Black Forest & Vosges Mountains Tour  21 – 27 July 2015

The Group in the Black Forest - another good mix of regulars & new guests made for a great trip

The Group in the Black Forest – another good mix of regulars & new guests made for a great trip

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We always re-group before any motorway

We always re-group before any motorway

“John and Jen, I just wanted to say again, thanks for a really great tour. You are both consummate hosts!   Like everyone, without exception, I had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday because J&J did such a superb job and because you’re all such very good company. As a “tour virgin” (that’s tour not tall!) I didn’t quite know what to expect even though I am a very experienced bike tourer in Europe. It was a revelation not to have to think about where to stay or even when to eat or refuel – just enjoy riding my bike. The big shock has been coming back and having to make all these decisions for myself! Like many of you I’m back in reality and thinking, “where shall go on the bike today – Switzerland or Germany? However, Pompey is the only destination for the foreseeable future 😞!.. Kind regards and best wishes, Big marrow Stew!”
Stew Collier, 1st trip, GSXR1000, Portsmouth, Hampshire

And always tell you which exit to take

And always tell you which exit to take

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

“Thanks to Jen + John for organizing another great trip. Brilliant tour with brilliant roads! The hotels were spot on and the stop locations were gorgeous. Great bunch of people too, even though there were a few hiccups the group really stuck together, that’s what biking is all about! Cheers guys, can’t wait for the next outing”    Michael Palmer, 3rd trip, Street Triple, Lincolnshire

Lovely scenery en-route

Lovely scenery en-route

We follow the river in the Ardennes

We follow the River Semois in the Ardennes

“Hi John and Jen, there are no further superlatives to describe the time that I had on my virginal trip away with BN tours. The organisation was absolutely brilliant, it was great not to have to worry about the route, fuel stops etc. The hotels were great with superb food in great locations. Every day was an adventure on some of the best roads that I have encountered. The interest stops at the biggest cuckoo clock and the toboggan run were ace. I would like to say that the trip was made more perfect by meeting great new friends who I hope I will catch up with some time in the future either on another tour or otherwise…finally, John and Jen, thank you very much for being the consummate hosts and organising the best bike trip ever “TOP FUN” All the best”                        Gordon Cree, 1st tour, BMW K1300S, Rayleigh, Essex

“John and Jen, thank you so much for another brilliant holiday: I really enjoyed it, despite me not being in control of my own bike at all times! It was a brilliant group and we had so many laughs.  I got home safely after 1,400 miles and 18 diary pages…Hoping to see you all on another Bike Normandy tour sometime soon. Kind regards”    Catt Darby, 2nd trip, Honda CBF600, Hemel Hempsted, Herts

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

The cygnets are grown up this year

The cygnets are grown up this year

“Thanks to John and Jen for organising the tour, it was so well planned out, it took all the worry away about finding routes, hotels and places for coffee and cake!  Hotels were of a very good standard, great locations, spacious rooms, clean and with a good breakfast, and of course we had some great riding…we both thoroughly enjoyed it, and thank you both for all your support and help, I don’t know what we would have done without you both. I can’t thank you enough.
Ros & Andy Moseley, 1st trip, Honda Blackbird, Bedworth, Warwickshire

Our hotel in the Ardennes

Our hotel in the Ardennes

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

“Hi everyone…

  • Martin & Den – really sorry what happened and hope Den has a speedy recovery. Shame about the last 2 days of the tour – you were greatly missed. Having said all that Mrs White,  that has got to be the worst attempt at a triple salcho off the back of an Explorer I’ve ever seen! No elevation whatsoever off the seat and a distinct lack of poise on landing. For that, I’m giving you 3.9 for Technical Content but 4.5 for Artistic Impression!!
  • Ros – hope you feel better soon but Andy, next time you attempt a doughnut announcing our arrival in Pierrefonds, make sure Ros is strapped on!  
  • John & Jen – many thanks again, had a great time. The best roads I’ve ever ridden along with great company and hotels made for the perfect biking holiday. Unforgettable! Cheers everybody!!!”                                                      Alan Bailey, 4th trip, BMW 1200 GS Adventure, Crewe, Cheshire 

Time to relax

Time to relax

"Amuse Bouche" are served

“Amuse Bouche” are served

“It was the best organised tour I have ever been on.”  John Vale, 1st trip, VFR800, Greenford, Middlesex

“What a splendid trip! The reason I like to do organised tours is that it takes away all the worries about booking hotels, routes, roads, fuel, lunch etc. all the planning by John and Jen and the thought put into this trip really paid off. It left us to enjoy the whole experience. The trip was made by the people and this was a really excellent group…I hope to see you all again. Best wishes”                                                                                      Dan McQuoid, 1st trip, BMW K1300S, Shenley, Herts

Dinner is included our first night

Dinner is included our first night

John welcomes everyone to the Tour

John welcomes everyone to the Tour

“We had a fantastic time. Thanks John and Jen for all the work you put into the trip – the hotels, food and roads were great. Thanks also to you all for being such great company. Hopefully we will see you again on another tour.”    Stuart & Sam Goodwin, 3rd trip, BMW 1200 GS Adventure, Norwich

Andy M & Dave wearing similar shirts!

