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Testimonial Autumn Glory 2019

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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

Lynne

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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.

Testimonial Portugal & Spain 2019

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Testimonial Portugal & Spain Tour   9 – 18 September 2019

The group alongside the Douro River in Portugal. Our inaugural tour provided brilliant roads, lovely scenery, top hotels and great weather - any mishaps were nothing to do with us!!

The group alongside the Douro River in Portugal. Our inaugural tour provided brilliant roads, lovely scenery, top hotels and great weather – said to be our new “best” tour!!

We start with a briefing on the ferry

We start with a briefing on the ferry

Lots of posh cars on  board

Lots of posh cars on board – Maseratis

We offload our bike & all luggage goes in the van

We offload our bike & all luggage goes in the van

“Hi John & Jen, we decided the Portugal & Spain Tour would be the perfect way to spend our honeymoon as we wanted to go somewhere on our bikes but we didn’t want the hassle and stress of organising everything. The quality of the roads were unbelievable, from tight twisties to the fastest of open roads. Superb hotels in fantastic locations and we had a fabulous time with some lovely like minded people.”
[since booked 2nd tour to Black Forest in 2020]
Wendy Wakenshaw (now Tyzack) 1st tour, CBR600F & Phil Tyzack, 1st tour, Triumph Sprint, Somerset
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Lambourghinis & ferraris

Andy B goes "back-marker" for motorway

Andy B goes “back-marker” for motorway

“Hi John & Jen, we both thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural (that’s for you John!)  Portugal & Spain Tour with a great bunch of like minded people. Thank you all for your company.  The roads and scenery were stunning with a good mix of twisty and long sweeping roads, traffic free in places making for enjoyable riding.  The hotels we stayed in were excellent, no changes required and we sampled some lovely local tapas and regional food along the way. We do appreciate how much effort you both put into researching all the roads, hotels, petrol & coffee stops and sorting out any problems along the way.  It takes all the stress and worry away from us so that we can just enjoy riding our bike. The luggage van is an added bonus, taking a load of weight off the bikes. Some nice planned surprises along the way too. All in all a great tour, a great addition to your portfolio. Thanks for another memorable holiday. Best regards”
Alan & Julie Grieves, 7th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Leicestershire
We have to ride some motorway

We have to ride some motorway

New van  - new graphics

New van – new graphics

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Jackie, Rod, Phil & Wendy

Jackie, Rod, Phil & Wendy

“Hi John & Jen, I have to say that the Portugal and Spain tour was the best tour I have been on with you. The hotels were wonderfully varied, all of an exceptional standard and in a variety of very different locations. My personal favourite was the Quinta. The roads were some of the best I have ridden on with very grippy surfaces – the only limitation being my ability as a rider. I could honestly not find anything that I could fault, it was fantastic trip with great bunch of people. Now looking forward to planning next year.”
Iain House, 3rd tour, Triumph Street Triple R, Hampshire
Andy W, Gary & Roger

Andy W, Gary & Roger

Roy, Andy B, Ian H, alan & Julie

Roy, Andy B, Ian H, Alan & Julie

Eliza, Heather, Jan & Ian

Eliza, Heather, Jan & Ian

Saddos !

Saddos !

“Hi John & Jen, many thanks to both of you for a fantastic tour to see some amazing scenery and roads in Spain and Portugal, and stay in a great selection of lovely hotels combined with a great bunch of people. Perhaps not obvious to everyone is the amount of research you did before this tour to make it what it was. A first class tour and at a great price as well, I personally hope to return and hope to do this tour again in the future. Keep up the good work, it was a pleasure to meet you both. Fantastic. Kind regards”

[since booked to do the same tour again in 2020!]

Gary Moult, 1st tour, Suzuki GSXS1000F, Cornwall
Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is tapas...

Loads of Tapas…

and lots of Sangria !

with Sangria…

“Hi Jen & John, Ian and I just wanted to say thank you so much for another enjoyable tour, it was great & we had a brilliant time. All the hotels were lovely, so difficult to choose a favourite! The roads / fab scenary were amazing. Roll on the next trip…”
Ian & Heather Phillips, 5th tour, Kawasaki ZZR1400, Devon
With cider poured in the traditional way

And cider poured in the traditional way

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John starts the joke telling

John starts the joke telling

Breakfast area

Breakfast area

 “Hi John & Jen, thanks for a great holiday, I absolutely loved it!”

