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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2013, 10:16:44 am »
Just found this fred...

Congrats on the new bike, its a beauty! Many many happy and safe miles on Richard Parker  :thumleft:

Have a wonderful trip in Europe, I'll be watching for the rest of the RR  :ricky:
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #41 on: May 09, 2013, 02:36:11 pm »
Well done on getting this trip organised, R!  Have a blast!

I trust you'll make friends with Mr Parker quicker than 3.141592654....  did!   :biggrin:
 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2013, 02:38:25 pm »
Well done on getting this trip organised, R!  Have a blast!

I trust you'll make friends with Mr Parker quicker than 3.141592654....  did!   :biggrin:

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #43 on: May 09, 2013, 03:02:36 pm »
Next week this time we'll be on the way to the airport...

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #44 on: May 09, 2013, 04:09:45 pm »
Next week this time we'll be on the way to the airport...

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Lekker!!!

Do you have any specifics in mind in France, or are you just going to follow the wind?

Tip: the Gorges du Tarn is pretty pretty...  (google and look at the images)  just be careful, narrow road and lots of bicyclists.

And then someone posted some piccies of an absolutely incredible bridge some while ago...  That looked like something worth riding over.  Can't remember where or when.

If you make it to Nice, there's restaurant on the eastern side of the yacht harbour that has the best Moules-Frites in the world...


Sjoe, you guys are gonna have such a time! 
 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #45 on: May 09, 2013, 04:21:01 pm »
Why not get hold of Malibu. Her boet (on the forum but the forum name escapes me) lives in Switserland and may know of some great route in the Alps.
 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #46 on: May 09, 2013, 05:27:59 pm »
Do you have any specifics in mind in France, or are you just going to follow the wind?

Tip: the Gorges du Tarn is pretty pretty...  (google and look at the images)  just be careful, narrow road and lots of bicyclists.

And then someone posted some piccies of an absolutely incredible bridge some while ago...  That looked like something worth riding over.  Can't remember where or when.

If you make it to Nice, there's restaurant on the eastern side of the yacht harbour that has the best Moules-Frites in the world...

Sjoe, you guys are gonna have such a time! 

I think the bridge you are referring to is the Millau Viaduct.  That, as well as Nice and the Alps are all in the South and East of France, where we'll only be in the North and West.  We're both quite well read on WWII so we will be touring through Normandy for a couple of days, using Honfleur as a base, and then going down to the Loire River Valley for some R+R among the chateaus and vineyards, before parking the bike underground for a couple of days in Paris.  We prefer to cover less ground and spend more time exploring specific areas to hopefully never have to go back (so much to see, so little time!) - and the South of France is 1000 km away, which eats into precious exploring time ;D
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #47 on: May 09, 2013, 05:32:53 pm »
Here is a screenshot of our POI on Google Maps
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #48 on: May 09, 2013, 05:34:48 pm »
I see lots of Normandie ;D
 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #49 on: May 09, 2013, 05:41:54 pm »
Yea - those are all the D-Day landing sites - Omaha, Sword, Juno, Gold and Utah beaches (in no particular order), cemeteries, batteries, museums, etc. 

Also the very quaint port town of Honfleur:



The cliffs of Etretat:



And that's just the Normandy bit... Loire River Valley is FULL of old castles.

You can check it all out on Google Maps, here.
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #50 on: May 09, 2013, 08:48:09 pm »
Jip i've been there ;D
 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #51 on: May 15, 2013, 07:13:34 pm »
Hi IDR , I like the way you set out your plans , itenary etc , and loved the video of those sexy French guys and their lekker bikes.  I am very much looking forward to the rest of the RR and plenty of photos . Please take lots of photos of the Eifel Tower for me  , such a beautiful construction, esp photos with your bikes in the foreground .  :thumleft:

Enjoy your trip , only one more sleep to go ! :thumleft: :thumleft:

 

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2013, 03:01:38 pm »
Thanks Rynet.

We're off tonight.  I am REALLY not looking forward to the flight :(

Will update here as and when I get a chance...
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2013, 03:09:43 pm »
Geniet dit ou maat!

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #54 on: May 16, 2013, 03:19:30 pm »
Enjoy! En onthou om vir my een van daai pis cool franse barrets te koop  :imaposer:
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2013, 10:27:21 am »
So - we've been back since Sunday morning, and I've just managed to sort out the photos for this report last night - it's been a mad rush to get things going again at work, catch up on admin, etc.  Sucks to have your 2 week holiday disappear like that :(

I still have some video to go through (over 3 hours' worth), edit and upload, as well as to edit, resize and upload the 200-odd photos selected for this report.  Nevermind the text that still needs to be written.  I have a rough plan set out, so there's a start ;D

Here are some snaps to whet the appetite though...


Weather wasn't very kind to us


Eiffel Tower lit up in the colours of our very own SA flag - see here (and no, I did not get the photo off the website ;D )
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #56 on: June 05, 2013, 10:47:02 am »
Daarsy.....laat die storie begin!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #57 on: June 05, 2013, 10:48:27 am »
En maak nou vinnig. Eks nie lus om te werk nie  ;D
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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #58 on: June 05, 2013, 10:48:57 am »
En maak nou vinnig. Eks nie lus om te werk nie  ;D

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Re: A beginner's guide to riding in France
« Reply #59 on: June 05, 2013, 10:50:23 am »
Ek het werk, maar gaan staak tot die RR begin!