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We will need some rideouts - plenty as I imagine there will be lots of people. On Saturday we'll need about three road based ones and at least one off-road.
Do we want organised rideouts on Friday and Sunday?
I was discussing with Stanbloke about a bike control competition - riding as slowly as possible in a straight line, who can do the tightest turn, slalom or figure of eight rides - that sort of thing. Sound like a good idea? If so where can we organise it and when?
Macmillan coffee morning - it is on the Saturday I think. Shall we organise one for 10am and present the cheque to Macmillan then? Finish at 11 for caffeine-fuelled rideouts.
Do we need to organise any evening entertainment?
 

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I reckon the main arrival day will be Friday.I would not organize a ride out for than.People which are there earlier can organize there own little ride outs but i would leave Saturday for the main rides.
We have been in contact with Macmillan,the person in charge down there wants to get the press and radio involved.We said we could do a symbolic Cheque handover on Saturday between 10-12am(everyone has arrived and recovered from hangover).Than we could all go for our ride outs(stick again to 3 types like last year) and maybe weather permitting have a BBQ in the evening
 

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I'd go with that - for people like me coming down from oop north on Thursday, Friday morning could be good for a rest, then maybe little ride-outs for people that want them (i'll be up at 5.30am for the 7.30am boat, docks at 10-ish, then 5-6 hour ride - i'll be knackered on Thursday night :D and can have a lie-in on Friday).

For people coming from the Big Smoke on Friday, they could be battling other Londoners going down to their holiday homes in Devon and Cornwall for the weekend, so might not be up for much on Friday afternoon :dontknow:
 

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I'd go with that - for people like me coming down from oop north on Thursday, Friday morning could be good for a rest, then maybe little ride-outs for people that want them (i'll be up at 5.30am for the 7.30am boat, docks at 10-ish, then 5-6 hour ride - i'll be knackered on Thursday night :D and can have a lie-in on Friday).

For people coming from the Big Smoke on Friday, they could be battling other Londoners going down to their holiday homes in Devon and Cornwall for the weekend, so might not be up for much on Friday afternoon :dontknow:
I think people will just hang around meet old friends and make new ones.After all there is a good Pub on site:thumbup::toothy10::toothy10::toothy10:
 

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I reckon the main arrival day will be Friday.I would not organize a ride out for than.People which are there earlier can organize there own little ride outs but i would leave Saturday for the main rides.
We have been in contact with Macmillan,the person in charge down there wants to get the press and radio involved.We said we could do a symbolic Cheque handover on Saturday between 10-12am(everyone has arrived and recovered from hangover).Than we could all go for our ride outs(stick again to 3 types like last year) and maybe weather permitting have a BBQ in the evening
Sounds like we have appointed a social secretary.
 

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The more I have thought about this the more I agree with the less-is-more philosophy (Vader lives his life on that basis I suspect :D).
The National is all about socialising. I'll try to make sure there are at least three rideouts organised for Saturday and leave the rest.
I think if DaveS books Ubley Drove another time we could organise a slow bike control exercise there as that will be a weekend all about riding and learning to ride better and would be more appropriate.
Vader, if you can have a think about sorting out a BBQ then please do so. The only trouble is just how many people we need to cater for. It might just be easier to forget about any central catering, or just organise a big BBQ and some charcoal and let people bring their own food to cook on it.
We do need to get some info together though, of nearest supermarkets and petrol stations etc. I know there are some small shops in the village but people might want a more extensive choice (is it worth warning the little general store how many of us will be there to make sure they have enough basics in, such as milk?).
Can we also get a menu from the pub, so that people have an idea in advance of the kind of grub on offer and how much it costs. The food is great and I'd be happy to eat there, both evening meals and the big breakfast (they do a veggie one) but that would rack up the costs.
OK, so it is becoming obvious that I used to be a Boy Scout. Am I making to much of a fuss?
 
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