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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
United Kingdom

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icon05 Jun 2012 22:23
Date, TBA, but more than likely May again possibly before the second Bank Holiday to get the extra day off to rest, Saturday to Sunday to give a more relaxed week.

Day 1. Chunnel to Dinant area, Belgium. 190 miles, Mainly Motorway
Day 2. Dinant to Maginot line forts at Villy-La-Ferte (Only open on Sundays) 100 miles. Run down the Meuse as it's a cracking road to Verdun if there is time.
Day 3. Dinant to Fumay and Chimay as there are some wee breweries that do visits. Possibly Rocroi again if we have time. 100 miles
Day4. Dinant to Hofheim Am Taunus. 220 miles. Waldgeist?
Day 5. Hofheim to wherever, just a relaxing day. Waldgeist?
Day 6. Hofheim to Malmedy area. 150 miles.
Day 7. Malmedy to Dreilandpunt, the point where the 3 countries meet with a wee theme park, 80 miles
Day 8. Malmedy to Ieper, 170 miles, traditional last night stop.
Day 9. Return to UK early.:sad:


These are all provisional depending upon whether I can find Hotels (only looked at Dinant so far) and numbers.
I am going to book 8 rooms as soon as we can get dates down and then it's first come, first served.
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
United Kingdom

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icon05 Jun 2012 23:43
Count me in :thumbup:
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Cat Funt
Fuck off Bignose,
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icon06 Jun 2012 07:24
Yes please :thumbup::kiss::drink:
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Dave sp3
Bedfordshire,
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icon06 Jun 2012 08:53
Me too :thumbup:24
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StomaStumpy
Lincolnshire,
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icon06 Jun 2012 10:17
Yes please!
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~EARL~
gods country wales,
United Kingdom

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Tiger 800XC


icon06 Jun 2012 12:35
im going to do the decent thing and not say yes this time, dont want to waste anyones time or money.

might even lay the bike up for a bit whilst i sort out my finances properly one way or another :cry::cry::cry:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 13:27
At times you have to do what is logical, not go out and buy £1000 pushbikes just before you go on a trip for example :blush:

Excellent.
Shall we go for May 18th-26th? Or 25th to 2nd June?
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 14:07
1st hotel looks rather nice, on the Meuse, bikers bar next door and a restaurant t'other. Has 8 rooms availabubble.
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Cat Funt
Fuck off Bignose,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 14:24
Woohoo! 45

I don't mind what dates we do. 49

What sort of twat spends a grand on a pushbike that will be no faster than a Halfords cheapie? 07
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 14:40
The same sort who spends £11k (or 12) on a Tiger that's slower than the 1050:blush: But it was a bargain at £560.00 so couldn't be turned down.

So far that's
Me.
PWS
Sir Titty
Dave SP3
Stumpy Dave

I daresay Ethel will be along, and Rob, so that's either it or wait for one more. Didn't Duke show an interest?


The other hotel chosen near Malmedy looks good as well.:thumbup:
Just Ieper to sort out.
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StomaStumpy
Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 16:07
I'll get into trouble (again) if I'm away for half term, but as I haven't got a clue when the school holidays are that isn't much help.
:blush:
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duke63
Staffordshire,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 16:51
I'm definitely interested although i wont commit until i know for certain whether i can make it. Family health issues being the reason.


By when would you be needing some certainty?
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Phill
Pig Hill,
United Kingdom

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icon06 Jun 2012 17:42
I would love to say i can join you lads, missing out on this year was a complete bummer but I can't be completely sure if I can save enough up in time, especially as my wife's place of work has now been officially notified of closure and my workshops is looking decidedly dodgy ground as to whether I will actually have a job next year :sad:

If there is a space next year and I happen to have funds available then I'll see where you lot stand then, like Tim says no point messing you chaos about.:thumbup:
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Rob NMTB
Redditch,
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icon06 Jun 2012 18:30
49

Me two, please01

Can we survive 2 nights at Cafe Waldegeist ?44:smirk:
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Dave sp3
Bedfordshire,
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icon06 Jun 2012 18:36
Rob NMTB:
49



Can we survive 2 nights at Cafe Waldegeist ?44:smirk:
I doubt it Rob :lol:
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon06 Jun 2012 18:36
f!$% yeah!!!
Don't know if my wallet can though!!
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon06 Jun 2012 19:59
Probably just the one night and a chill at the hotel, could be either night as it's a long way to go just for one night..........................or maybe not, we've done it before:lol:
Unless we miss it out of course?
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Sir TT
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icon06 Jun 2012 20:09
We've been there twice, do we need a third visit?
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon06 Jun 2012 20:13
Not really, it was just a thought and you've just confirmed what I was thinking really. Scrub the idea as the Ardennes are a good base.
I shall go back to the drawing board to look for places to go and stay in the meanwhile. First hotel has plenty of rooms, so I shall book them shortly for the first dates as above and maybe an extra day as there is plenty to do and see.
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon06 Jun 2012 20:18
It's a good laugh there and all that but it's nice to see different places :thumbup:
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Rob NMTB
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icon06 Jun 2012 20:19
49cawt01
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Sir TT
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icon07 Jun 2012 13:33
There's plenty of excellent undiscovered restaurants and boozers out there for us, that's for sure.
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon07 Jun 2012 14:11
Hotel found with 10 rooms for 4 nights so that gives 3 days of trips out and playing around nearby as the river has kayaks nearby, which sounds a hoot:evil:
http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/auberge-...

