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The GT's first long trip ...

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
"traditional" holiday.

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.

http://www.speedferries.com/

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.

http://www.le-cheval-blanc.fr/

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
still onboard.

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
eateries

http://www.ville-sancerre.fr/en/tourisme/index.html

Stayed here

http://www.panoramicotel.com/

Next day travelled to Versailles to have dinner with a colleague at Le
Valmont. Highly recommended if you're in the area

http://www.levalmont.com/

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
doing.

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

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Re: The GT's first long trip ...

That's quite a trip! i'm glad you had a great time!. Oh, and where are the pics??

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Steve,
Thanks for the great trip report. Looks like fun!

But I gotta ask about "pay buttons". How my buttons does it take to buy a snail?
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Steve,
Thanks for the great trip report. Looks like fun!

But I gotta ask about "pay buttons". How my buttons does it take to buy a snail?
Actually had a dozen snails in basil and garlic butter in Sancerre, they were YUMMY If you've not tried them I can best describe them as similar to a garlic mushroom.
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Actually had a dozen snails in basil and garlic butter in Sancerre, they were YUMMY If you've not tried them I can best describe them as similar to a garlic mushroom.
Steve,
I am a cattle rancher, real cowboys don't eat snails, however we do eat calf fries a.k.a. Rocky Mountain Oysters or nuts (Google it). Tastes like chicken or rattlesnake.
If you come by my house I will grill you a prime fillet minion, rare to medium rare! I can show those French a thing or two.

I don't know if you watch "American Chopper". One of the funnest shows they had was their trip to the U.K. and France. The scene with them trying to eat snails was hilarious!
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Steve,
I am a cattle rancher, real cowboys don't eat snails, however we do eat calf fries a.k.a. Rocky Mountain Oysters or nuts (Google it). Tastes like chicken or rattlesnake.
If you come by my house I will grill you a prime fillet minion, rare to medium rare! I can show those French a thing or two.

I don't know if you watch "American Chopper". One of the funnest shows they had was their trip to the U.K. and France. The scene with them trying to eat snails was hilarious!
Did'nt see that episode, I've actually cooked lambs fry many times, I'm an ex chef and we had animelles a'la creme on the menu (lambs testicles in cream sauce).

If I'm ever in your area I'll let you know to fire the BBQ up for fillet mignon ... rare will be fine thanks
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Re: The GT's first long trip ...

All I have to do is mention your trip to my wife and she will want to ride in France.

We have a ride planned in 5 weeks of the American West and Canadian Rockies. Maybe I tempt you over here like you're tempting us.
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wow - now THAT's a ride!

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All I have to do is mention your trip to my wife and she will want to ride in France.

We have a ride planned in 5 weeks of the American West and Canadian Rockies. Maybe I tempt you over here like you're tempting us.
perhaps we could swap GT's you come over here and fully insure yourselve to ride mine and I go over there and do likewise on yours
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Now that sounds like a plan......alas my finances aren't able to handle more trips this year.

It does sound tempting though.
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