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Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:59 am

It seems to have been a long wait since the EuroKClub Wrinklies trip until our Holiday in France this year.
It's now 6 days before we set off on our jolls.
We are heading south next Sunday 8th July hopefully meeting up with a friend on the way down to Ferndown, where we are staying before heading to Poole for the ferry to Jersey. I have contacted A mate who live on Jersey to see if he's available for a meet up. The Nigel Mansell collection looks interesting and we'll take a look while we are there.
After a couple of days in Jersey we are off to Vannes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Chatellerault, Alencon and finally Le Treport before heading for the tunnel and home. As usual I'll try to remember to take pictures and post them up.
This year, because of the weather the main concern is staying cool, with temperatures in France in the high twenties and low thirties.
I have ordered the cooling jacket that fits my Rev It jacket, I'll let you know how good it is.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby chasbmw » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:06 am

Remember the change in speed limits, what was 90 is now 80 and as it has only just come in expect lots of enforcement action. I’m off tomorrow to the Stella Alpina
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:50 am

Yes I know, Tomtom have updated the map as of Saturday. No flies on me :lol:

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby Mike D » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:18 pm

No flies on me
There will be if your cooling suit doesn't work :grin:

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:30 pm

Let's keep our fingers crossed Mike. I have every faith.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:04 pm

We set off this morning at 9am here is the bike in full touring mode
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The first 100 miles were done on the M1. I used the cruise control and stuck to the speed limit (boring).
We stopped for a coffee in a nice air conditioned Mcdonalds. We then pressed on to meet Richard (richtea) for a spot of lunch. This was the Royal Oak in Tingewick, a really nice country pub with very friendly locals. It was nice to catch up with Rich for the first time since this years Wrinklies trip.
After lunch we pressed on to Ferndown and the Premier Inn. Temperatures were up to 34 C according to the bikes computer but having the cooling vest and being well hydrated made it bearable. A few pints of lager were consumed by Melanie and myself along with some nice nosh. Then off to bed as we have a ferry to catch in the morning to St Heller. More later ;)

Today we are in tourist mode and on Le Petit Tren

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After Le Petit Tren we took a walk to the Nigel Mansell collection
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On the way back to town I spotted a dedicated bike park, never seen this in England, not just a few spaces.
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:28 pm

Looking good!

Have a good trip! :smile:
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Postby gogs01 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:43 pm

Keep the updates coming ! :grin:
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:57 pm

It was a pleasant crossing from St Helier to St Malo, sunny and calm. Much like the journey to Vannes. The bike got a secluded corner in the underground car park.
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At Melanies suggestion here is one for Tom
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And moving swiftly on, we walked into town and came across this strange offering
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:48 am

Another day another town, here we are in Vannes on another warm and sunny day.
We found ourselves another petit tren
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Parking motorcycles is never a problem in France. Here are a few we came across while walking about Vannes
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:20 pm

For those that are familiar with La Rochelle we are here
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:37 pm

Never mind the drink - where's the photos of the submarine pens? :smile:
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:37 pm

We are visiting Le Bunker tomorrow where the German Uboat crew called home during the war.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:45 am

Today 14th July is in France what we call Bastille Day, the French call it Fete Nationale. All over France are parades, street entertainment and later on firework displays.
There was a parade today in La Rochelle right in front of our hotel.

The French police have a good choice in bikes, not so much the attire
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We visited Le Bunker, where German Uboat crews called home during the occupation. An underground rabbit Warren of rooms and well worth a visit. No pictures, you'll have to visit it yourself.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:49 pm

It's all happening there then! :smile:

The French moto-police don't always get it right:
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-14/fren ... ay-parade/
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:54 pm

Yes it seems the Paris lot cocked it up while the La Rochelle lot arrived and left without incident. I miss all the fun ](*,)

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby kent_instructor10 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:58 pm

Today 14th July is in France what we call Bastille Day, the French call it Fete Nationale. All over France are parades, street entertainment and later on firework displays.
There was a parade today in La Rochelle right in front of our hotel.

The French police have a good choice in bikes, not so much the attire
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These guys are Douanes. If only UK Customs had bikes!

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:26 pm

I'll do my best :razz:

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:15 pm

We have arrived in Bordeaux and I can tell you it's king hot, the bike was showing an ambient temperature of 35 degrees. We can now go and enjoy our complimentary drink at the Ibis bar :razz:

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:10 pm

A quick weather update, here in Bordeaux we have some very welcome rain accompanied by thunder and lightning, who'd of thought you would be glad to see rain.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:23 pm

allez les bleus is the saying on everyone's lips.

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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:47 pm

Mental it was
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:11 am

The journey from Bordeaux to Chatellerault was pretty uneventful and mostly on N roads to get there quickly to avoid being in the heat any longer than need be.
The journey from Chatellerault to Alencon was a cooler affair but not by much. We took some nice twiddly roads in 22 to 25 degrees as opposed to the 28 to 30 degrees the day before. On arrival in Alencon I found a bit of bike sized pavement.
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby raesewell » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:10 pm

Who'd have thought you would be grateful for rain
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Re: Sewell's In France 2018

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:15 pm

At least you found a dry garage for the bike! :grin:
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