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Thread: Wapping's Wanders 2013 - 20/21 April - Beginners only jaunt across the water

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    Wapping's Wanders 2013 - 20/21 April - Beginners only jaunt across the water

    WHEN: SATURDAY / SUNDAY 20-21 APRIL

    For anyone who is new to riding a bike or hasn't been abroad before on a bike (or at all) or is just a bit unsure what it's all about, here's a chance to have a go.

    This will be the third or forth trip like this I have run and past punters (many of whom have become regular 'Wanderers' in their own right) have been polite enough to say they are worthwhile. So don't be shy, everyone has to start somewhere and nobody has ever taken the pee, I'm pleased to say.

    What will we do:

    (1) Travel over on a reasonably early train, Saturday morning. I will book my tickets tomorrow and ping the times up in a subsequent post.

    (2) Probably trundle about in north-eastern France, never more than say 50 to 100 miles from Calais.

    (3) Take in all the types of road, a bit of motorway, a bit of peage, main roads and dual carriage ways, lesser and minor roads, some villages and towns. There will be NO deliberate off-roadiing. In short, nothing you could not ride on an R1, a bicycle, a GS or roller skates.

    (4) Stay overnight somewhere, maybe the Ibis in St Omer, simply as it's convenient.

    Anyone who can just make one day, I will get us all very close to Calais in the late(ish) afternoon so you can get home.

    (4) Next day, more of the same in a different direction and a train home mid-to-late afternoon / early evening.

    I will provide everyone a route plan and we will use the marker 'drop-off' system, so nobody need feel pressurised to ride faster than they want to.

    NUMBER OF BIKES: Subject to the availability of rooms, say eight to ten. This will make quite a large convoy, but hey-ho. If they are only two or three of us, I'll still do it.

    IF IT'S WET? We are still going. Ice and snow? Forget it!

    Richard

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    Train booked:

    OUT: Saturday 20 April - Departing at 07:50 - arriving at 09:25 local time

    RETURN: Sunday 21 April - Departing at 18:20 - arriving at 17:55 local time

    Cost £28 return

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    Hello Richard,
    If the list is under-subscribed or even if it is not, Pauline and I would love to come along and would be happy to act as the sweeper.

    Thanks
    Dxtans
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    This looks ideal for a mate of mine who did his direct access this year.
    He and I are heading to Mugello for the GP in June and this would be a cracking toe-dipper for him.
    Gutted that I'm working that weekend.

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    David, good to have you both along

    Timaloy, yup, your chum is welcome.

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    IF IT'S WET? We are still going. Ice and snow? Forget it!
    How about if its just a light sprinkling of snow with ice.


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    ^^^^^

    Only if we have a bod to push!


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    Cheers Wapping. Meeting him for breakfast tomorrow, I'll run it by him & see what he thinks.

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    Unfortunately he's not able to make it which is a huge shame.

    Apologies.

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    Sounds like a lovely weekend away, please count me in kind sir

    I need to get more experience abroad, however I can get it, seeing as most of my future planned adventures will be 'over the water'.

    Who, how and when do I pay Richard?

    ATB

    Kim

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    Hi Richard,

    The venerable Mrs Brenchleyhibbs and I would be interested in sharing this experience with you and the other wanderers should the trip be undersubscribed by beginners.

    We'd be looking forward to more -2.0 degree temperatures (if you could kindly arrange it?)

    Thanks,
    Andy

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    Train booked:

    OUT: Saturday 20 April - Departing at 07:50

    RETURN: Sunday 21 April - Departing at 18:20

    dxtans
    David is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenchleyhibs View Post
    Hi Richard,

    The venerable Mrs Brenchleyhibbs and I would be interested in sharing this experience with you.......
    We'd be looking forward to more -2.0 degree temperatures (if you could kindly arrange it?)

    Thanks,
    Andy
    Hi Andy.

    Book yourself onto the train. Always good to have you both along.

    Richard

    I too would like something a bit above zero

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    Is there room for one more? I am fairly new to the GS comunity, having aqcuired a GSA few weeks go, can't say I am a begineer and already done about 10k miles on the V-Strom, in europe, but would like to come along if it's OK.

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    Well worth the effort and a superb host! I went on a "wander" a year or so back. Fantastic little trip even if it did get up to the mid 30's!

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