The Overland Event is my first visit to such a meet. The amazing Ted Simon was there, but as per usual, I thought I had nothing yet to add to his memories, so just took a photo of him from afar. Ted Simon is an inspiration to all adventure motorcyclists. One day I’ll hopefully have a story or two to interest him. In the mean time, do have a read of Jupiter’s travels. So much of today, including The Long Way Round, is because of his pioneering spirit. Me, I just snored in my tent.
I was supposed to be returning to Wales, but having just been, I decided that I wanted to do something different. Fortunately, the other two riders had to pull out freeing me up.
I decided to hit France with no real plan. Get the ferry overnight to Caen and then see where it takes me.
My first overnight stop was near Tours, returning to a campsite in Amboise that I last was at in the 1970’s. Due to lack of sleep on the ferry, this was a welcome early stop.
From there I headed to South, towards the Alps. Late arrival meant staying in a hotel, The Grand in Grenoble was very nice indeed. Grenoble was a great fun place to be out and about in.
Riding from Vichy was very nice and twisty, and nearing the Alps had whooping with excitement as I was riding towards and they started to show their size.
I had a quick play on the Alp d’Huez … however, all over too quickly as I had to start my return journey. Late arrival in Dijon meant another hotel, this one was pretty crappy – but cheap. It did fine. Dijon wasn’t really a city that I enjoyed particularly.
It was a great trip overall, although probably too much riding. The final day saw me leave Dijon at 09.30 UK time and arrive at my 2nd home (the pub) for a swift beer at 10.45pm … I’d only stopped for bio breaks, a quick walk around Lille with a coffee and a sandwich from Patapain in “somewhere”- which seemed to be like a nice version of Greggs.
Eurotunnel had messed up though, and I was bumped from a 20:20 train until 02:11 … lots of furious people at the information desk, but fortunately I smiled and got onto the next train at 21:20 …
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