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    OK, we now have rooms for everyone.....

    DEFINITE

    Single rooms
    Wapping
    Kimbo
    Begra
    Denz0
    GS Paddy

    Double rooms
    Stuntman & wife
    dxtans & wife
    Brenchleyhibs & wife


    I had hoped to book us into a choice of about three Logis hotels I had in mind but the number of rooms we needed made it all but impossible.

    Anyway, never mind we will stay in an Ibis at Boulogne instead.

    Hotel ibis Boulogne sur Mer Centre Cathedrale

    http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-...le/index.shtml


    • I have secured our booking with my credit card
    • I have reserved us enough space in the carpark


    So that's that, done.

    I now will sort us out somewhere to eat on Saturday night and a route for Sunday.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post

    (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

    Are spare bulbs not mandatory in France?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timaloy View Post
    Are spare bulbs not mandatory in France?
    Nope.

    Or if they are, I have never had any, nor been asked to produce any, despite being stopped more than once I don't intend to start carrying them either. If a bulb goes.... ride to a garage and buy another, it's what a French bod would do.

    Probably are in a car, along with a warning triangle, yellow bib, a rolled up copy of Le Figaro and 20 Gauloise (no matches).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Nope.

    Or if they are, I have never had any, nor been asked to produce any, despite being stopped more than once I don't intend to start carrying them either. If a bulb goes.... ride to a garage and buy another, it's what a French bod would do.

    Probably are in a car, along with a warning triangle, yellow bib, a rolled up copy of Le Figaro and 20 Gauloise (no matches).
    Excellent. Actually, now you mention it I wasn't asked by French Plod for proof I had bulbs when I was stopped last year.

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    All booked on the train........ Won't tell you how much it cost as I left it to the last minute

    Thank again Richard

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    Train booked. Also stung for an arm and a leg. Really looking forward to it. Thanks Richard.

    Steve

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    Hoorah

    As the weather seems to be picking up, I may for us to take a packed lunch for Saturday, stoping at a picnic spot we have used before. This will give us a bit more flexibility. Let's take a view in a fortnight or so's time.

    I have worked out several alternative routes, each subject to the weather. Again, I'll ping them up nearer the time.

    For anyone who is interested, I will bring three different maps with me, each of the same area but very different to look at. It will give anyone who is really new to riding abroad and / plotting routes a good idea of what different maps (beyond Google maps and Mapsource) offer. Before long you'll have me out of a job.... Which is what I hope

    Richard

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    Is anyone staying in the Premier Inn the night before?

    I might.....not beacuase I live a million miles away but beacause I am a lazy git

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    No one? Oh well, it's pizza and a brass for one then

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    Right ho, the medium range weather forecast looks OK, not scorchio but apparently dry.

    That's good news as we can go for a packed lunch idea on Saturday and (maybe) Sunday, too. I will amend the routes to take in this idea and post them up on THURSDAY evening.

    If everyone can at least bring something for their lunch, that woud be great.

    There having been no cry-off's I will reconfirm our five single and three double rooms at the hotel.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Right ho, the medium range weather forecast looks OK, not scorchio but apparently dry.
    Cold is fine, it's the dry that's the important thing for me!

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    One day early, as I remembered I am out with assorted Tossers tomorrow night.

    Here are the routes, Mapsource file of four routes, hosted on Dropbox

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ril%202013.gdb

    Richard

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    Hello Richard,
    Cheers for the route.
    Thought you'd gone AWOL for a moment there.

    Should have known better !!
    David
    David is...
    Going Down on a Signal 15 !

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    Thanks Richard.

    I think I may have even uploaded it onto my Garmin....... more by accident than by having a clue what I am doing

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    There are more restauarants of all sorts that you can shake a stick at in Boulogne.

    Via the power of Franglais, I have booked us a table for eleven bods at 20:00 at La Grillardine. Never been there but what the hell.

    The restaurant seems to be not too far away from the hotel, at 30 Rue de Lille, Boulogne-Sur-Mer

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr...ra=ls&t=m&z=18

    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUse...de_Calais.html

    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...de_Calais.html

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    Excellent work Richard. See you all at Folkestone on Saturday morning.

    The weather forecast is still looking good for a weekend across the water

    Andy

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