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FifeingEejit

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Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:21:54 pm »
After hijacking Phil W's post I realize I should have posted separately.

I decided that the Portsmouth to Caen ferry suited me better as coming from the frozen north I've no way of avoiding that London place.
As the non-refundable deposit is a hefty lump (I'm a fifer that just means it's over £0) I'll be sailing regardless.

Outwards:
Thursday 15th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham
Departure time: 22:45 (BST) Arrival time: 06:45 (CEST)

Return:
Sunday 25th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Caen/Ouistreham-Portsmouth
Departure time: 23:00 (CEST) Arrival time: 06:45 (BST)

I've taken a 2 berth cabin for myself both directions as I'm a light sleeper and last time I sailed at night I woke up and had to go for a walk at the end of each sleep cycle.
Though if anyone's slumming it in a seat and my cabin's set up appropriately

* I do note that it is the same yard that is building Honfleur that managed an epic cock up with Irish Ferries "WB Yeats" which is still stuck in Flensburg.

Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 08:45:21 pm »
super organised you.   :thumbsup:

The train Edin - London - Paris was popular last time (there were even Fifers allowed in 1st class.   :hand:) and I'll do the same next time if I qualify etc etc.  bookings not open yet tho.

Ive never considered the ferry as the thought of riding from the coast to the start and vice versa has no appeal but courage to those that do. 

Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 09:16:53 pm »
The thought of depending on the byzantine Eurostar bike carriage system for PBP. *brrrr*

Riding in Northern France is quite agreeable, and if not, local trains into Paris will be pretty bike-friendly.

FifeingEejit

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Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 10:45:44 am »
The thought of depending on the byzantine Eurostar bike carriage system for PBP. *brrrr*

Riding in Northern France is quite agreeable, and if not, local trains into Paris will be pretty bike-friendly.

Aye I'd have used Eurostar in a blink of an eye if they let you roll bikes on, though I'm not sure if I could be bothered with taking a bike on the RER.

super organised you.   :thumbsup:

early booking = cheaper prices (Fife thinking!) but also locking myself into a holiday in the north of France in the summer isn't exactly disastrous!
but also extra encouragement to batter on through whatever the atlantic throws at us next year.

Ive never considered the ferry as the thought of riding from the coast to the start and vice versa has no appeal but courage to those that do.

I also need to practice being on the wrong side of the road as my riding on the right is limited to Dutch and Danish cycle paths.
Seems to be doable with a relatively gentle looking 200...

Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 02:52:59 pm »
The thought of depending on the byzantine Eurostar bike carriage system for PBP. *brrrr*

Riding in Northern France is quite agreeable, and if not, local trains into Paris will be pretty bike-friendly.
Of course, Id not mentioned that I can get my bike down to the 85cm carry on limit for Eurostar very simply (Ive timed it at around 6 minutes) and have a dedicated carrying bag that goes over my shoulder.

Ive taken this approach on Eurostar half a dozen times now.  Never had any hasle. 

Add in access to free left luggage at a friends place near Republique and its a no brainer for me. 

Ive taken my bike on the RER to / from Invalides and found it pretty easy though I believe some stations dont have access thats quite as straightforward. 

For the Rambouillet start I plan to take the RER C to Dourdan (or Dourdan la Foret) and ride the 20km from there.   

 

Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 03:24:07 pm »
I decided that the Portsmouth to Caen ferry suited me better as coming from the frozen north I've no way of avoiding that London place.
As the non-refundable deposit is a hefty lump (I'm a fifer that just means it's over £0) I'll be sailing regardless.

Outwards:
Thursday 15th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham
Departure time: 22:45 (BST) Arrival time: 06:45 (CEST)
Return:
Sunday 25th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Caen/Ouistreham-Portsmouth
Departure time: 23:00 (CEST) Arrival time: 06:45 (BST)
I've never considered the ferry as the thought of riding from the coast to the start and vice versa has no appeal but courage to those that do. 
Getting there: Arrive by ferry at 0645. Ride to Caen (17km). Catch train to Mantes-la-Jolie (0742-0922, later train: 0854). Ride to Rambouillet (50km).
Getting back: Reverse or more riding if one wants.

