A pirate outing to Northern France in 2013, August Bank Holiday

this looks good for something different

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M...eldy    pirate
03/09/2012 at 17:58

If I can, Oui 

03/09/2012 at 18:05
Happy about the date. My sprog is getting wed at the start of Aug so. Few days away in Sept works well
Dustboy    pirate
03/09/2012 at 19:46

Just to add, there is a French equivalent of a trevelodge 5 mins away, can't think of their name. We stayed at camping bien assise in Guines, about 15 mins away by car.  Lovely site, tents, tourers and static 2 bed 7 sleeper vans. Very well maintained, excellent communal showers and loos, on site shop, bar with food, plus the posh restaurant, Le Ferme Gourmande also on site. BAR onsite I said, as in Bar. Mini golf, 18M covered pool, mini gym, ideal for kids. Plus a bar, They do lodges as well. Would deffo go back anyway.


Did I mention the bar?

04/09/2012 at 09:24
Dustboy wrote (see)

..... excellent communal showers and loos... 

Non, non, non....

Don't those static things have toilets in them?

Dustboy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 09:34

Yes, Wilkie, they do. They are incredibly small. But as we are all friends here, when you stand up to get off the bog, you head butt the door, which invariably flies open into the living room, the locks are little plastic clips.

As for the caravan shower, with my head jammed against one corner, my arse against the other corner diagonally opposite and my knees jammed in the corner below my head, I still couldn't get down to pick up the shower gel off the floor.

If you are less than 6 foot, you might manage it.

04/09/2012 at 10:05

Ah.  Sounds like the toilet in an hotel I stayed in once.

If you managed to close the door behind you and turn round, when you sat down your knees would hit the back of the door.

Le Travelodge, peut-etre....

Dustboy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 10:58

Yes, that's the loo indeed. But don't be put off by that. The wash block was absolutely fine, clean, tidy, hot water, and I am a fussy bugger. My wife found the shower fine, if the temperature was a little erratic.

04/09/2012 at 11:46

I always, but always, have to pee in the middle of the night. 

I prefer not to have put some clothes on and go outside in order to do so

Dustboy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 14:37

It's fine for a wee, and a poo, just a bit cramped getting up and down.

04/09/2012 at 22:09

Enough about that Dusty, does the bar serve London Pride?  

Dustboy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 23:20

They don't serve anybody, they're French, they just look at you blankly, shrug their shoulders and get on with whatever they are doing. Actually, I dunno, Mrs DB gave me  a 20 earoles note at the beginning of the week for flash cash and it's still in my wallet.

However, the V2 site actually left me speechless in awe. And until a week ago, I'd never hard of the V3 programme. So. lots to do there as well.

05/09/2012 at 21:24

V2?  V3? 

Dustboy    pirate
05/09/2012 at 21:49

All Nazi terror weapons. V1, Buzz bomb, doodlebug etc, V2 = big rocket, forerunner of Saturn 5 moon rocket, V3 = multi stage gun, never saw service, bombed by the RAF.

Honestly, kids know nothing these days...

05/09/2012 at 21:52


The youth of today.... V2

05/09/2012 at 21:55

It was the way in which you phrased it actually 'Old boy'!  Because we were talking about the new Triathlon site I thought it was some euphemism for one of the dodgy internet sites you visit!!  

Oh, I see Wilkie goes there too!!  

Edited: 05/09/2012 at 21:55
Dustboy    pirate
05/09/2012 at 22:10

A man with a flashing red codpiece thinks that I visit dodgy internet sites? 

05/09/2012 at 22:13

Oh - is that a codpiece?

I thought he'd been on his bike too long!

Dustboy    pirate
05/09/2012 at 22:16

(Deep film voice)

"For men who like their nuts RAW!! Coming to a cinema near you"

05/09/2012 at 22:23

Starring the infamous Dustboy!!  

Yes Wilkie, I'm slow on the bike as well as the run!  But I can swim!! 

19/11/2012 at 15:30

the date has changed on this event again - back to the Bank Holiday weekend - hoorah!!  it's now on Sunday 25th.    reason being is so it doesn't clash with Challenge Vichy which has been moved to 1st September due to heat issues having it earlier.

and entries are now open - https://www.njuko.com/chtriman-gravelines/register.

we had a quick look at the venue as we drove past on the autoroute last week - looks good and very easy to get to from Calais.   the rowing lake has a huge bank on the western side to reduce prevailing winds causing havoc for rowers

so - who's in??? 



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