Has been a resounding success
Fitted with Avon Storms prior to the start
SWMBO had never done a long journey before and in all fairness to her
managed well on the back. Only bit of "education" required was letting her
know that she had a limited luggage capacity compared to going on a
Started last Thursday with the trip down from north Wales to Dover for the
ferry. Impressed with the bike rack things that Speedferries use. Much
better than the bit of oily rope that used to be used by the ferry companies
last time I travelled over.
Arrived in Boulogne then rode down to Caudebec en Caux. Have previously
stayed at the Normandie, La Marine and Le Manoir Retival, so this time
decided to try Le Cheval Blanc, rooms ok, food dire, off road parking.
Next day rode down to Bergerac near Bordeaux via Le Mans to stay with
friends for a couple of days. Stopped for lunch at a little place near
Tours, I love how you can stop just about anywhere in France and pay buttons for a simple but enjoyable lunch.
Whilst sitting on the autoroute I got to playing with the OBC and have found
that at 70mph the bike does 60mpg, at 80mph it does 50mpg and at 90mph it
does 40 mpg. Tank range averaged about 230 miles with a couple of litres
It rained ... and rained and rained ... fairing worked well and the electric
screen adjustment made a real difference.
On the way back from the Bordeaux region we decided to visit Sancerre. It's
a lovely medieval town set on a hilltop. Well worth a visit with some lovely
Next day travelled to Versailles to have dinner with a colleague at Le
Valmont. Highly recommended if you're in the area
The Menu Gastromonique is lurrrrvely
The palace of Versaille is an amazing building!
On the way to Versailles had a stint at an indicated 140 for 30 minutes or
so. The bike was totally stable at speed even though it was fully laden with
panniers, huge top case, tank bag and us. Had installed the pocketgps world
speed camera database into the sat nav before we left, it was well worth
The only "breakdown" of the trip was the microphone for my Autocom headset
failed. The intercom still worked, relaying the sat nav etc I just couldn't
answer question from herself.
Travelled back over on the ferry then home to north Wales. Stayed one night
at home then rode down to Bournemouth to visit family I've never met before.
To save the boredom of the motorway went via Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Chepstow, Bristol, Salisbury.
Now back home tired
but have enjoyed the weeks travel of about 2,500 miles