[since booked to do the same tour again in 2020!]

Roger Gale, 1st tour, Suzuki V-Strom 650, Bedfordshire
Secure garage parking

Secure garage parking

Roy struggles with waterproofs!

Roy struggles with waterproofs!

Horses on the Camino de Santiago

Horses on the Camino de Santiago

UNESCO town walls

UNESCO town walls

Lunch is tapas

Lunch is tapas

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By afternoon coffee stop the sun is shining

By afternoon coffee stop the sun is shining

Malcolm & Kari arrive by car

Their Harley had a puncture so Malcolm & Kari arrive by car

Our next hotel

Our next 4* hotel at the end of the Camino de Santiago

A fabulous swimming pool

A fabulous swimming pool

A free night in Santiago de Compostella

A free night in Santiago de Compostella

The stunning Cathedral

The stunning Cathedral

Lit up by night

Lit up by night

Our hotel by night

Our hotel by night

We need a volunteer back-marker

We need a volunteer back-marker

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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David rides as "back-marker"

David rides as “back-marker” (thanks Heather)

but has to have a new sticker first!

but has to have a new sticker first!

Picturesque lunch stop

Picturesque lunch stop

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Newlyweds Wendy & Phil

Newlyweds Wendy & Phil

Just what is Phil doing?

Just what is Phil doing?

Jen's in the lead today

Jen’s in the lead today

Iain's also on a Street Triple R

Iain’s also on a Street Triple R

Roger on his V-Strom 650

Roger on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Phil on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Phil on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Rod & Jackie on their BMW R1200 GSA

Rod & Jackie on their BMW R1200 GSA

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views in Portugal

6 nights in Portugal

6 nights in Portugal

The huge pool at our next hotel

The huge pool at our next hotel

Jen with Ian & Heather

Jen with Ian & Heather

Malcolm enjoying a beer!

Malcolm enjoying a beer!

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Iain loves this Quinta!

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We've arranged a surprise...

We’ve arranged a surprise…

The group in Portugal with a glass of Matteus Rose!

The group in Portugal with a glass of Mateus Rose!

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John's up again...

John’s up again…

Rod has something to show us..!

Rod has something to show us..!

The next morning we stop at a huge dam

The next morning we stop at a huge dam

Next morning we stop at a huge dam

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Sea planes arrive collecting water

Sea planes arrive collecting water

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Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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Brilliant twisty pass

Brilliant twisty pass

You will ride this

You will ride this

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Just voted one of the top 10 roads in Europe by Ford Motor Co.

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Our next hotel for two nights

Our next hotel for two nights

The old capital Guimaraes

In the old capital Guimaraes

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The UNESCO old town

The UNESCO old town

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Warm enough to dine outside

Warm enough to dine outside

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Next day is a day off...

Next day is a day off…

Many of us take the train to Porto

Many of us take the train to Porto

The "fat controller" collects cash

The “fat controller” collects cash

David catches a few zzz's

David catches a few zzz’s (& he wasn’t alone!)

Andy

Andy

and Phil (thanks Heather!)

and Phil (thanks Heather!)

The station at Porto

The station at Porto

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Great architecture

Great architecture

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Local transport

Local transport

We didn't go in here !!

We didn’t go in here !!

We head down to the River Douro

We head down to the River Douro

Such pretty buildings

Such pretty buildings

Lots of tourist boats

Lots of tourist boats

Such colourful buildings

So colourful

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We stop for a drink

We stop for a drink

Lots of buskars

Lots of buskars

Extreme sports

Extreme sports

Lots of market stalls

Interesting market stalls

Take a cable car up

Take a cable car up

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The Cathedral

The Cathedral

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View from the top

View from the top

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Walk across the bridge

For fabulous views of the city

For fabulous views of the city

Take the cable car down - Phil & Wendy

Take the cable car down – Phil & Wendy

Lunch by the river

Lunch by the river

More market stalls

More market stalls

Super Bock bar

Super Bock bar

All the Porto Houses

All the Porto Houses

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Young lads jumping off the bridge!

Young lads jumping off the bridge!

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A selection of Porto!

A selection of Porto!

