Testimonial Autumn Glory Tour  2 – 7 October 2018

The group on the last night at a top secret location! A fabulous end to the riding season with a great bunch of people.

The group on the last night at a top secret location! A fabulous end to the riding season with a great bunch of people.

We start with a briefing at Calais

We start with a briefing at Calais

Lunch stop day 1

Lunch stop day 1

“Hi John & Jen, just wanted to say thank you again for another superbly organised biking tour. We appreciate all the hard work you put into making these tours so successful. No stress for us – just get on our bikes each day – luggage in the van – and spend the day riding some briliant roads admiring the scenery along the way. For anyone new to touring give BN European Tours a try – you won’t be disappointed.
What a fun way to spend our days with such a great group of like-minded people. We met some old friends from previous trips and made some new friends too. Thank you all for your company and for making the Autumn Glory tour so enjoyable. Maybe we’ll meet again on another BN European Tour – do hope so – we will definately be back next year for another adventure with John & Jen. Take care all”
Alan & Julie Grieves, 4th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Leicestershire

Jen's in the lead today - we always re-group before and after any section of motorway

Jen’s in the lead today – we always re-group before and after any section of motorway

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

John - or Superman!

John – or Superman!

“Hi John & Jen, great review on the website.  Brought back some great memories.  First class as usual, great hotels, lovely food, brilliant mix of lovely people and fantastic roads.  Wouldnt hesitate to recommend you to anyone.  Excellent group riding experience.  Roll on 2019!!”
 Clare Lovett, 3rd tour, Honda CB500x & Adrian Lovett, 3rd tour, BMW R1200, Leics

Thanks to Chris for 10 trips...

Thanks to Chris for 10 trips…

Make sure it's washed at 30C!

Make sure it’s washed at 30C!

Just what are John & Sue up to ?

Just what are John & Sue up to ?

All is revealed tomorrow...

All is revealed tomorrow…

“Good to be back on a tour, missed it last year for the first time since 2003. Normal business resumed, great roads, great destinations, great hotels, great weather (luckily) and of course great hosts…see you next year.”
Ken (19th trip) & Sue (15th trip) Wright, Suzuki V-Strom 1000, Kent

Chris & "Parker" have AG t-shirts!

Chris & “Parker” have Autumn Glory t-shirts!

Secure parking for the bikes

Secure parking for the bikes

Round the corner - Europe's largest Fort

Just round the corner from our hotel – see Europe’s largest Fortress

Memorial to thousands of the Resistance condemmed to hard labour

Memorial to thousands of the Resistance condemmed to hard labour who died during WW1

Our morning briefing - it's revealed that...

At our morning briefing – it’s revealed that…

It's Ken's birthday!

It’s Ken’s birthday (and you don’t look a day older!)

“Hi John and Jen, a big, big, thank you from Kath and myself. We enjoyed every minute of our holiday. Fantastic routes, amazing hotels and great food. All expertly planned and organised as usual ! Many thanks”
Chris & Kath Adams, 7th trip, BMW R1200RT, Cwmbran

En-route to coffee stop

En-route to coffee stop

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

Fab view at coffee stop

Fab view at coffee stop

Martyn & Claire with Ian & Heather

Martyn & Claire with Ian & Heather

“John, Jen, thank you for all your hard work making our holiday relaxing & fun.  Lovely hotels & fab scenery. You make it look effortless and we know it definitely isn’t!! I’ve just forwarded our deposit to secure a place on your Spain/Portugal tour! Kind regards”
Martyn & Claire Wyatt, 4th tour, BMW R1150GS, Somerset

We stop for a photo shoot

We stop for a photo shoot

“Hi John & Jen, yet again another great tour, with a like minded group of people. Fantastic roads and scenery with great accommodation at the end of a days riding.”
Vic (8th trip) & Jackie (7th trip) Hill, (Back-markers), Triumph Tiger 800, Surrey

Quaint coffee stop

Quaint coffee stop

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Most of the bikes

Most of the bikes

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Lunch stop (once the market cleared)

