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Peter Genet

Gentleman Biker of Cricklade

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April 2016

To the alps!

The team are getting excited now! There are eight bikes travelling down through France all the way to Chatel, in the Portes Du Soleil ski region of the Alps which is about an hour or so from Geneva.

Our journey begins meeting at Membury services and heading along the M4 and M25, via Bracknell, all the way to the Chunnel where we meet with the only car that is coming. As there are eight bikes, we will be travelling in groups of four in “chevron” style which enables us to stay together as a pack without compromising safety.

After leaving the Chunnel, we head down to Reims for our overnight stop. Avoiding autoroutes, apart from getting out of Calais, we follow major roads. Not only does it make the journey more interesting, it gives us a sense of being in France. A motorway, autoroute, highway – can be anywhere in the world! Bland and boring although functional of course.

From Reims, we head to Lons Le Saunier for our second night stop. Again, we use major roads avoiding the autoroute.

Monday, we depart Lons Le Saunier for Chatel via Thonon. Ok, we may have to use the autoroute for part of the journey on this stretch. And after approx. 5 hours of riding, we should arrive in Chatel for a late lunch or early beer!

Travelling at this time of year means we get more hours of sunlight so we can stop more often for coffee and cake – this seems to be a staple diet of bikers so in for a penny, in for a pound (or is that to be Euro after the referendum?).

In Chatel we intend to spend a couple of days exploring some of the twisty alpine routes around the ski resorts. No doubt there will be snow around still so expect it will be a bit chilly at times. Our stay in Chatel is at Snow Focus and I for one am looking forward to spending an hour or two in the hot tub!!

snowfocus

Thursday – depart Chatel and head back north to Troyes for an overnight stop.

Friday night is our last night and we head to Ypre (Leper) in Belgium where we plan to hear the last post at the Menin Gate. This has been played every evening at 8pm since the end of World War One (except the WW2 years).  Expect this to be very emotional – there are some 40,000 names carved in stone around the Menin Gate of fallen soldiers of the “Great War”. These are soldiers without graves.

Saturday – back to the Chunnel for a mid-day crossing and head home.

Apart from day 1, mileage will be around 200 per day or so. Day 1 will be approx. 400miles or so.

to tha alps

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Paris Dakkar, Le Mans 24 hour, Himalayan Rally and F1

Listen on Swindon 105.5 to Roger Mugridge as he recounts his tales of racing with the greats during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. From his early days of motocross riding with Sammy Miller to working in F1. Hear how Roger went from motorbikes to driving cars in events most of us can only dream of!

Now retired, listen also how he is  using his engineering skills and natural ‘get-up-and-go’ with a ‘can-do attitude’ to help thousands of people change their lives in some of the poorest countries in the world. http://www.lightsforlearning.org/

From scramblers to F1, to helping those in poverty – this is an extreme life story in an hour!

Swindon 105.5 – Tuesday 26 April at 10am; repeated Wednesday 27 April at 6pm. Listen Live or Online at www.swindon1055.com

Good session this morning; very enjoyable – listen again Wednesday at 6pm.

Driving after a stroke

Listen in to Swindon 105.5  online on Tuesday at 10am and again Wednesday at 6pm (UK time) to hear Eddie Ruskin talking about driving after suffering a stroke.

It was very inspirational as the “cup was full, and now working on the jug that was filling it!”

 

 

Skillshare – At the Divine Cafe

Nice day for a meeting at the Divine Cafe.

The first Saturday of the month is the Wiltshire RoADAR Skillshare morning.

SkillShare is a free event organized by the Wiltshire RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders group. It offers the opportunity for drivers and riders to come along and get a free driving or riding assessment from a RoSPA approved tutor and to have a chat about cars, bikes, driving/riding and find out more about RoSPA advanced driving/riding training over a coffee in one of the best cafes in Wiltshire.

See link for more info Skillshare

I came back home via Avebury where I saw loads of bikes out on I suppose what must have been the best Saturday of the year so far.

Chatting over a cuppa tea and cake!
Chatting over a cuppa tea and cake!

Click on logo below to see details of the next SkillShare.

 

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