I started this blog talking about chance and what appear to be inconsequential decisions having a major effect. I was disappointed when I left a day earlier than planned but had I left on the Tuesday I would have been caught in the Myferry strike and the subsequent trouble at Calais and probably wouldn’t have… Read More The Road to Nice: Epilogue
The plans for my stay in Switzerland are thrown into disarray when my friend is forced to stay in bed all day Sunday with what turns out to be the onset of flu. I amuse myself with a tootle around the area. Pretty but not a lot going on. It’s a busy Sunday lunchtime don’tcha… Read More The Road to Nice: Days 19-20 : Switzerland to Brighton
I’d been planning this route for a while. Normally I’d just use the motorway but this year I wanted to avoid it as much as I could. Once again I was in no rush (just as well as it turned out) and worked out a route which took me off the motorway at Montbeliard and… Read More The Road to Nice: Day 18 – June 20th 2015 : Audelange to Basel
I’m not sure why but I wasn’t going to talk about the bits in between the the road trips. I’ve revised that when I realised the whole point of this was help me remember what I did and where I went. So, Gite No. G1596 at Audelange. Superb location next to the river Doubs. A… Read More The Road to Nice: Days 12-17 – Audelange
For the family it’s time to go home. For me it’s time to do 8 hours on the motorway to a gite in a village not far from Dole. I’ll be meeting up with the BMW mate I met in Dover in 1988 and an old friend from my time in Worcester. We’ve been meeting… Read More The Road to Nice – Day 11 : June 13th 2015 – Nice to Audelange
What did I say earlier about resolutions? I’ve been to this area 4 times in the last 10 years and each time I say I’m never bringing a bike down here again. I was hoping there would be some public transport available but unfortunately not where we were so if we wanted to go anywhere… Read More The Road to Nice: Days 5-10 Nice
The last day of my mini “Road to Nice” and it was already in the high 20s at 8 in the morning. An interesting chat with the bloke helping to serve the breakfasts (if you can call a croissant, piece of bread and a coffee breakfast) about music. He seemed very impressed I’d played at… Read More The Road to Nice – Day 4: June 6th 2015 – Tarascon to Nice
This was the day I was really looking forward to but I approach the bike with a degree of trepidation given the nightmare that was yesterday’s ride. Pulling out of the hotel garage (a hundred yards from the hotel) the Zumo directs me to the left then left again which is what I expected. It… Read More The Road to Nice – Day 3: June 5th 2015 – Le Puy to Tarascon.
Early morning pretentiousness as I’m about to set off… My longest day does not start well. According to the on-board computer I have less than 40 miles left in the tank. I should have filled up yesterday but wasn’t thinking straight. Now I’m 30 miles into the ride and the only petrol station I’ve seen… Read More The Road to Nice – Day 2: June 4th 2015 – Senlis to Le Puy.
Day 1 : June 3rd 2015 : Brighton to Senlis There are a lot of things I’ve done that I swore I’d never do again. One of those is eating andouillettes. If you’ve never had this “delicacy” then you must try it sometime. It’s unlikely you’ll ever do it again unless you’re French maybe. I once ate… Read More The Road to Nice – Day 1 June 3rd 2015 – Brighton to Senlis