Driving to Alpe d'Huez

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Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Tue Jun 26, 2012 16:06 pm

Hello :D

In just over 2 weeks time Notax and I are driving down to Alpe d'Huez with the bikes - we are getting the Eurostar to Calais, and with the magic of sat nav I can see that we will be facing a 9 hour or so drive the other side :?

We should arrive in Calais about 2.30pm on the Sunday, and I though it would be a plan to drive for a few hours (get the other side of Paris?) and then stop for the night before resuming the next day and getting to Alpe d'Huez mid afternoon. What I can't quite decide about is where to stop and whether to ever bother abut booking a hotel or not. I am generally a total control freak so this goes against the grain, but I am clueless as to where would be nice / suitable. Notax is the opposite and would never bother booking anything if he could get away with it :lol:

So, anyone used to doing this trip? Will I need to book for a random Sunday night stay somewhere nice? Any ideas on where to stop? The next day we will be joining everyone for the Megavalanche week, so I like the idea of one relaxing evening before all hell breaks loose!!!

Thanks :D
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby Majski » Tue Jun 26, 2012 16:21 pm

Whenever we've stopped on the way down we've just parked up in an Aire and slept in the car. Albeit we picked a big Aire that was open 24hr and parked outside the shops so it was safe.

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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby DodgeT » Sun Jul 01, 2012 18:20 pm

Whats an "aire", guessing it's a kind of service station?? (might be doing the trip too....)

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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Sun Jul 01, 2012 18:26 pm

Hmmm, thanks but I am definitely after a hotel stop on the way - a 'nice' evening before the madness of Mega week :lol:
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Mon Jul 02, 2012 15:25 pm

Well, we have blown the budget and booked a nice hotel just south of Paris in Fontainebleau :D
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby nicklouse » Mon Jul 02, 2012 15:28 pm

miss notax wrote:Well, we have blown the budget and booked a nice hotel just south of Paris in Fontainebleau :D

dont forget the beathalisers.

well you will have a few months grace (november) but for 6 quid.
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby Majski » Mon Jul 02, 2012 15:33 pm

Aire is basically a French service station, though some of them are just rest stops with nothing more than a bog and a picnic bench

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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Mon Jul 02, 2012 16:06 pm

nicklouse wrote:
miss notax wrote:Well, we have blown the budget and booked a nice hotel just south of Paris in Fontainebleau :D

dont forget the beathalisers.

well you will have a few months grace (november) but for 6 quid.


Thank you - I wasn't aware of that. Off to find some breathalisers then....!
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby nicklouse » Mon Jul 02, 2012 16:33 pm

miss notax wrote:
nicklouse wrote:
miss notax wrote:Well, we have blown the budget and booked a nice hotel just south of Paris in Fontainebleau :D

dont forget the beathalisers.

well you will have a few months grace (november) but for 6 quid.


Thank you - I wasn't aware of that. Off to find some breathalisers then....!

not needed yet like i said. but if you are going to EuroTunnel have them available as do the ferry companies i guess.

have a read http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18662555
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby weeve » Sun Jul 08, 2012 17:52 pm

stay at a Hotel Formule 1 ...they are everywhere near motorways and cost f'all (circa 40 quid and can sleep 2-3)

shared bathroom and low grade but safe and fine...use them all the time

http://www.hotelformule1.com/gb/home/in ... EC-41-GOO-[ppc-for-mar-goo-uk-en-bro-sear-bp-cen]-[for]-S-[hotel%20formule%201]&xtdt=22362834

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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Tue Jul 10, 2012 15:42 pm

I am now confused about sat nav's and the rules regarding speed camera alerts :(

We have a Tom Tom which gives the fixed camera locations, which I understand is now illeagle in France and we can be fined for having this :shock: Any idea how we can switch this function off? Or is it ok as it's an old sat nav?

I would like to stay within the law if we can, but need to use the sat nav to stand any chance of realistically getting there!!
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby nicklouse » Tue Jul 10, 2012 15:44 pm

you have to disable it.

IIRC there is a how to on TomTom webby.

and here we are http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answer ... era-alerts
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Tue Jul 10, 2012 15:49 pm

Damn, i'm rubbish at technical stuff (Notax is even worse) - i'll probably end up wiping everything off the bloody sat nav :?

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction though - I shall bravely attempt this at home tonight over a glass of wine (cause that'll help :wink: ) :D
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby nicklouse » Tue Jul 10, 2012 15:52 pm

link added.
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Re: Driving to Alpe d'Huez

Postby miss notax » Tue Jul 10, 2012 15:58 pm

Ah - thank you :D
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