Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by mmmmartin, 20 Jan 2017.
Thanks, @DP +1.
Specialist beer recommendations, especially any as good as The Three Thirsty Deer, especially welcome. A meet for a beer even more so.
Getting there slowly. Ferries booked but a couple of hotels still to go. Is anyone else on the 1400 ferry from Dover?
Nine at least are on that ferry.
Just for the record, in case anyone wants to repeat these routes.
Dunkirk ferry to the Ibis hotel in Dunkirk via the quiet residential streets, avoiding the dual carriageways. Be aware there are two bridges to cross, these went up and down a lot, but might be left up (ie closed to traffic but open to boats) if you're riding in the middle of the night or very early morning:
Ibis hotel in Dunkirk to Ostend via Veurne (a pretty town square) for coffee:
Ostend-Gent - we stopped at the strange bicycle museum outside Gent - recommended http://www.oudesmisse.be/
Gent-Leuven-Maastricht (note this is two days joined together) - you could cut a few corners on these days, particularly the first but we wanted to visit a specific town.
Maastricht-Eindhoven-Breda-The Hook - note at Willemstad we took the ferry which was far better than the huge bridge. Might not run out of season, best to check.
It was a good trip. If in future years someone copies them after doing a search, I hope you enjoy the trip as much as we did.
Martin in the excitement of getting back etc. I forgot to extend my hearty thanks for a great tour! The routes were good, pace and organisation just peachy.
Once again, thanks for a good trip and amiable leadership :-)
Thanks. Thoughts now move to next year. Looks like France, might not be. There'll be a poll and a thread and a chance to comment.
Just stumbled upon this: for those whose memories extend to the first evening in Dunkirk and can remember the standing joke about cucumbers:
and if you're lucky enough to live in t'frozen north:
for those without the time to listen to the full programme: here's a taste: "I first saw you 50 years ago....." "You're not asking for your money back are you?" This followed the line: "What a wonderful day for taking off all your clothes and putting on blindfold and walking round a nudist camp trying to shake hands with everyone."
In Other News - thoughts about next year's Tour have been had: dates, routes, accommodation, recce etc. An announcement will be made via the email list soon, after the other ride leaders have had their say and the plan has been given their thumbs-up.
With Gary Richardson, the voice of the 0725 & 0825 sports bulletins on the Today Programme.
Good blog article on the Hoge Brug - the cycling bridge over the Maas in Maastricht. Photos not only of the bridge today but also of it during construction:
Another bump. I hadn't posted a link to my photos…
A smattering below.
The rather disappointing breakfast at Dickens Corner, Dover. Not up to their previous standards...
Drinking started early…
Watching the TdF TT in Dunkerque while the gorgeous roomie sits in the corner.
A ferry, with lots of bikes. And lots of our bikes as well.
A rather fun bike at the Gekke Fietsen Museum…
Both a touching memorial and an interesting art project...
Eijsden. Lovely town, and two lovely evenings...
When three countries aren't enough for a tour, do a fourth on the rest day…(three nations in one ride!)…
Waffling in Eindhoven…
Good Flickr collection, Stu! Thanks.
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