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Paulbde
25-02-08, 10:29
This thread will be used for publishing important information in the countdown to the Italia 08 depature date.

For general posts, please post in the "Italia 08 - General Postings" section

Paulbde
25-02-08, 10:50
Please ensure you are aware of the following dates:

Last date for commiting to the Italia 08 Tour - Friday 7th March

Ferry / Tunnel payments received by - Friday 14th March

Last date to cancel - Monday 24th March

Crossing booked on - Tuesday 25th March

Departure - Saturday 14th June


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Paulbde
27-02-08, 09:50
Ladies & Gents,

As far as I am aware, the following riders are participating in the Italia 08 tour.

Please ensure you check this list is correct

Many thanks

Paul

Tour administrators

Paulbde
Baronlebon

Single riders

Major Gadget
Gippo
DV8
Fuddy
Novice
Panzerphil
Pablo 666
Navigator
Carrots Charger
Seamus 1504
Mrs Seamus 1504
Stolzy

Pillion

Bryn & Lyn
Steve Morris
Stevo & Hayleigh
Flash of the Gap & Trassa

By my count, thats 20 bikes and 24 people :eek:

Reserves

Kallie121

Drop -outs

Panal
Vectis Traveller
Big Dave

Paulbde
27-02-08, 17:52
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please note that Italia 08 has reached 21 bikes and 25 people.

Therefore, the trip is now closed.

If anybody wishes to join the tour, I am happy to add them to a reserve list, on a first come - first offered basis.

Should anybody drop out, then I will make a post in this section.

Regards

PaulBDE

Paulbde
28-02-08, 13:55
Now that I have been firming up accommodation etc, please find attached a revised trip budget guide.

Paul

Item Description Total

Fuel based upon 300 miles @ 25 per tank 220

camping based on a max figure of 12 per night 96

Hotel Mainz based on 2 riders in a twin room (per person) 25

Food & Beer average of 20 per day 200

Vignettes Switzerland & Austria 25

Ferry/tunnel max price 72 72

French motorway tolls 35

Misc 25

trip budget estimate 698

Paulbde
01-04-08, 18:47
Channel crossing √

Camping √

Nancy √

Pisa √

Lake Como √

Rome √

Rimini √

Garmisch √

Ibis Mainz √

Tour shirts will be ordered w/c 28th April

GPS Route data will be distributed w/c 26th May

Road book e-mail will be distributed w/c 2nd June

Paul

Paulbde
26-04-08, 21:15
Gents, the routing is final finished and has been sent to your email addresses.

Please ensure that you download them and ensure you have no compatability issues.

Try not to leave checking this bit until the day before we depart please!

Cheers

PL


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flash of the gap
28-04-08, 13:36
sorry paul dont seem to have recieved anything on my e mail you got the right address :nenau :thumb2

seamus1504
28-04-08, 19:40
Same here Paul,I'll PM you my e-mail address.
Cheers
Seamus

Paulbde
02-05-08, 17:07
Gents, as some of you will be aware, I am in the midst of changing my job, so as such I have been unable to spend any time with the remaining tour bits and pieces.

It is my intention to correct this over the weekend and will be posting updates on:

GPS routing

Tour Shirts

and anything else that I remember!

Keep an eye out!

Cheers

Paul

Paulbde
26-05-08, 17:30
Guys,

As you will be aware, I have been in the process of changing my job, so not really been around to update the site all that much!

I have spent today getting all the final costing together, and will also be the end of this week post a new set of GPS routing.

The difference between what you have now and what you will get is:

1. The map set is corrected regarding seasonal avoidance

2. The daily routes will now show central lunch meeting points

3. A waypoint is added for meeting Flash & Trassa

4. A waypoint is added for meeting Stolzy

I have also sent you today a spreadsheet that details all the accommodation costing for the upcoming tour.

As well as some info on outstanding costs - please come back to me on that one.

Paulbde
26-05-08, 17:34
Following a recent question raised, please note


When travelling in Europe, ensure you carry the original copy of your V5 and current insurance certificate along with your driving licence.

What I would suggest is:

Make a colour copy / scan of all three items and print / laminate them, and have them handy - i.e. in the tank bag.

The originals, seal in a plastic bag and bury in a pannier.

The a flash of the copies will get you past most Euro cops, however take the originals in case they want to get funny.

Paul

Gippo
29-05-08, 21:27
Hi all

I know a lot of you on the Tour are going to be able to communicate by radio but I thought it might also be an idea if we all knew, or had available, everyones mobile phone number.