Lunch stop (once the market cleared)

“Hi to every one, I’m sure we all agree another fantastic tour, I hope we all got home safely. It was a pleasure meeting you all, some for the first time but I’m sure not the last. Watching Barry drift that Harley round some of those bends definitely gave the lie to the notion that Harleys don’t go round corners! Till the next time.”
 Chris Martin, 10th trip, Triumph Tiger 800, West Yorkshire

John spotted en-route

John spotted en-route

Afternoon coffee

Afternoon coffee

Brilliant roads

Brilliant roads

Jen's in the lead again

Jen’s in the lead again

The fabulous pool at our next hotel

The fabulous pool at our next hotel

Martyn, Claire & Adrian are in (+ Jen)

Martyn, Claire & Adrian are in (+ Jen)

Adrian takes a hammering!

Adrian takes a hammering!

Andy & John join in

Andy & John join in

A free night - some dine in the hotel

A free night – some dine in the hotel

Others dine in the bar area

Others dine in the bar area

“Hi all, thoroughly enjoyed myself on my second BN tour, great roads and hotels but best of all great company!  I daresay as we are all BN addicts our paths will cross in the future, and I look forward to that.”
Martin Harries, 2nd trip, Honda NC750, Lincolnshire

A great view of the castle the next day

A great view of the castle the next day

Always a morning chat

Always a morning chat

Leaving our hotel

Leaving our hotel

A misty start

A misty start

Vic & Jackie at the back

Vic & Jackie at the back

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Ride alongside the river

Ride alongside the river

Gorgeous colours

Gorgeous colours

Empty roads

Empty roads

Spoilt for choice at coffee

Spoilt for choice at coffee

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Tourists!

Tourists!

“Hi to all, another good tour, the 2 night stay in Cochem was the highlight with sunshine all day.”
 John & Sandra Shepherd, 8th trip, Honda Deauville, Hertfordshire

Superb sweepers

Superb sweepers

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Amazing colours

Real Autumn colours

We head into vineyard countryside

We head into vineyard countryside

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Ride alongside the Mosel

Ride alongside the Mosel

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

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Through pretty villages

Through pretty villages

Across bridges

Across bridges

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Picturesque lunch stop

Picturesque lunch stop

Parking in the shade

Parking in the shade

Stroll into town

Stroll into town

It's juice - honest !!

It’s juice – honest !!

John followed by Martin NC750

John followed by Martin on his NC750

Adrain BMW R1200 & Clare CB500X

Adrain BMW R1200R & Clare CB500X

Alan & Julie on their Multistrada

Alan & Julie – Multistrada, followed by Peter & Sally

Andy on his Piaggio MP3

Andy on his Piaggio MP3

Rob on his BMW R1200R

Rob on his BMW R1200R

Martyn & Clare BMW R1150GS

Martyn & Clare BMW R1150GS

Ken & Sue - Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Ken & Sue – Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Barry & Chris - Harley Davidson Ultra Ltd Ed

Barry & Chris – Harley Davidson Ultra Ltd Ed

“We had a great time,  unfortunately Chris had a problem with her knees and I’m not used to sliding a Harley sideways so I’ll have to review the type of riding we do in future. My issue – not the tour’s – and I learnt a lot. Everyone was exceptionally friendly on the tour and we were made to feel at home right from the start.  Especially by Chris and Paul who we likened to the Chuckle brothers!”
Barry & Chris Williams, 1st tour, Harley Davidson Ultra, Bedfordshire

Ian & Heather - Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Ian & Heather – Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Chris & Kath - BMW R1200RT

Chris & Kath – BMW R1200RT

John & Sandra - Honda Deauville

John & Sandra – Honda Deauville

Chris - Triumph Tiger 800

Chris – Triumph Tiger 800

Paul a.k.a. "Parker" - Tiger 800

Paul a.k.a. “Parker” – Tiger 800

Vic & Jackie - Triumph Tiger 800

Vic & Jackie – Triumph Tiger 800

Fair at afternoon coffee stop

Fair at afternoon coffee stop

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Ken's found his ideal shop !!

