We disembarked on Sunday for a good run up the road, the weather was kind to us, matter of fact the run home was the best weather we'd had all week!! The Commando fared well although it was in some state due to the road dirt and some breathing of oil (to be investigated) the trip was around 1700 miles, petrol in most of Europe 1.60 - 1.70 Euro a litre which is a bit on the expensive side. I had a great week spending time with motorcyling friends and I thank them all for their warm hospitality. Back to work today with a vengance and its dark and raining outside, quite depressing really! Never mind plenty to look forward to for the rest of the Summer.
When I get organised I'll put some more photo's and hopefully a short video of the trip on the Blog.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
So thats us on the ferry now. Last night of the trip, just had to endure the usual ignorance from the DFDS deck hands who speak to you like your a piece of crap. A slap around the head would help focus their minds but then i'd be stuck in a jail no doubt. Its been a good trip catching up with loads of good friends but one of rain almost every day. Thats life on the road though, you need to get on with it and enjoy it all , just like life really. Great fun and i wonder if it'll be dry tomorrow!
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
That was the name of a pop band and a good description of today. We were late breaking camp which meant the rain had started, from there it was downhill with the motorway awash with rain and spray and having to contend with drivers which are mental. I did have a bit of a moment when the Norton complained and i had to coax it into a service stop on one cylinder. A change of plug cured the problem. We stopped at liege after 120 miles both very wet and fed up. We bumped into one of the Belgian guys we know in the services and after a cup of tea a blether and a change of clothes life looked better. We've stopped in Venlo tonight but in a hotel no camping !
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
We eventually left Geert's house around one after waiting for the weather to clear a bit. We took the small roads across Belgium and then down the French coast for a while until we got to St-Valery-Sur-Somme where we decided to get a hotel. Its a holiday place so a bit more expensive. Nice enough place though. Raining like hell now just like home but a few degrees warmer. Just off to find somewhere to eat and decide where to go tomorrow. We did plan to blast back across France to visit some friends but with the weather the prospect of an extra 400 miles just to say hello isn't appealing at the moment. The Norton also has a bit of a misfire which I think is it complaining about the weather.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Friday, 17 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Getting excited now, been in the garage seeking out the rest of my spares and tool mountain, I wonder why every trip I take more and more even though on the whole not much is generally required? Larry, tried to reply to your comments but Google is taking the p*ss. Yep looking forward (along with several other Norton USERS) to the electronic speedo, it may not be standard but hopefully it'll work!!
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Out on MVD yesterday to give it a shake down before my euro trip which starts on thursday. The speedo isn't working so back to the shed and i've tried to make a good one out of the load i've got lying around. Why are they so crap? I've ordered another but not a genuine one as they are twice the price and just as bad. Apart from that and getting a good soaking its fine. Getting the tools and spares sorted out today, not travelling with Alex so i need to take everything. What an amount of stuff i have to take. The weight will knock a few mpg off g think. The plan all going well is norton meeting in Germany on friday, back to Belgium for the bba cafe racer meet Saturday and Sunday then France for a couple of days before heading to see my friend Hessel in Groningen in the north of Holland for my birthday hopefully joined by some of the Perth guys en route to the moto gp in assen. Updates on progress as always on here.