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Title: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: Goose on September 08, 2012, 08:04:16 pm
France & D-Day......... let's check out what the fuss is all about!   :mwink:





(http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/5809/alizee381280x960.jpg)

Grizz's impending Memorial tour to South Africa (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=106063.0) had us chatting about fitting 2-way radios on the bikes in SA to allow comms between their bikes.

Now any decent, intelligent biker knows that ANY excuse is a good excuse for a ride...... so a ride around the block/area is definitely NOT good enough if you have access to some of the best biking roads in Europe for a mere £16.00 ticket price away. P&O Ferry's have a great 2 hour service from Dover to Calais at 6am .....  which allows a full day's travelling on French soil!

Grizz managed to get hold of a Kenwood 2-way radio and early this morning he arrived at our place to start the installation.

We also needed to visit Halfords for some goodies to comply with the new French touring laws....... a spare set of Bulbs & 2 'orrible Straws that one has to blow into to prove to the Gendarmes that we can still ride a bike....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo16.jpg)

..... just love the Wilddog Paws!!!   :thumleft:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo6.jpg)

Remember to look out for the "Goose" and "Grizz" stickers on our tour...... with special guest and a "Cling-on" (Morgie's Wilddog's brother)

(Nicola - Grizz's better half had these specially printed for him.... cute... she's also the one sending him to Africa - so she can have a break!)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo20.jpg)

"Cling-On" the Wilddog groupie!  :mwink:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo19.jpg)



I must say that it's an absolute pleasure spending time with another dude that can "Maak-'n-plan" ........   as we had 1 x Autocom system + 1 x Kenwood, 2 x Other radio's and a kak-huis full of cables.....!  :mwink:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo15.jpg)


Well Autocom installed - we found that there was no way we could get the two smaller radios working - the Kenwood was ok - but powered off the Autocom - however no PTT was in the bag, so out came a set of Sharman headphones......

A quick installation of the Headset and we were ready to connect the radio.... or so we thought  :eek7:
Two small 1,5mm screws were needed to allow the Kenwood to be connected via cables to the Autocom... but we had none - so off to Maplin and their wonderfully skilled Electronic experts to assist!

 :dousing: :dousing:

Hier kom kark.

I watched Grizz's stare and if he could have BLIKSEM'd the salesman - he would have..............  the DUDE insited on ïnserting" the screw himself and after 2 turns both of us could see the thread was wrong into the aluminium housing. Before either of us could blurt out a word... the bliksem forced the screwdriver and snapped the head of the screw off............   :o Dom twatwaffle (sorry hentie)

Fortunately.........  I'm used to working on radio equipment.. so with the salesman realising he was in deep kark......... (he would potentially be liable to replace a 70 quid radio) we were given carte blanche to open and use ANY of the tools and equipment in the store to rectify the situation!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo.jpg)

So on the Maplin counter top.........  we did a strip & repair........... but not just ANY repair... (as the old screw was totally jammed) we promptly proceeded to strip the unit, drill a new hole (check the size of the hand-drill)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo2.jpg)

..... the drill-bit being so thin & flimsy - required Grizz to stabilise it with his farmer-brown "vingers" .....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo5.jpg)


and as a first ever.... used a nifty miniature Tap & Die set to tap a new thread for our fastening screw!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo3.jpg)

Finally we were given the screws by the salesman after being more than grateful that we were not holding him liable for the stuffed screw.
Amazingly he commented on how he found it fascinating to watch us with the inhouse repair as he'd not realised what some of the tools we used were for..... :patch: - he works there... but no clue!

The Autocom connector had rust and some broken wires inside the power lead sheath... causing intermittent functionality that really screw'd us around.... but nothing a soldering iron would not sort out!

Eventually a whole rewire of the cable system was required to get it working........... using old dvd power lead (recycling's big here you know!)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo10.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo11.jpg)

EUREKA!!!!  Comms finally working.. a quick test and a blast up to the M25 was needed to make sure it works. (another excuse for a spin on the boney  :mwink:)

Interestingly we had 9/10 reception at speeds approaching  "license threatening"  with a distance of close on a mile (1.5km) and no signs of any break-up at all.
Needless to say - we are really chuffed with the performance and this adds a new dimension to riding with your mate!

SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!  Check the LED Lights that we got on the group-buy!! Seriously NICE!!!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo13.jpg)

damn.......... we have fork'd off the main route/reason for this report........... have to concentrate.... erm.... waar de donner was ek nou weer??   :sip:



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P & O Ferries were contacted and our tickets booked for the Sailing on Tuesday morning at 06:00 ............  ONLY  3 more sleepies.........   :peepwall: :peepwall:


So who's coming with us.........  :mwink:




Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Plothond on September 08, 2012, 09:09:54 pm
Bliksim - gotto find that Alizee thread  :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: bungycool on September 08, 2012, 09:42:03 pm
hmm seriously you guys couldn't have plotted it better for not having a katoom along with you! the wife is off to visit friend in germany this week so am juggling kiddy watch and home renovation and work this week. and lord knows my new heidenau needs a spanking!
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Pumbaa on September 09, 2012, 06:04:16 am
hmm seriously you guys couldn't have plotted it better for not having a katoom along with you! the wife is off to visit friend in germany this week so am juggling kiddy watch and home renovation and work this week. and lord knows my new heidenau needs a spanking!

Sorry to hijack a bit here, but BC, how do you find the Heidi in the wet UK weather?  Which ones do you have on yours.  I'll need to replace my scorps when I get back, and not sure what to get.

Hijack over

I must say, it is so nice to just pop over to the continent for a (long) weekend.

Goose, you have to admire the skills of Maplin staff.  About as much enthusiam as Footlocker probably.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: bungycool on September 09, 2012, 09:45:18 am
Heidi k60. Just scrubbing it in will let you know in a week. That is if I get a chance to ride it in the wet  :imaposer:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Goose on September 09, 2012, 09:57:09 am
Heidi k60. Just scrubbing it in will let you know in a week. That is if I get a chance to ride it in the wet  :imaposer:

stuff off... don't go wishing for more rain blikskottel!
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 09, 2012, 01:28:42 pm
TWO MORE SLEEPIES......

It was great spending the day over at Goose's pozzie yesterday creating havoc and then watching the guys amazing skill set..... I would never have had the balls to strip down to board level and chassis a two way radio. Then fix it.

I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU GOOSE. 

Looking forward to a nice BRAAI tomorrow evening and a couple of pear ciders.

We went to our usual Sunday bootfair today and got hand cut steaks 35mm thick. Pork ribs and lamb chops. Also got sweet Thai chilli sauce chicken strips and some fresh mieles to toss on the fire. If we get to it maybe some toasties too.

I managed to pick up a Hein Gericke tankbag for £2 at the bootfair. This is to use on Mavericks bike next year.

Cant wait to go riding on the wrong side of the road.

Searching for Alizeeeeeee.....   :biggrin:

Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 09, 2012, 02:07:38 pm
Hein Gericke Tankbag for the trip next year n Mavericks GS @ £2.00 GOTTA BE A BARGAIN.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/photo43.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Grrrr.... on September 09, 2012, 02:09:55 pm
Ok, out with it.

Who is this?

(http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/8453/alizee010.jpg)

And post more pic's of her behind.

Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 09, 2012, 03:38:53 pm
Ok, out with it.

Who is this?

(http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/8453/alizee010.jpg)

And post more pic's of her behind.



GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrizzz en GRRRRRR  have a lot in common.

This is apparently rightfully so, the wet dream of many members on this board  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8:

She is Alizee and if you check her out on Youtube annd Google images, the answer will become apparent.


Verder kan ek nie help nie, dit is die GANS man se gunstelling tydverdryf en hy het al haar musiek op sy iPod speler.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Plothond on September 09, 2012, 10:35:59 pm
Ok, out with it.
 :drif: :drif: :drif:
Who is this?

(http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/8453/alizee010.jpg)

And post more pic's of her behind.



Just search the forum
Whole thread about her  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Just keep a spare keyboard handy. The one you normally use tends to get a bit. ............... a. .... sticky
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: bungycool on September 10, 2012, 12:08:09 am
Heidi k60. Just scrubbing it in will let you know in a week. That is if I get a chance to ride it in the wet  :imaposer:

stuff off... don't go wishing for more rain blikskottel!
ag sorry man, nah seriously you all will be ok remember im living behind the haggis curtain where mist and midgies reign!
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 11:21:41 am
Heidi k60. Just scrubbing it in will let you know in a week. That is if I get a chance to ride it in the wet  :imaposer:

stuff off... don't go wishing for more rain blikskottel!
ag sorry man, nah seriously you all will be ok remember im living behind the haggis curtain where mist and midgies reign!


Dont worrt BC, the weather never stopped me doing most things.

Yesterday I bought a half a cow, a pig, some chickens and wors from this guy at the bootfair, have done so for years.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/IMAG1669.jpg)


This is a whole refrigerated butchers lorry.....

The guys have a set up where you stand out front, he has a scale and then tosses whatever you ask for in multiples of £5 into the scale for you..... often they will add a kilo of bacon or a kilo of pork sausages, a chicken or whatever on top to sweeten the deal.

Yesterday I bought some meat for us to Braai tonight..... loooking forward to a couple of Pear Ciders (Stella Artois) with Goose and a lekker kark praat around the fire.



This is the front side of the truck.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/IMAG1670.jpg)


Only one more Sleepy  !!!!! THEN   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:


Nicola was commenting to her friend last night that she is looking forward to sleeping like a Starfish in the bed... owning all four corners while I am not here.

However, I have programmed our 3 cats to join her in bed to save my spot. I have promised them unrestricted access to the catnip bag  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/morepix/P1030850.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 11:24:51 am
OOOOPPPPSSSS.


Nearly forgot (Or did I ??)

(http://www.entertainmentwallpaper.com/images/desktops/celebrity/alizee07.jpg)


(http://www.bestcelebritypictures.com/photos/alize-40.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 04:26:51 pm
Right.....

