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Thread: Late Wander (26, evening??) 27 & 28 October

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenchleyhibs View Post
    Trip closed.....?

    Already??

    Oops, breath in, room for another one, I'm sure

    One question only.

    Brenchleyhibs plural or singular?

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    Two hotels out of the four contacted are full

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Two hotels out of the four contacted are full
    Half term I believe, I expect the roads in the south East and train will be quite busy, I might set off much earlier than necessary and take a long scenic route to Folkestone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Oops, breath in, room for another one, I'm sure

    One question only.

    Brenchleyhibs plural or singular?
    Mr Brenchleyhibs sans Mrs Brenchleyhibs on this trip - only a single berth required please. I'm happy to book the room for the Friday night at the St Omer Ibis if you could include me in the hotel booking for the Saturday night. I'm happy to share or go solo - whatever it takes to get us all in.

    Cheers,
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenchleyhibs View Post
    Mr Brenchleyhibs sans Mrs Brenchleyhibs on this trip - only a single berth required please. I'm happy to book the room for the Friday night at the St Omer Ibis if you could include me in the hotel booking for the Saturday night. I'm happy to share or go solo - whatever it takes to get us all in.

    Cheers,
    Andy
    No Mrs BHibbs.

    Great if you can do your stuff with the Ibis, whilst I hunt hotels.

    Cheers,

    Richard

    PS forgot it's half term!

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    If needed I can reserve 5 rooms in Vianden using booking.com

    These can be cancelled up until about two days before we leave.

    At least we will have a backup if needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlp View Post
    If needed I can reserve 5 rooms in Vianden using booking.com

    These can be cancelled up until about two days before we leave.

    At least we will have a backup if needed
    That would be great.

    I am waiting to hear from Hotel Petry in Vianden, who I emailed a day or so ago. Bed and breakfast basis is good, as we can then take a view on where and when we eat.

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    Reserved here



    We can cancel up to 24 October with no fee

    Karl



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    Karl, that's excellent. Thank you.

    We'll go with it

    Next stop, some routes for us to have a mull over.

    Richard

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    Richard

    pm me an email address and I will forward to you the full booking etc so that you can peruse the full deal.

    It is 60 euro per night - breakfast extra.

    karl

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    Ha, like busses, you wait for one hotel and now three come up.

    Richard

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    Richard

    If you prefer one of yours then go with it.

    Just let me know and I can cancel if needed.

    Karl

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    Routes - Joining instructions etc.

    Hello everyone,

    I have cobbled some suggested routes together, picking bits from routes I have used before. I have created two files. One is .gbd which should open up straightaway in Mapsource. The second is a .gpx version, useful if anyone is not running a Garmin device or wants to display the routes in GoogleMaps or GoogleEarth, using something like GPS Visualizer:

    http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

    Both files are hosted on Dropbox.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Via...ber%202012.gdb

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14126843/Via...ber%202012.gpx

    For the first night, Chunnel to St Omer I have simply routed it straight down the motorway. It's not the most exciting way but it's not far and I am conscious that we lose an hour crossing and don't want to be fiddling about too long in the dark. Better perhaps to get to the hotel, check-in and find some grub.

    Day two, St Omer to Vianden is a decent schlep. I have deliberately taken us down the motorway to Cambrai, just to knock off some miles. Then it's across country on N and D roads. I have added a suggested lunch stop at Chimay. Again, I think it's worth taking the motorway for the first bit, simply as it will get us started on our way and hopefully arrive in Viaden before the light goes. It also builds in some leeway in case of any problems en-route.

    Day three, Vianden back to the Chunnel. Here I have done two alternatives. Again, it's a bit of a reasonable schlep back either way. Both route us through a suggested coffee stop at Liart and a possible lunchstop at Peronne.

    From Peronne, we have a choice depending on what time we arrive and leave and / or want to get close to the Chunnel for our return. Either:

    (1) Cut across to the motorway and home

    (2) Head up on a non-motorway route

    Both alternatives work OK

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    I think we are all on the same train going out. Suggest we check-in and rendezvous at the passenger terminal thing. My only hesitation is that I am dependent on leaving the City on time on Friday, which is not 100% certain. I all else fails, let's meet up at the Ibis. I will PM everyone my mobile number anyway.

    If we can all get off the train with a full tank of petrol that would be great. There is plenty of fuel en-route but it means we can all get going on Saturday morning without too much fiddling about. Similarly, if we can all fuel-up / top-up somewhere near Vianden for the next morning, that would be handy.

    Breakdown and Travel insurance. It's up to the individual, as always. Having it helps us to help you (and visa-versa). Viewed another way, how far do you want to push your bike with a busted clutch lever and a broken leg? On two recent (non-Wander) jaunts I have seen two bikes written off, one pillion in hospital for two nights, another bike near enough written off, a broken thumb and one tibia that proved to be cracked after the bod hobbled home..... all were sorted out reasonably smoothly by us whilst standing on very rural roadsides, as the bods involved all had decent insurance cover. The biggest problem was mobile phone signal, which was patchy. Thankfully they are all now OK.

    I will have a simple but comprehensive enough toolkit and a puncture repair kit with me, too. If anyone doesn't have one, don't worry I am happy to employ mine.... which has seen action more than once.

    The other (possible) consideration is the weather. Fingers crossed it will be much like this weekend in central London, reasonably bright but with the odd shower lobbed in, cooler / colder in the evening and early morning. Whatever it turns out to be, it's the end of October so anything is just about possible. Prepare for the worst, expect the best, is always my motto.

    I will liaise with Karl over which hotel in Vianden we might use. We now have a choice of two, both very similar in price and standard.

    Hotel Petry

    http://www.hotel-petry.com/

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    Auberge Aal Veinen

    http://www.hotel-aal-veinen.lu/index2.php

    Both work and both are reasonably central in Vianden, so it's six and two threes. I sort of half favour the Petry but only because I want to maybe try it out ahead of a possible (larger) Wander in 2013. Either way, we have hotels for both nights, which is a bonus.

    I think that's just about it.

    Richard

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    Some pictures:

    St Omer



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    I have never stayed in Viaden but have often been through it en-route somewhere else. I have always had it marked down as a potential place to visit, so this jaunt will be a good opportunity too see what it's like.

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    Excellent, looking forward to it
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    Pauline and I would have loved to come on this one. Unfortunately she broke her leg running last month, and is still on the mend. So we are off to the Lake District for a late break instead, and the mode of transport is the car.

    Have fun in Vianden, lovely place to visit.

    Dxtans
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