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well all got back sunday and I am shattered after nearly 2000mls in 12 days but the bike was faultless:D , overall used no oil and did about 180 to the tank with panniers in hot 34c+ to cold 5c so not bad with luggage and around 40 kg at that:rolleyes:.



Left on the overnight to Caen then road to Le-mans and down to Samaur for Lunch in the shade [25c] , then along the N/D Roads to St jean de Angely for the first nights camping.





The Next day it was up early 7am and away by 8am riding in the lovely cool French morning sunshine:sunny: across the Charente to Bourcefranc le chapus for a look across to Oleron.





Then a ride through the Coubra on the D25 [ pure bliss] and via Royan and Montendre to Bergerac for the night via the D730.

Next day with another early start ,well too much to see:eek: it was along the D660 to Cahors via Villefrance du Perignord were I founds the loveliest road D710 pure biking bliss 60mph sweeping bend and no cars just lovely scenary and sweet smells. Continued along the D811 to castlefranc before picking up the tiny D9 to Cahors . But not before crossing a small brige at Luzech and thundering up throught he tiny village streets "V" twin heaven.



After a night at cahors it was across to Domme for lunch then across to stop the weekend at "Phil in France" house.


No pics to preserve his Identity well okay it was a rather nice place in the hills with a pool;) with wine on tap and great company- cheers mate your a great and generous fellow, oh and thamks to the wife for the WINE;).



On the saturady morning it was out on the bikes for a ride to St-cirq-Lapopie and the fabulas D662 and those tunnels, stopping of on route for a cafe au lait and admire the scenery.


Next it was a blast in 34c+ sunshine bloody hell was it hot in all that biking gear could have drank the river Lot dry. After a quick stop at Rocamadour for a orange squash it was back for a late lunch 3pm of bread and cheese etc.




Later we drove into soulliac for a Turkish Cabab and chips before retiring with more wine:cool:, next day it was away for 9am down the motorway via Toulouse to Lourdes and Argeles Gazost for the night.



Well arrived in more v`hot sun to a fantastic view of the Pyrennes overlooking a meadow from the campsite at Auchun.



On what was to be the last hot day for a while it was up early and across to Gavernie on the D921- thought I`d died and gone to Heaven when arriving at Gavernie and the awsum view of the "cirque".


After stopping catching the flies with the open mouth it was up the very twisty col de tentes from the village to arrive at the top of the world with views over into spain. well after a play in the snow:cool::cool: it was along the D981 to Luchon for the night, nice twisty valley roads.





The next morning awoke to rain:(:( and bloody cold 10c so high tailed it to Spain and Pont de suert and across the N260:p;) to Jaca for a night in the hills as I was totally shattered just pulled off the road and fell asleep.

Next day it was cloudy and cool so headed for the coast Via pamplona along the N240 then upto San sebastien and along the coast road to Mutriku and a great campsit [ cheers for the member who imparted this find:thumbright:].

Next day it was back to Santander for the satuday ferry home, to sum it all up WHEN CAN I GO AGAIN:D:D but in the company of more bikers this time.


Oh and dont forget the October long weekend at "Phils place" in the Lot you`ed be MAD:hitler: not to go, and take some tissues for the tear jerking sites.
 

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Hi Tramp,
We were wondering how the trip went for you. Looks like a good'un; great photos, bike looks the biz.
Shame dates conspired against us meeting up with you. Mrs P and I had visions of you and Phil turning up at the Transalpage do, but guess looking at the map it was a bit out the way..... know what you mean about the heat though... it was a tad warm even riding the bike. Maybe next year?

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no worries potski,

how was your local French meet ?

Found the Pyrennes totally intoxicating with beautifull scenery and roads to match, but those Damn "spanish" drivers are worse thant he French on the way to the Flea market.:mad: all in a rush must be something to do with the sunshine and hot blood.

Shame the weather changed so much but then thats the "mountains for you" felt like blighty with four seasons in one day.

