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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:10 am 
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Its getting close, I am really looking forward to it :D Nearly time to make arrangements for meeting up....

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:04 am 
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I will publish the routes on Wednesday evening.

I won't be at the hotel the night before, so see you all at the passenger centre thing before boarding the train. Those that are hotelling the night before, will doubtless find each other.

Boarding has become very haphazard on the last three trains I have taken.

I will PM everyone my mobile number.

Final list of punters:

Single rooms - 5

Richard (me)
N Harrid
Paula
Ian Morton
Justin

Double - 1

Phil

Twin - 2

JacQ & son
Corrie & Mark

Restaurant booked for Saturday evening.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:41 pm 
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I am booked @ the Premier Inn Friday night, with Dinner included - anyone else ?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:30 am 
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nharrild wrote:
I am booked @ the Premier Inn Friday night, with Dinner included - anyone else ?
Hi Neil, we will be riding down to Folkstone on Friday eve, if you want to join us we are meeting at the Petrol Station (not the service area) Thurrock services just off the M25, be there for 6pm....

I will be filling up at Folkstone just before we get to the Premier Inn.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:28 pm 
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OK Phil

Make it a date, see you @ thurrock @ 6pm, I will be on an orange Fazer

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:56 am 
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Routes in Mapsource, hosted on Dropbox.

OUT: Two alternatives. (1) If it is really wet, (2) If it isn't

BACK: A scenic return

I will create them all in Excel format this evening.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Final% ... 0jaunt.gdb


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:14 pm 
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Hi Richard

I can't get drop box from work, so apologies if this info is on the route directions, Whats the name, address of the Hotel in Bouillon ?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:01 pm 
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Sorry Richard, couldn't open the Dropbox file (no real idea how it works but did install Dropbox and tried again. They couldn't find the file)

Also, what does PM everyone my mobile phone number mean? (This is all sounding very last century I know)

I shall be at the terminal just B4 7.00 to pick up my Euros from Travelex and hope to find you all there (after a very early get up in Theydon)

I have also bought a pair of waterproof overgloves and a pair of waterproof overboots from HG, so if I get lost I will be the one looking like a Duck-billed platypus. Three days last May in a monsoon in the lake District with Stuart convinced me that, in this kind of weather, all dignity has to be sacrificed in pursuit of the challenge of staying dry.

Despite all that am actually looking forward to it!!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:55 pm 
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Hello everyone..... I have changed the route!

It was proving too difficult to have a choice of outward routes and work out where to rendezvous with someone who is joining us from Belgium. I have DELETED the WET route. There's not a lot in it either way and having a wet route alternative was filling me with needless negative waves anyway.

I have taken out the stop at the fuel station when leaving the train. Coming out of the fuel station, it is a real pain to join the motorway. Not least there is a very narrow roundabout where it is difficult (and often dangerous) to leave a marker. On leaving the train, head for the fuel station but stop on its entry slip road.... DO NOT GO INTO THE STATION ITSELF. We can all gather up there just to make sure we are all present, then off we go.

I have also tidied up our return route, making it a bit neater.

I have created both the routes in Excel, to shove in or on a tank bag. They do come in useful if we have a detour as it helps to remind the riders where it is we are meant to be heading, something an 'off route' GPS is not very good at.

Again, the revised Mapsource routes and the Excel file have been hosted on Dropbox.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Calais ... Calais.xls

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Final% ... 0jaunt.gdb

Richard

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Ian, assuming you have a PC with Mapsource loaded onto it, you just click on the links. You do not need to have Dropbox loaded. Microsoft should recognise the file and automatically select the best programme to open it with. If prompted, click OK and the file should open, just like normal. Then save the file just as you always do.

It's possible that your PC will miss out a stage and save the file in 'Downloads' or something similar. If it does....... go and find it.

Failing any of that.... PM (Personal Message) me your email address and I'll send you the files.

There, that's answered your other question, too. Clever, eh?

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OK, better idea, I'll cut out the Dropbox middleman. Here are both the files.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:22 pm 
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What else?

We have a reasonably large group, which is great. We will definitely run the marker 'drop-off' system, for sure. We will go through it on the train, just in case anyone has forgotten (or doesn't know) how it works.

Please can everyone stop off at the Shell fuel station (early arrivals) on the M20 junction 11, just before the Chunnel exit at 11A to fill up. That will make sure we can all crack off without too much delay. There is fuel en-route and we'll definitely fill up on arrival at Bouillon, to be ready for Sunday.

Inevitably, there is a mixture of runners and riders on the jaunt, some experienced, some less so. That was the whole idea, after all. Just have in mind that maybe not everyone is a true riding god. Treat everyone the same way (or better) than you would expect them to treat you.

It may well be wet but that is life. That being said, I think the weather is similar to here, maybe a heavy downpour and then sunshine. It was certainly like that last Sunday. All part of the fun.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:28 pm 
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nharrild wrote:
Whats the name, address of the Hotel in Bouillon ?
Hotel de la Poste ,Bouillon http://www.hotelposte.be/index.asp?taal=en

Hotel de la Poste is easy to find as it is in the middle of town right next to one of 2 Bridges (the 1 with a Roundabout)...

See you tmrw @ 6pm

Richard, is the route the same as last years jaunt?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Hi Phil,

I have mucked it about (improved, I should say) a bit and I think the return route is very different.

You should be able to download the route in Excel???

Cheers,

Richard


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:53 pm 
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Birota automataria levis wrote:
Hi Phil,

I have mucked it about (improved, I should say) a bit and I think the return route is very different.

You should be able to download the route in Excel???

Cheers,

Richard
You have mucked it about rather nicely Richard and I like it :mrgreen:

I have downloaded the routes and written them down on a scrap of Paper that I retrieved from the Bin, so, all set for the off :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:33 pm 
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Top time had :mrgreen:

Despite dire weather forebodings and news from the UK that it was peeing down back home, we were incredibly lucky. The heaviest rain I think we saw all weekend was on Saturday morning's early-doors blat down the M20 to the Chunnel. Everything after that was near enough OK, bar the odd heavish shower. Indeed much of the time it was up in the high teens, not sunny but good biking weather.

I really enjoyed the two days away and the company of all those that came along. But the biggest hats off must go to Paula H ('Pooh') on her first venture abroad on a motorcycle.... Well done, 'Honorary bloke' *.... and to Jac-Ass's son, Jake, who at only 10 is already another 'Honary bloke', what a great lad.

I will definitely run the same jaunt again later in the year.

Richard

*In true 'Honary bloke' style, Paula ignored Belgium's one hour time difference this morning :lol: But I'm sure it was just a cunning ruse, to make sure someone got her bike out of the garage and have it waiting ready outside the hotel. Very clever :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:44 pm 
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Witing this just before i collapse into bed- 693 miles from home and back on the best week end, couldn't fault it even with a bit of rain and wind: lovely kind, funny people (thats phil doing is various exercises as we go along , keeping me amused and bemused and his constant smile and thumbs up was so encouraging). thanks to phil and jaques for back marking ( jacks your son is fab). Hotel was super, meals great, roads unbeleivable - bends that went on forever and open roads that just needed to be ridden - you made me feel welcome and comfortable- thank you mark, cory, richie, neill, ian, phil, louise, jaques, zane and especially mr Nash- the man - a true gentleman x


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