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This will be short and sweet as others will do a far better job than me:confused:
We Daglanman and myself left the sunny warm Lot region at 8am and arrived at Jacqus place around 5 ish on Friday to be met by Jacqu, Meesh, Fruit Loop and Whealie with the fire lit in the cosy warm kitchen, got a brew and settled in, Andy (D/man) stayed for a couple of hours and left to catch his ferry.
Chef Wheels got going with the food but unknown to me the place was full of Veggies :blob5: and me a MEATASAURUS arrrrrgggghhhh but to my suprise it was very good...................JUST NEEDED A BIT OF MEAT:toothy7:
Polished of a box of wine and off to bed, to wake up to rain :( but we're NOT MADE OF SUGAR so James led us into Normandy...... can't remember any of the place names but it was WET everywhere!!!!
Whealie didn't think he was wet enough so had a roll in it:toothy7:
Sunday had to be my last day but woke to a brighter day so we headed south INTO THE RAIN so we stopped for a coffee and after one of us felt unwell (serious explanation later) we parted ways.....i had a 7hr run home and would like to say uneventful but a Kestral hit my mirror at 130kph on the m/way!!!!! no real damage but the bird died and i had to visit the next service station:happy2: blimey
Its not my place to say who or what happened to the one of us that fell ill but get well soon mate and take care.
And to finnish thanks to James for the invite and despite the weather realy enjoyed it .....i'll be back
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Cheers Simon... glad to hear that, i can't drive facebook so if you get chance give him a nod from me:thumbright:
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:thumbup:cheers
 

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Yep ....but didn't see much with the rain and that but will go back
IN SUMMER :D:D ..............just heard the guys on the mend:thumbright:
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Hi Phil, posted your pics on BCFr, hope you don't mind. good to hear your mate is on the mend.
 

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what no more write ups ? shame on you all.

Get well soon the "ill one" your input and banter is missed greatly :D....
 

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I only arrived home half an hour ago. Once I've thawed out I'll write something.

Chris is now very bored in a French hospital, but resisting all attempts by the French to encourage him to eat meat.
 

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Okay, here goes.

Thursday morning and I rode to Fruit Loop's place (about three miles from mine) and we set off south, collecting Meesh on the way and arriving very early at Portsmouth. There was only one other bike in the queue - a certain Whealie.

Once on the ferry, the bikes were lashed down and we made for our cabin.


The crossing was pretty rough, but not enough to keep any of us awake. Our expected arrival time was 7am, French time. Whealie woke up about 6.30am and lay awake waiting to be worken up (by the Tannoy). Eventually he gave up waiting for the alarm call and had a shower (we had a posh cabin, we did). I woke up cursing the people in the next cabin for having a shower in the middle of the night.

Eventually, a knock on the door was heard, accompanied by the unexpected call "docking in ten minutes".

We hurriedly got up, got dressed and vacated our cabin in time to see the quayside nearing. No more than 40 minutes later we actually got off the ferry.

First stop was at the Pont de Normandie for a couple of photos:







Then it was over the bridge via the very civilised bike-only, free, lane and into Honfleur for the now traditional breakfast taken outside overlooking the harbour.




Whealie, Fruit Loop and Meesh:





 

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From Honfleur we headed south towards Lisieux and then turned west.

The roads were tiny, dusted with dried fallen leaves and devoid of trafiic. Lovely.

We stopped in Beuvron-en-Auge:



Whealie's zebra fitted in well:




From Beuvron we headed to Cormolain via Thury-Harcourt at the norther edge of Swiss Normandy (to avoid Caen).

After unloading our stuff we headed off to the shops, stocked up with supplies and then spent the afternoon chilling out:


Meesh starting her ride report (in poem form) that I hope she'll share later:


The bikes in their shelter:


Please note the clothes the smokers are wearing:



In the evening, were joined by two more. Andy caught his ferry back to Blighty later in the evening, PhilinFrance stayed.
 

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Saturday dawned a bit damp.
The bikes were glad of their shelter:


The weather forecast hinted that the weather would be better to the north, so our route was a clockwise sweep up the Cherbourg peninsula via St Sauveur-le-Vicomte and Bricquebec, then across to Ste Maire-Eglise, Issigny-sur-Mer and Grandcamp-Maisy and then back.

So it was no surpirse that we started off in heavy rain. We had high hopes that it would clear up later, so none of us were bothered.

