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    Emergency, two-day Wander 2/3/4 August

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    Watch this space.

    Subject to finding some hotel space etc. I will probably slot something together for this.

    I am largely fecked as the roads seem to be closing around 05:00 AM on Saturday and they haven't made it too clear how the access roads will operate. It's not obvious that I will be able to get across The Highway at East Smithfield... trapped between there and Old Father Thames I'll be.

    From the map it appears that the A11 will be open, running east but the Blackwall Tunnel will be shut. Tower Bridge and the other bridges west are also shut.... bugger it, that means somehow getting out to the QE2 crossing, very early.... stuff that.

    So, outline plan....

    (a) Leave work early on Friday 02 August say around 16:00. Go home, pack up, feck off.

    (b) The traffic will probably be shite. Scuttle straight down to the Chunnel, for a train around 18:30 - Lose an hour - 19:30 frog time (why the feck we have to appease the Jocks I have no idea) Arrive France 20:15. Scuttle straight to St Omer, have a beer, go to bed.

    (c) Next day. Get up early and depart. Ride somewhere a decent all day schlep away. We'll need to get our skates on all day.

    (d) Arrive somewhere around 18:30. Beer, food, bed.

    (e) Early start the next day, returning to Calais via a different route, not slouching around.

    (f) There is no point in me getting back to Blighty before 18:00, so we may as well aim for an 18:30 frog time train.

    The Ardennes / Luxembourg look favourite to me. We can do Vianden and back into two for sure and I have the routes already.

    Hotels..... TBA

    Number of bikes? Depends on room space. Preferably four, max five who don't mind cracking on a bit.....

    Ping up interest here, please. First come etc. etc.

    Richard

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    Train booked

    Departure: Friday 02 August 18:50

    Returning: Sunday 04 August 18:50

    Travelling at peak demand time....

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    02 August - St Omer

    Ibis Hotel St Omer booked.

    Four single rooms, one gone.

    Three spare, I guess I might be able to juggle one into a double or twin

    Saturday night hotel to find....

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    03 August - Vianden

    I have spoken to the nice bloke who owns the Petry.

    He was full (a biker group ) but he has slotted us into his sister hotel down the road, for four single rooms.

    I think it's called La Tourelle, or summat like that.

    We will have to walk a couple of hundred meters back up the hill for breakfast on Sunday morning.

    I have booked us dinner outside on the terrace for Saturday evening, back at the Petry.

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    So, that's it all done....

    Should be good (fingers crossed).

    Form an orderly queue, please.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    We will have to walk a couple of hundred meters back up the hill
    I couldn't allow you to talk to yourself all afternoon!

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





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    Richard

    I have had so much crap the last week I need to get away.

    If you can please book me a place

    Karl

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    Hi Karl, good to have you along.

    You missed a good jaunt last weekend.

    I did think about repeating last week's venture, making the run down to St Quentin longer, but I am going back there later in the year.

    We know that the Vianden run works and it may be nice to see it somewhere a bit north of zero degrees for once.


    Four single rooms, two gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Hi Karl, good to have you along.

    You missed a good jaunt last weekend.

    I did think about repeating last week's venture, making the run down to St Quentin longer, but I am going back there later in the year.

    We know that the Vianden run works and it may be nice to see it somewhere a bit north of zero degrees for once.


    Four single rooms, two gone.
    Yes I really wanted to go but things happen.

    Train already booked

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    Richard,
    Are there still rooms available?

    If so let me know and I'll book the train

    Neil

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    Hello Richard,
    These dates would be good for me. If there is a double room spare, then great I'll bring Pauline along. If not then I'll leave Pauline at home and come be myself.

    Let me know.
    Thanks
    David
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    Hi Neil, Hi David

    I have two SINGLES spare.

    One gone to Neil Book your train ticket.

    One left. That I will hold for you, David. I will contact the two hotels to see if I can switch the one single to a double. Either way, I suggest you book your train ticket.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Hi Neil, Hi David

    I have two SINGLES spare.

    One gone to Neil Book your train ticket.

    One left. That I will hold for you, David. I will contact the two hotels to see if I can switch the one single to a double. Either way, I suggest you book your train ticket.

    Richard
    Hello Richard,

    Just found out Pauline is working during that week-end. So I am on my own. If you have booked the double room already that is OK, else I will go for the other single.

    My train is booked:
    out 16:36 - Fri 02 Aug
    back: 18:50 -Sun 04 Aug

    So I guess I will see you @ the hotel
    Thanks
    David
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    Jaunt full!

    Hi David,

    Excellent news (but not about Pauline).

    The single room is yours.

    Four of us:

    Wapping

    dxtans

    NeilDD

    karlp


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    Trains booked
    Same times as David

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    Hoorah

    I have given the Ibis all the names for the reservation AND asked them to reserve a spot to put four motobikes into. They are a bit odd about reserving spaces, even though it does make it much easier for the car drivers.

    As you and David should be there ahead of me; see if they have, please. If they haven't, see if you can blag a space for us all, without the risk of us getting boxed-in in the morning. I think it's EUR 8 for a single car sized space, which will be sufficient for the four of us. We can pay for it out of a whip.

    Richard


    PS I will ping the suggested routes up, some time before we go. They will probably mirror what we have done before.... But we shall see.

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    I am currently boiling in Provence at 35c, helping the aged P's move back to the UK, a task akin to herding cats.

    Back late Wednesday.

    Will have to ping the routes up on Thursday. We just about know the way anyway.

    Richard

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