If you would like to PM me with your individual numbers I will then collate them and publish to all prior to the tour.

Apologies Paul if this was something you had planned to do...

Cheers :beerjug:

G

Major Gadget
29-05-08, 22:49
Hi all

I know a lot of you on the Tour are going to be able to communicate by radio but I thought it might also be an idea if we all knew, or had available, everyones mobile phone number.

If you would like to PM me with your individual numbers I will then collate them and publish to all prior to the tour.

Apologies Paul if this was something you had planned to do...

Cheers :beerjug:

G

Hi Graham, Paul does this and gives everyone a copy , just in case.

Cheers Ken.

Paulbde
03-06-08, 20:33
Gentlemen,

You have mail!

Via your normal e-mail, I have sent you the full trip GPS files.

The files have been updated to read easier on your route list, and now also include:

Fuel Zones

Lunch Stops

Camp sites

I have also included a sheet on what is loaded on what day, and also local regulations for the country we are passing through.

Let me know if you have any Q's

Paul


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Taff
03-06-08, 21:23
Hi Graham, Paul does this and gives everyone a copy , just in case.Paul. I must say I really wish I could be as organised as you. :o

Stevo
04-06-08, 13:09
Top man:thumb2:thumb2:thumb2

All files received and uploaded onto the Zummo.

Mucho excitedo now!!!

All that's left to do is wash :monkeypiz and check:eek the bike over, slap a few stickers on, fill it up with juice and see you all at the ferry on th 14th. Simple innit.
:cool:

Bryn
04-06-08, 15:39
Thanks Paul :bounce1

T minus 9 days :D

THE DOCTOR
04-06-08, 15:42
Thanks Paul.

Routes & waypoints successfully transferred to my GPS. :thumb2

Gippo
04-06-08, 19:33
Nice one Paul...Thanks :thumb2

I feel I might have missed something somewhere along the line...(Probably at the last meeting I guess..)

But what time is the ferry crossing...when and where are we all to meet up..???

I know I'm being a pain...but I'm getting sooooooooo excited!!!!!!!

G :beerjug:

Navigator
05-06-08, 09:50
Carrots Charger and myself have booked accommodation in Dover on the Friday so if anybody fancies meeting up for a beer/dinner I am sure we can sort something. :beer:

Bryn
05-06-08, 20:12
Carrots Charger and myself have booked accommodation in Dover on the Friday so if anybody fancies meeting up for a beer/dinner I am sure we can sort something. :beer:


There's Lyn & myself, Seamus and Sue , and Steve (Stemo) booked into Clare house on Folkestone Road..... sounds like a plan :thumb

Steve the Kiwi
05-06-08, 20:32
Bloody hell:eek: talk about organized! It sound like a crack commando raid on Italy! I'm guessing Paul you're not big on the flip-a-coin-at-the-intersection-left-or-right style touring???

(secretly I'm very jealous )

stolzy
06-06-08, 08:05
Bloody hell:eek: talk about organized! It sound like a crack commando raid on Italy! I'm guessing Paul you're not big on the flip-a-coin-at-the-intersection-left-or-right style touring???

(secretly I'm very jealous )
Not sure it would work too well with a group this size.
Reminds me of a (possibly apocryphal, but nevertheless funny) story about an italian army convoy in Somalia. Nighttime convoy crossing the desert, second vehicle loses sight of the tail-lights of the lead vehicle, but resights it sometime later and resumes following. Only problem was that its wasn't the tail-lights of the lead vehicle, but the tail lights of the last vehicle in the convoy. Apparently the convoy kept circling in the desert until they ran out of fuel.

I'm sure we won't be having any of that on this trip :thumb2

pablo666
06-06-08, 09:15
There's Lyn & myself, Seamus and Sue , and Steve (Stemo) booked into Clare house on Folkestone Road..... sounds like a plan :thumb


:):)I'm booked in at the Longfield Guest House Folkestone Road:):)

See ya soon:beerjug:

Stevo
06-06-08, 15:01
Nice one Paul...Thanks :thumb2

I feel I might have missed something somewhere along the line...(Probably at the last meeting I guess..)

But what time is the ferry crossing...when and where are we all to meet up..???

I know I'm being a pain...but I'm getting sooooooooo excited!!!!!!!

G :beerjug:

I think that we are meeting at 7am just through the customs/passport control before you get to the ferry kiosk.

