RIVIERA HASH TRASH 548
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Wetspot's Salernes Away Weekend, 29th June-1st July 2007
Euro Hash, London, 13th - 15th July 2007
IAH2007, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 31st August - 3rd September 2007
Blue Danube H3 River Cruise, 9th - 16th September 2007
Porquerolles Away Weekend, 21st - 23rd September 2007
Perth Interhash, 21st - 23rd March 2008
Also see the Receeding Hare Line!
R*n 550-552: NEXT HASH 29-Jun-1 Jul
For those of you who have decided to attend all or part of the RHHH Salernes Weekend and those of you considering attending, the following information is very important.
Dates and Time
Almost activities and runs will start Chez Wetspot. The Salernes Hash Weekend officially starts on June 29th, Friday night 6:00pm with a run leaving about 6:30pm. A meal will be provided after the circle, and the party continued until… Note that you are invited to show up any time on Friday and just hang out – there will be a contingent of Hashers present.
Saturday’s run on June 30th is scheduled for 1:30pm with a 2:00pm start. This will give you a chance to tour the area which has many beautiful villages or slip up to the Gorge du Verdon for a swim before the run. You can also hang out Chez Wetspot in hammocks, play joue de boule or swim in the cold tub/basin. It will be a fairly long and spectacular run/walk, followed by another meal and party late into the night.
Sunday’s July 1st Hare-of-the-Dog run is tentatively scheduled for 10:30am with an 11:00am start. This will allow some time for those not too hungover to visit the beautiful Salernes Sunday Market prior to the run. Following the Circle, an optional lunch costing about €15 will be held in a local restaurant. Note that this lunch is NOT included in the price of registration. The time of the run may vary with the time we need to be at the restaurant. This concludes the official RHHH weekend.
If there is sufficient interest, a Bike Hash will follow on Monday July 2, time to be mutually decided among participants. This will be a reasonably easy 30 km tour of several villages, with a beerstop at each. Note that you must provide your own bike. Bikes are available for rent in the village, but are not inexpensive.
If in doubt, get a map. Salernes is located in the middle of the Var, about 1 ½ hours drive west from Nice. From Nice take the A8 west to exit 36, Draguignan. Follow the signs to and through the center of Draguignan, turning left (west) upon arriving at a T-junction in the heart of town. From the A8 exit to this junction is about 10km with endless roundabouts. The sign indicates Marseille and Flayosc. The road then climbs out of the valley and continues straight (D560) for about 20km to Salernes.
Drive through the center of Salernes (about 2 minutes – this is a village!) and out the other side where you will come to a roundabout. Keep going straight for another 600m, past the municipal camp ground and winding up hill. On the right you will see a large field with newly planted trees, and in the back, a giant parasol pine tree. The entrance is a small dirt road clearly marked with a sign "Mas du Pin" – Farm of the Pine Tree. If you manage to miss the turn, 100 m further you will come to a road heading to Aups. Turn around.
If you are coming from the west, you can exit the A8 at St. Maximin/Barjol. Take D560 through Barjol to Sillan Le Cascade, and the 5 km down the hill to Salernes. When you pass the road to Aups, look for the field and turn on the left. If you are coming from the North, alternatively you can exit the Autoroute de Soleil at Avignon Sud and make your way across to Salernes through numerous villages. This is a beautiful route and highly recommended. Get a map as there are many alternatives.
Those flying in to attend the entire HashTravaganza should arrive in Nice. For the Salernes weekend only, you can fly to Nice, Marseille or Toulon.
Note that vehicle transportation is required. Should you need to rent a car, it is recommended that you use ArgosCar.com which provides the most favorable rates.
There are numerous possibilities for lodging suggested on the Salernes Internet site: http://www.tourisme.fr/module/stat/url/url.asp?insee=83121&url=http://www.officetourisme-salernes.fr. However, many are either very small or not conveniently located to Chez Wetspot, and the following possibilities are recommended:
Two bed & breakfasts have been reserved for the Hash Weekend. Reservations for these two options should be made through Prestressed on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact him by phone at 0493-121623 or email at email@example.com. Rooms are limited so book and pay early. PayPal will soon be up and running on the RHHH website for registration fees and these B & B’s, and reservations will be confirmed upon payment.
All other lodging should be made directly by each person.
Bed & Breakfasts
Le Mas des Oliviers. €58/night for a double. Includes breakfast. Very comfortable, and a five minute walk to Chez Wetspot.
"La Colline". €54 for 1-2 persons, €27 additional people. Includes breakfast. Also very nice. A five minute drive from Chez Wetspot. Directions: Just outside the center of town coming from Draguignan, you will pass an InterMarché Supermarket. Go around the round-about taking in the first road to the left (before entering the Supermarket). Almost immediately to the left you will see a sign for La Colline. Follow the dirt road to the end – about 200m.
There is an excellent municipal campground, Les Arnauds, with plenty of room for tents and some rooms a 7 minute walk down the hill toward town from Chez Wetspot. Located on a river with a beautiful swimming hole. Highly recommended. Contacts: Tel: 0494-675195; Fax: 0494-707557; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http:/www.ville-salernes.com. They open May 2, and probably won’t respond until then.
Unfortunately, the local hotel in the middle of town is closed. There are two others, however, about a 10-minute drive from Chez Wetspot.
Hotel Esparrus. About 15km from Draguignan on the left-hand side of the road between Draguignan and Salernes, directly across from the road to Villecroze (D557). €55-€60 per night for 1-2 people. Tel: 0494-675685; Fax: 0494-706319. This will probably be the site of the Sunday lunch.
Auberge des Lavandes, Villecroze. Take D557 to Villecroze. Directly behind the church. This is an attractive small medieval town with a road directly to Salernes. €48-€53 per night for 1-2 people.
Bookings can also be made on the Internet for both these hotels at the following site: http://www.cybevasion.fr/hotels/france/hotel_auberge-des-lavandes_villecroze_9738.html
There are other alternatives found on the Salernes tourism website which are acceptably close. Choose any indicating Salernes, Villecroze, Sillan le Cascade, and Aups (which is about 10km from Chez Wetspot).
Note that June is the beginning of the tourist season, so book early.
For more information, contact:
Prestressed: 0493-121623 or email: email@example.com or
Wetspot: 0498-102082 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that Prestressed is handling all registration for the HashTravaganza; and that Wetspot is not always available by phone.