4×4 Tour – Four Countries in Four Nights – 21-25 September 2012The group with the Rhine in the background. A mixture of sun, wind and showers but some great highlights all the same! * We start the Tour with a briefing in Calais. * “We’d just like to say what another great trip, everything went to plan…it never ceases to amaze how so many people that come together from all walks of life seem to gel – of course the common factor being bikes!!! Great food, accommodation and great hosts!! Looking forward to seeing you next year on the Black Forest Tour” Jackie & Vic Hill, Triumph Sprint GT
Regular coffee stops en-route * “Thank you both for a very enjoyable tour. From my own personal perspective I enjoyed every single day, all the accommodation etc. In fact I discovered just how much attention to detail you both make when we had to start planning our remaining days on our own. We look forward to next year and the “Tall Ships” Tour” Carol & Martyn Blair, Pan European 1300 * Re-group before taking the motorway. Drinks before dinner. * “We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour; the riding, companionship and the brilliant organisation. We’re booked on the “Tall Ships” tour next year so will see you then” Jill & Kelvin, BMW K1300 * Welcome speech during dinner in Belgium. * “Thanks for a great holiday, Alison and I had a cracking time and the highlight for me was the lap of the Nordschleife on the ‘Busa… See you at the NEC show and then for some muddy stuff in March” Martin & Alison Keswick, Suzuki Hayabusa * Lovely legs Martyn! Always a morning briefing before we set off. * “Many thanks for a great trip. We loved it all.” Martyn & Claire Wyatt, BMW GS1150 * The prettiest coffee stops. Our back markers John & Rita with John * “I agree with earlier comments – a top trip with great people…one of the trip highlights was definitely the Nurburgring…” Clive Duncan, Suzuki GSF 1200 * * Coffee and cakes are the order of the day – as Claire demonstrates!
* Cathy (aka Heidi!) & Rick with Jackie; Vic, Clive, Allan & Jane * “Well a first tour for me and my fiancee Cathy – aka Heidi! We really enjoyed this experience from the minute we got off the bike on Friday afternoon in Calais and Allan & Jane came out and introduced themselves and made us feel very welcome. This was a trip I wasn’t sure about as I only ride out with Cathy on sunny weekends now…so a baptism of rain – but the scenery, friendship, camaraderie, food and frivolity made it all worthwhile. Just think if we weren’t there you’d have had no-one to overtake!” Rick & Cathy, Suzuki GSX 1400 *
Vic & Jackie We then head off to the Nurburgring! * The van goes first with Rick & Kat on board. * Only to be overtaken by a Smart Car !!! * Ready for the off – those about to brave the Nurburgring! * Jen with Martin K – this year Jen gets to ride with John as pillion!! * Lining up for the start Martyn & Carol * Martin & Alison finish first followed by Tony then Martyn & Claire * Mike arrives next followed by Jen & John! * Next stop Cochem in Germany * Allan & Martyn enjoying their desserts! * Coffee stop at Boppard * Ian & Sarah on their Rocket lll Les on his Pan European * Peter & Sally on their Explorer Allan & Jane on their Explorer ! * Kelvin & Jill on their K1300 John & Rita finally do an overtake! * Roger on his GS1200 Ian & Sarah on their Rocket
Lunch at Bernkastel before the heavens opened! * Drinks in the hotel bar at Luxembourg. * A damp start in Luxembourg * Morning briefing undercover Yet another BMW with a problem! * The group in the Ardennes * Our final destination the Abbey in France * Bike parking behind the Abbey. Alison & Martin, Martyn & Claire * Mike, Roger, Tony & Les – anyone else spot Les on the billboards?? * Our biker babes ! Our biker boys ! * * Dinner our last night * * Final speeches then John & Rita demonstrate the various markers! * A thank you speech from Rick then Kelvin starts off the jokes * Peter follows and then John goes kwackers! * The End…except that… *
We arrived home the next night at 23.00 hrs to find a tree blocking our drive!