets go for it. its just what i need - a challenge but managable. free that weekend and ok from the boss. Do i book my own train??. havent got sat nav but know marker system. treat me gentle ;)
Pooh


Like kid gloves :wink:

Don't worry about the satnav thang....

Book yourself onto the train, please.... http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/?utm_ ... erms_Exact


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:11 am 
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Paula H (pooh) wrote:
havent got sat nav but know marker system.
Snap :D

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:45 am 
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Mr Nash Sir,
Count me in for one space and my son Zane for Pillion!

Cheers

Jaques


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:19 am 
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Jaq-Ass wrote:
Mr Nash Sir,
Count me in for one space and my son Zane for Pillion!

Cheers

Jaques


Excellent.

SOLD!

I now need to sort out the rooms booking again, which will make my head hurt!

'Beginners'

Wapping
One tail-ender (Phil & pillion)
nharrild (Neill)
Duchess 1
Duchess 2
agent2494
Paula H (pooh)
Jaq-Ass (and son, pillion)

FULL HOUSE


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:56 pm 
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train booked yipee. birthday beginning of april so going for luggage. hope i can meet up with someone to ride down to train but can sort nearer time-also like to meet the folks i will be with. thanks for organising


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