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Has virus ruined your biker plans this year?
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SpeedyCBR1100
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PostPosted: 22:38 - 08 Apr 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

We managed to rent a 4 bed house just south of Le Mans from June 20th to 27th. Only cost £100 for the week for 6 of us. Very sad to lose that. We were going to travel on the Newhaven-Dieppe route and I checked the other day to find they were still running a full service. Hopes dashed again when I realised they were only carrying freight.
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pepperami
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PostPosted: 09:52 - 10 Apr 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somehow I see this nonsense still being about way into July.

So I am now thinking September for a mini tour and a few b&bís.

A mate of mine is rebuilding a Yamaha YB250 and said he might/possibly be interested in tagging along.

Neither of us will be doing any motoball this summer, so a mini tour may be a good tonic.
However this is speculation at the moment.

This nonsense is not over yet?
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PostPosted: 10:15 - 10 Apr 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the predictions are now going for a precipitous decline in cases by early May so even late June *might* not be written off.
Whether all kinds of accommodation are re-opening before autumn or even this year is another matter.
Campsites must be relatively low risk compared to any kind of room which may or may not have been cleaned thoroughly.
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PostPosted: 10:29 - 10 Apr 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

doggone wrote:
Some of the predictions are now going for a precipitous decline in cases by early May so even late June *might* not be written off.
Whether all kinds of accommodation are re-opening before autumn or even this year is another matter.
Campsites must be relatively low risk compared to any kind of room which may or may not have been cleaned thoroughly.


I hear what you are saying about rooms being clean, however I can assure you many cleansing wipes will be traveling with me Shocked .
After the shite weíve all been through, Iím gonna be very careful.

The way things are going at the moment, I still think itís to early to be genuinely trying to book up any trips or excursions.
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PostPosted: 00:16 - 15 Apr 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well before CV took a hold around the world,Mrs Fizzer and I had planned to spend more time in Austria instead of getting to Innsbruck and then to head straight for the Brenner Pass and in to Italy.By the time of the London Excel bike show I was beginning to think about dates and the best route through Belgium and Germany.Plans were for Mrs Fizzer to renew her passport in plenty of time but even that has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

There is always next year....

Edit.Friends that we stayed with in Brugges on the return journey from Italy last year have invited us to go and stay for a minimum of a week later this year.
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PostPosted: 17:13 - 12 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to attempt Amsterdam, and possibly also Venice (different journey, we wanted to go for the masked ball), but for now that is all definitely on hold. Maybe we can manage Venice next year.

Amsterdam should be an easy jaunt any time of year once things loosen up a bit.
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PostPosted: 08:40 - 28 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferry booked late August to Bilbao for a couple of weeks in the Pyrenees and a ride back through France. Hopefully will be okay to travel by then.
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PostPosted: 10:25 - 28 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've given up this year. I've had to work all while this crap has been going on. I'm off for 10 days, but everywhere is still dodgy. By the time all the furlough staff have had their holidays there wont be any time left this year. to even take the rest of my holidays unless it is mid November.
So I will be saving the pennies for next year.
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PostPosted: 05:59 - 29 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Peru in March when they quarentined for coronavirus, had bought a bike in Colombia the previous march and made it down to Chile and Argentina and was heading back up to maybe Colombia or Mexico/USA.

My dad died back at home a few days into the quarantine so that made the decision for me to come back, after a shitty 2 weeks dealing with the embassy I got on of those repatriation flights back and had to leave my bike in Peru with a friend without doing any of the paperwork (as the customs were also closed).

Now due to other reasons i wont be able to get back out for a year or two, so will have to find some way to sell the bike to another traveler in the mean time (cant sell to a local because its technically on a temporary import permit).

The first 3 months of 2020 were going so well, but i guess thats the ups and downs of life for you.
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PostPosted: 08:23 - 29 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skudd wrote:
By the time all the furlough staff have had their holidays there wont be any time left this year. to even take the rest of my holidays unless it is mid November.


I feel your pain. That said, I am grateful I didn't get furloughed! I think I'd have literally gone crazy, at least during the first phase of lockdown.
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PostPosted: 17:19 - 29 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am getting no time off for the forseeable, assuming the company itself is ok. If I hadn't already booked my usual week in Sep back on April 1st, I wouldn't have got it. That's it until Jan-Mar 2021. It's not that we're busier than usual, just the opposite, but we now have far less people than usual, so I'm doing 3 peoples jobs at the moment. What makes me almost redundancy proof, also means no-one else can do my job - I keep trying to train people up, but they can't grasp it, or are lazy bastids
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PostPosted: 17:21 - 29 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheDonUK wrote:
I was in Peru in March when they quarentined for coronavirus, had bought a bike in Colombia the previous march and made it down to Chile and Argentina and was heading back up to maybe Colombia or Mexico/USA.

My dad died back at home a few days into the quarantine so that made the decision for me to come back, after a shitty 2 weeks dealing with the embassy I got on of those repatriation flights back and had to leave my bike in Peru with a friend without doing any of the paperwork (as the customs were also closed).

Now due to other reasons i wont be able to get back out for a year or two, so will have to find some way to sell the bike to another traveler in the mean time (cant sell to a local because its technically on a temporary import permit).

The first 3 months of 2020 were going so well, but i guess thats the ups and downs of life for you.


Shocked Blimey, that's rough, hopefully 2021 will be a better year.
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PostPosted: 18:43 - 29 Jun 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few months into the pandemic now and I have to say it's not been all bad. Unusually good weather and empty highland roads. I've had some of my best days on a bike in over 40 years. Another bonus has been that surface dressing hasn't fucked up the roads this year. I've done 100 miles without overtaking a single vehicle. I even managed to get a clear run on the only original section of the Loch Lomond road between Tarbet and Crianlarich. No campers, no caravans, no trucks, no cars. The once sublime Fort William to North Ballachulish section of the A82 was also all mine. The roads that I cut my teeth on, giving a brief glimpse of how good they used to be. They do say every cloud has a silver lining Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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