Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Friday, 19 May 2017
We had a real cracker of a thunder storm overnight and consequently an extremely poor nights sleep. So it was up early, a single cup of tea and on the road by 8am. We visited a few memorials and cemeteries in the Arras area and then hit the road to Calais. I did stop at a McD near Arras for a cup of Earl Grey and a bun.. Then Gertie threw another hissy fit and put us on the A1 and then in the blink on an eye we missed the direct road to Calais and went via Lille in the North along the A26 to Dunkirk and back down to the Chunnel. Ah well we did manage to avoid Belgium !! But rode through constant drizzly all the way...
I am now lounging in the Chunnel Terminal await my turn to be called forward to board..... I am keeping myself amused by watching the amount of wine and beer being loaded into cars and vans.....
Thursday, 18 May 2017
All good things come to an end and yesterday's hot weather turned into a storm during the night - lots of high winds and driving rain... on top of all that disappoint I found out that the bar and restaurant aren't open until June...... but at least the owner had the presence of mind to stock up his fridge with some local Le Blonde at 6.5% proof, and what a good night cap that was...... storm huh what storm....
We hit the road at about 8.30 this morning and took in the sights at the South African Memorial, the Tank Memorial, The Poziers Memorial, the Arras underground Museum, the New Zealand Memorial and the Lochnagar Crater..... most of it in the rain..
I did manage some real food at a McDonalds at Arras... don't sigh... it was good food, the room was warm and dry, I managed to charge my iPad, use the free WiFi and finally use the toilet facilities - all the cost of a Big Mac and chips.... can't be bad..
It's now 3pm and it has finally stopped raining and I am back at the campsite. Just checking the route back to Calais avoiding the Motorways. Then onto the metal rabbit and across to Folkestone....... I will take the scenic route home as I am in no hurry to get home and unpack. I will have the house to myself until Sunday, but I do have to visit my late Mum's Cottage as the grass will need cutting and thing need to be sorted before it goes onto the market..
So far a good trip and you just can't help but feel stunned by the scale of the dead and wounded in the 'Great War' of 1914 - 18. I was good to see so many bus-loads of school children at these locations - I hope they appreciate what was done by so many - they sacrificed their tomorrows for our today's...... Black Adder 4 - Over the Top had got the madness just right.....
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Started out this morning at silly o'clock and made good progress to Folkestone. The train was delayed 25 minutes due to a technical hitch but I am in no hurry. Had a quiet read on the train whilst the other 3 bikers talked broken biscuits about bhp, torque and performance of their BMWs. I had a relaxing ride down to the first camp site just outside Arras, although a closed road did send Gertie Garmin into a spin for a moment. I stopped at a couple of British Cemetery's Ian the area of Vimy Ridge (which I will visit again tomorrow).
It was cool and overcast when I left home this morning, abut riding through Northern France the temperature started to rise and I wished I hadn't put on two layers this morning. Having said that there were some brisk side winds on the exposed hills - having opted to void all motorways this weekend.
This campsite is nice and quiet and only €10 for the night.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Friday, 24 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017
It reminded me of scary myself fartless riding through Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle last year..
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
I have had a few days out on the bike just to keep it warm... I also visited the Motorcycle Live at the NEC Birmingham although I did chicken out of taking the bike as there was a storm running and riding for 6 hours in the rain was not a good idea so I took a car ; but had to pay the £12 parking fee?
I also tried to see one of the bikes on EBay - lots of views (934), 2 enquiries, 1 visit but no bids... ah well it owes me nothing so I still have the twins..
Planning has started for Morocco 2017... I just want to get warm again...
Friday, 4 November 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Now knackered and need to sit down a while. It really is a weird feeling, just move your head and the whole world starts to spin... Just like those awful moments when you have had too much to drink and you lie down a try to close your eyes - whooooow super car .... but without the booze.....
Now I need to sort out a haircut and a shave before my birthday on the 11th September
Monday, 29 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016
A long gap since blogging last.
Well we set off on Tuesday and headed for the West Country..... David and I camp for the first night at Bridgetown on Exmoor... Yes it rained... On Wednesday we rode down to Okehampton and yes it rained again... Then on Thursday we attempted to have casual ride to Glastonbury but got caught on the M5 for 2 hours as some tart was on a bridge threatening to jump.... She brought the whole of the West Country to a stand still. Another 20 miles on I had to stop as the bike was not running at all well.... it felt like the clutch was buggered... After closer inspection it turned out to be the heated grip had parted company with the throttle handle and so I applied 3 cable ties to the grip and that will fix it until I get home.
We eventually arrived at Glastonbury and found a very good camp site next to the Tor... The toilets and showers scored 9 out of ten. We walked into Glastonbury for a beer or two... Note there are a lot of hills in this part of the world..... and we walked most of them..... A very hippy place... but my legs were knackered by the time we got back, and just in time to hit the sack as the rain poured down again...
On the Friday we had a in gently ride into the Overland Event and arrived at about 11:30. All set up and ready for the event and Mick O'Malley arrived and we had a good evening with a few drinks with Colin, Mick, Brandon, David and Hulme.
It is now Saturday noon as I write this... The weather is part sun part overcast. So now another walk around is required, the tea and coffee is free all day.. There are lots of people I know and it is great to meet them and swap travel stories, especially now that I can add my trip to the USA into the mix.. They are such interesting and nice people... and as I always say; it is great to turn up and and people to know you.....