Been to pick up another item of Goose-hunting.

Bought a 12V to 2 x 12V and 2 x USB power outlet for the bike, to charge the backup Satnav in case we need it, and also to charge up our Apple products like mobile phones. £14.99 probably well spent as part of the prep for the ride.

Then stopped at the local GULF Pertol station where the guys still come out and fill your tank with a smile. (99% of UK fuel stations are totally self service) and filled my bike up to the neck..... its about a kilometer from home.

I have all my KARK including  sleeping bag in a pile on the floor, waiting for Goose to get here so we can double check what has been packed.

So, my speedo is now at 20678 miles (guess thats about 33000km)
Will be interesting to see how far we ride this week. Its not a mega miles trip, but we should see some good stuff, and maybe find Alizee for GRRRRRRRR.... !!


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo47.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Gérrard on September 10, 2012, 04:54:30 pm
Julle moet dit geniet en veilig ry  :thumleft:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 05:13:36 pm
Julle moet dit geniet en veilig ry  :thumleft:

Thanks Gerard.

Ons sal.

Goose just landed and we are onto our first Stella Artois Pear Cider.

Of course CLING-ON IS HERE TOO.


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo48.jpg)


(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo49.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Maverick on September 10, 2012, 05:21:53 pm
Ek kan jou nie sé hoeveel maal het ek al amper Maplin staff gebliksem nie, dit is nou so kort trappie voor Halfords staff. Hulle is nie clueless nie want dan is jy tenminste iets, hulle is so dom soos grond  ::)

Geniet julle trip outjies, wens ek kon saam wegslip vir so paar dae. Sou kon help met die Frans, 007 het my laas jaar leer hoe om die aksent te praat al is dit nog steeds in Afrikaans  :biggrin:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 10, 2012, 10:15:07 pm
Last few pics.....

Before we get up at 03.50 to get to Dover ferry port for our Ferry.

Before we got the fire going, Peter and I got our bikes sorted, did a final comms check and then sent a pic to my brother who responded with a simple word of envy  "SNOT !!! " 
In our family, Jy eet snot is the extreme form of envy.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo53.jpg)

Peter was great company, and his incessant excitement and chatter about this trip was really infectious ...... I am soooo looking forward to the trip.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo51.jpg)

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo50.jpg)


Finally ended up with a medium stealk pork ribs, Bratwurst, lamb chops and braai mielies.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/photo52.jpg)


Well, last sleepie for us, and all I can hope for is a sighting of Alizee.

(http://imstars.aufeminin.com/stars/fan/alizee/alizee-20070523-259911.jpg)

(http://wallpapers.skins.be/alizee/alizee-1024x768-16399.jpg)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: bungycool on September 11, 2012, 09:51:55 pm
hope you guys are riding safely and dry - its been summer showers up here in soggy snotland.... SNOT
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 12, 2012, 09:53:59 pm
Day two successfully completed.

In a place called Cambrai in a F1 budget hotel...... Two
 rooms.

You may ask me why??????

Well. If you saw Goose sleeping in the passage of our room due to my snoring, then you would understand.

Sorry Peter.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Goose on September 13, 2012, 03:48:11 am
I now realize why Nicola was so quick to allow Grizz to come with to France! I know people and have heard some people snore but sherbet maar hierdie ou saag forken bosse Redwoods in die aand EN hy baklei nog met homself inni slaap!

No worry boet .... I understand and so glad we opted not to use the tent! :-)

BC the weather has not been too bad. Had a bit of rain yesterday morning but most of the trip was dry with a nice spell of sunshine too. Had a moerse downpour in the early hours this morning but hopefully it will all be gone soon!

Will ride through to Belgium later.... Lots of pics to sort to post RR but old Grizz has a certain lady on his mind .... :-)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Rooikat on September 13, 2012, 08:11:55 am
Don't forget to "sample" the beer! I really envy you okes!   :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 13, 2012, 12:08:35 pm
Don't forget to "sample" the beer! I really envy you okes!   :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Sitting in a restaurant/coffee shop/pub having a coffee.

Been drinking Leffe Blond beer.

Night before last I paid €8.50 for one in a restaurant then yesterday bought 6 in a supermarket for €4 !!!!

Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Rooikat on September 13, 2012, 12:37:40 pm
Disgusting! I prefer dark, bitter beer.
If you prefer "light", you might look out for Delirium Tremens - but its only 8,5 %!!
:laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 14, 2012, 10:18:29 pm
Home in one piece.....

Great ride.

Pics and report once we have settled down again..... then move it into RR's
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: Gérrard on September 14, 2012, 10:50:52 pm
Mooi. Bly julle het dit geniet. Nou flatout beplan vir vlg jaar.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France, D-Day and Alizee........
Post by: grizz on September 15, 2012, 10:20:39 am
Mooi. Bly julle het dit geniet. Nou flatout beplan vir vlg jaar.


Hierdie ride was n goeie oefen lopie vir volgende jaar.

Ek moet nou deur omtrent 450 fotos gaan en n klomp oplaai.....

Dan kan Peter later sy klomp ook oplaai en n ride report skryf, of dalk sal ek begin..... ons sal sien.


Hoop julle is reg vir baie fotos???????
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: Goose on September 15, 2012, 10:23:11 am
Well Grizz old tjom............ one thing I learnt last night.......... don't mess with photos until you've had a good sleep....!!!  Ek het verkeerde knoppie gedruk .............. result is that my systems' been sitting RECOVERING my pics from the drive!!  :eek7: :eek7: 
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: Rooikat on September 15, 2012, 10:26:54 am
Well Grizz old tjom............ one thing I learnt last night.......... don't mess with photos until you're sober....!!!  Ek het verkeerde knoppie gedruk .............. result is that my systems' been sitting RECOVERING my pics from the drive!!  :eek7: :eek7: 

Fixed!
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: grizz on September 15, 2012, 10:58:16 am
Well Grizz old tjom............ one thing I learnt last night.......... don't mess with photos until you've had a good sleep....!!!  Ek het verkeerde knoppie gedruk .............. result is that my systems' been sitting RECOVERING my pics from the drive!!  :eek7: :eek7: 


Ja ek verstaan daai.

I did not even go looking for the dead thing in the kitchen last night.....in spite of the smell.

Told Nicola that if we get rid of the cats..... no more kills and wounded stuff coming into the house.

Seems there were a total of 6 kills in the house this week.

I am going to start uploading in a bit.... been looking on Ebay at stickers.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: bungycool on September 15, 2012, 01:41:23 pm
So the real question is, did you manage to drop off an early birthday present for mrs alizee?
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: grizz on September 15, 2012, 02:23:55 pm
So the real question is, did you manage to drop off an early birthday present for mrs alizee?

 We did better than that.

Just wait till you get to see PRUDENCE. She should impress with her level of commitment to the WD ethos.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: Goose on September 15, 2012, 05:32:09 pm
So the real question is, did you manage to drop off an early birthday present for mrs alizee?

 We did better than that.

Just wait till you get to see PRUDENCE. She should impress with her level of commitment to the WD ethos.

The question is whether we post a pic of her now..... or simply feed it into the RR like a good, decent WD should   :mwink:
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: grizz on September 15, 2012, 05:49:53 pm
So what are we to do.....

So as not to hurt some faking prude's feelings......

Are we doing a ride report and sharing the stuff we saw and did with the good people on this board.......

OR DO I JUST SAY "FUCKIT" and not post anything we saw..... or do we put an express warning on here to say it is NSFW or for Prudes ??? (I just edited the rest of this post on advisement of my management.)

It takes time and effort to load pics and write a RR...... so I am not wasting my time if its all too much for someone who should not even be in this section when a thread like Boobs and Bums exists.

Hope that makes sense.

Please feel free to advise or PM me.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: Welsh on September 15, 2012, 05:56:43 pm
Howzit Grizz  :sip: yes enough mother grundies here 8)
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: grizz on September 15, 2012, 06:05:41 pm
Howzit Grizz  :sip: yes enough mother grundies here 8)


Not sure what a mother Grundie is.

Stupid-O-Clock on Tuesday we were lined up for the ferry....

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm90/niknakpix/France-Grizz-Goose/IMG_1912.jpg)
Title: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Goose on September 17, 2012, 07:15:12 pm
It just so happened that at the same time I needed a break from the MIL’s house (we have been living in a bedroom with 2 single beds for over a year now – without cupboards and living out of suitcases and a few plastic storage boxes in the garage)

Jenni knew I’d been climbing walls and needed to escape so she suggested I take the bike and go and have a break…

Now my good friend Rian (Grizz) came to the end of his work contract and was effectively “unemployed” …….. so I took a chance and SMS’d him a suggestion about maybe doing a quick trip to France. Expecting him to decline – but it was a speedy response after he received his wife’s blessing to go!

WOW!!! What a lady!!

Rian needed to do a bit of a shake-down for his prep for his planned trip to SA next year. Not much to shake down really – more that he needed more time in the saddle to stiffen up and tone his backside for the anticipated long saddle days.

The plan for France was……..  well NOT to have any plans…. and best of all was that neither of us had travelled to Europe by bike before…….. so riding on the “wrong” or should I say Right side of the road was not only going to be a new experience (we’d both done it by car before) – but will be darn right interesting.

We wanted to just go – no route planning, no accommodation at all………… everything would be spur-of-the moment.

So we agreed on Tuesday the 11th for the outward trip and that we should return sometime on the Friday. A mere 4 days but at least this way we’d get a break – stay away from the weekend madness and still ensure we’re back to spend the weekend with our wives.

A quick search on the Internet provided us with some “Discount Codes” for the various Ferry companies – with P&O Ferries giving us the best rate of only £32.00 per motorcycle & rider for a return trip.

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Now a quick conversion meant it was around R 425.00 for the return trip…….. not bad at all considering that it was a nice cruise, relaxing enough to allow us to try and make some sort of plan for the road ahead….. and where else could you get such a fantastic deal to travel across the waters to another continent!

