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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2023, 02:52:27 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2023, 03:33:43 pm »
... But I know which room number to add the bill too!   :winkthumbs:
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2023, 08:56:51 am »
I can now confirm that the cost of the hotels and the crossing will come to less than £900. Personally, I think that's pretty reasonable for 9 nights B&B in a single occupancy room in 3* hotels, with secure parking for your bike, plus the Chunnel. There are still places available so let me know if you're interested in joining Matt, fjtwelve and myself from this forum, plus 8 others. BMWs, and particularly K1300S's, are currently under represented on the trip although all bikes welcome.
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2023, 11:09:54 am »
And surely Richard deserves a (dis)honourable mention in despatches for a 'near miss', David. The thought was there, or maybe it wasn't ...

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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2023, 11:26:37 am »
Sorry Brian, I don't do dishonourable mentions. People have their own reasons for attending or not attending trips and those reasons are important to them.

Planning such trips is a challenge that I mostly enjoy, but still a challenge (And a really big challenge!!!) Perhaps surprisingly, one of the most difficult things I do is to tell someone who wants to come on the trip that they can't because there is no more capacity. I feel their disappointment. Knowing what is required of me at the earliest opportunity makes managing that challenge possible and avoids that disappointment, hence my request for people to commit early.
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2023, 09:17:54 pm »
And surely Richard deserves a (dis)honourable mention in despatches for a 'near miss', David. The thought was there, or maybe it wasn't ...

Ah. The cockup is mine, and purely mine, not David's, for which I have apologised, and made sure he will not be out of pocket should a hotel room go unfilled.
I hadn't realised that two holidays overlapped by a couple of days - and the other holiday isn't even mine. Grr.

Just to say for anyone thinking of going - it is good, really good, on several levels - the hotels, the rides, the good company, and of course the fact that David has completely smoothed the way for you. It's the sort of thing you would pay a tour operator through the nose for - David does it for free.
And I'm gutted not to be able to go next year.  >:( >:( >:(

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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2023, 11:09:27 pm »
Hi David,
Reports of previous trips look really good, and I've looked at my plans for next year, and think I'd like to join you.  The format of the trip looks to suit me well, and I've ridden in the French Pyrennes before and loved it.  Is there a little flexibilty available for when I join and leave the group, as I'd plan to take a Plymouth - Roscoff crossing, meet you all in Brive-La-Gaillard stay with group until you all leave Lourdes, and find a different (slower) route home, as I'm not so keen on big mileage days on the motorways?  I'm more than happy to sort out my own crossings, and any hotels outside the ones you are using for the group, but would like to take advantage of the rest of the booking, and the company of like minded souls, plus I can add to the K13's on the trip.
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2023, 07:35:15 am »
And surely Richard deserves a (dis)honourable mention in despatches for a 'near miss', David. The thought was there, or maybe it wasn't ...

Ah. The cockup is mine, and purely mine, not David's, for which I have apologised, and made sure he will not be out of pocket should a hotel room go unfilled.
I hadn't realised that two holidays overlapped by a couple of days - and the other holiday isn't even mine. Grr.

Just to say for anyone thinking of going - it is good, really good, on several levels - the hotels, the rides, the good company, and of course the fact that David has completely smoothed the way for you. It's the sort of thing you would pay a tour operator through the nose for - David does it for free.
And I'm gutted not to be able to go next year.  >:( >:( >:(

Thank you for the recommendation. There is no out of pocket on my part, but thanks for offering. You are, of course, very welcome on future trips.
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2023, 07:35:21 am »
Hi David,
Reports of previous trips look really good, and I've looked at my plans for next year, and think I'd like to join you.  The format of the trip looks to suit me well, and I've ridden in the French Pyrennes before and loved it.  Is there a little flexibilty available for when I join and leave the group, as I'd plan to take a Plymouth - Roscoff crossing, meet you all in Brive-La-Gaillard stay with group until you all leave Lourdes, and find a different (slower) route home, as I'm not so keen on big mileage days on the motorways?  I'm more than happy to sort out my own crossings, and any hotels outside the ones you are using for the group, but would like to take advantage of the rest of the booking, and the company of like minded souls, plus I can add to the K13's on the trip.
Jason
Thanks for the interest in the trip. The 6 nights in the Pyrenees are "the trip"  so you are welcome to arrange the "there and back" in any way that works for you.

PM me or contact me through the Old Gits web site and I'll start the arrangements to get you onto the trip. There is the requirement for a £250 non-refundable deposit when booking onto the trip but that goes entirely towards your hotel costs.

I'm looking forward to meeting you.  :winkthumbs:
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2023, 08:53:14 am »
So, there and back hotel details now added to the first post in the thread.

From here we now have black-k1, fjtwelve, Matt & Grumpy jase on the trip

As detailed in the first post, accommodation and Channel crossings will total just over £900. Even I have been pleasantly surprised that the overall cost for 9 nights B&B in a minimum of 3* hotels, with Channel crossing there and back, still only totals around £100 per night.   :thumbsupgood:
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2024, 02:42:22 pm »
We've now had a couple of people join the trip and a couple drop out. At the moment, there are currently 13 people on the trip, a number of which are from this forum.

There is still space available on the trip but I will be "closing the doors" at the end of February to ensure I can finalise the finances with all of the hotels in plenty of time before June. I'll also be playing with my new bike :D from March onwards so won't be able to give the required attention to adding people to the trip.

If you are interested in joining us on our trip to the French Pyrenees, or have any questions about the workings of the trip, them please let me know ASAP.
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Re: Old Gits 2024 - French Pyrenees - June 2024
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2024, 03:08:54 pm »
After having finally remembered I own a motorcycle, and riding the thing these last couple of days, I am very much looking forward to this trip :). Thanks for your efforts David.
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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2024, 02:59:42 pm »
After having finally remembered I own a motorcycle, and riding the thing these last couple of days, I am very much looking forward to this trip :). Thanks for your efforts David.

I've just had mt first ride on mine since October. Like you, I'm really looking forward to the trip in June. :D  And as long as you enjoy the trip, I'm happy to arrange it!  :thumbsupgood:
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