We did the Première Manche - the first round - of A Travers riding across France from Dieppe to Marseille in the summer of 2009, and it was the original inspiration for this blog. The plan to put the 'band back together again' for another go in 2013 for the second installment fell on stoney ground, with life just getting in the way for too many of us, much to our disappointment. However, our enthusiasm for the bike remains undimmed, and so I'll keep posting my thoughts on the diverse and beautiful facets of the sport regardless. But there's bound to be another big 'adventure ride' coming soon - quite possibly in Italy - so potentially a name change too: Attraverso l'Italia in Bicicletta anyone?



Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Hotels, hotels

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?