There was ONLY one downside to the trip………. there was rain forecast for the whole of France and as we had talked of maybe camping, this would put a damper on our limited finances if we were forced into more “upmarket” accommodation.

I ended up packing everything I needed and headed over to Grizz’s Pad the night before so we could do a final check, have a braai (thanks boet – you outdid yourself with the meat!) and get up at 4am for the dash down to Dover for the ferry that left at 6am.
JUST LOOK AT THAT STEAK!!!!!!!!   :drif: :drif: :drif:

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You know that you’re excited ….when there’s just no flippen way that you can sleep!

I got up at 3:30am and managed to get some of my goodies sorted before Rian went downstairs to put the kettle on. Funny though… THIS morning should have been ringing the warning bells as to Grizz’s sleeping habits as Nicola was downstairs fast asleep on the couch in their lounge.
(Later I was to find out that this is her favourite place to sleep – Rian’s unbelievable snoring has serious repercussions)

Hiding in amongst the clothing & kit…………

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Got dressed with full liners, waterproofs and buff against the impending cold and wet …. Felt like the Michelin man!

Slugging down a few cuppa’s and we were ready to push the bikes from the garage (no noise this time of the morning…) Weather was very overcast, ground wet and snotty like a slug-without-a-shell….. but we were like two kids with our new toys.

So not bad timing at all….. we roared off towards the freeway and the Dover coast at exactly 4:45am

Needless to say – our “dry-spell” did not last too long and soon the rain started pelting down. Fortunately the freeway’s were pretty clear and we made good time down to our destination.

Check-in time for the 06:20 ferry was 6am and we arrived with 10 minutes to spare…. And we received our boarding passes that indicated we were allowed to jump the queue’s and board first! Now that ‘s service!!

As Grizz called it…. “Stupid-o-clock” in the morning!!

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One thing I have to comment on is the huge benefit of having Comms between the two riders.
Not only was this proving very beneficial on this leg to the coast (when traffic got heavy and we were separated – it was great to still be able to advise each other when & where there were traffic and road dangers. I’d say that even at a 2 Mile distance – our communications were still 7-out-of-10)

This was Rian’s first taste of Bike-2-Bike and he was loving it!

We arrived in Calais around 8am (7am UK time as France is an hour ahead) and decided right away to turn South – however we were going to avoid Motorways as much as possible.

Riding through Calais, we then turned off towards a small area called COQUELLES, where we stopped to check camera equipment and try to set the GPS for our route down the coast. We also on the spur-of-the-moment decided that DIEPPE was going to be a destination…. No specific reason, just that it was a decent distance and the name jumped out from the map!

We started off on the E402 in a southerly direction towards BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, then FORT-MAHON BEACH and afterwards LE HOURDEL, LE TREPORT and finally DIEPPE.

The map shows the routing with the places listed.

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Our first stop (not really - just a lay-bye) was Esplanade de Sainte-Cécile, Camiers

History (From WIKI)
Camiers belonged to the Lordship of Noailles. However the waters of the lagoon between the dunes and the shore of the solid geology, for many years, presented an obstacle to its development.During the First World War the flat lands were the site of the huge base depôt of the British army in France. It is usually known nowadays as Étaples camp. Through most of the war, close to it and part of the same complex, Camiers camp was the base depôt, in France, of the Machine Gun Corps.
Deserted parking area’s allow for perfect freedom with the bikes. A good view of the nice dark clouds awaiting us in the direction we’re travelling.


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Massive beaches…………..  

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Grizz & I were sitting just contemplating the sheer size and totally exposed beaches that we were seeing – fantastic !

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The next stop was Fort Mahon Plage (PICARDIE REGION)

History (From WIKI)

Fort-Mahon-Plage is not a very old town. It seems certain that it did not exist before the 18th century, except, of course, the superb sand dunes and the sea. Then considered rather cold and wild, this part of the coast would have welcomed only fishermen and shellfish gatherers. Indeed, the first town was raised there only a little more than two centuries ago, with a few small shepherds’ huts in 1790. Fort-Mahon-Plage was not considered a commune at all until 1923, when it was officially identified as a separate village from its neighbour Quend-Plage-Les-Pins. Urbanization was steady, notably in the 1950s, with the immense beach of fine sand, in contrast to many of the pebble beaches of Normandy, doing a lot to attract tourists, as well as a soft and pleasant sea during the summer. The huge beach later became famous for its water activities, most notably land-yacht racing, wind-surfing and kiting. …….. a town that has huge beaches that were actively used during the Normandy Landings. Now however these vast sandy beaches cater more for tourists and sun-lovers.

The Main road looking up from the beach area….

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What I immediately loved about this place were the older vehicles ambling along………  the place was exceptionally clean and definitely worth a visit again.

A Renault 2CV Panelvan – still in daily use

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A French Saviem 4x4 Truck (nice…)

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Not forgetting our VW lovers…….

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And old Grizz……… on the phone!  A pose that I’d come to recognise…. Often!

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We spent some time just to relax and then also visited the Tourist Information office. Struggling to communicate with the limited French I know and the limited English that the chap behind the counter knew… was soon resolved when Grizz and I joked in Afrikaans. The attitude quickly changed once they discovered we were Saffers and not the “Dreaded Anglaise” from across the channel.

We were also handed some really nice commemorative stickers for the panniers!

There was a bit of sunshine now and we decided to head on down the road to see what else attracted our fancy. This was great – with no set route or time we could really enjoy the riding. Kak-praat is also something that goes hand-in-hand with two blokes riding nowhere – something which I thoroughly enjoyed with old Grizz.
We noticed a huge bay-area as well as what appeared as a lighthouse in the distance… so a bit of confer and we ended up in a very small village (more like a clump of houses) ………

So our next on the list was Le Hourdel

No real history on this place apart from the fact that it used to be a small fishing village but now seems pretty deserted…. Possibly kept alive by the odd tourists.

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Parked at the lighthouse…

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Up the main street……..(not much there)

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……. And Grizz in one of his famous poses….

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We did not stay long before we started down the road again. Our asses were itching to get to Dieppe – mainly to get settled as neither of us had a good night’s sleep before the ferry trip. And we did not want to ride on foreign roads without our wits about.

I decided to ride ahead as Rian wanted to check out an old church – this was another situation where the 2-way radios showed their worth…. Rian could stop and tell me what he was doing – I merely carried on about 2 or 3 miles ahead of him, stopping for a few pics and then waiting for the man to come riding along for some action shots.

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……….. mmmmmm we’re tired!!
This pic shows Rian pulling over on the left-side just before a bend in the road – suddenly realising he should be on the other side…. A few laughs indeed!

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium.....
Post by: Goose on September 17, 2012, 07:15:37 pm
We had approximately 60km to go to Dieppe, so decided to hussle it for the last bit – however we still stayed off the motorways as these held no interest for us at all.
The ride to Dieppe was uneventful – however nothing could have prepared us for the ride into the town. WOW!!!!  We had a long straight section down a hill and the closer we got to the town – the better the views and the more historic the buildings became.

There was a true awe factor looking at buildings that were indeed centuries old.

Final stop for the day – Dieppe (Upper Normandy)

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History (From WIKI)

First recorded as a small fishing settlement in 1030, Dieppe was an important prize fought over during the Hundred Years' War. Dieppe housed the most advanced French school of cartography in the 16th century. Two of France's best navigators, Michael le Vasseur and his brother Thomas le Vasseur, lived in Dieppe when they were recruited to join the expedition of René Goulaine de Laudonnière which departed Le Havre for Florida on April 20, 1564. The expedition resulted in the construction of Fort Caroline, the first French colony in the New World.[4] Dieppe was the premier port of the kingdom in the 17th century. On July 23, 1632, 300 colonists heading to New France departed from Dieppe. At the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Dieppe lost 3,000 of its Huguenot citizens, who fled abroad.
Dieppe was an important target in wartime; the town was largely destroyed by an Anglo-Dutch naval bombardment in 1694. It was rebuilt after 1696 in a typical French classical style by Ventabren, an architect, who gave it its unique feature for a sea port. It was popularised as a seaside resort following the 1824 visit of the widowed Duchess of Berry, daughter-in-law of Charles X. She encouraged the building of the recently-renovated municipal theatre, the Petit-Théâtre (1825), associated particularly with Camille Saint-Saëns.
During the later 19th century, Dieppe became popular with English artists as a beach resort. Prominent literary figures such as Arthur Symons loved to keep up with the latest fads of avant-garde France here, and during "the season" sometimes stayed for weeks on end.


Our arrival as mentioned was spectacular and we took the first opportunity to stop just on the inside of the harbour wall.

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…………… and guess who’s popped out of the topbox…?

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We were very intrigued when we noticed some big kites flying in the distance.

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A quick stop to draw some funds from the “Hole-in-the-wall” and we started on a little exploration tour towards the other side of the harbour.

This was unbelievable….. we saw THIS poster on a wall….. what amazing luck. We’d arrived right in the middle of a major International Kite Festival that’s only held every 2 years.

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We quickly found a hotel (stuff the camping) and were welcomed with open arms. We were also told that our bikes would be safer when we parked them on the pavement, right next to their reception to ensure the concierge could keep an eye on our “Moto’s”

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A quick shower and a change after being relieved of €110.00 for the room (with separate single beds) and we were off to go and have a looksee.
The massive beachfront was covered with kite-flyers. Massive things that filled the sky. Every conceivable shape and design and we found that even SA was represented… although the poor Saffer sitting on his own in a small tent with his Springbok jersey on… looked a bit dishevelled and even Rian’s amazing sense of humour could only wring an attempt at a smile from this dude……. HY WAS FLIPPEN DROOG……..!

From our hotel room!

