French Trip, July 17-24, 2nd draft, Run Runner!

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Porl, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Porl

    Porl Guest

    Just looking through maps and stuff. It seems possible to hook up with Ace
    at some point and have some good riding. An alternative to hacking down
    there this time might be to take the train. If you're sharing a 4 berth
    cabin, it would work out pretty competitive in terms of petrol expense and
    time. A shared 6 berth might be even cheaper. Check it out here: for destinations.

    Thoughts? Would some of the worriers ofthe group be more inclined to
    participate if there wasn't an 800 mile thrash down there?
    Porl, Jun 18, 2004
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    dwb Guest

    Do you reckon I could get away with sneaking me and a GSX-R600 on board
    without anyone noticing?
    dwb, Jun 18, 2004
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    Kiran Guest

    Seeing as you're in no rush to get anywhere, why not take D roads all the
    way down and back. France from Calais to the South, avoiding motorways
    completely, say 300 miles each day, can be done easily and leisurely in 3
    days. Or spend 1 day doing say 400 miles, part on motorway just to get you
    part way to the south and decent weather.
    Kiran, Jun 18, 2004
  4. Porl

    Porl Guest

    Oi! Judith Chalmers! Shut it!
    Porl, Jun 18, 2004
  5. Porl

    Porl Guest

    That's a big fat no, isn't it? I suppose the downside of sweaty people
    sharing an enclosed space is a large one.
    Porl, Jun 19, 2004
  6. Porl

    Porl Guest

    Yep.It was just an idea. It's all good as far as I'm concerned.
    Porl, Jun 20, 2004
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    Ace Guest

    Have you got a bike over here?
    Ace, Jun 21, 2004
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    Ace Guest

    Well do feel free to pop in on the way down - that's the weekend Porl
    & co are planning to be down, so we'll prolly be having a partay on
    the Saturday (17th)...
    Ace, Jun 21, 2004
  9. Porl

    porl Guest

    Let's check this. Saturday is only going to be possible if we bang it down
    in one go. Champ is in charge of routes and timing, I'm in charge of making
    him go. If you have the party on a Sunday then we'll stand a chance of being
    awake for it.
    porl, Jun 21, 2004
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    Ace Guest

    Ah, well you failed to reply to my earlier question about whether you
    were travelling on the Friday or not, you see, so I didn't know. At
    what point will your plans move from probable to definite?
    Ace, Jun 21, 2004
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    Champ Guest

    Heh. Mind yu. don't be so hasty - the route down to Ace's last time
    was only such a slog cos we spent ages sorting out Bonwick and his
    exploding rear wheel. On the way back I thought we had a long(sih)
    but pleasant enough ride. As long as we get an early start from
    England, Saturday night at chez Ace works quite well. And it sets us
    up for a great day in the alps when we leave.
    Champ, Jun 21, 2004
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    dwb Guest

    Are you camping or actually spending money?
    dwb, Jun 21, 2004
  13. Porl

    porl Guest


    Camping? CAMPING?
    porl, Jun 21, 2004
  14. Porl

    porl Guest


    Can I just make a pointless suggestion at this stage to maintain my
    involvement even though any input from me is utterly superfluous?

    There you go Ace. We'll be there.
    porl, Jun 21, 2004
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    dwb Guest

    That's a no then.

    Well I can't come this time, but next time I'm a definite maybe as I fancy a
    longer trip to the continent.

    Who knows, I may even have a proper motorcycle by then.

    That or a car.
    dwb, Jun 21, 2004
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    Ginge Guest

    Disco Stu don't need to advertise...

    No hang on that's not it. Oh forget it.
    Ginge, Jun 21, 2004
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    Ace Guest

    Aye, but TBH I'm not really fussed whether it's the Saturday or
    Sunday, except that Jude might need to get up for work on the Monday.

    What might be best would be, as you suggest, an early start for you
    guys on the Saturday, while I go and fill the Volvo with beer, then a
    decent run down should get you to ours in time for a shower or
    whatever, and I can prolly meet you somewhere en-route, then party on
    down with a late finish.

    That'd leave the Sunday morning for recuperation, rehydration and
    relaxation, in the pool or whatever, and we could either leave in the
    arvo or do a decent round trip around the Jura (deffo worthwhile) and
    get an early start on the Monday.

    But really, whatever, like.

    What a dreadful idea.

    Of course, if anyone _wants_ to, there's plenty of space in the
    garden. I could even borrow some of the land next door if needed, but
    that'd need be getting to full-scale rally proportions :)
    Ace, Jun 21, 2004
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    porl Guest

    What happened to the dwb of old who regularly did 170 mph on God's own
    motorcycle and earned millions in the job of giants? I've been on these
    trips on a zx6r on the paltry wage of a starving artist.

    "Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion." [1]

    [1] Yes, I know I have.
    porl, Jun 21, 2004
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    dwb Guest

    1) 160mph indicated
    2) The job of giants turned into permie work.
    3) I decided continually sticking things on credit cards was 'a bad idea'.
    ie attempting to live within my means rather then beyond it.

    I'm turning into an old fart :)

    I'll drop you a mail anyway.
    dwb, Jun 21, 2004
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