Black Forest & Vosges Mountains  16 – 22 July 2017

The group at the end of the B500 (minus Chris (broken-down BMW!!!) and Darryl still playing on the B500!). ANOTHER fab tour, good riding and a great mix of regular & new guests made for a really fun tour.

The group at the end of the B500 (minus Chris (broken-down BMW!!!) and Darryl (still playing on the B500!)). ANOTHER fab tour, good riding and a great mix of regular & new guests made for a really fun tour.

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

First coffee stop

First coffee stop

“Just returned from a fantastic Black Forest Tour, great weather, great roads, great hotels, great wine and food, and the best bit – brilliant hosts and brilliant people on tour. Thanks John and Jen, see you next year.”
John Young, 7th trip, Suzuki V-Strom 1000, Norfolk

We always re-group before & after any motorway. Jen leading on our Street Triple.

We always re-group before & after any motorway.

A street market at lunch stop

A street market at lunch stop

Andy on a fairground ride!

Andy on a fairground ride!

“What a total whirlwind…1st ever bike tour and I’m hooked. A stress free 1200 miles, 4 countries with stunning scenery and roads. Hand picked hotels, brilliantly researched routes and a backup van helped make Jen and John simply awesome hosts and guides. My riding improved over the week and the wet weather we had on just one day was less frightening than before. I hope to see some of the friends I made on the next tour with Bike Normandy. Go on, book a tour, you know you want too :)”
Pete Moore, 1st trip, Suzuki GSXS 750, Essex

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Jen leads on our Street Triple

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Lovely scenery in the afternoon

Lovely scenery in the afternoon

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Swans with five cygnets

Swans with five cygnets

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“We’ve just returned from another fantastic Bike Normandy tour – Black Forest & Vosges Mountains. Fantastically researched routes, twisty roads (including the B500), amazing scenery, luggage van, superb hotels and great fun! Highly recommended.”
Simon & Helen Brown, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GS, Surrey

Our first hotel in Belgium

Our first hotel in Belgium

The "Annexe" opposite

The “Annexe” opposite

Time for drinks before dinner

Time for drinks before dinner

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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

Breakfast in the conservatory

Breakfast in the conservatory

“Myself and my Wife have recently returned from the Black Forest & Vosges Mountains tour…what an AMAZING time we had! Right from the booking stage back at the end of 2016 both John and Jen were extremely helpful, professional and ensured we had a good time. The organisation of the whole trip, hotels, routes and food could not be faulted. The roads and the scenery are second to none and your research shows this. From the moment we met at Calais, everyone was so friendly and this certainly made the experience that bit more enjoyable being able to have a laugh along the way. The odd spot of rain here and there but nothing that put us off. Would definitely recommend BN Tours & will use again in the future!”
Darryl & Sarah Fletcher, 1st tour, Triumph Explorer, Coventry

John Y has a pillion!

John Y has a pillion!

Chris's BMW is playing up...

Chris’s BMW is playing up…

“Another excellent trip. How do you manage to do that EVERY time? Thoroughly enjoyed the Black Forest tour. Great companions and the final group dinner was brilliant – my sides were aching from laughter! Well done – if ever 5 stars were deserved, this is it!”
Bob (6 trips) & Jozina (3 trips) Eve, BMW R1200RT, Skipton, Yorkshire

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Chris's BMW won't start...

Chris’s BMW won’t start…

The lads give it a push...

The lads give it a push…

But it won't bump-start either

But it won’t bump-start either

Breakdown truck is called

Breakdown truck is called

Bye bye Chris!

Bye bye Chris!

“Many thanks to John and Jen for a really enjoyable tour of the Black Forest and Vosges Mountains. Like many others, I intend to book another with them just as soon as I can. Enough said!” [since booked on Monte Carlo or Bust! 2018]
John Savage, 1st tour, Triumph Sprint 1050 GT, Peeblesshire, Scotland

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Darrly with Vanessa

Darryl with Vanessa

Our next hotel in Germany

Our next hotel in Germany

Beers on arrival!

