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Did you get lost then?
 

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You forgot the' Allen keys'....didn't you!!!............:hitler:
 

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There is a thread there, looking forward to hearing more about it. :hitler:
 

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Sorry bt internet is down. You got to wait till the welsh guys get home
 

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Right then, first instalment.

Let me introduce the cast

Our Leader, The Lord "Alan" Vader



Lady "Alan" Vader and Jamie-Lee "Alan" Vader



Geoff "Alan" Francis



Mabel's Old Man othwise known as Alan





Jay "Alan" Price and Caitie "Alan" M



Fiona "alan" ann and Africa "alan" Jim



Middle of the picture, left to right

Ben "Alan" Gordon's Mate and Boris "alan" Henderson






Nearly forgot

Me, Sharrie "Alan" Nursey


These were the main participants.

More will follow
 

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During the 10 days we also picked up a few extra people for a day or two

We had a visit from a lovely German Policeman who is a member of the German Gs forum. He offered to take us for a ride through the local roads but unfortunately his work got in the way. I don't have a photo of that but I know that others do

We were joined by Eamonn from this site, not sure of his user name. He spent a day with us in Maine

We also adopted a UKGser for a day, (coincidence) and a cyclist called Mark (or was it Alan)


We were very fortunate to meet Lord Vaders family. They were some of the most generous people you could hope to meet

Johnny and Petra



LV's Mum with Jaimee-Lee




Little Kim



That child had the most amazing balance

and LV's Dad and cousin Yana (not sure of the spelling) I don't have photos for these two
 

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So our journey started Saturday, J with Caitie M as Pillion and myself met with MoM outside the house. We had arranged to meet at the garage but the GSa wouldn't start. It had a flat battery, with a bit of swearing and stomping around Jay managed to sweet talk his ride and she brummed into life.

We left Bridgend and headed for Basildon to meet the Vaders.

We arrived just after lunchtime and were treated to a BBQ at the Chads where Lady Vader showed us the youtube video posted in the first post here. This was to set the tone for the whole holiday :D

We settled for an early night, in bed by 930pm, unfortunately no-one was in the mood for sleeping with excitement getting the better of us, at 230 we were up and pacing the halls and ready to leave for Folkstone by 330am

We arrived at the Tunnel Crossing to meet Geoff















We arrived in Calais and set off for Bacharach in Germany

We travelled mainly on the motorways, which meant we made good progress. France was brief



Belgium was hazardous with nutty drivers and huge potholes and then we arrived in Germany where the scenery and roads improved greatly. It had been a cold and wet start to the holiday, with temperatures below 10 degrees and intermittent rain. It didn't dampen our spirits however, we were looking forward to getting to our first camp-site and meeting our fellow travellers.
 

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We arrived to find Boris and Ben, Jim and Fiona already at the campsite. It was an interesting ride into the town of Bacharach, with steep hairpins and cobbled streets making us all a little nervous (the cobbles were very slippery and thank goodness it wasn't raining at that time)

The campsite was stunning, located along the Rhine River with a little beach area. Next to a main road, railway and what appeared to be the main shipping lane between Holland and the world :D:D

Nothing a good set of earplugs and a good few beers wouldn't sort out

We settled in and met the locals









The first day was bloody freezing, every bit of clothing owned was on.
It brightened up the second day and Lady Vader celebrated with a nice new top



The campsite sported a good bar, the first night we eat in, treating ourselves to Brachvirst, Sneztles and Frickadells (Vader will be along shortly to correct my German :D)

Over a few beers we recounted the story of our BBQ with Chads and the video of Alan :D :D

It deteriorated from this point, if you didn't answer to your name being called you were hailed by 13 people shouting Alan, repeatedly. :D:D:D

The second day we decided to abandon the bikes and take a boat trip down the river, walking to the ferry terminal, and I have to say that watching these huge barges navigate the river was incredible. The current was extremely strong and the captains threw these huge boats around as if they were made of lego

We jumped on a ferry and travelled up river to Rudesheim

As we travelled along the river we were directed to the various (and many) castles that scattered the river banks


The size and architecture of these buildings were breathtaking.









It all got a bit too much for some of us :D




At Rudesheim we were treated to an ice cream, yummy

We then visited the Torture Museum. This was quite a gruesome experience with in depth descriptions of what we as the human race are capable off. Some of the torture methods are still used in areas of the world today, I find this extremely disturbing.