She was really good

She was really good

Back in Guimaraes

Back in Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal

Alan & Julie stay in Guimareas

Alan & Julie stay in Guimareas

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They visit the Palace

They visit the Palace

Thanks Julie

Thanks Julie

Live music tonight

Live music tonight

Lovely backstreet restaurants

Lovely backstreet restaurants

Delicious sardines

Delicious sardines

After dinner drinks

After dinner drinks

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Coffee stop next day

Coffee stop next day

View from the cafe

View from the cafe

Other bikes there

Other bikes there

Julie & Alan

Julie & Alan

We stop for a photo opportunity

We stop for a photo opportunity overlooking the Douro River

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Plenty of space for us to stop

Hundreds of bikes pass by

Hundreds of bikes pass by

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We stop for a surprise lunch...

We stop for a surprise lunch…

A tapas lunch...

A tapas lunch…

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With fab views

With fab views

Then a visit to a Port producer

Then a visit to a Porto producer

We have a guided tour

We have a guided tour

See the labeling

See the bottling

and labelling

and labelling

Huge barrels

Huge barrels

Roger suggests "It really should be positioned here..."

Roy suggests “It really should be positioned here…”

Storage

Storage

Steam train passes by

Steam train passes by

A lovely setting

A lovely setting

Chilled out pooches

Chilled out pooches

Heather has a new friend

Heather has a new friend

We bought some Porto

We bought some Porto

For all to have a taste

For all to have a taste

Cheers!

Cheers!

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Beautiful biker-babes (where's Kari?)

Beautiful biker-babes (but where’s Kari?)

David samples the Porto

David samples the Porto

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David's ticket from Guimareas turns up!

David’s ticket from Guimareas turns up!

Dinner is included again

Dinner is included again

Our hotel in a remote medieval town

Our hotel in a remote medieval town

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Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

Impromptu morning coffee stop

Impromptu morning coffee stop

You MUST be happy riding hairpins

You MUST be happy riding hairpins

There are high concentration twisties

There are high concentration twisties

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

We stop at a reservoir

We stop at a reservoir

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Then we stop at the highest point in Portugal

Then we stop at the highest point in Portugal – over there!

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Our next hotel for two nights

Our next hotel for two nights

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Many go for a ride-out

The next day many go for a ride-out

Fab roads

Fab roads

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Ian & Heather, then Andy & Gary

Ian & Heather, then Andy & Gary

Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds

Great sweepers

Great sweepers

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Andy, Gary then Alan & Julie

Andy, Gary then Alan & Julie

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Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

In a remote mountain village!

In a remote mountain village!

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Gary on his Suzuki GSXS1000F

Gary on his Suzuki GSXS1000F

Great roads

Great roads

Gary then Jan & Eliza

Gary then Jan & Eliza

Villages tucked away

Villages tucked away

Twisties & hairpins

Twisties & hairpins

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Andy B on his BMW S1000XR

Andy B on his BMW S1000XR

The prettiest village for lunch

The prettiest village for a stop

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Jan & Eliza came from Hong kong!

Jan & Eliza came from Hong Kong!

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Fuel stop

Fuel stop – cash in the bag!

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Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Ian & Heather - Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Ian & Heather – Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Andy B

Andy B

Back at the hotel

Back at the hotel

Andy W & Jen brave the pool

Andy W & Jen brave the pool

Kari enjoying a G&T

Kari enjoying a G&T

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Four BN off-road guys arrive!

Four BN off-road guys arrive!

John with Eliza

John with Eliza

Dinner is included both nights here

Dinner is included both nights here

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Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Fuel & coffee stop

Fuel & coffee stop

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Ian riding solo without Heather

Ian riding solo without Heather

Phil

Phil

Iain

Iain

Roger

Roger

Afternoon coffee...

Afternoon coffee…back in Spain

In wolf country

Wolf country

The setting for our final hotel

The setting for our final hotel

It's frothy man !!!

It’s frothy man !!!

Characters strike the bell

Characters strike the bell

Andy has chips !!

Andy has chips !!

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

More jokes from John

More jokes from John

Andy shows Rod...

Andy shows Rod…

how to waft a towel for Jackie !!

how to waft a towel for Jackie !!