Beers on arrival! Nigel, Pete & Richard

Our "Biker Babe" Jozina

Our “Biker Babe” Jozina

Andy, John S & David

Andy, John S & David

Pete & Karen

Pete & Karen

John with the hotel waitresses

John with the hotel waitresses

Manageress Patricia rides pillion to the  bike parking

Manageress Patricia rides pillion to the bike parking

John Y with a huge knuckle of pork! (Thanks John S for the photo)

Some choose to dine in the hotel – John Y with a huge knuckle of pork! (Thanks John S for the photo)

“Hello you two, I’m slowly “coming down” after an amazing week – thanks so much. At 68 yrs I honestly thought my high mileage tour days were over – wrong!! I enjoyed every minute thanks to the great routes, superb hotels and meals, plenty of stops / tea / pee breaks 👍 Sure these trips can be done cheaper BUT BN offers so much more. And as with all quality holidays the experience is remembered long after the cost is forgotten. You guys offer your customers something very special … See ya again soon, kind regards”
Richard Levings, 4th trip, Triumph Tiger 800, Gloucestershire

Restaurants down by the riverside

Restaurants down by the riverside

Exclusive shopping area

Exclusive shopping area

Smart restaurants with live music

Smart restaurants with live music

Breakfast is in the cafe opposite

Breakfast is in the cafe opposite

The next day we ride the famous B500 – Jen finds a look-out post to photo all the bikes…

Andy & Chris on BMW S1000XR

Andy & Chris on their BMW S1000XR

Stuart  on Triumph Explorer & Vanessa on Honda CB500

Stuart on his Explorer & Vanessa on Honda CB500

Nigel & Mandy on Tiger

Nigel & Mandy on their Tiger 1050

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

John on our Street Triple

John on our Street Triple R

Karen on her Street Triple R

Karen on her Street Triple R

John S on his Sprint 1050 GT

John S on his Sprint 1050 GT

Mark on his Ducati Multistrada

Mark on his Ducati Multistrada 1200

Richard on his Tiger 800

Richard on his Tiger 800

Greg on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Greg on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

John Y on his Suzuki V-Strom 1000

John Y on his Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Simon & Helen on their BMW R1200GS

Simon & Helen on their BMW R1200GS

David on his Honda deauville

David on his Honda Deauville

Pete on his Suzuki GSXS 750

Pete on his Suzuki GSXS 750

“John and Jen, thanks for a great tour and holiday. Once again another well researched, well organised and well run tour with a great bunch of people to boot.

See you in 5 weeks time for the Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps Tour (for the second time!).”

David Craxton, 4th trip, Honda Deauville, South Yorkshire

Bob & Jozina on their BMW R1200RT

Bob & Jozina on their BMW R1200RT

Stop for views of the Black Forest

Stop for views of the Black Forest

Bob & Jozina ride as our "back-markers" during the tour

Bob & Jozina ride as our “back-markers” during the tour

Anyone lost a bum-bag???

Anyone lost a bum-bag???

Jozina had found it at the petrol station

Jozina had found it at the petrol station

Where John had left it!!! You total PLONKER!!!!!

Where John had left it!!!   You total PLONKER!!!!!

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We re-group before going for coffee

We re-group before going for coffee

Pretty coffee stop

Pretty coffee stop

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The kids are having great fun in the fountains in the square

Not content with leaving his bum-bag behind, John has lost his headset as well!!!!!

Not content with leaving his bum-bag behind, John has lost his headset as well – what an IDIOT!!!

Coffee in the shade

Coffee in the shade

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Dancing at the Cuckoo Clock

Helen & John dancing at the Cuckoo Clock

 So this is what he gets up to while Jen is driving back to Baden Baden to retrieve his headset – fortunately still on the ground in the hotel car park !!!
 

