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Thread: Wapping's Wanders 2012 - Verdun, Vosges, Dijon etc. 25 August - 02 September

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    HOTELS

    For phil954 and Bryn only on the Friday night: Le Bistro, Hameau du Cap, Cap Gris Nez, 62179 - Tel: +33 3 213 29679. This is a simple B&B, run by nice bods with a decently priced simple restaurant. I have used it as an overnight stop-off lots of times. Not surprisingly, they do not have a website. Rooms are booked in my name.

    Verdun. We are staying in a place called Marre, about 20 minutes outside of Le Mans. It's the Village Gaulois. Again, it's somewhere we have used several times before.

    http://www.villagegaulois.com/

    Turckheim, about 20 minutes from Colmar. Once more, it's somewhere we have used before.

    http://www.aubergedubrand.com/

    Semur-en-Auxois, about 20 minutes walk into the town. This is the hotel I had to swap to, in order to get us all in. I have used it before, several times.

    http://www.hostellerie.fr/en/

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    ROUTES

    I have created suggested routes for our outwards and return journeys.

    With Bryn and Ian going over the night before and us others going over on Saturday, it's probably easiest to meet at the first large shell fuel / food stop on the A26 heading south.

    For Ian and Bryn, I have made two separate routes (A) and (B) which will take you from the Chunnel to Cap Gris Nez and then on Saturday from the B&B to the Shell station, about 10 to 15 minutes after the payage barrier. I would guess it is about one hour from the B&B.

    Breakfast in the B&B kicks-off at around 08:30. Our train should arrive at about 09:20 local time; I would estimate that we should be at the Shell station by about 10:00 o'clock. Rather than hang around the fuel pumps, I suggest we meet up in the cafe restaurant thing. I will PM you both my mobile number.

    From the meet-up point, we have a choice. We can either leave the motorway before or at Cambrai. It's much of a muchness, either way. I have created two alternative routes (1 and 1.2) so we can decide on the day. Both routes will give an estimated mileage from Calais to the hotel of between 230 and 250 miles.

    Verdun to Turckheim. This is route (2). I have lobbed in a stretch of motorway to miss out a grind between Pont-a-Mousson and Nancy. The whole route is about 212 miles.

    Turckheim to Semur-en-Auxois, is route (3). There is a stretch of the N19 which is not great, but there is not a lot of alternative and the D13 makes up for it.

    I have routed us roughly east to west across from Dijon to Semur-en-Auxois. Depending on the time and how bods feel, we could cut north via Is-sur-Thil, blatting up to Chatillon-sur-Seine and then cut back down to Semur-en-Auxois. It's easy enough to decide on the afternoon. It would add a fair chunk to our day's ride but it's fun........... The total distance without the Is-sur-Thil / Chatillon branch-off is 200 miles.

    Semur-en-Auxois to the Chunnel. Our longest day at 320 miles but the last 100 miles or so is on the motorway, so timewise not too bad. Somewhat unimaginatively, this is route (4).

    I can suggest an alternative route, which would take us up via Peronne, diagonally to roughly Boulogne and then a quick burst up the coast motorway to the Chunnel. It's doable, for sure, but we would need to get our skates on and probably keep them on..... I haven't created the route but it's easy enough to do.

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    Days off......

    I have a load of suggested routes, ideas on what bods may (or may not) like to do, things to see or whatever.... Rather than list them all out, I thought it better if we sit back with a beer or vin and decide when we are there. I have no problem at all with bods doing their own thing all day or any day. I will bring assorted maps, my small laptop loaded with Mapsource and assorted waypoints. I am sure we can each dream up something.

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    Anything else? Well, just the usual really:

    If we can all have near enough a full tank when we rendezvous on day one that would be good, it will save us getting too many fuel 'stops and starts'. Not everyone will be riding mile-munchers, so there will be sensibly spaced fuel stops anyway.

    I will bring a simple but comprehensive tool kit, bits'n'bobs bobs and a puncture repair kit / compressor.

