4×4 (Four Nights in Four Countries) 17 – 21 May 2017

The Group mostly from Oakley Motorcycle Club  with Viandan Castle in the background.

The Group mostly from Oakley Motorcycle Club with Viandan Castle in the background.

“Hi John and Jen, we returned safely yesterday from our 8th tour with B&N Tours and have to say once again had a fantastic time. On this trip we had one day where the rain fell heavily all day, but soaked through and with the ink running on her notes, Jen managed without a hitch to lead her drowning rats safely to the hotel! As always you can count on John and Jen providing a great, well run experience whatever the weather!  Great to see John back in the groove again, leading the pack three out of the five days.  We are already counting the days to our next tour in September this year…  A big thanks once again to you both”
Steve and Kirsty Eaton, 8th visit, BMW XR1000

We always start with a pre-tour briefing

We always start with a pre-tour briefing

We always regroup before & after any motorway

And always regroup before & after any motorway

So just how did Nick not see which way 17 bikes & the van went?!!

So just how did Nick – as back-marker!! – not see which way 17 bikes & the van went?!!

“Another great tour……my 3rd one now….superb roads, great company, and very well organised. Thanks again John and Jen”
Paul Gore, 3rd trip, Honda Fireblade

Everyone lined up at lunch stop

Everyone lined up at lunch stop – Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Mike's turn as "TEC"

Mike’s turn as “TEC”

Pretty scenery

Pretty scenery

“I have just returned from my first bike trip in Europe with a tired body but the biggest grin in the world. Thanks to OMC and BN for a craicing time both on the bike and off. Someone said we had rain one day. Being Irish can’t say I noticed. Looking forward to next year already”
 Michael Grogan, Honda VFR 1200
“Just back from the 4×4 trip,  it’s the planning and execution that makes it a joy. The only thing a rider has to do on the trip is ride a motorcycle – the coffee, fuel stops & hotels are all sorted for you”
Clive Homan, 3rd trip, Suzuki Hayabusa

Bikes at afternoon coffee stop

Bikes at afternoon coffee stop

Rachel enjoys a colour-co-ordinated ice-cream

Rachel enjoys a colour-co-ordinated ice-cream

Graham , Tom & Nick

Graham , Tom & Nick

“Home safe, sound and tired!! What a fantastic trip. Loved every minute of it. Thank you to all of you for making it so enjoyable.”
Rachel & Mark Aldridge, 1st tour, Kawasaki Z1000SX

More of the lads

More of the lads

Our first night is in Belgium

Our first night is in Belgium

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for a great trip!”
Ken Cherry, 2nd trip, BMW GS1200

We all enjoy a drink in the hotel gardens

We all enjoy a drink in the hotel gardens

“Wow Guys n Girls! Thanks very much for a fantastic break! Great company, fantastic riding, mega roads and scenery…(not that I saw much on the move lol).”
Tom Oliver, 1st tour, BMW R1200GSA

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

John welcomes the group with a (bad) joke!

John welcomes the group with a (bad) joke!

Breakfast area in the hotel

Breakfast area in the hotel

It's raining !!

It’s raining !!

“Thanks all for your company on this tour. Great rides, great locations, great food and a lot lot more.”
Russell Gregory, 3rd trip, Honda Crosstourer

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

Monschau for morning coffee & cakes

Monschau for morning coffee & cakes

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

Here come the boys...

Here come the boys…

“Dear John & Jen, thank you for another great tour. Faultless planning, charming hotels, twisty roads, great food and pleasant company. Looking forward already to 2018 and my next tour- already booked!
David Roberts, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GS

No shortage of parking spaces in the wet!

No shortage of parking spaces in the wet!

Graham on his BMW R1200GS

Graham on his BMW R1200GS

Clive on his Suzuki Hayabusa

Clive on his Suzuki Hayabusa

Paul B on his Suzuki Hayabusa

Paul B on his Suzuki Hayabusa

Tom on his BMW R1200GSA

Russell on his Honda Crosstourer

Mark Y-D on his Honda VFR800

Mark Y-D on his Honda VFR800

Mark & Rachel "TEC" on their Kawasaki Z1000SX

Mark & Rachel “TEC” on their Kawasaki Z1000SX

Bikes at lunch stop

Bikes at lunch stop

Coffee at the Nurburgring

Coffee at the Nurburgring – & a blue sky!

Bikes lined up at the 'Ring

Bikes lined up at the ‘Ring

So who tipped water into Tom's boots?!!!

So who tipped water into Tom’s boots?!!!