"What time does the cuckoo appear John?" asks Richard!! (So John isn't the only daft one then - Jen!!!)

“What time does the cuckoo appear John?” asks Richard!! (So John isn’t the only daft one then – Jen!!!)

The group at the world's largest cuckoo clock

The group at the world’s largest cuckoo clock

Cuckoo clock shops at lunch stop

Cuckoo clock shops at lunch stop

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Our next hotel for two nights

Our next hotel for two nights

Mandy

Mandy

Darryl

Darryl

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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John thinks Andy & Christine need some help in the bedroom!

John thinks Andy & Christine need some help in the bedroom!

But it's Andy who really knows how to waft a towel!!!

But it’s Andy himself who really knows how to waft a towel!!!

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Mandy with a huge piece of Black Forest Gateau

Mandy with a huge piece of Black Forest Gateau

The next day it's Jozina's birthday

The next day it’s Jozina’s birthday

"Happy Birthday" from all of us

“Happy Birthday” from all of us

Stroll round the pretty town

Stroll round the pretty town

Fab setting near the lake

Fab setting near the lake

Gorgeous flower displays

Gorgeous flower displays

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Time to adjust a few chains...

Time to adjust a few chains…

Then the t-shirt shop opens!

Then the t-shirt shop opens!

 Most go on the ride-out to the High Rhine Waterfalls in Switzerland – Jen goes pillion to take photos of the bikes…

Pete on his GSXS 750

Pete marks a junction on his GSXS 750

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

We ride alongside the lake

We ride alongside the lake

John Y on his V-Strom 1000

John Y on his V-Strom 1000

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Greg leading on his Z1000SX

Greg leading on his Z1000SX

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Andy & Chris on BMW S1000XR

Andy & Christine on BMW S1000XR

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Mark has Karen pillion on his Multistrada

Mark has Karen pillion on his Multistrada

David on his Deauville

David on his Deauville

Richard on his Tiger 800

Richard on his Tiger 800

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

Darryl & Sarah on their Explorer

Nigel & Mandy on Tiger 1050

Nigel & Mandy on Tiger 1050

Great scenery

Great scenery

Watch out for hairpins

Watch out for hairpins

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Those who rode to the waterfalls

Those who rode to the waterfalls

Take a boat ride to the falls

Take a boat ride to the falls

Andy, Chris, Mandy & Nigel

Andy & Christine, Mandy & Nigel

Stunning views at the top

Stunning views at the top

A Heron at the top

A Heron at the top

Sarah & Darryl love their ice-creams!

Sarah & Darryl love their ice-creams!

A red kite soars overhead

A red kite soars overhead

Moulting it's wing feathers...

Moulting it’s wing feathers…

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John rides back pillion on John Y

John rides back pillion on John Y

The next day it's a drizzly start

The next day it’s a drizzly start

More lovely scenery

More lovely scenery

The group as we leave the Black Forest

The group as we leave the Black Forest

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Pretty coffee stop

Pretty coffee stop

Simon & Helen choosing cakes

Simon & Helen choosing cakes

Pete & Karen are spoilt for choice

Pete & Karen are spoilt for choice

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At lunch we have a surprise in store...

At lunch we have a surprise in store…

The brave ones!!

The brave ones!!

We take the ski-lift up...

We take the ski-lift up…

Raise the barrier!!

Raise the barrier!!

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John & Pete go first

Then the luge down…John & Pete go first

Helen races Karen

Helen races Karen

Nigel vs Mandy

Nigel vs Mandy

Andy vs Christine

Andy vs Christine

Greg vs John Y

Greg vs John Y

 Thanks to Darryl for the following photos of the arrivals at the finishing line…

Pete

Pete

John

John

Karen

Karen

Helen

Helen

Mandy & Nigel

Mandy & Nigel

Christine went too fast!!

Christine went too fast!!

