Testimonial Autumn Glory Tour  28 Sept – 3 Oct 2019

The group in Luxembourg - a pretty wet tour but a great bunch of guests still made for a fun tour.

The group in Luxembourg – a pretty wet tour but a great bunch of guests still made for a fun trip.

A briefing at Calais

We start with a briefing at Calais

Bye bye Russ - his Ducati has broken down!

Bye bye Russ – his Ducati has broken down!

“Hi both, as a newbie and on my first tour I was a little apprehensive as to what expect, but I needn’t have worried. Every single thing about the tour was excellent…winding roads, fun company, yummy food and amazing hotels. At a group dinner one evening, we were all rolling around in absolute hysterics … and this was a group of people who had only known each other a few days!  (Some people have a very naughty sense of humour I have found out – you know who you are!! J)
The trip was a massive amount of fun and yes it rained, but overall, it only added to the experience. John and Jen have thought through every detail which is incredibly reassuring and they are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everyone has a great time.
I want to say a massive thank you to them both xx

Here’s to the next trip (although we have a little way to go before we get to the heady heights of the top of the leaderboard!)

Rachel Collins, 1st tour, pillion with Greg on Kawasaki Z1000SX, Surrey

Bill's taking no chances...

Bill’s taking no chances…

We have NEVER before held a briefing indoors!

We have NEVER before held a briefing indoors!

It's raining !

It’s raining !

“Hi folks, – from Clare – “I didn’t think I’d love touring on the back of a bike – in fact, was worried – but I absolutely did.”  We had a really great time! Reminded me a little of ducks on the water, we all blithely go from place to place smiling, eating and having fun, while the pair of you put in all of the effort behind the scenes. Great choices of hotels, lovely roads and brilliant hosts. As soon as we can find the money and the time we’ll be along again!”
Adam Roylance & Clare Lusher, 1st tour, BMW R1200GS, Derbyshire

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

John's leading the tour

John’s leading the tour

We ALWAYS regroup before & after any motorway

We ALWAYS regroup before & after any motorway

“Our kit may have been dampened but our spirits were not! We had a great time. See you next year”
Greg (2nd tour) & Rachel (1st tour) Collins, Kawasaki Z1000SX, Surrey

Lunch stop

Lunch stop – it’s stopped raining

A fete is taking place

A fete is taking place

Street artists

Street artists

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“Great pics, thanks Jen. It was all so lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – as always.
You two are THE BEST!”  [scroll to the end to read Fran’s “Autumn Glory Diary”]
Terry (12th trip) & Fran (8th trip) Stanfield, Triumph Sprint GT, Hampshire

Leaving lunch

Leaving lunch

Dry roads...

Dry roads…

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So how many DIDN'T see the huge wild boar???

So how many DIDN’T see the huge wild boar???

“It was another splendid tour and a lovely group of people to share it with. The weather helped add to the fun of it and memories helped by the hotel letting us use his boiler room to dry off the kit worked a treat. The pools and hotels as always did not disappoint and the monestry was a real added treat at the end of the trip. Look forward to meeting up with you again. Thanks again.”
Lynne Wareing, 7th trip, Triumph Street Twin, Greater Manchester

Bill, Ron & Gary...

Bill, Ron & Gary…

FINALLY they get it!!

FINALLY they get it!!

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

So who can guess the vegetable?

So who can guess the vegetable ?

Gary's played before !!

Gary’s played before !!

Always a morning briefing

Van carries all your luggage

Always a morning brieifing

Always a morning brieifing

“Hi John and Jen, I know the review is now live on the web-site, but I just wanted to add my comments on what was a great tour.As a ’newbie’ I was somewhat aprehensive as to what I was getting into…especially as I was travelling alone!! Meeting a few of the group at the Ibis in Calais and going out to dinner with them was lovely as they all made me very welcome and we had a nice dinner and a chance to get to know a few of the group. Terry and Fran were especially friendly, and I had a similar sense of humour to Greg and Rachael, so I relaxed  immediately!!
The hotels were all very different and all really good. The food at all was excellent. The [secret] museum hotel was of course the ‘piece de resistance’…I had the pool and the spa to myself on Thursday morning, the super friendly receptionist let me check out at 12:00 if I wanted…As I mentioned, I will definitely do another tour…but such choice, what a problem! Once again, many thanks for a superb trip.”
Keith Warrington, 1st tour, BMW R1250RT, Hertfordshire

The view at coffee stop

The view at coffee stop

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Not much business today...

Not much business today…

Smells so good !!

Smells so good !!

Wet roads again...

Wet roads again…

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Shame as these are great roads

Shame as these are great roads

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Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Four missing who gave up at lunchtime & went direct to the hotel !

The hardy ones! Four missing who gave up at lunchtime & went direct to the hotel !