Paul B enters the 'Ring

Paul B enters the ‘Ring

Clive goes as well

Clive goes as well

Nick on his Suzuki GSXR750

Nick on his Suzuki GSXR750

Mark & Rachel too

Mark & Rachel too

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Clive in the lead

Clive in the lead

Mark & Rachel

Mark & Rachel

Meanwhile the van lines up...

Meanwhile the van lines up…

The van in the lead !!!

With Jen at the wheel the van is in the lead !!!

David & Joe want to be let out !!!

David & Joe want to be let out !!!

The sports cars still trying to pass !!

The sports cars still trying to pass !!

Safely back !

Safely back !

A second lap...

A second lap…

Tom & Graham venture on as well

Tom & Graham venture on as well

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Russell & Paul L after the ride !!

Russell & Paul L after the ride !!

Tom & Graham arrive back...

Tom & Graham arrive back…

Paul G as "TEC" on his Fireblade

Paul G as “TEC” on his Fireblade

Our next night is in Cochem

Our next night is in Cochem

Secure parking in the hotel garage

Secure parking in the hotel garage

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Some of us dine in the hotel

Some of us dine in the hotel

Breakfast area

Breakfast area

Coffee stop at Boppard

Coffee stop at Boppard

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Bikes at lunch stop

Bikes at lunch stop

It's STILL RAINING !!

It’s STILL RAINING !!

Mark K takes a turn as "TEC"

Mark K takes a turn as “TEC”

"But Jen said two hours for lunch" !!

“But Jen said two hours for lunch” !!

Ken & Russell have to follow the van !!

Ken & Russell have to follow the van !!

The fab pool at our hotel in Luxembourg

The fab pool at our hotel in Luxembourg

Tom & Nick - double trouble !!

Tom & Nick – double trouble !!

More of us take to the water - as if we hadn't had enough today!!

More of us take to the water – as if we hadn’t had enough today!!

How cute!  Ken, Tom & Graham all in BMW kit !

How cute! Ken, Tom & Graham all wearing BMW Motorrad kit !

Kirsty takes the same pic

Kirsty takes the same pic

Enormous pizzas!

We enjoy enormous pizzas!

Secure parking in the hotel garage

Secure parking in the hotel garage

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

Mark K on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Mark K on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR1400

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR1400

Clive on his Hayabusa

Clive on his Hayabusa

Joe on his Honda CBR 600

Joe on his Honda CBR 600

Paul B on his Hayabusa

Paul B on his Hayabusa

Tom on his BMW R1200GSA

Tom on his BMW R1200GSA

Paul G on his Fireblade

Paul G on his Fireblade

David on his BMW R1200GS

David on his BMW R1200GS

Mark & Rachel followed by Mark Y-D as TEC

Mark & Rachel followed by Mark Y-D as TEC

We stop to see the Castle

We stop to see the Castle

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Lunch stop - blue sky again !

Lunch stop – blue sky again !

Running courses taking place around the town

Running courses taking place around the town

Fab views in the Ardennes

Fab views in the Ardennes

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The Group (minus Mike already at coffee!)

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Ken has his own supplies!

Ken has his own supplies!

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW XR1000

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW XR1000

Russell on his Honda Crosstourer

Russell on his Honda Crosstourer

John in the lead again

John in the lead again

Drinks - outside - before dinner!

Drinks – outside – before dinner!

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

Better jokes this time!

Better jokes this time!

Mike thanks Steve & Kirsty on behalf of Oakley MC

Mike thanks Steve & Kirsty on behalf of Oakley MC

Kirsty presents us with a lovely garden feature

Kirsty presents us with a lovely garden feature

Secure parking in the hotel garage

Secure parking in the hotel garage

A Medieval Festival at the Fort

A Medieval Festival at the Fort

We sing "Happy Birthday" to Ken

We sing “Happy Birthday” to Ken

Tom gives the morning talk

Tom gives the morning talk

We pass a local ride-out

We pass a local ride-out

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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Leaving fuel stop

Leaving fuel stop

The t-shirt shop is open !

The t-shirt shop is open !

Paul models his !

Paul models his !

Kirsty "Does my bum look big in this van?" !!

Kirsty “Does my bum look big in this van?” !!

Steve & Kirsty - Bye !

Steve & Kirsty – Bye !

John leads everyone to the motorway

John leads everyone to the motorway

Back home - the flowers in the rockery

Back home – the flowers in the rockery

We had a great tour – despite the weather at times – a really fun group with good riding. Thanks to Steve & Kirsty at Oakley Motorcycle Club for organising the group’s trip and thanks to all for the lovely gift. Looking forward to seeing many of you again. Ride safe, John & Jen.