Andy M & Dave wearing similar shirts!

Breakfast in the conservatory

Breakfast in the conservatory

“Nothing to add to the superlatives previously posted…”                                                                                     Dave Cockburn, 3rd trip, Triumph Street Triple, Horthop, Flintshire

Our morning briefing

Our morning briefing

Lunch in the shade

Lunch in the shade

Some have longer to wait...

Some have longer to wait…

Ice creams all round

Ice creams all round

The best welcome at Baden-Baden!

The best welcome at Baden-Baden!

Andy G, Dan & Gordon can't wait!

Andy G, Dan & Gordon can’t wait!

Martin, Stuart & Sam

Martin, Stuart & Sam

John W & Dave enjoying a beer

John W & Dave enjoying a beer

Our hotel by night

Our hotel by night

Bikes parked outside our hotel

Bikes parked outside our hotel

Breakfast is in the cafe opposite

Breakfast is in the cafe opposite

A briefing before we ride the famous B500

A briefing before we ride the famous B500

Jen finds a good spot to take pics

Jen finds a good spot to take pics

John with Andy G on Street Triples

John with Andy G on Street Triples

Alan on his BMW1200GS Adventure

Alan on his BMW1200GS Adventure

Robert S on his Tiger 800

Robert S on his Tiger 800

John V on his VFR800

John V on his VFR800

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3 500

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3 500

Wheee!!! John W almost runs wide...

Wheee!!! John W almost runs wide…

But turns in his GSXR750

But turns in his GSXR750

Dave on his Street Triple

Dave on his Street Triple

Who turns back to do it all again !

Who turns back to do it all again !

Stuart & Sam on their BMW 1200GS Adventure

Stuart & Sam on their BMW 1200GS Adventure

"Backmarkers" Martin & Denise on their Explorer

“Backmarkers” Martin & Denise on their Explorer

Stewart on his GSXR1000

Stewart on his GSXR1000

Andy & Ros on their Honda Blackbird

Andy & Ros on their Honda Blackbird

Cat on CBF600 & Gordon on K1300S

Catt on her CBF600 & Gordon on his K1300S

Rob on Tiger 1050 & Mike on Street Triple

Rob on his Tiger 1050 & Mike on his Street Triple

Dan on his BMW K1300S

Dan on his BMW K1300S

"I promise Jen I've got 300 miles left!!!"

Alan assures Jen “honest – I’ve got 300 miles left!!!”

The Group at the end of the first part of the B500

The Group at the end of the first part of the B500

We re-group before setting off again

We re-group before setting off again

Coffee at Freudenstadt

Coffee at Freudenstadt

Andy G & Dave with coffee & cakes

Andy G & Dave with coffee & cakes

Martin & Denise with cakes!

Martin & Denise with cakes!

There were cakes...

There were cakes…

Visit the local market

Visit the local market

See the fountains

See the fountains

All the bikes at the cuckoo clock

All the bikes at the cuckoo clock

The Group at the cuckoo clock - where we see it strike 2 o'clock

The Group at the biggest cuckoo clock in the world

Where we see it strike 2 o'clock

Where we see it strike 2 o’clock

A poor show! Nobody waltzing!!

A poor show! Nobody waltzing!!

Pretty lunch stop at Triberg

Pretty lunch stop at Triberg

John's Street overheating? No, just full of petrol!

John’s Street overheating? No, just full of petrol!

John on our Street Triple

John on our Street Triple

Robert, Dan, Gordon & Backmarkers

Robert, Dan, Gordon & Backmarkers

Our hotel in the Southern Black Forest

Our hotel in the Southern Black Forest

Sam had sent Stuart to get the luggage!

Sam had sent Stuart to get the luggage!

Martin & Denise

Martin & Denise

Mike has his own terrace!

Mike has his own terrace!

Andy & Ros

Andy & Ros

Alan

Alan

Time for drinks before dinner

Time for drinks before dinner

Dinner is included this night

Dinner is included this night

Fish, turkey or steak ?

Fish, turkey or steak ?

Reunited from the Picos Tour 2014

Reunited from the Picos Tour 2014

(Sorry John !)

(Sorry John !)