John Y

John Y

Greg

Greg

Jen

Jen

And finally - Bob

And finally – Bob

The group at a viewing area in the Vosges Mountains

The group at a viewing area in the Vosges Mountains

A free night in Epinal

A free night in Epinal

Live music in the square

Live music in the square

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Chris rejoins us with a new switch-gear

Chris rejoins us with a new switch-gear

The group with ice-lollies at fuel stop

The group with ice-lollies at fuel stop

The fab setting of our final hotel

The fab setting of our final hotel

Drinks and dinner outside - photo courtesy of John Savage

Drinks and dinner outside – photo courtesy of John Savage

John thanks everyone for a great tour

John thanks everyone for a great tour

And Jozina & Bob - our fab "back-markers"

And Jozina & Bob – our fab “back-markers”

John gets a "Penguin"!

No! No more – please!!

John gets a "Penguin"!!

John gets a “Penguin”!!

Pete takes a turn

Pete takes a turn

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Nigel - whom we understand better with a German accent!!

Nigel – whom we understand better…

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with a German accent!!!!

Jen - are you in the army?!

Jen – are you in the army?!

or the observer corps?!

or the observer corps?!

Mandy goes next

Mandy goes next

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Richard tells the tale of Albert & the Lion

Richard tells the tale of Albert & the Lion

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The Bike Normandy Players ...

The Bike Normandy Players …

..."Ith it Dithco!"

…”Ith it Dithco!”

Mark takes a turn

Mark takes a turn

Then gets a cake for his birthday!

Then gets a cake for his birthday!

John Y goes next...

John Y goes next…

Great pose John !!

Great pose John !!

Cecil & Frederick have fun...

Cecil & Frederick have fun…

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So how did Christine know the answer?!!!

So how did Christine know the answer?!!!

How embarrassing!!

How embarrassing!!

Is this Helen...??

Is this Helen…??

Or a wide-mouthed frog?!!

Or a wide-mouthed frog?!!

Then the fun & games start with a “Mr & Mrs” competition – Mandy & Nigel are up first…

No Match !

No Match !

It's a Match !

It’s a Match !

Another Match!

Another Match!

Helen & Simon go next - no match !

Helen & Simon go next – no match !

No match !

No match !

A Match !!

A Match !!

It's Bob & Jozina's turn - a Match!

It’s Bob & Jozina’s turn – a Match!

Another Match !

Another Match !

And another !

And another !

Then buddies Mark & Richard...no match

Then buddies Mark & Richard…no match

A Match !!

A Match !!

New mates John Y & Greg - no Match!

New mates John Y & Greg – no Match!

A Match !

A Match !

Come on Greg - decide !!

Come on Greg – decide !!

There were joint winners – Nigel & Mandy and Mark & Richard until the tables were turned on us! Thanks to Andy, Bob & Jozina who had written eight questions for us – and after getting eight matches we were the winners !!  (Hopefully photos to follow)

Christine has a joke to tell

Christine has a joke to tell

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Mandy starts the "Cardboard Box" game

Mandy starts the “Cardboard Box” game

Pete

Pete

Nigel

Nigel

Helen

Helen

Many fall as the box gets lower - Pete's still in

Many fall as the box gets lower – Pete’s still in

Christine is still in

Christine is still in

Mandy's still in

Mandy’s still in

Helen's doing well

Helen’s doing well

Pete - minus his shorts !!

Pete – minus his shorts !!

Marjorie the waitress is still in

Marjorie the waitress is still in

Helen nearly gets it...

Helen nearly gets it…

The winner is - Pete !

The winner is – Pete !

The view of our hotel across the lake

The view of our hotel across the lake

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

Lunch at Albert with time to visit the 1916 museum

Lunch at Albert with time to visit the 1916 museum

Back to Eurotunnel at 17.00 hrs

Back to Eurotunnel at 17.00 hrs

We keep saying this, but yet another great tour thanks to the participation of everyone making it such good fun. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.