Rod takes a turn

Rod takes a turn

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Phil's up next

Phil’s up next

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Then Malcolm

Then Malcolm

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Kari's up next

Kari’s up next

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Andy again...

Andy again…

Jan tells a story

Jan tells a story

Then we're treated to the Penguin joke

Then we’re treated to the Penguin joke

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Andy again...

Andy again…

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Guess the vegetable...

Guess the vegetable…

So Wendy's played before !!!

So Wendy’s played before !!!

Hotel has garage parking

Hotel has garage parking

Gary's stopped by the police

Gary’s stopped by the police

At coffee stop we have a whip-round

At coffee stop we have a whip-round

to pay Gary's fine

to pay Gary’s fine

We head into the Pico Mountains

We head into the Picos Mountains

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We stop for a photo opportunity

We stop for a photo opportunity

Wendy on her Honda CBR 600F

Wendy on her Honda CBR 600F

Roy on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Roy on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

David on his Honda Deauville

David on his Honda Deauville

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3

Fabulous views

Fabulous views

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Andy B

Andy B

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Cute locals

Cute locals

Hello !

Hello !

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

The t-shirt shop is open!

The t-shirt shop is open!

All back to the ferry

All back to the ferry

And that’s all folks! An eventful inaugural tour thanks to the contributions of many of the participants!!! Our planning paid off as we thought the routes with fantastic roads to ride, great hotels, breaks, days off & timings all worked a treat. We hope that a marker moving off, accidents due to rider error, dropped bikes, police fine, Merc shunted up the rear etc…didn’t detract from what was otherwise a great tour!!! Thanks to everyone who took a turn riding as “back-marker” after our designated person had to cancel at the last minute. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.

 

Testimonial Italy & Switzerland 2019

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Testimonial Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour   17 – 28 August 2019

"Probably" the best Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour to date! Another great group, fantastic weather & amazing sights - no apologies for the number of photos which follow...

“Probably” the best Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour to date! Another great group, fantastic weather & amazing sights – no apologies for the number of photos which follow…

Before the tour starts Ros & Andy have a puncture!

Before the tour starts Ros & Andy’s bike has a puncture!

We start with a briefing

We start with a briefing

Then get Andy to a garage!

Then get Andy to a garage for a new tyre!

Ros & Andy rejoin us at coffee stop

Ros & Andy rejoin us at coffee stop

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for another great trip, great riding, some fabulous views, hotels were clean, unique and well located and of course your support with the punctured front tyre was very much appreciated, thank you.”
Ros (5th trip) & Andy (6th trip) Moseley, Honda Blackbird, Warwickshire
Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Dry roads now

Dry roads now

Come on Jackie - jump !!

Come on Jackie – jump !!

This morning we didn't think we'd be in the pool!

This morning we didn’t think we’d be in the pool!

“Hi John & Jen, I would like to say it was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and I had one of the best holidays I’ve ever had – the organisation, the hotels and the routes chosen by yourselves were second to none. What a fantastic mix of excellent and exhilarating riding roads, the sort of thing every motorcyclist strives to find and ride. I also have to say what a fantastic group we had, loads of fun banter and tales tol. It was also a fantastic opportunity to spend an extended period to bond and ride with my father (“Stoner”), although I must admit there were times that I wish I had a leash on him to stop him racing off chasing the locals on their bikes through the countryside and a tracker to find him when he wonders off on one of his “little adventures”!
Rest assured when the opportunity arises I will be booking another trip with yourselves, as I feel the attention to detail and inclusion of everyone on the tour forms a real family atmosphere which I hope has gained me friends that I will see again over the coming months and years. Once again thanks for all you did for dad and myself, it definitely made it a holiday to remember.”
Adrian Stone, 1st tour, KTM 990 Adventure, Cornwall
John & Daryl comparing scars!

John & Daryl comparing scars!

