Author Topic: 15th January - TG day 161  (Read 6934 times)

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2016, 04:27:51 pm »
Vehicle transfer is not the unmitigated godsend one might imagine. It's a huge compromise between degraded sleep and ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

If Steve is struggling today, it's because he had 4 hours of van sleep and only 3 hours in a bed. The wind advantage is receding now, as well.

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2016, 04:38:57 pm »
Well done Chris - great job done.

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2016, 05:04:05 pm »
...ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

An new phrase added to the lexicon :D
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2016, 05:06:29 pm »
...ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

An new phrase added to the lexicon :D
I learned it from someone...

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2016, 05:29:49 pm »
As Ben T says Premier Inn have a policy (its on their website somewhere) about allowing bikes inside  - so, although it may seem a small thing, I agree that you should complain.

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2016, 05:32:57 pm »
Vehicle transfer is not the unmitigated godsend one might imagine. It's a huge compromise between degraded sleep and ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

If Steve is struggling today, it's because he had 4 hours of van sleep and only 3 hours in a bed. The wind advantage is receding now, as well.

I think the potential compromise inherent in vehicle transfer has been mentioned before, but I can see that on this occasion the likelihood of a very poor day's mileage starting from where he wound up yesterday probably made it worth it. I can't imagine it's often going to be worthwhile given that Steve really needs quality rest, as he learned back at the end of last summer.

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2016, 06:14:33 pm »
...ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

An new phrase added to the lexicon :D
I learned it from someone...

Let me guess...

Mother Teresa?
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2016, 06:21:39 pm »
...ability to whore it up on a tailwind.

An new phrase added to the lexicon :D
I learned it from someone...

Let me guess...

Mother Teresa?

Is that her new nickname?

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2016, 06:25:28 pm »
 :facepalm:
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2016, 07:56:07 pm »
Oh, ho ho ho...
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2016, 08:06:55 pm »
Conditions were unbelievably shite when I collected him in Lowestoft last night. Heavy wind-driven wet, sleety snow. The roads were slushy, except where they were flooded. Apparently, he'd had to negotiate fallen trees in the forest, earlier - as well as snowy roads.

Anyway, he made himself a little nest on the second row of seats in the van, reserved the last room in the Premier Inn at Tad, and slept all the way from Norwich to the hotel.

The nightwatchman at the hotel was a complete knobber and wouldn't let Steve in with his bike, so we had to squander valuable sleeping time transferring to the Travelodge t'other side of the A64. The lovely lady there was much more helpful - we managed to bypass the usual "No, we're full I'm afraid" which is TL policy for anyone who just turns up. Judging by the start-time on the tracker, Steve probably had another 3-4 hours sleep.

For someone who's riding 200 miles a day through a British winter, he looks and seems in remarkably good spirits.

The plan is for him to ride the tailwind today - but plans may change, as always - so keep watching that tracker!

Well done that man!

H

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2016, 09:35:21 pm »
Shame the premier inn experience went completely against what they state on their website and wasted Steves time.

http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/why/bike-friendly.html

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #37 on: January 15, 2016, 09:50:06 pm »
Shame the premier inn experience went completely against what they state on their website and wasted Steves time.

http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/why/bike-friendly.html

Yeah but: 'We welcome clean bikes with dirt-free tyres.'  I doubt that was the case with the roads Steve had ridden on Thursday!

They do kindly offer to lend you a bucket and brush to clean it though.  ;)
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2016, 09:50:43 pm »
Shame the premier inn experience went completely against what they state on their website and wasted Steves time.

http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/why/bike-friendly.html
Their policy sounds totally reasonable.
Shame it wasn't implemented last night.....

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2016, 09:53:57 pm »
Shame the premier inn experience went completely against what they state on their website and wasted Steves time.

http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/why/bike-friendly.html
Their policy sounds totally reasonable.
Shame it wasn't implemented last night.....

I think a carefully-worded grink to the boss of Premier Inns may well result in a bit of free support and a little more publicity. Worth a try, at least...

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2016, 11:18:23 pm »
Heading back to KL for the night?
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2016, 07:09:50 am »
Shame the premier inn experience went completely against what they state on their website and wasted Steves time.

http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/why/bike-friendly.html
Their policy sounds totally reasonable.
Shame it wasn't implemented last night.....

I think a carefully-worded grink to the boss of Premier Inns may well result in a bit of free support and a little more publicity. Worth a try, at least...

That.
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2016, 08:46:54 am »
Perhaps a few of us should write independently.
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2016, 09:32:34 am »
I had hassle at a premier Inn last year regarding bringing in the bike. I complained officially. 

I didn't even get a response.

I never use them now for business or pleasure and, when you travel all over the UK for work thats a lot of business. 
Does not play well with others

Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2016, 10:01:20 am »
I understand that the modern way to get corporate attention is to use their Twitter account to voice ones' displeasure.
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #45 on: January 16, 2016, 11:35:10 am »
Perhaps a few of us should write independently.

Did that.

Now what?

 :P
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Polar Bear

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #46 on: January 16, 2016, 11:57:00 am »
Perhaps a few of us should write independently.

Did that.

Now what?

 :P

lol.   8)

I had hassle at a premier Inn last year regarding bringing in the bike. I complained officially. 

I didn't even get a response.

I never use them now for business or pleasure and, when you travel all over the UK for work thats a lot of business. 

The power of a crowd makes a significant difference.  If they received a hundred complaints and some negative social media comment they would feel the need to address the issue.
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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #47 on: January 16, 2016, 01:02:26 pm »
I think Tweets would have a more public impact on Premier Inns than sending emails.

Tweet @premierinn

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Re: 15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #48 on: January 16, 2016, 01:43:46 pm »
I think Tweets would have a more public impact on Premier Inns than sending emails.

Tweet @premierinn



Done.

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15th January - TG day 161
« Reply #49 on: January 16, 2016, 02:40:34 pm »
Also twittered

Edit : 11 minutes later - tweet back to say they are 'looking into it', despite asking TimC for Steve's reservation number......
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