Ken’s found his ideal shop !!

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

Choose whatever you like

Choose whatever you like

Blurred - blame John!

Blurred – blame John!

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Rob & Jen

Rob & Jen

Martyn's the European Expert on Wasps!!

Martyn’s the European Expert on Wasps!!

Martyn - describe the "Symptoms"

Martyn – describe the “Symptoms”

The next day's a free day

The next day’s a free day

Explore Cochem & visit the castle

Explore Cochem & visit the castle

Take the train to Koblenz

Take the train to Koblenz

Follow the Mosel

Follow the Mosel

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Modern shops

Modern shops

Amazing architecture

Amazing architecture

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Walk through the gardens

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Down to the Rhine

Down to the Rhine

Take the cable car to the castle

Take the cable car to the castle

See where the Rhine & the Mosel meet

See where the Rhine & the Mosel meet

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Visit the old town

Visit the old town

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So much to see

So much to see

Just a few beers then!

Just a few beers then!

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Not as good as the hotel food!

Not as good as the hotel food!

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

Gorgeous colours

Gorgeous colours

Blue skies again

Blue skies again

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Through forests

Through forests

Down twisties

Down twisties

Bikes at coffee stop

Bikes at coffee stop

The prettiest coffee stop

The prettiest coffee stop

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Clare, Martyn & Martin

Clare, Martyn & Martin

Witness a wedding

Witness a wedding

What a stunning setting

What a stunning setting

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Superb roads

Superb roads

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Chris & Kath mark the junction

Chris & Kath mark the junction

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John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

You won't run out of fuel !

You won’t run out of fuel !

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We re-group after some riders take the wrong turn...

We re-group after some riders take the wrong turn…

John rounds them up...

John rounds them up…

And we're on our way again...

And we’re on our way again…

Unusual roundabouts...

Unusual roundabouts…

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Back-markers following the Harley

Back-markers following the Harley

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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It's really warm !

It’s really warm !

Approaching our next hotel

Approaching our next hotel

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Luggage out

Luggage out

Spa area in our hotel

Spa area in our hotel

Jen goes for a swim...

Jen goes for a swim…

while others hit the bar...

while others hit the bar…

Martyn & Claire in the museum

Martyn & Claire in the museum

A surprise at our last hotel

A surprise at our last hotel

John & Sandra

John & Sandra

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Dinner is included our lst night together

Dinner is included our last night together

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John thanks Vic & Jackie our "Back-markers"

John thanks everyone for a great tour…

and Vic & Jackie our "Back-markers"

and Vic & Jackie for riding as “Back-markers”

Then the fun & games start...it's a match!

Then the fun & games start…Sue & Ken go first…

Sue & Ken go first

It’s a match !

Another match

Another match

What a laugh!

What a laugh!

Vic & Jackie go next - a match!

Vic & Jackie go next – a match!

Another match

Another match

Ian & Heather have a match

Ian & Heather have a match

No match !!

No match !!

The winners are - Ken & Sue !

The winners are – Ken & Sue !

Enjoying a mug of tea back at home!

With their Mr & Mrs mugs back at home!

Ken stays up to tell a joke

Ken stays up to tell a joke

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Then "Parker" takes a turn

Then “Parker” takes a turn

Who has a foot pump!!

Who has a foot pump!!

Martyn's up next

Martyn’s up next

Then Clare

Then Clare

Martin takes a turn

Martin takes a turn

Then John

Then John

Then Adrian

Then Adrian

Jen's taking the photos

Jen’s taking the photos

Fabulous breakfast spread

Fabulous breakfast spread

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

Morning coffee

Morning coffee

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Martin taking photos as well

Martin taking photos as well

Instructions before we hit the motorway

Instructions before we hit the motorway

And that's it - with a break en-route we're all back to Calais

And that’s it – with a break en-route we’re all back to Calais

Thanks to everyone for making the last tour of the year a good one. Great riding, great company, great scenery & great weather – we’ll just have to do it all again next year!! We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.