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A BSCC Bike Ride to Gravelines, Pas de Calais, France - 11th May 2000

It's another of the pub's outings to France, courtesy of cheapo ferry deals in The Sun newspaper: foot crossing for a quid, that sort of thing. We stay at a Travel Inn on the outskirts of Dover the night before, and leave at some ridiculous hour to catch the ferry. Upon arrival at the ferry terminal, Nosher discovers that his passport is back at the hotel, which requires a frantic two-mile pedal back up a ludicrously long and steep hill to retrieve it, and then a break-neck ride back to just about catch the group as they are loading up. Once across the English Channel/La Manche, we cycle along the coast in the general direction of Gravelines for lunch and a few beers, and on return there's time for a trip to Dover Castle.

next album: Wavy's Thirtieth Birthday, Brome Swan, Suffolk - 24th May 2000
previous album: A BSCC Bike Ride, Brockdish Greyhound and Hoxne Swan, Suffolk - 4th May 2000

2000 Bikes are unloaded from the back of DH's van at stupid o'clock in the morning

Bikes are unloaded from the back of DH's van at stupid o'clock in the morning

2000 Jill mills around watching the preparations

Jill mills around watching the preparations

2000 John Willy gets an early beer in on the ferry

John Willy gets an early beer in on the ferry

2000 Colin, Jill and Apple have some sort of ferry breakfast

Colin, Jill and Apple have some sort of ferry breakfast

2000 A brief pause on the road, a few kilometres outside Calais

A brief pause on the road, a few kilometres outside Calais

2000 Loads of bikes and panniers

Loads of bikes and panniers

2000 Group photo under the road signs of France

Group photo under the road signs of France

2000 Jill, John 'Bomber' Langdon and Ninja M

Jill, John 'Bomber' Langdon and Ninja M

2000 Paul sneaks in to the photo

Paul sneaks in to the photo

2000 Colin hold on to DH's bike as Ninja M roams around

Colin hold on to DH's bike as Ninja M roams around

2000 Apple John on his bike

Apple John on his bike

2000 Hanging out on the seafront

Hanging out on the seafront

2000 The boys on the beach

The boys on the beach

2000 The Boy Phil on the beach near Calais

The Boy Phil on the beach near Calais

2000 Wavy has a nap

Wavy has a nap

2000 DH, Phil, Paul and John Willy, whilst Bomber Langdon is on the phone

DH, Phil, Paul and John Willy, whilst Bomber Langdon is on the phone

2000 A goalpost in the sea

A goalpost in the sea

2000 John Willy leaps on to Wavy

John Willy leaps on to Wavy

2000 Spammy and Alan

Spammy and Alan

2000 Wavy wakes up

Wavy wakes up

2000 John Willy somewhat daringly cycles up the promenade with his club shirt over his head

John Willy somewhat daringly cycles up the promenade with his club shirt over his head

2000 Big Al phones home

Big Al phones home

2000 Gravelines high street

Gravelines high street

2000 Outside the Sainte Cécile Taverne and friterie

Outside the Sainte Cécile Taverne and friterie

2000 The 'Sainte Cecile' tavern

The 'Sainte Cecile' tavern

2000 DH eats chips

DH eats chips

2000 Gravelines high street

Gravelines high street

2000 Colin smokes a fat one

Colin smokes a fat one

2000 Massed bikes outside Le Sainte Cecile

Massed bikes outside Le Sainte Cecile

2000 The gang eat lunch

The gang eat lunch

2000 A French bar

A French bar

2000 Pippa and Apple in a bar on the return ferry

Pippa and Apple in a bar on the return ferry

2000 Colin, Jill, Pippa and Apple

Colin, Jill, Pippa and Apple

2000 Tourists mill around

Tourists mill around

2000 John and Wavy peer up to the top of the cliff

John and Wavy peer up to the top of the cliff

2000 A window overlooking the Channel at Dover Castle

A window overlooking the Channel at Dover Castle

2000 The Boy Phil in the war room tunnels

The Boy Phil in the war room tunnels

2000 Wavy stands on some sort of artillery piece

Wavy stands on some sort of artillery piece

2000 DH looks down the barrel of a very long canon

DH looks down the barrel of a very long canon

2000 Walking around the grounds of Dover Castle

Walking around the grounds of Dover Castle

2000 DH and Wavy exploring

DH and Wavy exploring

2000 DH does a 'Winston' from a bridge

DH does a 'Winston' from a bridge

2000 A view over the grounds of Dover Castle

A view over the grounds of Dover Castle

2000 The keep of Dover Castle

The keep of Dover Castle

2000 A room full of stuff

A room full of stuff

2000 DH and Ninja M roam around

DH and Ninja M roam around

2000 A view over Dover

A view over Dover

2000 A view over towards the ferry port and docks

A view over towards the ferry port and docks

2000 Pam waves from down below

Pam waves from down below

2000 The gang roam around on the top of the keep

The gang roam around on the top of the keep

2000 Dover Castle and its church

Dover Castle and its church

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Bikes are unloaded from the back of DH's van at stupid o'clock in the morning

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