John W joins in

Jon W joins in

“We’ve just returned from the Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps tour. It was amazing in every way (weather, roads, scenery, hotels, food and the others on tour). John and Jen put so much effort into researching the roads, places to stop for drinks/lunch and hotels and it really shows! Our only concern was how we’d pack all our clothes and shoes into the panniers 😉 the rest is all under the skilful control of John and Jen. Thanks to you both for another fantastic tour!!!
Audrey and Rees Hewson, 4th tour, BMW R1200RS, Cambridgeshire
Andy D's in the pool

Andy D’s in the pool

And so is John

And so is John

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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“Hi John & Jen, I just do not have a clue on how to describe the holiday with enough superlatives and not sound condescending.  Perhaps the best description for me is that I could not have found any other event that could have served to bond my son & I so well.
Hotels: no complaints. The three selected for extra days were just perfect.  I now know what the perfect Lasagna should taste like. And learnt how to hang washing with no peg marks! In such a scenic area with beautiful weather wherever you took us would have been Ace.   The routes chosen gave us the winning Royal Flush. You know I have been with many companies and frankly enjoyed them all. BN’s Ace up the sleeve is having a luggage van. Not only carried but available throughout the day.
Thank you both for all the effort you put into your events they shine because of it. I am just pig sick to think I could have gone to Portugal with you. Great stuff you two, I will keep coming while I can” [Please read “Stoner’s” further tribute to the Gang at the end of the review]
John “Stoner” Stone, 4th tour, KTM 790 Adventure S, Cornwall
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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

“What a cracking tour it was too, fantastic weather, plenty to see, great off bike socialising with a great bunch of fellow riders and pillions👍🏍  Now done this trip 3 times and it has never failed to deliver. I may be back!! Well done John & Jen on another great tour 🏍👍😊”
Andy Dunmore, 7th tour, Honda VFR800, West Sussex
John welcomes everyone to the tour

John welcomes everyone to the tour

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Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Morning coffeee stop

Coffeee stop after some great roads

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for a wonderful holiday!! I absolutely loved it all.  Breathtaking scenery, incredible roads, wonderful hotels and great company along the trip.  I was a little nervous that my Suzuki Bandit wouldn’t make it but she did and I’m so proud of her!! I, myself, as a bit of a non-biker, really grew in confidence along the way and now consider myself a better biker for the experience. You and Jen were incredible from start to finish and I look forward to another wonderful trip in the future so thanks again for some amazing memories. All the best”
 Brian Keeler, 1st tour, Suzuki Bandit 650, London
En-route to lunch

En-route to lunch (thanks Jackie)

Jen's in the lead again

Jen’s in the lead again

Back-markers Wayne & Carole

Back-markers Wayne & Carole

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

“Hi both, we would like to thank you for a fantastic tour, we really enjoyed it. Seeing such fantastic scenery blew our minds away. A tour of a lifetime would sum it up. We are keeping an eye out for next years tours so you will have to put up with us again and if you think our back marking skills are up to it we would be happy to do it again. See you both soon.”
Wayne & Carole Williams, 5th tour, BMW K1600GT, RCT – Wales
Pavement parking at lunch stop

Pavement parking at lunch stop

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Mike & Tracey Kawasaki Z1000SX

Mike & Tracey – Kawasaki Z1000SX

“Hi John & Jen, many thanks for another wonderful trip – fantastic group of people that made the tour really enjoyable. Switzerland and the Italian Lakes was stunning and we had great weather. (Cannot believe Tracey did the toboggan – she did scream the whole way down!) Thank you John and Jen for a truly excellent tour.”
Mike Sanders (7th trip) & Tracey Reading (6th trip), Kawasaki Z1000SX, Somerset
More great roads

More great roads

Afternoon stop by the lake

Afternoon stop by the lake

Ice creams all round

Ice creams for Daryl, Steve & David

Son & Dad "Stoner"

Son Adrian & Dad “Stoner”

A beautiful setting

A beautiful setting

Us !

Us !

Ros & Andy

Ros & Andy

Jackie & Jon

Jackie & Jon

Who needs a helping hand!

Who needs a helping hand!

“Great tour, good fun company. Switzerland was amazing, hotels great, best one yet and run faultlessly by John and Jen despite some challenges – marker pointing in the wrong direction!!!! (Won’t mention your name Adrian!!) and a tricky puncture to sort out. Put your feet up you two and have a beer xxxx
Oh there is one complaint – please please please don’t tell the “International Expert on Wasp Noises” joke again !!!!! 😆😆” [Is that because you laugh too much ???? – John]
Jon & Jackie Watson, 3rd tour, BMW K1300S, Berkshire
Anyone would think you were on holiday!

Anyone would think you were on holiday!