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I’ve got so many pics that we’ll just throw a few in here without comments chaps….
This story/RR is taking forever and this is only the first day!
Some stunning displays though…

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Evening time came all too soon and we had to go and find some food. Lots of restaurants and café’s – so we promptly chose one – sat down and waited for our turn to be served. The waitress finished with a couple that arrived before us and then sauntered over with a smile. Bonsoir Monsieur she said with such a cute smile – WITCH!!!  As soon as I’d greeted her and explained we wanted to eat and drink… she realised we spoke “that dreaded language” and just said – “No – Impossible” no drink & no food…FINI!!

We tried everything – pointing gesturing but all to no avail. Désolé!!  And off we went with a huff.

A few blocks further we were beckoned in and although the restaurant manager became farking rude to us (pretending that he does not speak a word of English…) his wife eventually came and helped us out – changing her attitude again with us once realising no English connection. And here we thought we as Saffers were racists!
Rian enjoyed a really good Moules Fromage Bleu and my Moules Marinieres was also delicious! We hardly spoke as we shucked and gobbled…. It was nice but we were flippen hungry as well! Total cost for the meal, coke and a Leffe Blond came to €50.00 (with the Leffe ripping €8.50 out of the bill amount)

We had to do the tourist thing and decided to do some walking taking in the sights …….. however the mistake was made when we walked down a narrow road section and noticed this lot in the windows…! 
DAMN – we should have bought fresh and sat on the beach with a picnic ……..

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Some of the town centre and harbour shots………….

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This dude tried doing something that was…………….  (no comment)

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Check this painting on the side of this old building………

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Amazing indeed!

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Well so ends day 1 of our trip.

The News & Weather on the telly was not very positive……….

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A good sleep is needed and we’ll decide where our next destination will be!

Day 2 to follow!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: Goose on September 17, 2012, 07:19:54 pm
DIEPPE, FRANCE - Second World War  Some history and interesting facts....

Dieppe was occupied by German naval and army forces after the fall of France in 1940. In order to allow a better defence of the coast against a possible Allied landing, the Germans destroyed the mauresque casino that was located near the beach area. The destruction of the casino had only begun at the time of the Dieppe Raid.
The Dieppe Raid in the Second World War was a costly battle for the Allies. On August 19, 1942, Allied soldiers, mainly drawn from the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, landed at Dieppe in the hope of occupying the town for a short time, gaining intelligence and drawing the Luftwaffe into open battle. The Allies suffered more than 1,400 deaths; 1,946 Canadian soldiers were captured—more prisoners than the army lost in the 11 months of the 1944–45 NW Europe campaign.[5] But no major objectives on the ground were achieved; in the air, a major objective of drawing German air forces into open battle was realized.

French soldiers from the region, captured in the fighting of 1940, were returned to the area after the Dieppe Raid as repayment by the German occupation authorities, who felt that the conduct of the French civilians in Dieppe had been correct and had not hindered the defence of the port during the battle.
The port remained garrisoned by German forces until the conclusion of the Battle of Normandy. When the 1st Canadian Army approached at the end of August, the garrison withdrew, not desiring to enter into battle for the port.

Dieppe was liberated on September 1, 1944, by soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. On September 3, the entire division paused for reorganization, and a victory parade was held; contingents representing all major units of the 2nd Division marched 10 abreast behind the massed pipes and drums of the division's highland regiments. A memorial service was held in the nearby Canadian military cemetery to honour those killed in the Dieppe Raid.

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We found the story of the Dieppe Raid very touching. The fact that the armour was totally annihilated on the beaches due to the pebbled clogging the tracks – meant that the infantry had to try and cross the wide beaches without any cover or support. The cliff-top had machine guns and artillery trained on the beaches and carnage was the result.

More can be read about this story here:

http://www.legionmagazine.com/en/index.php/2006/11/dieppe-return-to-red-beach/

as well as http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/dieppe_1942.htm

Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: 1ougat on September 17, 2012, 07:42:18 pm
Very comprehensive report .... looking forward to next day !!!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: BMWPE on September 17, 2012, 07:56:21 pm
Awsome RR

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: grizz on September 17, 2012, 08:30:07 pm
Great report Peter.

I am reading and almost feeling like I was not there.

This was really a great story so far.

I have to be honest and admit that some nights Nicola does come downstairs to sleep as I rattle her right out of bed with my barritone snore.

I am sooooo sorry, but hey....

Lets see what the next day brought...... :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


I may add a couple of pics in too.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: bungycool on September 17, 2012, 10:29:56 pm
Lekker boet. Now where's the rest!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: grizz on September 17, 2012, 11:25:53 pm
One of the things Goose seems to have missed out, unless he is still going to mention it, was that we did stop at a McDonalds to steal their WiFi and grab a coffee.....

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Ohhhh.... and on another point, I do love my phone and what it allows me, but I have to say that I had 3 calls from employment agencies while out there and anyone who knows me will tell you that I do usually respond pronto to calls and texts etc.

This was primarily to get an update on the weather and because we filled up my regular sized 1200 tank, which unlike Peters super tanker has a limited fuel range.

What was also very funny was the size of a coffee, when you are used to British SUPER SIZED Everything....

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At Fort Mahon this was the local Information point, the 2CV was buzzing around town all the time we were there.

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Another view of Dieppe harbour.

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One of the German contestants in the Kite competition had her buddy there too...... what a cool little guy he was.

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Being in the Normandy region, I had the opportunity to buy a novelty plate for my collection.....

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Now where is Goose to update the next day?


Getting some sleep perhaps??
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on September 18, 2012, 02:07:47 am
Great start guys, looking good.

 8)
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: Goose on September 18, 2012, 05:06:29 pm
DIEPPE, FRANCE – Day 2

Well we were tired – so after a shower we settled in to what should have been a blissful sleep……… Grizz took one of his anti-histamine tablets, which apparently knock him for a six. He offered me one as he now warned me that he does snore a little.
Unfortunately I’d also been suffering from a slight headache and had been on the Myprodol’s due to my pain threshold level…. where normal tabs just do not affect me. So I declined the tab he offered and decided to take my chances by getting into bed first and dozing off.

WELL …………… SLAAN MY DOOD MET ‘N SLAP PIEL!!!!

Where the hell does this dude get his snozz from???????? 
Liewe hemel I have never in my life, not even sleeping in our bungalow at 7SAI … EVER heard a racket like this oke produces. Without a doubt the SADF could have used him as a secret weapon…….. if they’d stashed him away in a private bunker in the Caprivi – he’d have played hell with SWAPO and the war would have been over far sooner.

In Fact – I now also realised the demise of the Deville Wood was NOT due to artillery shelling, but Grizz’s fore-father’s snoring!!
By 3am I had still not been able to sleep a wink. This dude rasped and cut wood with everything from a chain saw to bench saw and possibly a blunt-blade-angle grinder……… and the worst part is that he fought with himself in the middle of the whole escapade.

I was also now blessed with a full-blown headache from hell which settled into a migraine. So off to the bathroom for water and more drugs – when I happened to realise that I could possibly get some kip in the bathroom or passage. Now this was a R1300/night hotel-room and I did not give a damn where I slept – as long as I got some sleep. So the mattress, sheets and paraphernalia was dragged from the room into the bathroom passage which allowed me to close a fairly soundproof door behind me.

Total darkness and lack of the wood-cutter’s song allowed me to quickly fall into a type of slumber. By 7:30am I was awake again and started getting sorted – first more drugs and then another shower to help alleviate the thumping head, which was to stay with me for the remainder of the trip!

A quick look out of the window showed the beachfront deserted and the ominous clouds present!

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Breakfast was included – so now you know that no self-respecting-biker would allow good food to be wasted and not addressed. Both of us tucked into everything from rolls, salami, ham, coffee…. more coffee and cheese (I just love the French)……..  and what better way to show our appreciation for the food…. by making some mother-of-all-sarmies from the available stock for our lunch!!

Mmmmm also found this little titbit I’d shoved in my pocket the previous night…. To finish our brekkie!

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The bikes were now packed and ready to leave when the heavens opened up. I mean it really came down and our hearts sank…….. but we’d just have to sit it out and wait.

Chatting up the receptionists proved a huge bonus. Sharing pics of Cape Town surely helped and their friendliness soon became evident when the one girl – Karine – called her “usband” and explained to him she had these weird visitors from SA (by this time we’d decided that Saffers were far more likely to get good treatment than anyone assumed to be from Britain).

In no time at all Thierry arrived. AA short stocky Frenchman beaming the biggest smile ever, and shook our hands as if he’d just been given a million Euro’s! He explained (with his wife translating) that although they’d never been to “Le Cap” he’d heard a lot about it and they would love to visit SA someday.
He then produced two badges for us… he was a “Dieppe Sapeurs-Pompiers” or better known as a fireman! After thanking him and pumping his hand in thanks… he told us that he had another gift…. Ran off and returned with some super fireman’s T-shirts for the two of us. What a bloke and an amazing change in hospitality from the previous evening!

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The rain stopped and we were finally ready to leave around 11am…. with a stop planned at the local Tourist Information and a general look-around before hitting the road. The poor weather at least allowed us to take note of the rain and we decided that rather than going south and remaining in the rain – we’d turn northwards towards Belgium and hopefully outrun the bad weather.

I nearly forgot………. In a restaurant window I also spotted old “GROENIE” – die draak!

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The nice thing with bikes is that you can literally park anywhere. It was made clear to us on a few occasions that the “Moto’s” had preferential treatment and were not hassled by police at all. So who are we to argue when allowed to park on the main square..

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A quick look around…. another stunning pic of the Dieppe Harbour……..

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And we decided that it was time to make tracks!

Day 2’s route would take us from DIEPPE via AMIENS to CAMBRAI and whatever we find inbetween!

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The road out of Dieppe was rather uneventful …. But we took a few last minute pics from the other side of the harbour area… as a farewell. Notice the weather change…. Blue skies and we were well and truly on our way…….. mmmmmmmm?

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After about an hour’s riding…. We spotted a small village and pulled off to take a pic. JUST then the heavens opened from above and the rain deposited it’s mid-morning pleasure on us. Typical!!

