Oh, I'm back. Well, I've been back home for the last 90 mins or so, but reality\ncaught up with me, so I couldn't do the traditional first back home post\nstraight away.\n\nAs usual, a great run (albeit quieter than previous runs. I think people are\ngetting old ). Thanks go to TOG for sorting it all out. We thought it may be\nhis last trip, but because he's bought land in an earthquake zone, it looks\nlike it was actually his penultimate trip.\n\nThe food in the hotel was really not bad at all. I think that the owners must\nhave got wind of the reputation of UKRM, 'cos all the wine in the restaurant\nhad to be settled up front (mind you, they were a little more relaxed last\nnight).\n\n'twas great to see all the faces again (I won't begin to list them all, as I'm\nsure I'd forget one or two names), although I don't think that there were any\nnew ones this year. No break downs on this trip, but TOG did decide that he\ndidn't like his RHS pannier and ripped it off with the assistance of a refuse\nlorry (bang went his camera, amongst other things. Again). Apparently he'd\nsourced another pannier before leaving the docks!\n\nNiall got nicked right before arriving at the hotel and was escorted to the\ncash machine to hand over 90 euros (I believe the Gendarmes didn't have change\nfor a 100 euro note). Having twittered this, ogden replied that it doesn't\ncount unless there was an armed roadblock. :-)\n\nSaturday was a nice relaxed day, with most of us heading up to Epernay to\nvisit some of the Champagne caves. The Mercier one was quite popular and very,\nvery impressive in size . Colin found another local producer with the name\nof, er, well, Colin.\n\nAndy decided to corrupt Kiran and break into an abandoned race track and I\nthink Kiran got quite a buzz out of it. Apparently houses and posh appartments\nare next on Kiran's list.\n\nThe weather held out for most of the weekend, with a few spots on Saturday\nnight. It rained last night and was looking distinctly dodgy this morning.\nMuch fresher that the last couple of days.\n\nHiggins had to do a scouting reccy for our resident cloggie because said\ncloggie forgot to fill up yesterday and was on reserve this morning. The\nscouting tour failed, as the road to the nearest petrol station was closed\nfor a cycling race. So they parted this morning with me "twittering" that we\nmay be awarding a petrol muppet award quite shortly. Watch this space.\n\nOn my quick and pretty uneventful trip home, I could see the blue sky on either\nside of the motorway with the grey stuff in the middle. As I approached the\ngrey bit, I was hit with torrential rain, which lasted about half a minute.\nRight after this, I was hit with hailstones the size of half a smartie for\nabout a minute. By God, did it hurt. It was like I'd been shot with a machine\ngun air rifle. When it stopped, I breathed a sigh of relief, only to get\nbattered again about 10 minutes down the road. Thankfully this was a shorter\nepisode. My trusty Sidi's of 10 years have given up the ghost as they let in\nwater quicker than it takes for Brown to call Duffy a bigot. Any\nrecommendations for new boots?\n\nLooking forward to next year's trip, although this _may_ be Colin doing the\nDFV'ing as he volunteered (or was it press-ganged?) into doing it (After\na light hearted lunch on Sat, I volunteered to do the hotel bit, whilst\nColin does the ferries).\n\nOh, and I do know who Crystal Tips is now.\n\nTa TOG. Looking forward to next years run already.\n\n Most buggers had gone to bed by 1am!\n Over 30 million bottles in this cave alone!