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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:44 am 
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The trip is open to any paid up Associate/Full Members. If you haven't ridden overseas before it is an opportunity to experience it in the company of others who have. Don't fret, there'll be no knee down riding. :wink:

The round trip extends to a distance of 140 miles from Calais to Calais via the town of Cassell where refreshments are taken ( or take your own) and then on to the coastal resort of Le Touquet for lunch (again feel free to take your own) From there the route runs North to return to Calais.

You are required to make your own booking, the details of which are:

Eurotunnel. Departure - Folkestone. Saturday May 10th 2014. 07.20 Train.
Departure - Calais. Saturday May 10th 2014. 17.50 Train.
Cost currently, £30 return.

The rendevouse point for traveling to Folkestone will be the CAR PARK at THURROCK SERVICES (off the M25) not the Coach Park or the Truck Park. The departure time from the Car Park shall be 06.00 sharp :shock: Make your own way if you so prefer. I ask all riders to refuel at the Service Station before the Tunnel off slip. We use the Marker system whilst traveling.

Any questions, please ask. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:21 pm 
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:D Booked and paid for.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:40 pm 
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Geoff Preston wrote:
Any questions, please ask. :)
Hi Geoff, will you be sporting the reflective Helmet stickers that are supposedly required by French plod?

http://ukfrancebikers.com/2013/03/16...n-all-helmets/

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:50 am 
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Booked. Rather than come to Thurrock I will wait at the M25/M20 junction and catch the group up on the M20 (assuming Geoff wears his yellow helmet) since I live south of the river. I have ordered reflective helmet stickers; a no-brainer for me since I love all things reflective! I will have a spare bulb set, and I always wear a HiVis vest anyway (even though these are not compulsory).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:00 am 
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if you are going on this trip. take a take a peg from your washing line. when you get your ticket. think peg and stop thinking doh.

chris did you buy a job lot of stickers. if so can the riders chip in and get them from you :?:

phill good info as per normal. I take you wont be going as it will be sunny :!:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:52 am 
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Spider, No, I only bought enough for my own helmet. I used to have a collection of reflective stickers (they were sold in supermarkets in Sweden) but that got 'lost' when I moved to Sydenham.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:06 pm 
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ok chris. thanks for reply.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:33 am 
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spider wrote:
chris did you buy a job lot of stickers. if so can the riders chip in and get them from you :?:

phill good info as per normal. I take you wont be going as it will be sunny :!:
Your correct Spider, I wont be going (work :( ) but going away either side of this day trip :mrgreen:

The reflective stickers are available from Harpers in Leigh.

Hope you all have a good day, I would make a weekend of it :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:43 pm 
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Anything reflective Phil and I'm in there, can't get enough of it. Isn't it nice of our French neighbours to invite us to sport even more of it!

Be aware also dear friends, it is now illegal to filter in France or, as our American cous's would say 'lane split'


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:08 am 
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Herewith the Route Plan for the Franch Day Ride.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:13 pm 
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I ask all riders to refuel at the Service Station before the Tunnel off slip


Geoff. Would that be the STOP24 at J11, or is there one even closer to the terminal? I ask in case I do not connect with the group on the M20 (as I have in previous years).

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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:17 pm 
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That's the one Chris but, only if we arrive in good time. Otherwise it'll be fill up on the other side!


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 8:32 pm 
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Many thanks to Geoff for organising an excellent day out looping around the Pas de Calais, and I think the eight who took part all enjoyed themselves. The weather before lunch was uniformly foul, and after lunch delightfully sunny. To the best of my knowledge nothing went wrong! Pictures have been posted.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:29 pm 
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chris_johnson wrote:
To the best of my knowledge nothing went wrong!


Cough! :mrgreen:

After I nipped off to Carrefour to buy some lovely stinky cheese I spent an hour with Border Control. :?

I forgot my passport this morning & it only occurred to me as we pootled through the unmanned Passport Control this morning on our way to France.
Schengen Agreement, blah, blah, blah, got my picture ID driving license, crack on!

Besides, I've done this before about five years ago & Border Control were pretty chilled about accepting my driving license as ID. :oops:

Different story this time: The alleged checks to verify my identity took a suspiciously long time in this electronic, instantaneous day & age.
I got the impression that they wanted me to try extra hard to pack my passport in future.

Once I figured out that I was being kept at their leisure, I laid out my picnic in their office & started to watch a downloaded BBC Iplayer wildlife program on my phone.
Round about the time that I got the Camembert out of my shopping bag & put it on the table, they found me in their database & I was forced to watch the rest of my program on the train.

Superb day once again Geoff & thanks to all the people on the trip- it was an excellent day, thoroughly enjoyed it. 8)

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Geoff.
Firstly thank you for escorting us around France. Despite the soggy conditions,(gloves still drying out) riding on the wrong side of the road, I had a great time and all of this was a new experience for me. (Another one off the to-do list!).
Secondly, Alan and I got back safely, lost you at the check-in while I was sorting out boarding pass, and accidentally put on to an earlier train. That's typical of me no idea of time or where I'm going.

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