18.09.2015 - 18.09.2015 25 °C
Leisurely get ready and breakfast at the hotel, all packed up and heading south by 10 am. Used the E25 through Eindhoven and on to Maastericht and Liege. Netherlands (1) into Belgium (2).
After a fuel stop it was on to Bastogne along the N30, nice to be off the motorway and on some more demanding sweeping roads. Arrived in Bastogne around 13:30 where a stop for lunch saw the rain showers pass us by. Would like to come back and see the War Museum.
Setting off again with temperature around 20 degrees onto the N4 to Arlon and crossing into Luxembourg (3) where the driving styles change somewhat!😕
As we wanted to get to Vagney at a reasonable time we hit the motorway crossing another border into France (4) and to Metz getting caught up in various road works and slow traffic, careful filtering with the panniers, surprising how the French move over but Lux & Belgians stand thier ground. Made some good progress and finally stopped for a drink and fuel just outside Pont a-Mousson on the A31. 25 degrees Celsius!
Only 20km to Nancy when the rain hits, Ooh! I remember this from last year, time to get soaked through, but fortunately it only lasts a short while, one of thd hazards of riding through forest areas I suppose. A group of German bikers join ahead and they are on a mission, best not to try and keep up especially as the sneaky speed cameras are in the layby!
Only seen one UK registered motorhome and a couple of cars, holiday season must be over. Plenty of bikes heading north, maybe Brits.
Finally off towards Epinal, the A57 much like the motorway until we reach Remiremont and join the smaller roads into Vagney. Found our host for the next few days where our biker buddies had arrived somewhat soaked after a wet ride from the port of Calais. Vagney looks like a nice town, I'm sure we'll get to see it over the next few days.
After a wind down and sorting ourselves out it's off to the local Pizzaria with Jean-Michel and Jocylene where thier some Sebastian joins us for a great meal and somd great company. Language barriers? What language barriers? We all make ourselves understood and enjoy a few jokes.
I wnder if thier two digs understand English? Could be a challenge! (Anyone ever hear from the European language liaison officer - Dave Warren?)
All set for an early start to see the local rally tomorrow, forcast looks good.
Total distance 699km (437 mls)