Can someone confirm the above please?

THE DOCTOR
06-06-08, 15:13
I think that we are meeting at 7am just through the customs/passport control before you get to the ferry kiosk.

Can someone confirm the above please?

I asked Baron a few weeks ago & he told me our outward ferry is 07:55 & our return is 18:20. (local times)


Just read this on the P&O site..

Dover-Calais

This is the update for 14h00 on Friday 6th June 2008.

Customers will notice a heightened police presence at ports and are advised to check-in promptly or a little early to accommodate increased security checks.

Paulbde
06-06-08, 18:42
:):)I'm booked in at the Longfield Guest House Folkestone Road:):)

See ya soon:beerjug:

Im also booked into the Longfield.

It is my intention to push off from Northampton around 6.30pm, so if anyone wants to meet up and travel down with me, I will appreciate your company.

Cheers

Paul

Paulbde
06-06-08, 18:46
Nice one Paul...Thanks :thumb2

I feel I might have missed something somewhere along the line...(Probably at the last meeting I guess..)

But what time is the ferry crossing...when and where are we all to meet up..???

I know I'm being a pain...but I'm getting sooooooooo excited!!!!!!!

G :beerjug:

We are to meet at the ferry terminal. Once you go through the first ID check, you follow the road round to the right and there is a parking area before you go into the main passport control.

We need to meet at 7am.

I have just got back from Poland, and have experianced the new security measures, which involve a passport double check/swipe thing, and it really takes a while.

Officially, we have to be there 45 mins before sailing, so I would say, get to the terminal for 6.45am to be on the safe side.

Cheers

Paul

Navigator
06-06-08, 21:43
Don't do mornings me:thedummy. I'm even going to miss breakfast:spitfire. Mr Grumpy is coming to town:mcgun:mcgun:mcgun

GIMLET
07-06-08, 06:05
To all collecting at Dover on the Friday Night if Paul hasn't already got it organised, let me have mobile numbers and we can call to arrange point of meeting.
Navigators booked the room but not exactly sure of accomodations location.
Carrot:thumb2

GIMLET
07-06-08, 06:17
PS GPS Details have been transferred.

pablo666
07-06-08, 09:09
Im also booked into the Longfield.

It is my intention to push off from Northampton around 6.30pm, so if anyone wants to meet up and travel down with me, I will appreciate your company.

Cheers

Paul

Hi Paul, sounds like a plan:)
Any idea of a RV point to meet?:)

Paul

Paulbde
07-06-08, 09:57
Hi Paul, sounds like a plan:)
Any idea of a RV point to meet?:)

Paul

Holiday Inn carpark, at Junction 15

Cheers

Paul

Paulbde
07-06-08, 10:01
Gents, we have had a change to our scheduling.

our outbound ferry departure time has changed to 08.25am

The ferry terminal address is

Travel Centre
Eastern Docks
Dover
Kent
CT16 1JA


Our return sailing is 18.25pm

This means, that with increased security, you need to be at the meeting point (see other post) for 7.15am

If you have any problems on the journey to the ferry, phone me asap

See you all on Friday night for a pint or Saturday for the boat

Cheers

Paul

flash of the gap
07-06-08, 13:33
Guys,

As you will be aware, I have been in the process of changing my job, so not really been around to update the site all that much!

I have spent today getting all the final costing together, and will also be the end of this week post a new set of GPS routing.

The difference between what you have now and what you will get is:

1. The map set is corrected regarding seasonal avoidance

2. The daily routes will now show central lunch meeting points

3. A waypoint is added for meeting Flash & Trassa

4. A waypoint is added for meeting Stolzy

I have also sent you today a spreadsheet that details all the accommodation costing for the upcoming tour.

As well as some info on outstanding costs - please come back to me on that one.

hi paul, you have not e mailed me the files and dont laugh but whats a v 5 document :o

Navigator
07-06-08, 16:18
To all collecting at Dover on the Friday Night if Paul hasn't already got it organised, let me have mobile numbers and we can call to arrange point of meeting.
Navigators booked the room but not exactly sure of accomodations location.
Carrot:thumb2

Whay you expect me to remember??? Somewhere in Dover, got it written down some where and I might even remember t bring it with me.:P

Bryn
07-06-08, 16:45
hi paul, you have not e mailed me the files and dont laugh but whats a v 5 document :o


V5 is the bikes log book... how's yer ribs me old mucker ? :D

flash of the gap
07-06-08, 17:14
V5 is the bikes log book... how's yer ribs me old mucker ? :D

just puttin the bbq sauce on em now :aidan

Bryn
07-06-08, 17:55
just puttin the bbq sauce on em now :aidan


:weights :D

Stevo
10-06-08, 19:36
There's Lyn & myself, Seamus and Sue , and Steve (Stemo) booked into Clare house on Folkestone Road..... sounds like a plan :thumb

Hayley and myself are booked into the Ramada :cool: (about 5 miles from Folkestone Rd) on Friday.