    Insurance.... well, it's up to you to decide how far you can push a motorbike with a fever of 110, a busted final drive and a broken leg. My bet is five feet on a good day. Seriously, having the cover helps others (us) to help (you) if the worst happens; I have seen it in action.... and what happens without it.

    Passport, V5 and driving licence. The police WILL ask to see them if you / we are stopped, trust me. It can be a BIG fine if you cannot produce them, trust me again.

    Mobile phone, preferably switched on for overseas use including text and voicemail.

    Some cash / credit cards etc. I suggest we have a simple whip to buy coffees etc.

    We can use the 'marker' drop-off system if it suits. If nothing else it would keep bods together. I am more tham happy to follow, lead or back-mark.

    It's a holiday, not a race...... But I am not the law, nor French... so have no objection to 'making progress where appropriate'.... Take care, let's all try our best to come back in one piece and not too extra lightened in our wallets' tax department; I find it makes for a better holiday all round.

    Richard

    PS The Mapsource routes are hosted on Dropbox. Let me know if you have a problem downloading or opening it.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Ver...6%20Colmar.gdb

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    Thanks for the info Richard, I will do the usual, look at me map and scribble the route down on a scrap of paper

    Is there Fuel near Marre?

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil954 View Post
    Thanks for the info Richard, I will do the usual, look at me map and scribble the route down on a scrap of paper

    Is there Fuel near Marre?

    Phil
    Can't go wrong with paper and maps

    Yes..... but last time I was there about three weeks ago the pumps had ceased to function, even for Frenchmen

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    Hi Richard, all routes transferred to Satnav with no problems. Thanks for all your hard word putting this trip together. See you in France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iand46 View Post
    Hi Richard, all routes transferred to Satnav with no problems. Thanks for all your hard word putting this trip together. See you in France.
    Must just be me as usual

    The document “Verdun & Colmar-3.gdb” could not be opened. MapManager cannot open files in the “Garmin MapManager Document” format.

    Any clues about how I get the maps onto the 660?

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    May have cracked it.... Was using Road Trip ( Mac) downloaded Basecamp and it seems to be working

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBL View Post
    Normal set of other tossers booked on a later train on the saturday Richard but may see you in the terminal for a coffee, bank holiday in the ardennes for us.

    Have a good un
    As young Lloyd said, on the 8:50 Sat morning probably by which time you will be on the other side! Me, Worthing Welsh & better half, Tom (but only if it's not raining!) and Jason. Up to the usual watering hole in Bouillon, shame Lloyd let his young lady sell the bar.
    Have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn View Post
    May have cracked it.... Was using Road Trip ( Mac) downloaded Basecamp and it seems to be working
    Hi Bryn, have you got your Satnav sorted ?

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    Seem to have loaded now....


    As far as the Train time for the Saturday contingent.... 0742 equates to 0842 Euro time, so i reckon if we aim to leave Cap Gris Nez at 0900 to head for the meeting point we should all arrive at exactly the same time ....

    Any comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn View Post

    Any comments?
    Good enough for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Good enough for me
    We'll see you at the RV then

    Is Phil staying at Cap Gris Nez as well as Ian and us? or is that a typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn View Post
    We'll see you at the RV then

    Is Phil staying at Cap Gris Nez as well as Ian and us? or is that a typo
    Excellent.

    C'est un typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Excellent.

    C'est un typo

    Vieillesse

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    Bryn and Iand46, if you haven't set off, have a safe ride to Cap Gris Nez.

    Look forward to seeing you all on the A26, Shell petrol station's customer services thing, at around 10:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Bryn and Iand46, if you haven't set off, have a safe ride to Cap Gris Nez.

    Look forward to seeing you all on the A26, Shell petrol station's customer services thing, at around 10:00.
    We're planning on leaving Leicester around midday ... Train at 1640 .....

    See you on the other side

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    Today was a good day.

    Great to meet you all, sun, mountains, good company - what's not to like

    BTW, you can't see Ian on this pic - apparently he doesn't show up on photographs
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