Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by mmmmartin, 1 Oct 2017.
…and I've just amended the bookings. I'll be going home Friday night from Ouistreham (1630 ferry). I could have gone for the 2200 overnighter and join you all for all the last day's riding, but then I'd want a cabin & I'd still have to miss The Last Supper. Reason for amendment: Ministry gig in the smoke Saturday night. I've never missed a London show from them, and the last one was one of the best. That or sitting on the boat wishing I was there? No contest.
In researching travel arrangements for The Tour in July, it seems the fast ferry (Brittany Ferries hydrofoil-like thing) from Portsmouth to Cherbourg may be an attractive option for some.
Going out on the first Saturday is a 9am departure from Portsmouth, arrive Cherbourg at 1pm which gives time for trains to Lisieux.
For the return journey, a train on the final Saturday morning from Lisieux to Cherbourg (change at Caen) would allow you to be on the 5pm out of Cherbourg, arriving at Portsmouth at 7pm in time to be sure of trains into London and perhaps beyond. Taking the afternoon ferry from Caen makes it a bit tight to get into London and certainly makes travel beyond London very late.
An alternative might be to do an overnight crossing from Caen and this would allow you to ride to Caen if you wanted.
Quite a few have signed up for the email updates only recently so will have missed the Tour details: there'll be an update soonish.
SNCF are having 'perturbations' at irregular intervals for at least the next three months. Presumably they close for summer holidays after that.
Which trains will run is being announced on www.sncf.com at 17h the day before. This seems a big dispute.
You have another contact via the website form with an observation you might want to address reasonably swiftly.
Most urgent observation addressed swiftly - thank you @mmmmartin
I'm sticking with the ferries I've already booked via Caen. Riding from Cherbourg to Lisieux doesn't appeal that much, as as for the end of the week, I am not going to miss that gig! Remember that mad rush after Bordeaux all too well…
The strikes should be over by the time we go.
Does anyone know what is likely to be open in Lisieux on 18 July? I'd like to know if I need to bring my dinner with me.......
Just a reminder that the form to sign up can be accessed via the shiny new website
Those planning to cross the channel on the night of Friday July 13, or in the day of Saturday July 14 will be pleased to note they'll be free during the day of Friday July 13, and so will be able to take part in the anti Trump demonstrations.
....still hoping someone can answer the question, 'What will be open on Fete Nationale?'......
Then it's Sunday, when everything is closed.
As Bastille Day is on a Saturday, many places will close Monday.
And presumably those which usually close Monday will close Tuesday.
Wednesday there may be a national strike.
Ta. That's what I thought. Was planning to have lunch on the ferry anyway, but I'll bring sarnies for my dinner......
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