The single track road opened up into a small quaint village called FRESNOY-FOLNY (we were now about 22km from Dieppe)  which was a true gem. If we’d not have stopped – we’d have bypassed it and soon realised that if we wanted the WOW-factor we need to stay off the beaten track.

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Cows lying next to the owners home…. This is real country-life!

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The village must have had a participant at the recent Olympics and their tribute here was inspiring!

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What also caught our eye were the fact that all the properties were clean, well maintained and a lot of pride evident.
No litter or rubbish at all – these places were clean and an absolute pleasure not to have to look at the SA national flower where-ever you ride.

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As we left the village, we trundled up towards GRANDCOURT .

A few in-motion shots of old Grizz and we were on our way again………..

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About 2km outside the town we found the GRANDCOURT WAR CEMETARY. The weirdest thing is that from the downpour we had minutes before…. The skies changed colour to a stunning blue with a few clouds – the storm had moved west towards the coast.

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This War Cemetery contains the graves of 29 British soldiers – all from the 51st Highland division who fell during the withdrawal from Bresle as well as 19 British, 8 Canadian, 1 Australian and 1 New Zealand Airmen who died in this area of France.

The oldest was 43 years old and youngest 19…………. 4 of the graves are unidentified ………

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We filled in the visitors book that is supplied at all the war cemeteries. Neither Rian or me were in a chatty mood which became somber as we tried to take in the scale of the devastation and loss of life these area’s must have witnessed. Saddened even more was the realisation that men – or should I say boys from all sides were probably spurred on to kill by totally misguided duty – blessed by their priests and ministers who were all supposedly from the same faith.

The road ahead started to look better and better………

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So time to load up and twist the throttle again.

There were “La Naturelle” signs everywhere, which naturally Grizz and I described as signs for a Naturist site or camping site. THIS revelation quickly brewed up some crazy ideas and soon Grizz was carefully studying each and every sign we saw for fixing points so he could “add” one to his numberplate collection. Hehe… this was not to be because although the first signs we saw only had cable ties holding them onto fencing or poles….. the Frenchies got clever (or the word spread that Grizz was on the loose) and all subsequent signs were found to be nailed or bolted onto poles.

We were shunting down one road stretch when I heard Rian chirp in the radio that he’s stopping…… he’d seen a sign about a kilometre before and has decided to turn around and go and have a “look” at it!  :mwink:
Bugger…… hehe……….. THIS I had to see so did a turn and took a side-road towards ALLERY.

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Here I found old Grizz with a look of disgust on his face….. the sign was badly battered and fixed with 4 moerse bolts………… he did not even take a pic of it!  :imaposer:

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AIRAINES was our next stop at the local Renault service station – to fill up with gasoline at the amazing price of only €1.76/liter …..??

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We also spotted this “High-speed-traveller” coming down a section of the main street………  needed a high-speed camera to capture the immense speed this oke was doing!

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I know many people hate these….. I’d love one for offroad use as there will be no surprises!

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Soon we happened upon the main road intersection………….  So we had a choice – back towards Calais or right towards more adventure!

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…………. AMIENS here we come…………..

And ……………….. there we went!

No way – this is a major town/city so we used the freeway to bypass AMIENS and carry on up towards a town called ALBERT.

We noticed a sign that read “Musèe Somme” just as we passed Albert and a quick confer and the decision was made to do a bit of a detour. We spotted the cathedral’s shining spire and thought that maybe we could slum-it a bit and have some lunch in the town (we suddenly remembered that we’d stashed away some sarmies from Deippe!)

WOW!!! I love spur-of-the-moment decisions as I’ve always found that following your instinct normally allows you to experience something good.
The road into Albert town centre was spectacular!

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The town square/circle in front of the cathedral, also allowed us to have a stunning place to sit and eat our food. By this time my head was doing weird things and the thump-thump of my head seemed to be more at home in the script of Capt’n Sparrow’s movie! More Cataflam-D (skelm’d over from SA on our last trip) mixed with 2 Myprodol’s would have to do the trick while Grizz went for a walk as I relaxed to get the drugs to work.

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Signage for the Museum….

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After checking out the town, we met a really nice French lady at tourist info, who insisted on walking us around some of the town to find the ever elusive obligatory sticker we needed for our panniers. She also gave us some discount coupons for tickets to the museum, which was our next destination.

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………….. he’s here….. he’s there…… he’s everywhere……!

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Some info on the museum..

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Looking down the stairs towards the bottom entrance to the 13th Century tunnels.

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: Goose on September 18, 2012, 05:09:50 pm
Day 2 - continued..................

The tunnels have been turned into quite a unique museum. Displays lining the walls which adds to the eerie feel of the place. Having been in the Underground Hospital in Jersey ( the only part of the British Isles to have been occupied by Germany during WW2) – I realised this was not for anyone suffering from claustrophobia  and remembered my wife panicking big time, hyperventilating and having to abandon the tour – in a tunnel system 3 times the size of this place.

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On the one section there was a small section where a video feed ran with history of the bunker and the surrounding battles. A lot was said about the South Africans and their bravery and stand here…. A lot of respect and mention of them being seen as huge heroes.

A lot of relics are displayed and what became evident was the destruction to the equipment – needless to say this would have been far worse for the human flesh that had no way to stand up against the bombardments, bullets, gas and caltrops that were placed everywhere…

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Against the one corner they displayed these two modified bicycles……… as human powered generators. No specific info was available, but we could only wonder whether this was powered by troops or German POW’s – poor sods!

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The Battle area of the Somme

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Alliances shown during 1914 – note that South West Africa, Cameroon and Togo were allies of Germany…

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German offensive and the French counter-offensive – Sept – Nov 1914

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A button from a German tunic showed that this soldier believed in the same God that his Allied enemy did…………. Sad!

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Poppy-Day is very well documented and remembered every year on the 11th of November….

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Remembrance Day (From Wikipedia)
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. [1]
The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.[2]
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.


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Private William August Smidt from the 8th Bat. SA Infantry (note the German surname) wrote this poignant scroll message…..

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Life in the trenches………….

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Three helmets that were excavated from what we assume was the same trench…….. German, British & French!

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We ended our tour and found that we totally on the other side of the town. Unbelievable how long the tunnels were – we’d entered the museum right next to the cathedral….. now in the distance!

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On the road back… we were also told to have a look at this mural that was painted to commemorate the damage the church had suffered.

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………………..  both of us were now tired and needed a bit of a rest….. we still had some mileage to cover. We left Albert and I think both of us now looked at the countryside with new respect and opened eyes for what happened here.

Our thoughts were still fresh with regard to our museum visit when we happened upon another War Grave Cemetery……….. a big one!

We decided we’d stop here, pay our respects and make this the last. Our emotions in turmoil – we were even more taken aback with this place. Not only due to the mass of headstones, but also due to the wall panels on the perimeter. Each one had names… many names…. As many as a 100 each – mostly names for soldiers that they knew were in the battles…. but that were merely obliterated with nothing left to put with a headstone! We also found quite a few South African names…. from Wakkerstroom, Sutherland……. Mere kids!

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Most of the rest of the ride was pretty silent……….. it has been a hard day and maybe finally I can have a bit of understanding what my dad went through – although the theatre was different – North Africa must have been something else! The rest of the road however was constantly broken up with War Cemeteries all around us…. large ones, small ones…. and one that was just a large mound where a massive bomb caused a trench to collapse leaving a whole lot of chaps buried. The mound had become their tomb with just a few small flags on top to designate the area.

Soon enough we came to a another small village approximately 2km before we reached Cambrai, called LE PETIT FONTAINE………….and there were boards showing a F1 Hotel…..

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Pretty houses indeed!

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We found a “Nouveau Restaurant” – brand new – first opening night…. Shame I suppose that the two bikers were not their best choice of clientele – but the owner welcomed us with open arms and promised the very best food.

He was NOT joking…………  bliksem it was nice (maybe we were just hungry) and we felt very civilised… if that was at all possible?

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2-Course meal with drinks and a tip came to €30.00 – a decent enough amount for top-class food!

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After the meal – rain started and we scarpered back to our hotel. I was still under the influence of this unbelievable headache – surely a left-over from the snoring – so we decided that two separate rooms would be in order…. I was ok sharing a room – but sharing that double bed was not going to happen!

A fairly good night…………  and we were going to have a nice early start – destination was now decided as Gent in Belgium!

I’m going to jump the gun as far as the day-report .. simply as this little story is too good to leave until the next instalment!
Breakfast the next morning and we were greeted by Prudence. What a gorgeous girl, friendly as anything and with little English, our communication seemed to be limited by smiles, pointing and some gibberish that one could call communication I suppose!

Well Prudence is a very observant young lady and when she noticed the back of our helmets and saw the Wilddog Paws………. She tried to explain that she too supported and loved the Wilddogs……. Before we could say boo-or-baa …. She whipped her top open and proudly displayed one side of her chest to us………….. WOW!!!! We love the French!!!!

Now neither Grizz and I could stare too much without being labelled as being old perving farts……..  but she was cute and we would want a pic for our report… so I suddenly realised that no self-respecting lady could resist cuddling a Wilddog…   hehe………. ran to the bike and whipped out our Wilddog toy…………  ooooh’s and aaaaah’s later and she posed making special effort to show off the tattoo  :thumleft:


Prudence & friend!

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So…. Now I’ll say cool for this part…………… Day 3 to follow!






Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: Welsh on September 18, 2012, 07:18:14 pm
Grizz, you know that feeling.... I am in the garage packing, not for Normandy but for Lesotho and Maluti's terrible nochal :peepwall:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report!
Post by: grizz on September 18, 2012, 08:18:51 pm
Great write up Goose.

I found myself laughing like an outsider many times.


Sorry about the fighting in the night.....with myself that is.

Couple of pics from my stash.

Where I found Goose the next morning....

