SkiBike Tour 2011-12 - Road to Flaine

Posted: Friday, 27 January 2012 by Mark Kinnon in Labels: , , ,

Having survived the joys of Friday afternoon rush hour on the M25 Carl collected me from home around 6pm. Amazingly we managed to cram; 2 skibikes, helmets, snowboard, skis, personal items and all manner of spares and tools into his car. He had been expecting to bring another friend on this trip, it was just as well that he couldn't make it. We made the short journey to Dover, sailed over to Calais then continued through the night to Lens, close to the Belgian border.

Our room for the night was in a Formule 1 budget hotel, "Prisoner Cell Block H" was Carl's first impression. There is a certain whiff of open prison about the design, the sort of place those who commit white collar crime would be sent to. On the plus side they are; cheap, functional, clean and quiet no frills accommodation. The rock hard mattress was surprisingly comfortable and I slumbered peacefully.

Formule 1 hotel - efficient budget hotel or grim prison block?