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    Wapping's Wanders Six - Weekend of 22 / 23 October

    Date: Weekend of 22 / 23 October.

    Train times: To be sorted out, maybe go over on Friday late afternoon or earlyish doors on Saturday???? But, either way, aim to be back on a train on Sunday at around 18:30ish.

    Going to: Somewhere in the rough triangle, Amiens, Peronne, Arras

    Suitable for: Anyone who can ride a motorcycle. There will be no off-road sections but the odd excursion down some 'interesting' roads is not unknown, often with an accompanying whiff of 'farm yard' or (more likely) 'He's lost' about them. In short, I would be happy to ride them on an R1, a GS or a pushbike.

    Hotels: I will book the rooms, somewhere. I have made initial contact with: http://ldf-80.reservit.com/jreservit...714&partid=514 just waiting for a reply.

    Numbers: Six to eight bikes is a good number to have, I think. Pillions are welcome. The main restriction is the number of rooms if we do not go to an Ibis or similar chain hotel.

    Navigation: I will produce Garmin GPS files and we can use the drop-off system, not least as it keeps everyone involved.

    What to do: The area is in the centre of the Picardy, Circuit of Remembrance, Great War memorials etc. so I will cobble something together around that, I guess.

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    If, for any reason, the date moves to the weekend before or after then I would be keen to come along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benhur View Post
    If, for any reason, the date moves to the weekend before or after then I would be keen to come along.
    Sorry, stuck where we are.

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    Might be up for that. Can you pencil me in. I'll drop you an email. Do you still take Tigers ?

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    Rory and I are up for the cup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Middle-aged-Man View Post
    Might be up for that. Can you pencil me in. I'll drop you an email. Do you still take Tigers ?
    Tigers, welcome.... half the world seems to own one, after all.

    Pencilled in.

    Look forward to email.

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    R&R to date

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    The hotel has just confirmed my booking, so we are now cooking on gas

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=3-5,...m&z=16&vpsrc=0

    From a quick look at Google street view the hotel is right in the middle of Albert, which is fine. The restaurant should be OK, so I have taken the liberty of saying we will all eat in.

    i have reserved:

    Two double rooms (Four adults)

    Two single rooms (Two adults)

    Two twin rooms (Four adults) - One gone to ChasMill & son

    Now to set about the route down, the day out on Sunday and the return route back on Sunday late afternoon. Even taking a scenic'ish run it's not so far to Albert; so we can go on Saturday morning if it's easier for everyone. Depending on the time out on Saturday morning, it may be an idea to do the packed lunch thing again, perhaps?

    Richard

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    Sounds like a plan. Happy to go out Friday or Saturday (even though it will mean an early start). Also happy to "sweep" if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    R&R to date

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    Ooops, Slight diary issue.......... the management now tell me we're meeting "that nice couple" from Scotland for walking that weekend. I'm afraid I will have to un-pencil please Richard.

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    I have hacked out the longer Circuit of Remembrance route. It is definitely not the roads we will take, it's just to let bods (and me) get a feel for what we might do.

    Staying in Albert is OK as we could perhaps 'do' the Doullens, Beaumont Hamel (and Albert) stops on the way down. We could then do bits of the southern leg on Sunday. I don't think we will have time to do the whole journey, see ALL the sites AND get back to Calais for 18:30. Maybe get round as far as the Australian Memorial at Villers Bretonneux, say?

    I will work on that idea some more, trying to build in some decent roads to ride AND sites to see. Either way, I think it will mean a 09:00 start on Sunday, if possible.

    Richard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Middle-aged-Man View Post
    Ooops, Slight diary issue.......... the management now tell me we're meeting "that nice couple" from Scotland for walking that weekend. I'm afraid I will have to un-pencil please Richard.
    Send 'em packing and come with us.

    Never mind, give B & R my best wishes, please.... I haven't seen them in yonks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChasMill View Post
    Sounds like a plan. Happy to go out Friday or Saturday (even though it will mean an early start). Also happy to "sweep" if needed.
    Ta, muchly.

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    Nope, sorry, bang in the middle of my six day shift .....

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    I think I have got it near enough right now, subject to a look at a proper map before we go.

    I can see that there is a chunk of motorway on Sunday after leaving Peronne, but:

    (a) It's not far

    (b) The available roads run parallel to the motorway and are near enough straight. So it makes real sense, saving some time to look at the sights, to then hop on the motorway, which was why the French built it.

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    The route down from Calais is 100 miles, so we should have time to see some sights towards the end of the afternoon. Pack lunch will be in order.

    The route back on Sunday, is 50 miles to take in the sights and then a further 100 miles back NE across country. Again, should be doable, if we can crack off at 09:00.

    Lunch we will have to take on the hoof somewhere...... If we do run very short of time, we can always cut our losses and head for the superslab and home up the coast.

    Richard
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    Thumbs up Yessir!

    Excellent work! Please "ink" myself and the venerable Mrs Brenchleyhibs in on this one please Richard - regardless of a departure late Friday or early Saturday!

    Andy

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