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tedshred

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #300 on: September 07, 2018, 08:16:35 pm »
Well, this is exciting.  Looking back, I seem to have managed a mix of Walken's original instructions and Manotea's (almost) idiot proof guide.



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Oaky

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #301 on: September 07, 2018, 08:35:23 pm »
I'm still confused... I guess it's because there must be two numbers required, and I'm not sure which one is being referred to in the two sets of instructions...  I presumably need to put my own, previously puchased, DIYSE number in there somewhere (I still have one left over from my last batch of three, If my records are correct). I'm assuming this is the one that goes in the first/last controls as per Manotea's instructions.  I also presume we need the brevet number from psyclist's entry (10295), which I guess goes in the notes?

Or is it the other way round?
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

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bhoot

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #302 on: September 10, 2018, 08:20:12 pm »
Now entered... I didn't even have to fill in the form as I asked Manotea if I could use an old pending brevet and back came the mail confirming my entry for AT3407-10295 (thanks Paul).

How many are we up to now?

Oaky

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #303 on: September 10, 2018, 09:43:45 pm »
I also managed to enter and have my reassuring confirmation :)
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #304 on: September 10, 2018, 11:53:46 pm »
This is in Baarle Hertog  :P: http://www.dedochtervandekorenaar.be/?lang=en

 :thumbsup: Unfortunately, closed when we roll through on Sunday  :facepalm:
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Jason

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #305 on: September 10, 2018, 11:54:27 pm »
I think I've entered...  ???
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Jason

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #306 on: September 11, 2018, 04:46:27 am »
A final few things

We have 14 people going at the last count, which is excellent.

For the Friday evening food at the Waterfront in Dovercourt (7pm for a 7:30pm start), I will be sending the food order to them at the end of tomorrow, so if you haven't yet ordered please let me know what you fancy from the menu ... http://www.waterfrontharwich.co.uk/menus/

Those who have not yet ordered their food (or I've missed the order, so please remind me):
* jiberjaber
* grey sheep
* the straggler
* huggy
* Chris
* Pat

I've had confirmation of a few people entering the brevet:
* bhoot + 1
* ted
* oaky
* huggy
* oaky
* oscar's dad
* grey sheep
* psyclist

@jiberjaber, I may receive your confirmation late this morning, as you didn't enter until late last night

The following food stop information has been put together by bhoot (thank you very much). These are only options. As we are a big group, it would be good to all start together, but I expect at least after the first stop we'll be split into smaller groups. Please do look out for each other though, to ensure nobody is left on their lonesome.

* 48km - Middelharnis
   * Croissy (they do an excellent apple tart!)
      * probably be OK for a group of our size - as long as we divide up into smaller groups at tables… it won’t be McD’s speed but shouldn’t be mega slow either
      * also other options very close so we could potentially divide the group between 2 places
   * Albert Heijn, etc
* 83km - Tholen
   * Albert Heijn
   * EetcafÈ Hart van Tholen (on square, good outside seating)
   * EetcafÈ The Sixties B.V.(looks cheaper)
   * Broodjes & Zo (sandwich shop)
   * Cafetaria De Smulhoek (kebabs)
* 117km - Lillo
   * maybe quick beer or late lunch
   * Taverne 't Pleintje
   * Het Landshuis
* 148km - Putte
   * possible beer/food
* 166km - Bergen Op Zoom Waterfront
   * Saus (nice restaurant/bar,could be a bit slow and pricey but we had really good soup at lunchtime)
   * MacDonalds
   * http://www.hetstrandhuys.nu/ (very near to McDs) looks promising - equivalent of the Fat Mermaid last year in fact with reasonable priced burgers etc
   * Jumbo supermarket just before

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #307 on: September 11, 2018, 07:25:16 am »
One addendum.

Last year we almost exclusively rode on cycle paths. I don’t think anybody was wearing a helmet. This is obviously a personal choice, but don’t be surprised if a few more riders than normal have ditched their magic hats for a few days.

I’ll be at the Three Elms tomorrow evening.

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #308 on: September 11, 2018, 11:04:04 am »
For those of us returning via the Hoek / Harwich furry on Sunday night / Monday morning I offer this REVISED ROUTE FROM BREDA which is based on intelligence extracted from bhoot.  The revisions include Vlaardingen which apparently is very nice and a hand powered ferry north of V'dingen.

DISCLAIMER: I haven't the faintest idea what this route is like.  According to RwGPS set to cycle route mapping it looks fine but who knows.  If we end up in Lowestoft at least we'll be on the right (left) side of the North Sea - what's the worst...?

Feel free to suggest alternatives or revisions, I won't be upset in the slightest  :thumbsup:

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #309 on: September 11, 2018, 11:53:52 am »
Andrew - Menu options sent.