We all enjoy Black Forest Gateau

We all enjoy Black Forest Gateau

What's not to like?

What’s not to like?

The fab setting overlooking the lake

The fab setting overlooking the lake

Pretty displays around the town

Pretty displays around the town

The town square

The town square

Great scenery on a ride-out the next day

Great scenery on a ride-out the next day

Jen rides pillion to take photos

Jen rides pillion to take photos

Andy G & Gordon

Andy G & Gordon

Gordon, Stew, John W & Mike

Gordon, Stew, John W & Mike

Twisty enough ?

Twisty enough ?

Mike & John W

Mike & John W

Most of the group visit the High Rhine Waterfalls in Switzerland

Most of the group visit the High Rhine Waterfalls in Switzerland

Lunch at the Falls

Lunch at the Falls

Superb views

Superb views

Only Alan took the boat ride to the middle of the Falls

Only Alan took the boat ride to the middle of the Falls

Dan followed by Rob, Stuart & Sam

Dan followed by Rob, Stuart & Sam

Some of the riders

Most of the riders…

Stew, Dave, Andy & Gordon

Stew, Dave, Andy & Gordon

More of the boys...

More of the boys…

Nice bends

Nice bends

Stew still leader of the pack

Stew still leader of the pack

Dave followed by the rest

Dave followed by the rest

Somehow "Scooter" Andy gets to the front!

Somehow “Scooter” Andy gets to the front!

But then has to mark the junction!

But then has to mark the junction!

Another morning briefing

Another morning briefing

 

The group as we leave the Black Forest behind

The group as we leave the Black Forest behind

What a choice!

What a choice!

More cakes - John W

More cakes – John W

Sam & Stuart

Sam & Stuart

Catt & Gordon

Gordon & Catt

Rare white storks as we head into the Vosges Mountains

Rare white storks spotted as we head into the Vosges Mountains

The brace ones take the ski lift up to descend in a luge...

The brave ones take the ski lift up to descend in a luge…

Andy & Ros

Andy & Ros

"LIFT THE BAR" !!!

Alan & Stew – “LIFT THE BAR” !!!

Rob & Mike go first

Rob & Mike go first

Catt races Robert

Catt races Robert (sorry, then battery ran out!)

Rob arrives first

Rob arrives first

Then Mike - who won 2nd time round!

Then Mike – who won 2nd time round!

Catt wins!

Catt wins!

Followed by Robert

Followed by Robert

Gordon & Dan...

Gordon & Dan…

Who falls off !!!

Who falls off !!!

Ros wins too

Ros wins too

Followed by Andy G

Followed by Andy G

Andy M arrives next

Andy M arrives next

Then John W

Then John W

Dave thrashes Jen...

Dave beats Jen…

Who came off at the first bend !

Who came off at the first bend !

Alan arrives next

Alan arrives next

And finally - Stewart

And finally – Stewart

The Group in the Vosges with Andy's Piaggio centre stage

The Group in the Vosges with Andy’s Piaggio centre stage

Our next stop is Epinal

Our next stop is Epinal

Where we have secure garage parking

Where we have secure garage parking

Parent & Child...!!

Parent & Child…!!

After a deviation Jen arrives first in the van!

After a deviation Jen arrives first in the van!

Regular coffee stops

Regular coffee stops

Our final hotel

Our final hotel

Their bike having slipped over on a wet pedestrian crossing Ros returns the same evening with a chipped shoulder bone!

Their bike having slipped over on a wet pedestrian crossing Ros returns the same evening with a chipped shoulder bone!

Alan kicks off the joke telling - and once he started there was no stopping him !!

Alan kicks off the joke telling – and once he started there was no stopping him !! Thanks Alan for some great entertainment !!

Ooh Cecil - what's bigger than a courgette??

Ooh Cecil – what’s bigger than a courgette??

A final few words on our last night

A final few words on our last night

Jen tells Ken Cullern's "Cheese Scones" joke

Jen tells Ken Cullern’s “Cheese Scones” joke

Then Rob takes a turn

Then Rob takes a turn

The fantastic view from our hotel

The fantastic view from our hotel

Our final stop is at Albert

Our final stop is at Albert

One banana...two banana...!!

One banana…two banana…!!

Tell us something we didn't know !!  Our Tour hits the headlines !!

Tell us something we didn’t know !! Our Tour hits the headlines !!

A great tour and we really enjoyed everybody’s company. Thanks to everyone for the brilliant feedback. With the most unfortunate accidents ever when Denise (pillion) fell when dismounting and ended up in hospital with a broken knee and Ros (also pillion) chipped her shoulder bone after their bike slipped over on a wet pedestrian crossing – we wish both ladies a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen