Monte Carlo or Bust ! 1 – 9 October 2016

The Group at the Millau Bridge - a great end to the road riding season with 9 days of sunshine and a fab bunch of guests.

The Group at the Millau Bridge – a really great end to the road riding season with 9 days of good weather and a fab bunch of guests.

“Dear John and Jen,  just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising another fantastic trip!  We had a great time.  Meticulous planning on your part makes for a very relaxing holiday for us where we can just ride and enjoy. Great hotels, awesome roads, a brilliant crowd and lots of laughs !”
“Huge thanks to John & Jen for another successful trip.  Super hotels and awesome roads we couldn’t ask for more.  We had a brilliant time and laughed a lot.  It was great to see old friends and lovely to meet new ones. Hope to see you all again at some point in the future.
Paul and Louise Saltwell, 2nd trip, Yamaha MT 09 Tracer

We start with breakfast & a briefing

We start with breakfast & a briefing

Our first stop - a Tiger Tank !

Our first stop – a Tiger Tank !

All the bikes

All the bikes

“Hello Jen & John,  Ian and I would like to say thank you so much again for a fab holiday, it was really great and such good fun the entire time. We didn’t want it to end at all.
Your organisation during the whole trip was 100%, there is nothing else we could have asked for, and you both deserve credit for having patience, it must be like herding cats most days! We have seen the tour photos on the website, I still think the pink cake shop was the best!

So thanks again, we hope to see you next year  (and a big cuddle to Della too.)”

 Ian & Heather Phillips, 2nd tour, Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Subways all round !

Subways all round !

“Having just completed our 7th tour with John and Jen we have to say once again a big thanks for yet another fantastic time. You never let us down, always great roads, great stops and GREAT FUN. The group was fabulous, we could not have wished for a better crowd. We are already counting the days down until our next trips in 2017. Take care ride SAFE
 Steve (The Godfather) and Kirsty (Koala) Eaton, 7th trip, BMW XR1000

Andy devours a cream cake !

Andy devours a cream cake !

Dan & Gordon hiding the rubbish bin...

Dan & Gordon hiding the rubbish bin…

“Hi everyone…had a great tour – thanks John and Jen. Great company, hope to see you all in the future. Ride safe,  Hugs”
Andy & Ros Moseley, 2nd tour, Honda Blackbird

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Our hotel terrace & secure parking

Our hotel terrace & secure parking

Time to visit Chenonceau Chateau

Time to visit Chenonceau Chateau

The fab interior

The fab interior

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Meanwhile Jen braves the pool (19C)

Meanwhile Jen braves the pool (19C)

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Vanessa didn't expect such a huge glass !

Vanessa didn’t expect such a huge glass !

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John welcomes everyone

John welcomes everyone

Ann gets a cake for her birthday !

Ann gets a cake for her birthday !

Next morning coffee stop

Next morning coffee stop

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Spotted en-route

Spotted en-route

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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The stunning view as we cross the Dam

The stunning view as we cross the Dam

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Dave with Paul & Louise

Dave with Paul & Louise

Dan & Gordon

Dan & Gordon

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

John with Ann & Neil

John with Ann & Neil

Stuart & Vanessa

Stuart & Vanessa

Jane & Allan

Jane & Allan

Our hotel by night

Our hotel by night

We dine in a local restaurant

We dine in a local restaurant

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

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Secure garage parking

Secure garage parking

Always a briefing before we set off

Always a briefing before we set off

Pretty scenery

Lovely scenery

Stunning clouds high up on a deviation

Stunning clouds high up on a deviation

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We regroup after a foggy section

We regroup after a foggy section

Paul & Louise on their Tracer

Paul & Louise on their MT-09 Tracer

David on his BMW R1200GS

David on his BMW R1200GS

Gordon oh is BMW 1200GS

Gordon on his BMW 1200GS

“Great company, good food, sunny days (mostly) and some biking thrown in too. Can’t ask for more. Was my first tour but not the last!”
 David Roberts, 1st tour, BMW R1200GS

Robert on his Moto Guzzi Norge

Robert on his Moto Guzzi Norge

Dan on his Tiger 800

Dan on his Tiger 800

“Thanks to John & Jen for organising a super tour. I had a great time. Many thanks to everyone.”
Robert Seabridge, 2nd tour, Moto Guzzi Norge

Stuart - Explorer XC, Vanessa - Z300

Stuart – Explorer XC, Vanessa – Z300

Neil & Ann on their BMW R1150RT

Neil & Ann on their BMW R1150RT

“Thanks to everyone for making us newbies so welcome. It’s a trip we’ll always remember!”
Neil & Ann Henderson, 1st tour, BMW R1150RT

Ian & Heather on their Kawasaki ZZR1400

Ian & Heather on their Kawasaki ZZR1400

Andy & Ros on their Honda Blackbird

Andy & Ros on their Honda Blackbird

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW XR1000

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW XR1000

Dave on his Street Triple RX

Dave on his Street Triple RX

“What a fabulous trip and wonderful company.  Trying to catch up now but will be in touch over the next few days…Take care everyone,”
Steve & Kirsty Eaton, 7th trip, BMW XR1000

Backmarker Allan - but where's Jane ?

Backmarker Allan – but where’s Jane ?

An impromptu coffee stop

An impromptu coffee stop

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No further comment required !!

No further comment required !!

“Big thank you to Dan for spotting it [frayed clutch cable – see later] and to John & Jen for not making a drama about it. Quick fix and back with the tour for pm coffee as if nothing had happened – Fantastic – as were the roads, weather and company. It’s always a pleasure with BN tours. Best Regards”
Dave Cockburn, 6th trip, Triumph Street Triple RX

Our next stop - the Millau Bridge

Our next stop – the Millau Bridge

Sue, Paul & Louise take a selfie

Sue, Paul & Louise take a selfie

Us with Jane & Allan

Us with Jane & Allan

We have lunch at the viewing area

We have lunch at the viewing area

Kirsty & Steve

Kirsty & Steve

A Lesser Kestrel flies above us

A Common Kestrel flies above us

Even higher up - a Booted Eagle

Even higher up – a Griffon Vulture (we think!)

Heading into the Gorges of the Tarn

Heading into the Gorges of the Tarn

Fantastic scenery

Fantastic scenery

Allan & Jane stop to take photos

Allan & Jane stop to take photos

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Coffee stop

Coffee stop

Vanessa on her Kawasaki Z300

Vanessa on her Kawasaki Z300

Sue on her Bonneville leads the rest

Sue on her Bonneville leads the rest

Mark on his Honda VFR 800 VTEC

Mark on his Honda VFR 800 VTEC

Steve & Kirsty

Steve & Kirsty

The pool at our next hotel

The pool at our next hotel

Most dine out in Uzes

Most dine out in Uzes

Dave has some massive prawns

Dave has some huge prawns

The town centre

The town centre

Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Louise in the big chair !

Louise in the big chair !

Paul has a new friend !

Paul has a new friend !

Morning coffee at the Pink Patisserie

Morning coffee at the Pink Patisserie

Andy & Ros

Andy & Ros

Ian & Heather

Ian & Heather

Dave & Gordon on the"Love Seat"!!

Dave & Gordon on the”Love Seat”!!

Coffee & cakes all round

Coffee & cakes all round

Mark has someone to share the "Love Seat" !

Mark finds someone to share the “Love Seat” !

Dan with a PINK cake !

Dan with a PINK cake !

Gordon

Gordon

Susan

Sue with a huge cake

Kirsty

Kirsty

We're invited into the kitchen...

We’re invited into the kitchen…

Taste the high grade chocolate...

Taste the high grade chocolate…

Ours !!

Ours !!

We ride through tree-lined roads

We ride through tree-lined roads

Lunch in the shade

Lunch in the shade

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Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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The view from our hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer

The view from our hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer

A beautiful sunrise on our day off

A beautiful sunrise on our day off

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The breakfast area

The breakfast area

Jen has an early swim

Jen has an early swim

Breakfast on the terrace

Breakfast on the terrace

The fab view from our hotel

The fab view from our hotel

This is it - Monte Carlo or Bust !!

This is it – Monte Carlo or Bust !! Most of the group take the train to Monaco

Tickets please !!

Tickets please !!

Fabulous yachts in Monte Carlo

Fabulous yachts in Monte Carlo

We enjoy (several!) cocktails in the sun

We enjoy (several!) cocktails in the sun

Ian & Heather alongside "Sweet Doll"

Ian & Heather alongside “Sweet Doll” – Heather’s top matches the boat !

Bought in Sept 2016 for 9.4 million euros - but who are they ??

Bought in Sept 2016 for 9.4 million euros – but who are they ??

Kirsty tries to get an invite on board !!

Kirsty tries to get an invite on board !!

David, Ann & Neil arrive by Bateau Bus

David, Ann & Neil arrive by Bateau Bus

More cocktails !!

More cocktails !!

Ian & Heather take the Bateau Bus

Ian & Heather take the Bateau Bus

Obviously after a few cocktails !!

Us – obviously after a few drinks !!

What a great afternoon

What a great afternoon

Kirsty posing...

Kirsty posing…

We stay for lunch...

We stay for lunch…

David is escorted to the toilets !!

David is escorted to the toilets !!

We walk up to the casino

We walk up to the casino . view of Lionheart

The Casino at Monte Carlo

The Casino at Monte Carlo

Ros admires her next car !!

Ros admires her next car !!

Some of the group meet to go inside

Some of the group meet to go inside

Inside - but no more photos !

Inside – but no more photos !

Vanessa wins 100 euros on the Roulette table

Vanessa wins 100 euros on the Roulette table

Train back to Villefranche

Train back to Villefranche

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Dinner in Villefranche

Dinner in Villefranche

Another gorgeous sunrise

Another gorgeous sunrise

Watch out for the thief at breakfast!

Watch out for the thief at breakfast!

Cruise liner arrives as we leave

Cruise liner arrives as we leave

We ride through Nice

We ride through Nice

Ride the twisty "Route Napoleon"

Ride the twisty “Route Napoleon”

Lunch at Castellane

Lunch at Castellane

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We ride the Gorges of the Verdon

We ride the Gorges of the Verdon

Fab scenery

Fab scenery

John gets a puncture - a huge fixing !

John gets a puncture – caused by a huge fixing !

How many blokes does it take...

How many blokes does it take…

Our backmarkers in the twisties

Our backmarkers in the twisties

The fab lake at the end of the Gorges

The fab lake at the end of the Gorges

The Group at the end of the Verdon Gorges

The Group at the end of the Verdon Gorges

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Robert enjoys a cream cake

Robert enjoys a cream cake

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Ian enjoys a beer

Ian enjoys a beer

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Our hotel is next to the original Arc de Triomphe

Our hotel is next to the original Arc de Triomphe

We next ride the Gorges of the Ardeche

We next ride the Gorges of the Ardeche

Watch out for the locals!

Watch out for the locals!

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The Pont D'Arc at the end of the Gorges

The Pont D’Arc at the end of the Gorges

The Group at the end of the Gorges

The Group at the end of the Gorges

Baguettes at lunch stop

Baguettes at lunch stop

Backmarkers Allan & Jane

Backmarkers Allan & Jane

Funny roundabouts !

Funny roundabouts !

Our next hotel

Our next hotel

We all hit the same bar

We all hit the same bar

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Some dine together

Some dine together

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The 1050 Restaurant just for Allan !

The 1050 Restaurant just for Allan !

Next morning Kirsty struggles with layers!

Next morning Kirsty struggles with layers!

Everyone sings "Happy Birthday" to John

Everyone sings “Happy Birthday” to John

He promises not to tell any more jokes !!

He promises not to tell any more jokes !!

We always regroup before any motorway

We always regroup before any motorway

Bikes at coffee stop

Bikes at coffee stop

At lunch Dan spots the frayed clutch cable on Dave's Street Triple

At lunch Dan spots the frayed clutch cable on Dave’s Street Triple RX

We get him to a garage & it's fixed in time for coffee

We get him to a garage & it’s fixed in time for coffee – he beats the van by seconds !!

Secure parking at our hotel

Secure parking at our hotel

We all head to the nearest bar

We all head to the nearest bar

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John thanks Allan & Jane

John thanks Allan & Jane

Then starts the jokes !!

Then starts the jokes !!

Andy thinks his luck's in !!

Andy thinks his luck’s in !!

Back to the hotel for dinner

Back to the hotel for dinner

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John gets a Diploma for his Birthday

John gets a Diploma for his Birthday

And some Madeira Cake !!!!

And some Madeira Cake !!!!

More jokes...

More jokes…

Steve takes a turn

Steve takes a turn

Kirsty goes next

Kirsty goes next

Lots of laughs

Lots of laughs

Neil & Ann

Neil & Ann

Andy takes a turn

Andy takes a turn

Then Allan

Then Allan

And Jane

And Jane

Jen's next

Jen’s next

Then Paul

Then Paul

Dave eventually gets it right !!

Dave eventually gets it right !!

An early morning walk to the Loire

An early morning walk to the Loire

Another lovely sunrise

Another lovely sunrise

The T-shirt shop is open !

The T-shirt shop is open !

A few raindrops as we head to Le Havre

A few raindrops as we head to Le Havre

And that’s all folks! A really good tour to end the season, lots of laughs and a great group of guests, we look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.