4 x 4 (Four Countries in Four Nights) – on bikes!  11 – 15 August 2015

The Group at a viewing post overlooking the Rhine

The Group at a viewing post overlooking the Rhine

Hi Jen & John, I should like to start by expressing my immense gratitude to you both for organising the amazing 4×4 Tour. It surpassed even my highest expectations and was a combination of stunning bike routes mixed with breath taking scenery. All blended in with great crack and banter with our new tour friends. Simon, Rob, Tom and I absolutely loved it and I can understand why you get so much repeat business.

You have clearly researched the routes and hotels well and have catered exceptionally well for both the full on biker to the more steady sightseer. Your drop off marker system with a constant back marker (thank you Paul, great job!) works incredibly well and leaves no one wondering where to go. Provided, that is, you don’t pass the lead bike…. ;0)

It was a real pleasure spending time with you both and hopefully I shall be doing so again in the future…. That is if you aren’t too booked up ! Thanks again Jen & John”

Nige Pearson, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger 800, Leeds

All the bikes set off from Calais

All the bikes set off from Calais

“John, Jen – another great trip, aside from the Colin incident! As always the hotels and routes were great, I really appreciate and understand how much effort you both put into your research and choice of hotels etc. (The food was great too, certainly to a higher standard than the after dinner jokes!!!)”                                          Paul Chambers, 8th trip, Backmarker on this tour, Triumph Explorer, Great Barford

Nick's Sprint breaks down first thing

Nick’s Sprint breaks down first thing

and is taken back to Calais - tour over!

and is taken back to Calais – tour over!

“Thank you to you both for your care and attention. Obviously very disappointed I missed the tour, but worse things happen…hope to be on another of your tours within the next 12 months. I took out the breakdown & holiday insurance you listed. Green Flag have been excellent so far…Best wishes”                                              Nick Cahill, 1st tour, broken-down Triumph Sprint!, Ilkley, W Yorks

“John, Jen, thanks once again for a great time, this time on your 4×4 Tour. As usual I can’t fault the riding, hotels, food and of course the great company of you both and all my new biker mates in this group. I look forward to seeing you again next year. Keep the good work up please”                                                                   Chris Lockyer, 3rd trip, Yamaha Tracer, Broadstone, Dorset

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Where Tom orders a huge pizza!

Where Tom orders a huge pizza!

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Our first hotel in Belgium

Our first hotel in Belgium

Time for drinks on the terrace

Time for drinks on the terrace

We then go inside for dinner

We then go inside to eat

Dinner is included our first night

Dinner is included our first night

The breakfast area in our hotel

The breakfast area in our hotel

Always a morning briefing before we set off

Always a morning briefing before we set off

We stop at Monschau for coffee

We stop at Monschau for coffee

The cakes have disappeared!

The cakes have disappeared!

Paul S & Paul C

Paul S & Paul C

Simon, Nige, Rob & Tom

Simon, Nige, Rob & Tom

Roy, Chris, Colin & Terry

Roy, Chris, Colin & Terry

The prettiest town for a stop

The prettiest town for a stop

The next stop - the Nurburgring

The next stop – the Nurburgring

Simon, Nige & Chris take the Ring Taxi

Simon, Nige & Chris take the Ring Taxi

And boy, did they get a lap to remember!!

And boy, did they get a lap to remember!! Scroll to the end of the review for details…

Next stop - Cochem in Germany

Next stop – Cochem in Germany

Lovely scenery on the Mosel

Lovely scenery on the Mosel

It's so warm everyone eats outside

It’s so warm everyone eats outside

Or up on the terrace

Or up on the terrace

Our hotel in Cochem

Our hotel in Cochem

At breakfast - what no eggs?!

At breakfast – you don’t want eggs?!

The next day we head to Boppard

The next day we head to Boppard

Jen leading on the Street Triple

Jen leading on the Street Triple

Mick on his BMW R1200GS

Mick on his BMW R1200GS

Carole on her Tiger 800

Carole on her Tiger 800

Chris on his Yamaha Tracer

Chris on his Yamaha Tracer

Tom on his Ducati Diavel

Tom on his Ducati Diavel

Sparky on his Speed Triple

Sparky on his Speed Triple

Ray on his Ducati Multistrada

Ray on his Ducati Multistrada

Roy on his BMW F800R

Roy on his BMW F800R

Terry on his KTM Adventure

Terry on his KTM Adventure

Rob on his Ducati Monster 1200

Rob on his Ducati Monster 1200

Mark on his BMW R1200GSA

Mark on his BMW R1200GSA

Dave on his Ducati 1098

Dave on his Ducati 1098

Simon on his Ducati Multistrada

Simon on his Ducati Multistrada

Nige Tiger800 & Paul Explorer!

Too quick – Nige Tiger 800 & Paul Explorer!

Boppard on the Rhine for coffee

Boppard on the Rhine for coffee

Music when we arrive

Music when we arrive

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Next stop Bernkastel for lunch

Next stop Bernkastel for lunch

Another picturesque town

Another picturesque town

Our next hotel is in Luxembourg

Our next hotel is in Luxembourg

Parking behind the hotel

Parking behind the hotel

All the bikes in the garden!

All the bikes in the garden!

The hotel has a pool, sauna etc

The hotel has a pool, sauna etc

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Abbey Road ??

Abbey Road ??

Sparky finds a new toy...

Sparky finds a new toy…

and falls off!!

and falls off!!

We all end up in the same pizzeria

We all end up in the same pizzeria

Great food

Great food

The next day we ride through the Belgian Ardennes back into France

The next day we ride through the Belgian Ardennes back into France

Fab views

Fab views

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Dave gets his hot choc first!

Dave gets his hot choc first!

Mark tucks into a crepe

Mark tucks into a crepe

Ray picks out his next bike!!

Ray picks out his next bike!!

Lovely scenery on the afternoon ride

Lovely scenery on the afternoon ride

Our hotel is near the largest fort in Europe

Our hotel is near the largest fort in Europe

Drinks outside our hotel in France

Drinks outside our hotel in France

Drinks with nibbles

Drinks with nibbles

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

Wine & beer included

Wine & beer too

John forgets to thank "Backmarker" Paul who did a brilliant job!

John forgets to thank “Backmarker” Paul who did a brilliant job!

Mark's 10th visit gets him a t-shirt!

Mark’s 10th visit gets him a special commemorative t-shirt!

Terry knew it was a marrow !!!

Terry knew it was a marrow !!!

Jen tells Ken's "Cheese scones" joke

Jen tells Ken’s “Cheese scones” joke

Secure parking in the courtyard

Secure parking in the courtyard

Soaking wet at coffee stop

Soaking wet at coffee stop

The first rain of the trip

The first rain of the trip

Jen's dry in the van!!

Jen’s dry in the van!!

Tom burns his socks!!

At lunch Tom burns his socks!!

Then at coffee his bike won't start

Then at coffee his bike won’t start

A factory reset gets it going

A factory reset gets it going

So why did the chicken cross the road?

So why did the chicken cross the road?

We always regroup before any motorway

We always regroup before any motorway

And tell you which exit to take

And tell you which exit to take

Thanks to everyone for making this a good trip, great riding by everyone especially on the unexpected hairpins! We hope to see many of you again on future tours. Regards John & Jen

For those who want to see the footage of what happened filmed by Nige from inside the Ring Taxi – click here – Nurburgring Crash