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Here is Goose with one of those signs I sooooo badly wanted for the garage..... this one was only tied on with cable ties.

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Three guesses as to what was going on here.

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Happily relieved.,,,,,,


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Back on the road.

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Some more pics from Alberts tunnels.

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Pipes hold a special interest for me as Nicola is an avid or is that rabid collector of old and new smoking pipes.

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Many of these cabinets were just too long for taking  a single pic, so I tried to make the most of it.

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Helmets from all sides.

Nicola who knows a bit about war equipment reckons its worth a lot of money.

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Trench art, another thing not to start collectiong.

Amazing what people can make with minimal tools and maximum time.

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And some stuff the museum has for sale.

Prices were very decent.

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Cowboys and Wild dogs.

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The wall art Goose mentioned earlier.

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When Goose sat down in the town centre  for a rest, I went for a walk and to find him some water.....

Look what else I found  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Leffe Blond Beer.

4 Euros for 6 bottles.... gotta be a bargain.

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The moment of truth.

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Gone, but never forgotten

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Parked up for the night at the F1 hotel.


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So there you have it, more photos.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: tanneman on September 19, 2012, 01:47:55 am
Dammit, very good report and a very scenic route. The Somme area is often thought of as a flat landscape by people who has not been there but its rolling hills make for fantastic views. No wonder so many died there in the summer of 1916 because the Germans occupied the high ground and was well dug in. That and the fact that the Maxim machine gun (named after its inventor, an American born but British inventor, Sir HS Maxim, the irony) had a effective range of 4500yards. It didn't help that the battle plan was flawed by having men march shoulder to shoulder into the deadly hail of bullets. You guys weren't very far from Delville wood, just on the outskirts of Longeuval. One of the most peaceful places you'll ever visit. There is a graveyard there but I didn't spot a single South African name. That might be due to the fact that the 1st Infantry experienced heavy bombardment for the 6 days of occupation and most of the bodies were blown to pieces with nothing to recover.

Some of the best riding is to have no plan at all and take a random route.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: Goose on September 19, 2012, 08:33:41 am
Tanneman - yep pic attached of the Maxim.... a devastating piece of machinery indeed!

I have already been looking at various destinations for another venture across the Channel - but must admit that we have a nice route-plan for a trip in the Alps next.

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: Malibu on September 19, 2012, 08:56:10 am
definate sub.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: 1ougat on September 19, 2012, 09:46:58 am
Goose

Cant you oranise a loan bike for me to come with?

please pretty please!!! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: Goose on September 19, 2012, 10:36:18 am
Goose

Cant you oranise a loan bike for me to come with?

please pretty please!!! :biggrin:

Mate - there's a few chaps here that would probably lend some of you guys a bike.... the BIG problem is the Insurance! You cannot believe how anal these okes are.
In SA - when Iwan & I bought our new GSA's - we were each added to each-other's policies as additional riders... no problem at all!

Over here it's another animal. Firstly - the Insurance companies will not give you insurance unless you have a full UK license! The law here says you HAVE to have insurance. They will fine and pull you off the road far quicker if you don't have insurance than having no license!

I suppose there are ways to do it..........  but neither Grizz nor I have been able to identify how to do it.....?  :eek7:

We would both LOVE to organise a trip to Europe.. would be really nice if a few of you came over ... in fact if you really, really want to drool  :drif: :drif: :drif: BIG time - have a looksee at this ALPS RR done by a chap here in the UK. He and his mates did it on 125cc Suzuki Van Van's.
Grizz and I have been in contact with them and we now have the full Mapsource routing for these roads through the Alps - on dirt!!   :thumleft: :thumleft:

enjoy.............   :mwink:  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=722141  and have a think about it...........  Emirates do some really great deals to the UK .... you need minimal kit, I'm sure that we could organise a few bikes - each bloke will just be responsible for their own costs etc.

We also have Bungycool, Maverick and Tanneman over here..... could organise a Wilddogs-in-Europe trip   :mwink: :mwink:

Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: J-dog on September 19, 2012, 11:03:04 am
subscribed!!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: Takashi on September 19, 2012, 02:39:49 pm
Riding Europe is very high on my to do list.

Great Report guys
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 2
Post by: Goose on September 19, 2012, 03:53:24 pm
GENT, BELGIUM - Day 3

The previous night there was a substantial amount of rain…. so waking early morning to find everything “sop-nat” was not a revelation. It seems that we were going to be dogged by clouds and rain so we just accepted our fate and decided to make the best of it!

There was however ONE single positive ending to the night – I DID NOT HEAR A SINGLE vibration or a hint of a woodcutter’s snore…. Fantastic!

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As old Grizz posted the pics of us getting packed – I’ll skip that one for now.

Time to leave……….

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Loved this sign near the F1 Hotel – Basically you write your vehicle registration on it. This is then attached to your fence/gate or property and your car will be ok to park there. It seems that if the Reg numbers do not match – Mr Plod may fine the offending vehicle. I’d love this type of system outside our home in Cape Town….. always fighting for parking!

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Our route for the day was pretty basic – from CAMBRAI, FRANCE we’d turn towards BELGIUM where we wanted to route to GENT via a small town called ELLZELLES (I have some old friends that live there) and RONSE.

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Just on the other side of Cambrai, we pulled in for some scenic pics…… the area and towns sure keep your head occupied with everything from cars, trucks, houses and government buildings that have so much character……… makes it a pleasure to ride here!

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Just before crossing the Belgium border…. For a short stop to check the GPS and to take a few snaps.

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This Cathedral was also spectacular………..

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The road behind Grizz was easily 4 or 5km’s long and this road was more like a lane that lead up to the church.
We initially thought it must have been some palace – simply as it was so huge and intimidating!

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Aaaahhh ………… we’re getting there!

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………………. It just looks wrong to ride on the right-hand side….!

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Then through some seriously dense forest area….. bliksem it was dark and numerous attempts at taking nice pics just would not work. Too dark for normal pic – and the flash was not playing the game either!

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Finally arrived in ELLEZELLES and decided to stop by a famous Windmill in the area.
Fantastic with some stunning wild flowers in bloom.

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Period cottage………………

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……………… and some really funky road & place names!

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Love this one…………. “The Mill Wild Cat

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Then whilst taking the pics… old Grizz suddenly got off his bike……………. He’d spotted something/someone…. maybe he was just lonely or been on the road too long…or just missing some LUVING  :mwink:

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Culprits………….  They could not wait to get to Grizz……….. hehe… wonder what aftershave he had on?

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………….. it tickles…………….  Hehe

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Arrived in RONSE…………

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Yeah the spelling’s not quite right – but we were constantly reminded of our friend in PE……..  :thumleft:

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Once we reached the town square – I needed to get to a drinking hole to take more tabs. This head of mine was really nailing me and was now seriously uncomfortable. We noticed this road – but decided that it was not that bad………….

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……………… we did however find a stockist of some of the best antibiotics and headache cures around – and here old Grizz was contemplating which ones he’d be sampling!

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…………… we were really decent with both of us just having coffee’s and a chocolate…… the inside of the pub/brasserie had spectacular tiled-murals on display…

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Grizz managed to bum a labelled coffee cup for Nicola………

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And as soon as he’d explained to the manager that he collected numberplates – the dude left and came back about 10mins later with some old Belgian numberplates as well as an old Motorcycle/Scooter numberplate.. fantastic!

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……………..before hitting the road again, we managed to stop at the local tourism office to get some info on the area.

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……… and then klapped it to get to Gent!

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The building we parked next to turned out to be a very old guest house from the 12th Century… now used as an Art gallery!

Unbelievable to see the work on the buildings and the cathedrals………….suddenly asking ourselves… erm… what was being created in South Africa during this time period again?

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What we really loved about Gent was the bicycles. LOTS of them – some just normal, others adapted with what looked like a wheelbarrow in front. Double & even triple bikes. Best of all were these ones we saw that had an adaptor on the back. Kids would lock their front wheel into the back of the parent’s bike – and off they went!

Fantastic!!

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…. I have to apologise here as this place just lends itself to pictures being taken.
I’ll just throw a few into the thread without explanations … I’m sure they will speak for themselves!

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How’s THIS for a street name!!!

LOVE IT!!

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So evening was drawing to a close and we decided to start looking for a place to eat. After traipsing through many streets and markets – we ended up in
“VrydagMarkPlein” where we decided to try out the cuisine at “Le Chat Noir” – the Black Cat!

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View from our table!

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So the menu was presented by a chap called Köksal – a Turk that owns and runs the restaurant. His wife’s the chef/cook and basically Grizz asked him to treat us like his family – in other words – recommend what he thought was good and that we’d enjoy.

So Grizz selected a Spaghetti Bolognaise

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………. And I elected to partake of the Croque-monsieur with a bolognaise sauce over it

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Man – oh man………… If I could have licked my plate I would have! It was divine and I used the last bit of my bread to wipe every single drop of sauce from the plate.
Fantastique……….. no other way to describe it.

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Köksal was also an amazing host and laid on the coffee and chocolates as well as a few Belgian “noses” to eat. His hospitality was honestly the best we’d experienced… so we left with full bellies and an even better mood (with one of his cards for future use!)

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On the way back to our digs – we experienced one of the nicest sunsets as well……….. considering this was our last night – what better could we have asked for?

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It was then back for a sleep……….. I seriously needed to whack this head and was going to line up a selection of tabs to sort out the head!

Last day and trip back home ………… to follow 
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 3 added!
Post by: grizz on September 19, 2012, 05:17:01 pm
Once again, a great write up Peter.... feels like I was not there.

Would love to do another ride next week.


I will add some of the pics I took as well.

If they shock etc.... I do apologise but keepin mind, everything is in the open and in the public domain..... some of it is just amusing due to the language differences and similarities.


Some of the Belgian number plates Lode got for me in Ronse.

The little one is actually a Bicycle license from 1979.

Interestingly, these days you will see 50cc scooters around both Belgium and France with no plates on at all.