Some examples

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Torture Museum, Middle Ages, Ruedesheim, Rhine, Rheingau, Germany - Come and view the instruments used for torture in the middle ages. Learn about the methods of torture, witches, funeral piles, witch-hunts, witchcraft, the Inquisition, and the Medie


We then had a wander around the town and found a lovely (if Italian) beer garden

Vaders comment when the beers arrived with some drinks missing "no wonder we lost the bloody war" It's great that he can be so sensitive to other nationalities :D








We headed back down the river on a paddle boat (refurbished because apparently we destroyed the original in the 1940's, Vader seemed to be a bit miffed at this :hitler:)

Boris got chatting to an American tourist on the route home.

That's it for tonight, I'll post more tomorrow
 

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Part 2

I keep remembering bits so bear with me, it was an excellent adventure Lutin.

The first night in the campsite (Sunday) on the Rhine was not without a few beers, I don't have any photos of this but I know that Vader does so he can post them later. Anyway, after the 2am start Caitie M was knackered so I packed her off to bed, being a good mother I went with her to make sure she went to sleep, despite Vaders best efforts to keep me drinking. Poor old Boris helped by drinking some of my beers Jay followed a little while behind us, and Jaimee-Lee had already retired. Apparently the drinking continued until the early hours.

The next morning Jay on his way to the loo was stopped by an irrate Brit in a camper van, to be told that he was a drunken noisy and selfish lout, and we needed to keep the noise down during the night. The rest of us found this very funny as Jay was the only one who doesn't drink and he went to bed early. :toothy1: :toothy1: :toothy1:


OK then, Day 2 (Tuesday)



We decided to go for a little ride along the German roads along the Rhine then across the river. We rode down the river to the Ferry crossing, at which point Geoff pointed out he hated boats :D :D

We waited on a very steep road for the boat to come across the river, again watching these massive boats navigate in that current was incredible



The trip for the day was to a castle in the middle of the river



You can see it just behind me here, there are those with better pictures of the inside of the castle, I was too busy running around hiding from my reprobate of a husband.

The castle inside had different levels, as myself, Debs and Fiona were on the second level we heard a cry "I'm the king of the castle from above" looking up, there was Jay hanging out of a window. We giggled and went to walk away, to his dismay so he yelled again and we turned to see his bear arse hanging out.

There was a group of German Tourists below - they were not impressed :rolleyes:

From there we pottered down the other side of the river, the roads were incredible



As was the scenery

We went from the castle to a big church




From here we did Whispering lane, (I think) a fantastic piece of mountain road through a valley to a large monument.




There are some fantastic photos on other cameras which will be posted later. It was at this point Geoff bought Vader a little pressie, unfortunately Peter is without internet but lets just say, we called him "Alan" :)

MoM if you have photos of Alan please post them

We did a maximum of 40 miles that day, exhausted from the trek we returned to the campsite, the vaders, Jay and myself popped over to Lidl to sort out supper

We came back with Sausages ( yummy, we eat lots of sausages) and a BBQ



That was our meals sorted for the rest of the holiday, oh and there was quite a bit of beer consumed as well.
 

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Sounds like a good time was had by all, except maybe the man with the campervan...

He was probably just jealous :)

Intrigued by the "Alan" story, will keep an eye out for the next installments :)

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Sounds like a good time was had by all, except maybe the man with the campervan...

He was probably just jealous :)

Intrigued by the "Alan" story, will keep an eye out for the next installments :)

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Bollox, I knew I'd forgotten something


Back in time to our early morning start, we had a very kind invitation for breakfast in Belgium.

We arrived expecting maybe a coffee and croissant to find a table full of coffee, breads, hams, the most delicious bagettes chocolate and cakes. There was enough to feed an army, and we made a pretty big dent

Thank you Buggles and to your lovely lady it was a very welcome and extremely generous breakfast.

I know there are photos somewhere of your table bowing under the weight of all that food.
 

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still without internet :-( oh the pics i have to add ;-)
 

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Great report Sharrie. Vader will be pleased that I have remembered one "word of the day" - Kipper!
Was knackered when I got home, stopped at Winchester for a short nap. It appears that we have all returned with no misshaps, which is more than the lads in front of me on the tunnel had happen. They went to the Nurnburg and 2 cars and one bike did not return - no hospital cover so one of them was on the back of his mates bike with broken ribs!
Many thanks to Vader for the translations - we would not have had such a good time without his local knowledge. Although I am still curious as to what he really said to some of the people we encountered!
I have never been so hot on a bike as the journey through Germany and Belgium - went through 3 litres of water and loads of cola. Will post some pictures when/if I can
 
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