Relax in the shade

Relax in the shade

View from our next hotel

View from our next hotel

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

“Hi both, thanks again for another fantastic tour and dont forget if you have rider & pillion space for Portugal tour next year count us in”
Vince & Tracey Farmer, 7th tour, Honda Goldwing, Gloucestershire
Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Carole always with her camera

Carole always with her camera

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Hall of mirrors or a true reflection?!

Hall of mirrors or a true reflection?!

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

An atmospheric start

Pretty coffee stop

Pretty coffee stop

Tracey found the cake shop

Tracey found the cake shop

Rees & Audrey with huge cakes

Rees & Audrey with huge cakes

They've finished theirs

They’ve nearly finished theirs

Don't try & hide it David!

Don’t try & hide it David!

Fab scenery

Fab scenery

Wayne & Carole

Wayne & Carole

We're heading up there...

We’re heading up there…

Andy & Ros - Honda Blackbird

Andy & Ros – Honda Blackbird (thanks Jackie)

More hairpins than a 40's hairdo!! You must be able to cope with these!

More hairpins than a 40’s hairdo!! You must be able to cope with these!

Super scenery

Super scenery

Lunch at the top

Lunch at the top

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Guess who!

Guess who!

The group on top of the Petit St Bernard Pass

The group on top of the Petit St Bernard Pass – note Andy D’s new friend!

Jackie & Jon

Jackie & Jon

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

More hairpins on the way down

More hairpins on the way down

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Fuel & motorway instructions

Fuel & motorway instructions

En-route

En-route

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Fuel & re-group at services

Fuel & re-group at services

Well that's what the van said!

Well that’s what the van said!

The pool at our next hotel

The pool at our next hotel for two nights

Jon, Jacke & Jen are straight in

Jon, Jacke & Jen are straight in

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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The next day is a day off the bikes, with lots to do – either take a boat trip to visit the Borromeo Islands, visit the Palace, take a cable car for fab views of the lakes (if not cloudy!), explore the old town of Stresa or just relax around the pool.

We take a boat trip

We take a boat trip

Thanks captain!

Thanks captain!

We visit Isola Madre first

We visit Isola Madre first

Coffee or beers?

Coffee or beers?

Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Lots of restaurants to choose from

It has to be pizza!

It has to be pizza!

A cheat photo

A cheat photo of the island

Look what the boys found!!

Look what the boys found!!

They were so amused!!

They were so amused!!

Next we visit Isola Bella

Next we visit Isola Bella

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Time to visit the Palace & gardens

Time to visit the Palace & gardens

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Vince didn't want to get in!

Vince didn’t want to get in!

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A lovely morning

A lovely morning (thanks V&T)

We all take the local ferry

We all take the local ferry

The group on the ferry

The group on the ferry

Chilling

Enjoying the view

Jackie & Jon

Jackie & Jon

Pavement parking at coffee - eventually!!

Pavement parking at coffee – eventually!!

Lake Lugano

Lake Lugano

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Andy needs a bump start

Andy D needs a bump start

Others enjoy ice creams

Others enjoy ice creams

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Parking for lunch stop

Parking for lunch stop

Ros & Andy chillin'

Ros & Andy chillin’

Lunch is by Lake Como

Lunch is by beautiful Lake Como

Quaint back streets

Quaint back streets

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Loosening our chain at fuel stop

Loosening our chain at fuel stop

That's what the sign said

That’s what the sign said

Jon uses the air pump to keep cool!

Jon uses the air pump to keep cool!

Approaching St Moritz

Approaching St Moritz

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At our next hotel for two nights

At our next hotel for two nights

Drinks on the terrace

Drinks on the terrace

Another interesting Honda fact!!!

Another interesting Honda fact!!!

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Boys will be boys !!

Boys will be boys !!

Some had great rooms (thanks V&T)

Some had great rooms (thanks V&T)

The Bernina Express stops at our hotel

The Bernina Express stops at our hotel

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The next morning most walk to the Glacier

The next morning most walk to the Glacier – it’s this way !!!

Daryl's at the 1900 marker

Daryl’s at the 1900 marker

David's at 1940

David’s at 1940

Steve's at 1960

Steve’s at 1960

Adrian's at 1970

Adrian’s at 1970

Amazing view as we approach the Glacier

Amazing view as we approach the Glacier

David

David

But we're brave bikers!!