The law is strictly enforced, so if a 16 year old screws up and is a nuisance on the road, the scooter is taken from them and crushed.... no Ifs and Buts.

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Did I mention that the day before I had managed to cadge a French plate from a service station manager too ?

Because the French are strict about plates and they are pretty much not just there to be had, it is one of my favourite plates ever.

Now I just need to get a plate from Iran/Iraq and also Israel....


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When we were at Chat Noir, Köksal also brought me some laminated posters of the beers I drank and then the next day fetched me a 2x1.5meter Stella Artois flag for my garage as he had seen a few pics of the inside of my garage..... this was all unprompted, which just shows how hospitable he was.

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Some other interesting sights from Gent.

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What seems like a derelict shop....


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ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS WHEELBARROW.

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And check out these spades they still use.

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Entry to a club....

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How many beers do you need ??

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That sunset.....

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As Goose mentioned, in Europe it seems motorbikes get preference, and we were told to park wherever we wanted.

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We actually parked the bikes right under our rooms windows,

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 3 added!
Post by: grizz on September 19, 2012, 05:38:19 pm
Forgot a few pics....


This huge American style Toyota Tundra truck..... WANT WANT WANT !!!!!


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Loved the proximity of these signs.

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Calling Jupiter

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Just to give some perspective of size to that mural.

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Also in the same place.

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The coffee was so good, we ended up having coffee twice.

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 3 added!
Post by: grizz on September 19, 2012, 06:02:26 pm
Last few....


Again, take in context.

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Middle of the day, and like Goose said... the cameras were not playing along.


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Oook maar lekker bang ne ??

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Looking forward to the next installmant Goose......

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Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Day 3 added!
Post by: Goose on September 19, 2012, 09:24:06 pm
Gent, Belgium Day 4 - leaving back to the UK

Still in Gent but we need to get to Calais by 16:00 for the ferry crossing. I for the first time enjoyed a fantastic sleep and no wonder with the drugs in my system.
There was still a faint hint of some throbbing… but nothing like it had been.

Grizz and I decided to go back into the centre of Gent to buy some chocolates and go back to the “Chat Noir” for a breakfast.
There were one or two places we wanted to take pics of and we were also keen to go and check out the market that they have in the square!

Bikes parked in front of the restaurant!

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Unfortunately it was too early – and no shops were open – so we merely walked around for a few hours.

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Well to say that I’ve been to a few markets before would be an understatement. To say that this market in Gent was the best ever – would also be an understatement……………………….

IT WAS MIND-BLOWING!!

Food, clothing, sweets – you name it………… and affordable quality like I have never seen before……… WOW………. I need another day here !

They have these huge trucks – pull up and the sides convert totally to offer any sort of shop-front that you want.

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I suppose it was just as well that we were here on bikes. My Credit card would probably have short-circuited from over-use.
The food stuff was just too nice for words and rather than remain tempted, we decided to take to the road!

(No we’d not forgotten the chocolates……….. in fact we waited patiently for the shop to open, only to find that the Coffee Beans we’d specifically wanted – were sold out! Bugger!!)

All too soon we knew we’d have to start the final leg of the journey.
Mainly as we’d have no clue as to road conditions and we’d need to get to Calais at least an hour before the ferry leaves.
We are also very strict with ourselves and have constantly kept to the speed limits – not being able to afford any altercation with the law.

Final Route – GENT to CALAIS via DUNKIRK – approximately 160km

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One thing’s for certain…… people here know how to drive!

The 3 lanes available on the freeways are used as they should be. Drivers stay in the far right-hand lane. To overtake you move to the centre lane, do the overtaking manoeuvre and move back to the right lane again. Trucks are NOT allowed in the Fast lane on the extreme left… they are limited to the middle lane, which means that faster vehicles and bikes can have a free run in  clear lane to overtake and position yourself without the fear that some horrible twat will hog the fast lane………….

This is something of a pet-hate for me in SA!

The speed limit was mainly 110km/hr with some stretches allowing 120 & 130km/hr. We had total free-running all the way to Calais and apart from very strong cross winds on the stretch from Dunkirk – the road was exceptionally good and pleasant to ride.

We arrived in Calais with time to spare and decided to visit the Cité Europe to do some last minute shopping for the girls.

Just here I nearly lost my mind………… I’m a fanatical cheese lover and could not believe the selection of meat, cheese, chocolates and yummy stuff on offer. I ended up buying €66.00 worth of food and somehow crammed it into the panniers with the spill-over left in a bag and tied onto the back seat.
Grizz and I then bought a fresh sliced French bread with some Emmental cheese, French Salami & Dutch Salami……. We ended up sitting in the middle of the massive mall like two total Bergies – placed an open newspaper on a bench and promptly proceeded in making the biggest and most scrumptious sandwiches you have ever seen.

MY BEK WATER NOU AL WEER!!!

Needless to say – we got all kind of looks but Grizz is another vark………… he just does not give a hooligans about what they thought of us!  Jinne those were so nice that after we finished the bread…. I went back and bought another one to take home!

Grizz has some pics here – I was far too busy munching to worry about a silly camera!

Arrived in the P&O Ferry terminal….. only to strike a bonus. They booked us onto the earlier ferry with no additional cost. Bargain as it would give us decent time to get home and sort out the kit.

Onboard………….. we also met some Germans – all on BMW’s (2 guys & 3 ladies I seem to remember) who were going to tour the UK……… obviously we extended an invitation to them and made it clear that if they loved riding…. And wanted to really enjoy their bikes… that a trip & tour of “Sud Afrika” was a must! They seemed keen – hopefully we planted a seed?

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Leaving Calais……………..

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Arriving in Dover………

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The all too famous White Cliffs of Dover!

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We had an hour’s ride back to Rochester where Grizz lives (actually St. Mary’s Hoo) and managed to open the throttle slightly. This time riding on the left-side of the road came easy….. but it’s still a mindset thing!

Arrived back – sorted out the kit and was treated with a nice cup of coffee before forcing myself to get on the bike and do the last 40 miles back home to Petts Wood

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Our first ride to Europe turned out far better than I’d hoped it would.

It’s definitely a different type of riding to what is found in SA or even the UK. People in France & Belgium are extremely bike-friendly and it’s a safe and pleasurable place to explore on two wheels.

The history in Europe is something else……….. here they truly value, maintain and remember – not try and destroy everything that “they” did not create. An eye-opener for a Saffer………. also sad as so much of SA’s history is intertwined with Europe……… but not appreciated enough.

Grizz old mate – a huge big thank you for coming with.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
It was fun and a moerse learning curve.

Let’s plan the next one!!  :thumleft:

Thanks to all you long-suffering readers for my ranting’s with this lengthy post!




Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: grizz on September 19, 2012, 11:45:49 pm
All in, this was a great trip.

Part of it was the comms system we had, and part of it is that we both like to stop and take pics and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

Here are the last few random photos.

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Amazing market stalls..... they do remind me of transformers, the movie.


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A lot of the architecture is both old and very detailed.

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Just loved this restaurants logo.

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What a name for a beer.

Some of the beers on offer had up to 16% alcohol content.

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One of the nicest things I managed to get on the trip was on Friday morning at the Friday market.....

This pipe, which is quite detailed and of which I saw similar ones for between 45 and 65 Euros in some shops, onlu cost me 5 Euros at the open air market, for Nicola's collection.

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Not sure if I had mentioned the small Cloisonne crucifix I managed to buy for one of Nicolas other collections..... She has a Rosary with crosses from all the cathedrals she visits.... for tourist motivation, rather than religious motivation.

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Which leads me to the last few piics.

I loved this shop window decoration.... typically lost in translation.

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Last two pics taken as we meandered through the open air market.

In most of Europe Nazi items, like photos, swaztikas etc are banned.....


Here was a guy selling everything from photos to ceremonial daggers and old documents on a street corner.


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Back onto an earlier ferry, which was priced quite a lot higher than our 16.20 ferry.

In spite of that we had a 20 minute wai for a berth when we got to Dover.....

Still, it allowed us an easy ride home and time for a coffee and a chat before Peter hit the last bit of the road.


Waiting......

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A great week, and some great sights, meals, and much cameraderie.

Thanks Goose.

Looking forward to one of those trips we are planning next.


Alps, Isle of Mann, Ireland, Spain....???

Where will it be, and who will be joining us ??


Answers on the back of a postcard.


Thanks for reading.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: grizz on September 20, 2012, 12:10:17 am
WHHHOOOOOPPPSS...................


I thought I had some pics on my mobile phone as well.

Maverick had previously told us about the "Red French sausages" so when we went to Cite Europe, I had to find him some, which led to Goose and I also buying some to bring home..... we did empty all the stock they had.

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And possibly the funniest pic of the trip to me, because I had to force Goose to sit down and have a picnic in a shopping centre.....


He absolutely refused to make his name GAT in a shopping centre, but I love that sort of controversy, and had my speech ready for any bloody jobsworth or security who may have wanted to move us on.


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Now it is bed time.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: SandMan on September 20, 2012, 03:36:06 pm
Thanks for taking us along on the ride!!!

That was a great read from start to finish........
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Ganjora on September 20, 2012, 04:00:49 pm
very lekker,  thanks guys.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Malibu on September 20, 2012, 04:31:05 pm
 :thumleft:

VERY VERY LEKKER! 
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: MrBig on September 20, 2012, 05:13:22 pm
LOVED the story and all the wonderful pictures!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: MINZI on September 20, 2012, 10:25:55 pm
I normally try and reply to nice RR's, but this one takes my words away. EPIC :thumleft:. so much info and so many cultures to try and understand. Very nice. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: X Banana Boy on September 20, 2012, 11:10:18 pm
Excellent guys.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Eddy81 on September 20, 2012, 11:18:24 pm
aaahhh man, that makes my heart long for Normandy again!! I didn't get to experience it on the back of a bike but remember how many times while walking in the country side I wanted to be on a bike! 