Now to find another location, probably near the Somme area for the remaining 3 nights and back to Blighty on the Saturday or perhaps Sunday

I'm looking at some decent roads to play on.
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Cat Funt
Fuck off Bignose,
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icon07 Jun 2012 14:52
That looks stunning. Kayaks sound like fun too. :lol:

f!$% it, lets go now :thumbup:
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon07 Jun 2012 15:45
That does look nice :thumbup: Double bed as well :thumbup::thumbup:
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StomaStumpy
Lincolnshire,
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icon07 Jun 2012 17:08
Swings:thumbup:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon07 Jun 2012 18:09
A sand pit so we can go off road!

Getting 10 rooms is hard, so I may even book 5 nights there.:thumbup:
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Sir TT
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icon07 Jun 2012 19:35
10 rooms?
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon07 Jun 2012 21:22
Cutting it down to 8 again. 10 is just toooooo much hassle and takes me far too long on the internet, emails and phone (sometimes I do have to ring and it's hard to talk another language when not face to face)

IT'S BOOKED.
5 nights. Sat 18th to Thurs 23rd.

Now for Hotel number 2 for the remaining 2 or 3 nights. :thumbup:
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Dave sp3
Bedfordshire,
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icon07 Jun 2012 22:13
that looks real good there Andy49 not sure if i can squeeze into a kayak tho06
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon07 Jun 2012 22:14
The weight I put on the other week neither will I :lol: We'll get you a big double width canoe. And it looks as if you can hire bikes nearby as well. I can see an even bigger giggle next year :lol::lol::lol:

Just had a thought of somewhere we said we would return to.
The V1 and V2 launch sites near St Omer.
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Dave sp3
Bedfordshire,
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icon07 Jun 2012 22:24
if we hire push bikes, your gonna have to give us an hour head start at least:lol:
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Sir TT
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icon07 Jun 2012 22:44
Quote:
Just had a thought of somewhere we said we would return to.
The V1 and V2 launch sites near St Omer.


:thumbup::thumbup:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 06:58
Just looking for somewhere to stay relatively nearby :thumbup:
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Cat Funt
Fuck off Bignose,
United Kingdom

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icon08 Jun 2012 09:03
Would be nice to do the V1 & V2 sites. Last time we went there we didn't have time for the tour. :thumbup:

Ilike the idea of a long stay at one hotel. Can take as much gear as the bike will carry & then just dump it in the room. Mesh gear & wet gear will be going on this one.:grin:
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 09:18
Why take wet gear? It'll be uncomfortable.
I'm going to take waterproof gear :tongueout:

And leave a little room for baccy :thumbup:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 14:07
Vengeance weapon sites it is then. I have found rooms in Ieper, so that can be a traditional finish for the last 3 nights and then a short run to the chunnel.
http://www.booking.com/hotel/be/ambrosia...

I have also e-mailed Philip at the Old Tom to see if he has rooms as well.
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 14:30
A mere 800 miles this year approximately according to my route map.
I think we shall have a day of rest/play one day at the first hotel................................fuelled by alcohol, naturally.:evil::lol:
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 15:18
Can't see if that place has bike or secure parking?

Plus it looks better than Old Tom IMHO :thumbup:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 16:20
I doubt it will be secure, but Ieper always seems fine to stay in and the road is quiet. Looks like there is some pavement space available and I shall carry on looking in the meantime for suitable establishments.
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Rob NMTB
Redditch,
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icon08 Jun 2012 16:23
"Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs EUR 0.50 per hour"

44
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 16:31
€4 a night? I'm happy with that, I'm sure we could agree a rate with them for 6 bikes per night for 3 nights :thumbup:
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 16:35
Just had an email from the first hotel as the prices will be going up to €75 for a single and €85 for a double:sad::frown:. They also ask if we will be eating at the hotel each night.
Shall I say yes?
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 16:56
Ouch, €300 for 4 nights? That's a bit much TBH, could be in a "mainstream" hotel for little more. Greed, that's all it is.
Try telling them if they hold this years prices we will book, if not, foxtrot oscar!
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon08 Jun 2012 18:01
Germany has cheap hotels, Belgium always seems to be expensive, but I have told them accordingly, unless the €75 includes brekkers and an evening meal.

I shall carry on looking.
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Bob
All over the shop,
United Kingdom

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Daytona T595


icon08 Jun 2012 19:32
We stayed at the auberge 2 nights last year - overpriced chalets style rooms unless in main building - plumbing v basic! - food mainly acceptable but nothing special - best bit is the location is outstanding - Bastogne & northern Luxembourg close and some of the best roads ever there - loads of Michelin green routes all around
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 20:03
Great input, thanks Bob :thumbup:
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duke63
Staffordshire,
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icon08 Jun 2012 21:09
I'm a bit lost as to what is being booked where now. Not difficult I'm afraid. :blush:

5 nights near Dinant and 3 nights near Ieper? Is that about right?
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Sir TT
Church of 3 Saints,
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icon08 Jun 2012 22:37
I think so.
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Fret
The Aquaduct?,
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icon09 Jun 2012 00:56
Depends on where I can find hotels at the right price.
I have cancelled the Dinant hotel as they say it is compulsory to eat there. I even told them we would spend a lot in the bar but they wouldn't budge on price either. So they can ferk right off.
Back to the drawing board as I begrudge paying more than 60-65 Euros a night.
There's an Ibis nearby, I'll try that in the morning.
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