We'd love to meet for a pre trip beer:beerjug:

Anyone got a confirmed plan yet? Time/place etc,etc.

Please pm me:thumb

Cheers

Stevo

Navigator
10-06-08, 20:57
Carrots charger and myself are leaving Thatcham, near the M4, about 3.30pm :clap if anybody wants to come meet up with us and travel down.
Regarding meeting in Dover I would expect to be safely ensconsed by 6.30 pm in Dover. We will wander off to find a meal and a quiet ish pub maybe. Pablo has my number and as his bluetooth connection is crap:roll:roll I suggest he call me when he gets down. Anybody else who is coming down and wants to meet up can PM me their phone number and we will sort something out on Friday.

Paulbde
11-06-08, 19:31
Hayley and myself are booked into the Ramada :cool: (about 5 miles from Folkestone Rd) on Friday.

We'd love to meet for a pre trip beer:beerjug:

Anyone got a confirmed plan yet? Time/place etc,etc.

Please pm me:thumb

Cheers

Stevo

Having spoken to Bryn, us that have to work expect to be heading for the pub in Dover for around 9.30

Paulbde
12-06-08, 19:16
Well it's finally here!

my bike is fully loaded and sitting in the garage waiting to go.

After all the planning and challenges - tomorrow we roll!

Thanks to everyone for the help, support and advice and also all the people who even though not going, have followed the progress of this trip and wished us all well.

There will be a write up thread in this section for a while, before everything gets moved to the report main section.

I am sure that there will be plenty of pics and stories posted, and I will do a full write up at some point in the near future.

To everyone thats going on the trip, thank you for wanting to take part, and especially to Baron - minister of transport for the assistance in making it happen.

See you when we get back

Cheers

PaulBDE


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THE DOCTOR
12-06-08, 19:23
Well it's finally here!

my bike is fully loaded and sitting in the garage waiting to go.

After all the planning and challenges - tomorrow we roll!

Thanks to everyone for the help, support and advice and also all the people who even though not going, have followed the progress of this trip and wished us all well.

To everyone thats going on the trip, thank you for wanting to take part, and especially to Baron - minister of transport for the assistance in making it happen.

Cheers

PaulBDE



Well done lads, the preparation & build-up has been very professional. :clap

Here's to a great few days away! :beerjug:

Just got to secure the luggage, adjust tyre pressures & wind the preload up a bit.
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Gippo
12-06-08, 19:52
Just got to secure the luggage, adjust tyre pressures & wind the preload up a bit.


And hope we don't get any severe cross winds....!!!!!:augie

Untill tomorrow...:beerjug:

stolzy
12-06-08, 20:40
I guess its going to go a bit quiet round here for the next day or so.
Have a good trip down you guys and I'll see y'all in Basel on Sunday

Take it easy.

best
John

Navigator
12-06-08, 20:46
Is that all your taking? I have got the Famsa bags with the side bits so I can take more crap. But I am still going to forget something really important.

GIMLET
12-06-08, 20:48
Just don't forget the hotel address.

Chuck
13-06-08, 07:58
Bloody hell !! you lot are organised I haven't found my camping gear yet since I moved !!

Top job Paul !

Richard

Navigator
13-06-08, 11:14
SGONE TO SPEC SAVERS:blast

Deleted Member I
13-06-08, 11:49
Why am I so crap at packing ...

Forgot to pack my swimming trunks and packed too much so my SLR camera is left at home :rolleyes:

Lucky I work in Central London so I can buy the things I forgot :D

Remember insect repellent lads .. those buggers are lethal! :mcgun

couple of hours to go .. :bounce1 :bounce1 :bounce1 :bounce1 :bounce1

GIMLET
13-06-08, 12:07
All the gear is standing in the hall, batteries getting last minute charge.
Last cup of tea before loading and heading over to Navigators.
See you tonight for those that fancy a pint, if not see you in the morning.