Update on hotels. Jeez this is boring:
Day 2, Sunday 12th, Chartres: booked the Hôtel Mercure Chartres Barjouville.
Had to drop Le Quai Fleuri in Voves, since it 'closed' at 16:00, and we'd also have to go back into Chartres in order to eat in the evening. This new place has a restaurant, but it's also closed on Sunday (what is it with France and shutting down when people need to eat?). Fortunately there's the ubiquitous and very reliable Buffulo Grill nearby (the hotel is located on an Industrial Estate - great!), or there's also a half decent-sounding restaurant nearby too. Since BBQ spare ribs are hardly the food that's needed here, I think we'll go for the latter.
Day 5, Wednesday 15th, Le Puy-en-Velay: booked the Hôtel Restaurant Le Meygal, as mentioned yesterday.
Downside (or upside for some, possibly) is that there are no single beds, so I'm afraid it's doubles. Names in hat for who shares with who, or do some of us have preferences for who we sleep with? Is there any young, firm flesh left in our group at all?