Bon journie mon amie:thumbup:
 

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Cool!!

I'm travelling over to France from here on the TA in July and I hope to make it as far as the Pyrenees!!

Only a cluth, front disc and a pannier mount system to conceive and I'm away!!

Very enticing pictures!
 

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Tramp your a star :thumbright: Pretty much the route Im doing in about 3 weeks except coming back up to Roscoff I will have to do a bit more Mway though then a couple of days in the Pyrennes cant wait, was the TA ok in the mountains ?:thumbright::thumbright::thumbright:
 

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no worries potski,

how was your local French meet ?

Found the Pyrennes totally intoxicating with beautifull scenery and roads to match, but those Damn "spanish" drivers are worse thant he French on the way to the Flea market.:mad: all in a rush must be something to do with the sunshine and hot blood.

Shame the weather changed so much but then thats the "mountains for you" felt like blighty with four seasons in one day.

Bon journie mon amie:thumbup:

Hi Tramp,

Yes... Pyrenees love it, lived here 6 years, never tire of it and keep discovering new places all the time. The weather can be fickle though, especially this spring; it's the first time in 60+ years that our neighbour has seen snow in the village in May!! yet only a week before it was too hot to ride comfortably... weird! All in all though we get 300+ days of sunshine a year, so a cooler day in the summer months is often welcome :cool: with the words thank god!!

The Spanish and French drivers are nothing compared to the Andorran main road race track driver wanabies... brace yourself and be mirror aware if you go there!! and watch out for suit wearing nutters on super scooters.

The French meet was great thanks. There was a good turnout from all over the country. We were the only English there and typically the people went out of their way to look after us and make us welcome. Actually I will have to post my photos, but here is a link to a site with photos and videos of the event - https://sites.google.com/site/groconcentre10/photos.
Definitely going again next year.

The Auvergne where the meeting took place actually welcomes bikers :thumbright:; there is even a web site for different routes in the region which might be helpful for other XRV'ers heading in that direction. Here is the link to the roadbooks.... in French, but you should be able to decipher the directions ok.
Téléchargez des road-books moto

Cheers
Potski
 

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Great write up un pics Tramp:thumbright::thumbright::thumbright: i realy envyed you as you left and had to stop myself tagging along for a day or two!!!!!! wish i had now:( also, good to put faces to names you,re welcome anytime and any others that are passing!!!! its not a bad little corner of France we,ve chosen so come on down in October and have a play
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hi Frad,
yeh Ta no probs in the mountains just reved it a bit more between gear;) changed up at 4500rpm and kept it spinning at 4k on the long sweeping uphill bends:cool:, enegine never got hot and fuel available allover.

found the supermarkets troublesome so used the shell and total gagrages, and DONT use the 95 octane with ethnol booster:( I used 98 oct with no probs and engine never got hot even at 34c.

used to refuel at 150mls leaving a 30mls reserve, but always filled up in the morning and last thing at night around 20euro a refill of 15 ltrs.

oh and dont forget the 2 fingers held left and low and the right boot out as a thanks :sign5:, wierd those foreign folk:rolleyes:.
 

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Deep Envy!!
 

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Hi Tramp,

Here's one to make you smirk... Had a guy (non biker) over with us with us one time who said "yeah, had a real great time and loved the Pyrenees etc etc, but sh*t the bikers are agressive; they kept sticking their boots out at me, threatening to kick my car as they passed me..... As we all know they were only saying thanks. Always think about that and it still makes me laugh when I stick my own right boot out!

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yeh kind of confuses them , especially the Uk drivers coming from a "dog eat dog" society:( I`m in a rush and have only seconds to live:confused: mentality.

must say though the two legs out at once - letting the cool air in and noxious gas out :cheers: and standing on the pegs aka " look I`m cool" having a better view unnerves them.

But generally as we all know the French drivers respect the bikers thats why we love riding in France:cool:.
 
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