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

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    What things do you want help with for sorting?

    Fire away......

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    Question hotel

    Hi Richard
    I would like to know witch hotel or b&b are you staying at
    and how to make the reservation
    I don't want to sleep on the bike
    And if you have any route plan

    Thanks

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    I am sure Richard will be along to firm up.
    But as on other ride-outs in the past:
    The hotels are pre-booked on Richard's card, you pay for your own room when you leave. Where you will be staying will also be put up once Richard has confirmation of the rider list and he has confirmed with the said hotel.
    Routes are given out a week or so before the ride-out.

    Very well organised indeed !

    dxtans
    David is...
    Going Down on a Signal 15 !

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    Arrow

    Thank for info
    This is my first trip I'm still green Tosser

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    Yo bro's....

    I haven't forgotten about you all.

    Found myself a new job, settled in and can now get on with life.

    I'll do a headcount tomorrow.

    I'll then find us a hotel, routes etc. etc. etc.

    Richard

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    satnav

    Hi all
    Do I need the GPS for this trip ?
    I'm using tom-tom on my iPhone but is not very good

    advise welcome



    Many thanks Luke

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    Luke, you'll be able to do it without a GPS, I promise.

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    Luke, you'll be able to do it without a GPS, I promise.

    We will use the marker 'Drop off' system, which keeps everyone together, even if we get spread over a mile or more, as we might well be.

    Don't worry that you don't know how it works. It's really easy and I'll run through it for everyone. The great thing is that:

    1. It keeps the whole crocodile chain together and turning over. Only the leader and the tail ender maintain station, all the other members move up and down.

    2. It stops the riders at the rear having to play catch up with the front. It's a fact that speed increases as you move further from the front, as hindmost riders will have to accelerate to keep the fellows ahead of them in sight. Throw in some traffic lights, a slow roundabout or two or if several overtakes have to be delayed and the gap between ALL the riders increases.... Meaning that those catching up have to go faster and faster. I would estimate that if the rider at the front is riding at a very steady sixty miles an hour, the fellow at the back will be doing over 80 just to catch up.

    Here's a reasonable guide to it:

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=311422

    Loads about it here:

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dr...iw=768&bih=900

    When leading and participating in rides I find that within an hour or two everyone settles down, gets used to the riders (and riding styles) of the bods around them and things trundle along really well. By the end of day two or three it's really hopping along.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    and the tai lender ..
    Anyone we know?

    Could they help out in Cyprus?

    Thomas! There's a mouse duck in the house!





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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Masters View Post
    Anyone we know?

    Could they help out in Cyprus?

    I believe they are down by the Cypriot naval docks already....

    Love you long time....

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    My advance recon unit is reporting queues and one hour delays... There again, that may be just to get into their bathroom at home

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    Hey ho, let's go....

    I have the following bods down on the list:

    DEFINITE
    Wapping
    Kimbo
    Begra
    Denz0
    Suntman & wife
    dxtans & wife
    Brenchleyhibs & wife

    Seven bikes, three pillions, ten bods. Perfect

    LIST CLOSED

    Those that are subscribers to UKGSer I will send a PM to, just to remind them.

    Those that aren't I will just have to hope that they see this thread.

    Just to remind everyone:

    Train out SATURDAY 20 April 07:50

    Train back SUNDAY 21 April 18:20


    Anyone coming from Norfolk or equally far away, suggest you get up VERY early or come down the evening before. A popular place to stay seems to be:

    Premier Inn - Folkestone (Channel Tunnel) - Cherry Garden Lane, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4AP - 0871 527 8400

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=folk...ngdom&t=m&z=15

    As usual:

    (1) Please can everyone get on the train with a ful tank of petrol. There will be fuel en-route but it makes sure we all start off at a common point.

    (2) I will be in the travellers' 'experience' waiting area thing in good time before our 07:50 departure. Not sure what bike I will be riding and I don't own a GS.... so don't go looking for one

    (3) I will let all the subscribed members of UKGSer have my mobile no.

    (4) It's a very good idea to have with you:

    • Valid passport
    • Valid V5
    • Valid driving licence (both parts)
    • Valid Motor insurance certificate
    • A spare key for the bike (preferably not locked into a pannier)
    • Valid breakdown / recovery insurance
    • Valid Personal Travel Insurance
    • Valid EHIC card
    • A mobile phone, activated for Continental travel, voice and text
    • A charger for the phone, preferably one that plugs into funny 'foreign' sockets
    • Some local cash
    • A credit or debit card


    (5) I will book our hotel for the Saturday night

    (6) We will use the marker 'drop off' system. I will run through it with everyone. Nobody need get lost.

    (7) It may well still be cold and / or raining; prepare accordingly. The only thing that I will NOT be going in is driving snow. If it snows when we are there, that's tough, we'll sort something out.

    (8) Where are we going? No idea yet, I want to keep half an eye on the likely weather. But, I am very conscious that this is a beginners' trip. We will ride a good cross section of roads. Some might be narrow but there will be no deliberate off-roading or goat tracks. In short, nothing I would not ride on a 1600 GT, a FireBlade or a bicycle.

    (9) I will make sure everyone knows where we will be going BEFORE we go.

    I think that’s it.

    Richard

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    hi, I'm new here. I see you are full on this trip, but would love to come along if someone drops out or maybe on the next trip.
    Best,
    Steve

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    Hi GS Paddy,

    Leave it with me.

    I am just waiting to hear from the hotel, who are being remarkably slow.

    If I can get an extra room, you're in.

    Richard

    BUT THAT'S IT LIST CLOSED

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    great, thanks. Hope it works out.

    Steve

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    This is the sort of thing I have in mind for the Saturday morning, between leaving the train and arriving at Cap Gris Nez. It's about 80 miles.

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=...55.67,,0,-2.05

    I am fiddlling around with hotels, so not sure what will go on during Saturday afternoon..... or Sunday

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