First stop was to see where General Bradley had his HQ while planning the Avranches breakout:


Very careless. They'd left a tank behind.

Here's the gang:


Well, the weather forecast was a bit optimistic. For fear of getting it wet, that was the last picture I took with my camera!

We had some of the heaviest rain I've ever experienced on a bike. We did manage a little offroading around a bunker by the beach. I think it was the muck thrown up then that finally put paid to the rear brake pads. I'd checked them a couple of weeks before, but heavy rain, muddy roads and being two-up put took far more millimetres off the pads than I'd expected. The back got down to the metal and the front ones weren't much better.

We had a coffee stop in Ste Maire-Eglise and made it as far as Grandcamp-Maisy before deciding to cut our losses and head home. The lure of the woodburner was too much.

Before anyone could fall asleep in the rocking chair by the fire, it had to be fixed. Luckily we had two craftsmen on hand:


(The photo looks posed, but they were working really!)

The rest of the afternoon was taken up with eating, chatting, drinking and stoking the fire.

We even decided to have an international competition - pancakes vs crêpes. The French approach is so much more genteel then the English, don't you think!





Here's Phil doing some judging:
 

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The plan for Sunday was for a gentle bimble south towards Bagnolles-sur-Orne, then to Domfront and back.

Phil had to return home, so planned to join us until we turned north again.



As on Saturday, the weather decided it wanted to play as well and chucked it down again.




We made it to Swiss Normandy before deciding to get into our wet weather gear:




The rain got heavier and the air colder, so we stopped in Pont-d'Ouilly for something to drink.

Whealie got off his bike and went into the café complaining of pins and needles in his right arm and right leg ("feels like I've got someone else's leg on" - and BobOneLeg wasn't there).

Phil left for the south and we decided to head home again.

We rode carefully, with Chris in the middle. I watched him in my mirrors and Fruit Loop watched him from behind. He rode okay, but was obviously taking things easy.

To cut a long story short, we got home and Chris continued to feel odd. When the side of his face began to tingle we called his travel insurers and then drove him to the big hospital in Caen.

I'll let Chris go into the level of detail he wants to, but suffice to say the hospital called the neurosurgeon who came in especially to see Chris, told him there was nothing to worry about, but that he wouldn't be going anywhere for a few days.

So we left him there.

On Monday, we called in to see him and after talking things over, returned to the house to put the zebra away, load up a few essential supplies (e.g. vegetarian food and phone charger) to drop off to Chris and the rest of his stuff to bring home.

We packed our own stuff away and left under a clear blue sky (typical!):


We stopped off to deliver the essentials to our man in green:

(note texting still going on!)

We took the autoroute to Le Havre (so I didn't have to use my non-existent brakes). Sadly, the blue sky didn't last:









We arrived in the port in plenty of time. As on the way over, our bikes were the only ones on the ferry. There were only a few lorries, a few vans and a dozen cars.

Our bikes were lashed down, as usual and then, most unusually, chocks were added front and rear. Not a good sign:


Not long after we left the port we were advised that we were in for a rough crossing and should take care when moving around. A little later on a fresh announcement told us that the wind was very strong and no one was allowed onto the outside decks. Gulp.

However, the rough crossing never materialised. It wasn't flat calm, but it was a lot of fuss about nothing. BobA may have been traumatised, but the waves can't have been more than a couple of feet high.

Back in Blighty we were greeted with heavy rain, but by now we were used to it.

Thanks everyone for the company. Next time, let's have less drama, okay?
 

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Thanks Jacques ,

great moody pics with omenous skies , lets hope spring is better weather.

Get well soon "whealie" green dont siut you:D.

Phil , boy you look like a "Michelin man " advert all wrapped up not used to the Cold northern weather eh:rolleyes:.

glad you all enjoyed yourselves " singing in the rain":toothy2:
 

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Texted some jokes to the 'Man in Green' last night only to get the reply from a hospital in Normandy !!!!!

He's in good spirits and as sarcy as ever (bless him).

Extraction plans under way.....I've already liberated his credit cards....:hitler:

Get well soon mate......I've arranged some debts to motivate you.....:color:

Team XRV standing by, I do believe. :thumbright:
 

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Phil , boy you look like a "Michelin man " advert all wrapped up not used to the Cold northern weather eh:rolleyes:.


Yep looks like i,m turning into a softy sovner:D well i suppose i am one now !!
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Great report and pictures James

Get well soon Chris
 
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