FifeingEejit

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Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2018, 03:47:52 pm »
Been playing with the SNFC site with a train time of tomorrow
Direct Intercities with bikes space at 0742
Otherwise it's a 2 train solution with a wide mangle of options including a fair few via Paris but no bike spaces on trains to Ramboulliet from there (it's now possible to incldue the need for an assembled bike in your search)

€25 though...

Bianchi Boy

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Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2018, 08:47:23 pm »
I decided that the Portsmouth to Caen ferry suited me better as coming from the frozen north I've no way of avoiding that London place.
As the non-refundable deposit is a hefty lump (I'm a fifer that just means it's over £0) I'll be sailing regardless.

Outwards:
Thursday 15th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham
Departure time: 22:45 (BST) Arrival time: 06:45 (CEST)
Return:
Sunday 25th August 2019
Ferry: Honfleur*
Route: Caen/Ouistreham-Portsmouth
Departure time: 23:00 (CEST) Arrival time: 06:45 (BST)
I've never considered the ferry as the thought of riding from the coast to the start and vice versa has no appeal but courage to those that do. 
Getting there: Arrive by ferry at 0645. Ride to Caen (17km). Catch train to Mantes-la-Jolie (0742-0922, later train: 0854). Ride to Rambouillet (50km).
Getting back: Reverse or more riding if one wants.
I am on the ferry out on Thursday and will be returning on Friday. It would be good to travel down with others.

BB
Set a fire for a man and he will be warm for a day, set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life.

Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2018, 01:32:52 pm »

I am on the ferry out on Thursday and will be returning on Friday. It would be good to travel down with others.

BB

Me too (Booked on the Thursday night ferry). Thinking of then riding to the eastern side of the Perche to camp Friday night leaving 40-50 miles on Saturday morning to get to the start in good time for registration, bike check and whatever else is needed.
Not yet booked a return ferry as still to decide whether to do 80, 84 or 90h and how much recovery time I want/need before riding back to Caen.
First PBP for me so a lot of unknowns to be sorted out.

Bianchi Boy

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Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2018, 04:37:51 pm »

I am on the ferry out on Thursday and will be returning on Friday. It would be good to travel down with others.

BB

Me too (Booked on the Thursday night ferry). Thinking of then riding to the eastern side of the Perche to camp Friday night leaving 40-50 miles on Saturday morning to get to the start in good time for registration, bike check and whatever else is needed.
Not yet booked a return ferry as still to decide whether to do 80, 84 or 90h and how much recovery time I want/need before riding back to Caen.
First PBP for me so a lot of unknowns to be sorted out.
I am booked on the Thursday and Friday night just because of this. If I get fit it could be all over mid day Tuesday.

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Re: Brittany Ferries - Pompey to Caen and back
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 10:29:24 pm »
I am on the ferry out on Thursday and will be returning on Friday. It would be good to travel down with others.
BB
Me too (Booked on the Thursday night ferry). Thinking of then riding to the eastern side of the Perche to camp Friday night leaving 40-50 miles on Saturday morning to get to the start in good time for registration, bike check and whatever else is needed.
Not yet booked a return ferry as still to decide whether to do 80, 84 or 90h and how much recovery time I want/need before riding back to Caen.
First PBP for me so a lot of unknowns to be sorted out.
I am booked on the Thursday and Friday night just because of this. If I get fit it could be all over mid day Tuesday.
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I'm also now booked Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth as follows:

Out - Thursday 15th August 2019 / 2245 Dep
Return - Friday 23rd August 2019 / 2300 Dep

Lounge seat booked both ways but any spare cabin bunks would be gratefully received & paid for.  The previously mentioned train options all sound good and I'll check further, but as a PBP newbie following the lead of the more experienced seems sensible.