I've a route to the Ferry from last time.  Suggest we do the local community pub in Wiv when we get there... nice to support them and it's a better pub than the other GK one however without the views. (Black Buoy)

Still up to my eyes in work at the moment but will try to give the routes a final review over the next couple of days
Regards,

Jason

tedshred

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #310 on: September 11, 2018, 12:54:46 pm »
What time are we meeting at the 'Spoons ("where all great adventures begin") ? 
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huggy

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #311 on: September 11, 2018, 01:14:44 pm »
What time are we meeting at the 'Spoons ("where all great adventures begin") ?
I seem to recall we met from about midday last year for lunch in the warm & sunny beer garden. Don't remember what time we set off, maybe about 2. I know we had plenty of time for a WALK along the river and beer in Wivenhoe before trundling on to Harwich.
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tedshred

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #312 on: September 11, 2018, 01:34:01 pm »
I should be finished at work by about 12.30 so plenty of time for lunch and an energy drink  :thumbsup:
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #313 on: September 11, 2018, 01:59:54 pm »
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.
'If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat'.

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #314 on: September 11, 2018, 02:06:55 pm »
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.

Yes - both
Regards,

Jason

tedshred

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #315 on: September 11, 2018, 02:12:51 pm »
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.

I would imagine you would probably go for travellers cheques being old school as you are  ;D
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #316 on: September 11, 2018, 02:20:23 pm »
Yes, both.

Visa and mastercard are not so widely accepted in supermarkets, they use Maestro.

Hotels should be fine.
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #317 on: September 11, 2018, 02:48:29 pm »
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.

Oh yeah, good thinking, better take some foreign money, I'd forgotten about that  ::-)

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #318 on: September 11, 2018, 02:53:16 pm »
Yes, both.

Visa and mastercard are not so widely accepted in supermarkets, they use Maestro.

Hotels should be fine.
Bit of a daft question (which can only come from me) - is anybody taking hard currency Euros on the trip or relying on modern tech of debit/credit/ phones for payments.

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I found this in Belgium. Large cycle shop in a provincial town. I wanted a pair of cycle gloves, but they only accepted Maestro. Strange...

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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #319 on: September 11, 2018, 03:15:13 pm »
Here's a plan for Friday (its based on the route I suggest we follow, which we did last year)


Assemble Witham 'spoons 13:00. 
1.5 hour food window
Leave Witham 'spoons no later than 14:30

It's 36km to Wivenhoe (we avoid Cookswood NCN1 but do use the cyclepaths of Colchester) which is just under 2 hours of riding (1h45 last time - we had a tailwind)
Arrive Wivenhoe (The Black Bouy) for around 16:30ish; (earlier = more beer!) 1 hour of beer, leave Wivenhoe 17:30

Its 28km to Dovercourt so about 1h20m of riding. puts us arriving for dinner at 18:45 which if we leave 2 hours for dinner, gives us time to ride down to the Ferry, check in and await boarding.

It's 4km to the ferry, last year we rode on to the ramp at about 21:20

All the above based on 21kph moving average but might be quicker than that if we have a tailwind.

https://ridewithgps.com/events/62526-acme-dutch-2018

Route 000 CHM-HAR AGD18



Regards,

Jason

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #320 on: September 11, 2018, 03:40:20 pm »
Alternatively...

Wander down to 'spoons for a spot of lunch, go back home and do some "work", get train to Harwich.

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #321 on: September 11, 2018, 03:41:35 pm »
Alternatively...

Wander down to 'spoons for a spot of lunch, go back home and do some "work", get train to Harwich.

 :thumbsup:
Regards,

Jason

Oscar's dad

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #322 on: September 11, 2018, 03:44:43 pm »
Alternatively...

Wander down to 'spoons for a spot of lunch, go back home and do some "work", get train to Harwich.

 :thumbsup:

I'm conserving my energy so perhaps I can amaze psyclist by actually riding my bicycle for a full 200k in ONE DAY:o

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #323 on: September 11, 2018, 04:40:56 pm »
Back to logistics. jiberjaber has been kind enough to point out a few little challenges with the previous route that might have proved a little problematic. So he has refined the route to avoid the obstacles. The below is therefore the final and to be followed route

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28575494

I will send this across to Paul to replace the previous version. The changes are minor and don’t impact the overall distance, but we have a much better chance of following the full route.

Oh, and I’m glad OD is up for riding the full distance. It is sure to be a good day awheel, with plenty of time the next day for an even more relaxed dalliance back to the ferry.

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #324 on: September 11, 2018, 04:57:51 pm »
... The below is therefore the final and to be followed route

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28575494

Oh, and I’m glad OD is up for riding the full distance. It is sure to be a good day awheel...

I'm pleased the revised version doesn't bugger up my evil plan for me and / or Oaky to TURN LEFT if it all gets a bit much  ;D