03.10.2015 - 03.10.2015 18 °C
Spent the morning in Bruges with some last minute sightseeing, also taking a boat tour of the town.
Action shot, I think the race is on!
And an ice cream to top it all off.
A bright sunny morning for our ride west to Calais, but first said goodbye to a couple of old friends.
A couple of hours riding and a lunch stop in Adenkerk (B) we were at Le Shuttle, waiting while the back log clears after another illegal tries to tunnel to the UK. Obviously need more security and bigger dogs! (Razor wire, guns, lasers, gas, electric fences, etc, etc.) Strange there are no women amoung those we saw along the roadside! (Hermaphrodites? )
Finally get going at 18:20, an hour or so later than expected, parking up for the crossing with a 'Crutch Rocket' pilot who's come up from Spain. I think I prefer the comfort of the Strom!
Said our goodbyes and head home, Oh, how the driving has changed! I think I might turn round and go back to Europe.
A final stop for a bite to eat at Bluewater and we're home just after 9pm.
The total distance was just about 2100 miles, the bike ran well with no problems other than spraying 'The Tractor' Joey and Mimi with oil from the chain oiler on one or two occasions, It'll wash off. Also one engine oil top up, which wasn't really needed as it was my fault for not putting enough in before we left. The tyres are nicely rounded off and the 'Chicken Strips' are just visible. The loud pipes were a little annoying at times, but hey, it sounded good. The bikes will now need some serious cleaning.
Now looking forward to planning something for next year, with maybe a Scotland and Northern France battlefields/ wargraves trip thrown too.
There will be the usual substantial de-brief in the next few weeks and a chance to recount parts of the trip and look at the video from the bikes
This has been mine and others experiences and recollections of our trip to Europe, most of it will make sense, some will not as it's for those in the know to work it out and tune in to our own brand of humour.
We had a great time, saw some nice places and met some nice people, there are places we'd go back to, sooner rather than later hopefully, but there is plenty more to see and do.