At our hotel it's straight in the pool

At our hotel it’s straight in the pool

The best way to warm up!

The best way to warm up!

Lynne takes a pummelling!

Lynne takes a pummelling!

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Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Many choose to dine here

Many choose to dine here

Next day - blue skies !

Next day – blue skies !

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Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

More great roads

More great roads

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Fab open sweepers

Fab open sweepers

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We ride through vineyards

We ride through vineyards

On dry roads !!

On dry roads !!

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Gorgeous scenery

Gorgeous scenery

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Ride alongside the Mosel

Ride alongside the Mosel

Seen at fuel stop

Seen at fuel stop

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Through pretty villages

Through pretty villages

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Super architecture

Super architecture

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Pavement parking

Pavement parking

Demolition works

Demolition works

John leads on our Street Triple R

John leads on our Street Triple R

Greg & Rachel Kawasaki Z1000SX

Greg & Rachel – Kawasaki Z1000SX

Tony on his BMW R1200RT

Tony on his BMW R1200RT

Gordon & Alison BMW R1250GS

Gordon & Alison – BMW R1250GS

Adam & Clare BMW R1200GS

Adam & Clare – BMW R1200GS

Bill - Yamaha FJR 1300

Bill – Yamaha FJR 1300

Lynne - Triumph Street Twin

Lynne – Triumph Street Twin

Keith - BMW R1250RT

Keith – BMW R1250RT

Stuart - Triumph Tiger 800

Stuart – Triumph Tiger 800

David - Yamaha Tracer 900

David – Yamaha Tracer 900

John - Yamaha Thunderace

John – Yamaha Thunderace

Gary - Triumph Explorer

Gary – Triumph Explorer

Bryn - KTM 1290 Adventure

Bryn – KTM 1290 Adventure

Ron - BMW R1200 GSA

Ron – BMW R1200 GSA

Terry & Fran - Triumph Sprint GT

Terry & Fran – Triumph Sprint GT

Fab DRY roads !!

Fab DRY roads !!

Bryn

Bryn

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Coffee stop

Coffee stop

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We pass a deer farm

We pass a deer farm

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Approaching our hotel

Approaching our hotel

Jen with Adam & Clare

Jen with Adam & Clare

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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The next day is a day off

The next day is a day off

Explore the old town

Explore the old town

Take a boat trip

Take a boat trip

Visit the castle

Visit the castle

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The van is clamped! (10 euros)

The van is clamped! (10 euros)

We're given a peach tree

We’re given a peach tree

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Ready for the off

Ready for the off – unfortunately Adam & Clare’s BMW broke down later & they had to call breakdown

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Pretty coffee stop

Pretty coffee stop

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Lovely autumn colours

Lovely autumn colours

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Leaving lunch

Leaving lunch

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Approaching our final hotel

Approaching our final hotel

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Our final hotel

Our final hotel

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A surprise in store

Another lovely pool

Another lovely pool

A real pummelling !!

A real pummelling !!

Lynne

Lynne

Stuart

Stuart

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Keith with Greg & Rachel

John, Tony & David

John, Tony & David

Rachel, Ron & Gary

Rachel, Ron & Gary

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Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

John says a few words of thanks...

John says a few words of thanks…

to Terry & Fran our "back-markers"

to Terry & Fran our fab “back-markers”

Fran has a poem for us all

Fran has a poem for us all

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We're presented with ducks!!

We’re presented with ducks!!

Gordon takes a turn

Gordon takes a turn

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Then John shows Gordon...

Then John shows Gordon…

how to waft a towel !!

how to waft a towel !!

Alison's impressed !!

Alison’s impressed !!

The van has two passengers!

The van has two passengers!

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

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All back to Calais

All back to Calais

Fran’s “Autumn Glory Diary”
S is for Saturday`s start of the tour. Soaked well before the wind swept sixty! St Quentin lunch and afternoon sweepers to arrive in sunny Sedan.
Sunday – no rest – sweepers in the sodding rain – some gloves binned – sodden and sick of it, but saved by the boiler room.
M is for Monday and memories made: magic road surfaces, meandering views, Mosel vineyards, meal at hotel – well masticated and lubricated – and much joy at staying dry. Marvellous!
Tuesday lie ins and lazy breakfasting – travel and treats, trains, castle and cable cars, curry wurst or cake – too much choice!
W is for Wednesday – winding roads wet on and off, chilly wind, wayside stops – sad goodbyes – cake and a wet, wet, wet surprise!
Thursday brings thank yous and thoughts of new tours, things to remember – and things to forget – thrills –  no spills – but thorough satisfaction at such a pleasing tour.
P S We loved every minute – great roads, good company, lovely hotel experiences and brilliant organisation as always. Thanks John and Jen. Love from Terry and Fran.
Thank you Fran for your great contribution!

Thanks to everyone for making the best of some poor weather and still having a great time. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.