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    Cheers ...

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    Updated list:

    Wapping
    NeilDD
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    RTosser
    Homer1968
    Stewart Daniels (via another site) - PROVISIONAL - SUBJECT to confirmation.
    Robin
    Denz0

    dxtans (Mr and Mrs) (double)
    Alleycam (Mr and Mrs) (double)

    10 bikes - 12 bods

    Plus hopefully Mr and Mrs Giles to be added, in one double room (11 bikes - 14 bods)

    I think that's enough to be getting on with. List closed.

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    I am beginning to think perhaps I should travel over on the Thursday with the rest of you. Otherwise it'll be a v early start on Friday to get to St Omer by 09:00 French time.

    Richard, do I need to make my own booking in St Omer? I would do so but it isn't clear which Ibis you have booked in St Omer - there are two and your previous link includes them both. I doubt it would make too much difference, but with plenty of time to go, I won't worry about it yet. if you can let me know which hotel you've booked for the rest of you, I'm happy to sort my own booking out of course.

    I have booked my tunnel crossings, same as yours and a few others. Thursday 17/4/14 18:36 out, Monday 21/4/14 19:06 return.
    I'm tired of giving a reason when the future is what we believe in.

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    Hi Robin, happy new year.

    If you could book yourself into:

    Hotel Ibis Saint Omer Centre
    4 Rue Henri Dupuis
    62500 Saint-Omer, France

    +33 3 21 93 11 11

    That would be great.

    Richard

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    Giles,

    Happy new year to you, too.

    I still haven't heard back from the hotel in Vianden, no idea why. I will chase the fellow up.

    Richard

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    And a happy new year too. May I just say that unlike Robin, I am able to wipe my own arse .....

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    Giles, I have booked you into Vianden and St Omer, double.

    Robin, I have booked you into Vianden and St Omer, single.

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    Heads up chaps.

    I have added Stuart Daniels as a definite and hope to create a space for a friend of his, too.

    We are taking a lot of rooms in Vianden and St Omer at what is a very busy time of year for hotels; fortunately we have got in early, which is good news. The other bit of good news is that I have managed to avoid paying a cash deposit upfront, helped as I have used Vianden several times before. But, I have taken the precaution of using my credit card as security... So, if anyone thinks that they won't make it sing up in good time, not on the day we are due, please.

    I don't think it's unreasonable to give either hotel (particularly the private one in Vianden) a clear three weeks' notice of reconfirmation, so (unless I hear any squeals to the contrary) that is what I will do. If anyone thinks they will have a significant chance of not making it, sing up ASAP.

    Joining instructions and routes to follow nearer the time.

    With such a large group we will need to keep an eye on the fuel stops, coffee breaks and whatever. Please:

    1. If everyone can be full of fuel when we leave St Omer, that would be great. There are several fuel stations in the town, use them on arrival.

    2. The bigger capacity GSA bikes can probably make it to Vianden in one go. If you don't need fuel, make a bit of space for those that really do, please. But, I can't remember if there is any fuel in the town, so to be ready for the Saturday, we'll need to fill up in Clervaux.

    3. As we approach Clervaux, there are two to three stations. If we can divide up, great.

    4. I plan to have lunch in Chimay. I can only hope the restaurants are open. There are several, all similar, all within walking distance of each other. Let's think about splitting into groups as it will make it easier for everyone.

    5. If anyone wants to ride alone or in a smaller group, I have no problem with that.

    6. I will prepare several suggestions for Saturday and Sunday rides and will have a decent selection of maps available for anyone who wants to do their own thing.

    7. I don't want to turn it all into a military exercise second only to DDay, it ain't. A bit of mutual help will go a long way to make it all fun and safe....which is all any of us really want.

    Richard

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    Hello Richard,

    That is a good briefing.
    I'd be OK if required to lead a smaller group or tail end charlie.

    Thanks
    Dxtans
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    Going Down on a Signal 15 !

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    This splitting into separate groups thing at lunch .... Can you make sure Robins not in mine ...

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    He did ask for you, specifically.

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    I have checked the Ring calender and at the moment, the 'tourist days' (pay per lap) have not been announced. I'm guessing that you're unlikely to get track time over the Easter Weekend - there's stuff happening that weekend on some of the other parts of the circuit, but nothing up yet for the Nordschleife ..... (could make a good day out if they did stick a public day in on the Saturday .... )

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    I went to the 'ring one Easter.... It snowed! They closed it, so we went go-karting instead.

    The next day it rained all day but the full circuit was open. We had it to ourselves.

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    Ill give you a thirty second head start .....

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    Easter Wander 2014 - Vianden - 17-21 April

    Quote Originally Posted by Giles View Post
    I have checked the Ring calender and at the moment, the 'tourist days' (pay per lap) have not been announced. I'm guessing that you're unlikely to get track time over the Easter Weekend - there's stuff happening that weekend on some of the other parts of the circuit, but nothing up yet for the Nordschleife ..... (could make a good day out if they did stick a public day in on the Saturday .... )
    Lovely road from Vianden up to Adenau & the Ring - up & down and round & round - makes for a good ride out
    JohnnyBoxer



    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giles View Post
    Ill give you a thirty second head start .....
    Me? I'm going up to Spa. We set off to go there on a previous Easter jaunt to Vianden but it snowed (a bit of a theme emerging here) so we turned around and had lunch instead.

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