Great RR! Thanks for taking me back there... and this time in a way, I experienced how it must be to do it on a bike.

Thanks :)
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: bmad on September 21, 2012, 07:58:25 am
Awesome report  :thumleft:

Different kind of holiday, a guys doing guy stuff. A man needs that kind of thing every now and again.

This report is good timing, i just booked my France trip for next year!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Sithe on September 21, 2012, 08:54:51 am
Hey Goose ... you have just made me hungry  :drif:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Goose on September 21, 2012, 09:53:59 am
Thanks so much for all the kind words and messages.  :thumleft:

I for one cannot wait to go back and I'm sure Grizz agrees!

I miss riding on dirt and SA has something so special - but should not be compared to riding over here.... it's definitely a diferent experience. Some parts of the trip we'd ride an hour with not a single other vehicle on the road.... so it can be great!

I remember being very apprehensive - especially having to ride a bike on the right-side of the road.
Have done it in a car.... and panicked more not being able to find the gear-lever with my left hand... just the door handle....... when instinctively wanting to do a manoeuvre!

The bike is MUCH easier............ fit's in perfectly and the only concern is to remember that you need to go right in the round-a-bout!
Other than that it was perfect and the population and drivers have huge respect for 2-wheels.........

Food - well for those of you that have been to France you'd agree that these people KNOW about good quality. Man - you have no need to go to a restaurant. The fresh food counters means that you never have to feel like you're slumming it when you get some paté, cheese and fresh warm French bread to put a sarmie together. A bottle of wine... an open field or perhaps sitting on a beach. THAT's LIFE!!

The GS's were great to travel on but I'd have to agree that a smaller, lighter bike would actually be better with just a drybag strapped to the back.

A HUGE problem in Europe is bike-theft. More motorcycles are stolen in Britain and Europe than in any of the other countries/continents. (most are taken to Eastern Europe where they are stripped for spares..... just check on eBay how many parts are available from Lithuania! :eek7:)

Scooters and smaller bikes are easy to load into a truck - so the heavier GS's were far safer and with panniers that keep your kit under lock & key, we felt relaxed to be able to leave the beasts (albeit still using a thick cable to lock the bikes together) I suppose it would not be a problem if there's agroup that could lock the bikes together - however your kit would then be exposed....?

The best part of our trip was also the fact that it was un-planned!  We made no bookings or arrangements ahead of time and only found a place to stay once we arrived in a town. Yep - the F1 is basic - but sorted our needs. Camping is a massive option with campsites close to a 4/5 Star rating with stunning facilities. We were contemplating taking the tent (thank goodness we did not ........ :mwink:) but as a cost-saving excercise that would be the best bet. A campsite averages about 8.00 EURO per site..... so you could easily pitch 2 tents on a site.....   have a looksee here - these countries are seriously organised (wish we have this in SA) http://www.campingfrance.com/UK

Soooooooooo all you chaps have to do..... is make an arrangement to come over and tour!  Bike rental is an option... however can work out expensive. Grizz & I were discussing it and the best 2 options we came to were:

1. A group of you chaps rent a container and ship your bikes over here... and then back to SA after your ride. You could fit at least 10 bikes in a container - cost from Cape Town to the UK and back would be around R30,000 (so R3k/bike) - however bike rental for say 10 or 12 days would be far more.....

2. If you look on eBay...... you can buy VERY good condition XT600's or similar bikes in perfect condition for around 500 - 600 pounds. Buy a few.... come over and do your ride..... go back to SA............. and SELL your XT's to the next group - thereby scoring a free ride and then recouping your money afterwards.   :mwink: :mwink:


MAAK 'N PLAN!!   :biggrin:


Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: tanneman on September 22, 2012, 10:35:18 pm
That is a good idea. Riding in Europe is a experience not to be missed. Unlike in the UK where the roads are congested and the only parts where you can actually ride without seeing another car is the back roads of South Wales and Scotland, you can add Cumbria and some parts of North Yorkshire to the list when its not school holiday.

Keep me posted on the plans.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: ratrap on September 23, 2012, 02:44:12 am
Lekker RR  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: JVR on September 23, 2012, 06:13:15 am
Lekker!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Bliknêrs on September 23, 2012, 07:28:57 am
Love the R62 sticker on one of the panniers!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Goose on September 23, 2012, 10:36:21 am
Love the R62 sticker on one of the panniers!

 :thumleft: :thumleft: "Ek mag mos........"  :mwink:  .. confuses the locals nogal!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Oshkosh on September 23, 2012, 01:15:29 pm
Lekker R/R Goose & Grizz really enjoyed the trip  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: LouisXander on September 24, 2012, 08:28:00 am
I'm sommer jealous!! Smaak that mothers milk wilddog paw!!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: bungycool on September 24, 2012, 11:45:29 am
Verry naaaice Pieter en kie! Given me the inspiration to take the katoom back to see where she was made :mwink:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: spoedvark on September 24, 2012, 04:46:02 pm
sUPERB! Thanks for sharing.

My boet lives in Scotland. mmmmmmmmm????? Maybe a holiday over there on "MUD ISLAND" on the bucket list???
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Goose on September 24, 2012, 05:42:09 pm
sUPERB! Thanks for sharing.

My boet lives in Scotland. mmmmmmmmm????? Maybe a holiday over there on "MUD ISLAND" on the bucket list???

Bring-it-on!!

We're looking at bike rentals and all the issues that go with it. With the few Saffers here.... I'm sure we can organise a group to do some touring.... would be really cool!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Major Tom on September 24, 2012, 06:58:15 pm
Thanks for sharing. Man, looks like just the thing to get out of the rut.  The group touring things sounds like it could be a real blast.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: grizz on September 25, 2012, 10:37:50 am
Thanks for sharing. Man, looks like just the thing to get out of the rut.  The group touring things sounds like it could be a real blast.


One of the nicest results of this ride was getting me out of the rut.

No agenda means constant pleadure and surprise.

Sitting in a coffee shop in Ronse for two or three hours enriched me no end.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: michnus on September 25, 2012, 06:13:34 pm
blerrie nice boys  :sip:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: grizz on December 11, 2012, 04:29:54 pm
blerrie nice boys  :sip:

Nounet weer hier gekyk.

Dit was n nice trip.

Vanoggend met my broer in Dunnottar gechat.... hy sien erg uit na volgende jaar se toer deur SA.

Goose, hoop jy het n bike en radio.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Goose on December 11, 2012, 05:00:01 pm
blerrie nice boys  :sip:

Nounet weer hier gekyk.

Dit was n nice trip.

Vanoggend met my broer in Dunnottar gechat.... hy sien erg uit na volgende jaar se toer deur SA.

Goose, hoop jy het n bike en radio.

 :thumleft:  sorted - did the radio/headset installation already!!  ONS WAG VIR JOU!!!!
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: Gérrard on December 11, 2012, 08:07:30 pm
blerrie nice boys  :sip:

Nounet weer hier gekyk.

Dit was n nice trip.

Vanoggend met my broer in Dunnottar gechat.... hy sien erg uit na volgende jaar se toer deur SA.

Goose, hoop jy het n bike en radio.

 :thumleft:  sorted - did the radio/headset installation already!!  ONS WAG VIR JOU!!!!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: bud500 on December 12, 2012, 02:54:46 pm
Great report!

Had the same experience in France, using Afrikaans first up worked a charm and wearing a Bok jersey even more so. Also the Tourist Info centres became our first stops in little towns, as you said, we got maps, stickers and tours for free.

We did the Alps too but alas all of this was in a motorhome... :(

Would love to work out a feasible bike option.
Title: Re: Goose & Grizz's trip to France & Belgium..... Our Ride Report - Finalised!
Post by: grizz on March 03, 2013, 09:51:59 am
Great report!

Had the same experience in France, using Afrikaans first up worked a charm and wearing a Bok jersey even more so. Also the Tourist Info centres became our first stops in little towns, as you said, we got maps, stickers and tours for free.

We did the Alps too but alas all of this was in a motorhome... :(

Would love to work out a feasible bike option.

Amazing how time flies.

Thanks for the reply.

I think part of the success of any trip is the travelers own attitudes.


In the mean time, I have started a thread in the JOU MA section of the board, looking for advice on the ride planned below.

I am sure some of you know that I will be in SA for part of April.


Doing a memorial ride with my brother on two GS's (1150 and 1000 airhead) for our mum and dad who started us off riding when we were 12 and 14 years old, on an old aircooled RD350.
Since then we have never stopped riding.

I was wondering, if you look at the road from PE to Durban, through the Transkei etc, who has recently ridden this route?

Any advice, warnings, tips etc ?

Do we do it in one big hit, or do we go to East London, find a guest house and sleep over, then hit the road early and do a one hit runner?

Advice on where to sleep in East London that is CHEAP, Clean and "safe" for the bikes would be appreciated.



ROUGH AGENDA.

Landing at 22.00 on the 3rd in Cape Town, probably leaving for George the 5th via the coastal route as advised by Goose, sleeping somewhere in George or Oudtshoorn area in a CHEAP, clean, safe guesthouse or similar (Not camping) so that we can meet up with Jupiter to do Baviaans, then sleep in the caves en-route.
I have some business to deal with in PE, so probably Monday and Tuesday spent in PE, then off to Durban for a day or two,, hoping to meet up withh Dirty Boy (James), then going up to Rustenburg via Eshowe and Melmoth (we went to school and koshuis there, so has to be done) and then back to my brothers place in Springs.
I will be doing a solo ride from Springs/Dunnottar on the bike, unless someone wants to join me,  back to Paarl, leaving the 16th or 17th so that I am in Cape Town by the 18th. flying out the 19th again.



PM me, or post in here if you have advice, tips etc please.
Title: Re: "Goose & Grizz's Punt-Innie-Wind Tour" - France & Belgium........
Post by: grizz on May 15, 2013, 11:44:54 pm
Well, that plan did not quite work then, much longer ride...and much fun too.