But we’re brave bikers!!

Mike & Tracey

Mike & Tracey at the 2015 marker

View looking back

View looking back

We climb over rocks

We climb over rocks

And reach the Glacier

And reach the Glacier

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David & Steve

David & Steve

Mike

Mike

Tracey

Tracey

David

David

Adrian

Adrian

Taking selfies

Taking selfies

Brian's made it!

Brian’s made it!

So has Rees

So has Rees

Us !

Us !

Heading back

Heading back

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Rees, Jackie & Jon, Audrey

Rees, Jackie & Jon, Audrey

Andy & Ros with Carole & Wayne

Andy & Ros with Carole & Wayne

Andy at the 2010 marker

Andy at the 2010 marker

Rees & Audrey at 2005

Rees & Audrey at 2005

Rees & David

Rees & David

Andy stops for a drink of iced water

Andy stops for a drink of iced water

This afternoon many choose to ride to the Stelvio Pass, or do their own ride, others take advantage of the ticket to ride the Bernina Express…

Vince set off to Austria

Vince set off to Austria

Sunken church at Graun Im Vinschgau

Sunken church at Graun Im Vinschgau

Back at the hotel many then choose to go for a ride-out

Back at the hotel many then choose to go for a ride-out

Adrian on his KTM 990 Adv

Adrian on his KTM 990 Adv

Take the rack railway to the viewing point

Take the rack railway to the viewing point

Steve on his Triumph Street Triple R

Steve on his Triumph Street Triple R

Andy M with Rees

Andy M with Rees

"Stoner" on his KTM 790 Adv S

“Stoner” on his KTM 790 Adv S

Andy M followed by Rees

Andy M followed by Rees

Rees is in the lead

Rees is in the lead

Fabulous hairpins

Fabulous hairpins

Rees followed by Adrian

Rees followed by Adrian

More hairpins

More hairpins

We stop for refreshments

We stop for refreshments

Coffee & cakes !

Coffee & cakes !

David & Steve

David & Steve

Rees

Rees

Andy M & Andy D

Andy M & Andy D

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Jon & Jackie ride as back-markers

Jon & Jackie ride as back-markers (thanks Jackie)

Andy D in the lead

Andy D in the lead

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Daryl

Daryl

So who didn't see the speed cameras???

So who didn’t see the speed cameras???

Tunnels

Tunnels

Start of the Stelvio - 48 hairpins !!!

Start of the Stelvio Pass – 48 hairpins !!!

Brian on his Suzuki GSF 650

Brian on his Suzuki GSF 650

Orange boxes David - not blue !!!

Orange boxes David – not blue !!!

We passed Stoner taking photos

We passed Stoner taking photos

Then he flies past us !!

Then he flies past us !!

Just a few bends !!

Just a few bends !!

Us - thanks Adrain

Us – thanks Adrain

Us again - thanks Adrain

Us again – thanks Adrain

Andy D heading up

Andy D heading up on his VFR 800

Andy M on his Blackbird

Andy M on his Blackbird

Jon & Jackie on their BMW K1300S

Jon & Jackie on their BMW K1300S

Stoner gets a lift up to place our sticker !!

Stoner gets a lift up to place our sticker !!

Those who made it to the top !

Those who made it to the top !

David has a new Bernese - "Stelvie"

David has a new Bernese – “Stelvie”

Jen has a Marmot for Otto

Jen has a Marmot for Otto

Heading down

Rees followed by Steve

The view going down

The view going down

David on his KTM Superduke 1290 GT

David on his KTM Superduke 1290 GT

David followed by Daryl

David followed by Daryl

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Andy D riding in the train lines !!

Andy D riding in the train lines !!

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Fab roads

Fab roads

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Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

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Not that joke again !!!

Not that joke again !!!

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Morning briefing

Morning briefing

Leaving St Moritz

Leaving St Moritz

Brilliant roads

Brilliant roads

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Lovely

So pretty

So pretty

Adrian has a problem

Adrian has a problem

Coffee and a surprise...

Coffee and a surprise…

Mike has a new toy...

Mike has a new toy…

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Take the ski-lift up…

Most take the ski lift up then the toboggan down

The brave ones – then take the toboggan down

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The long way down...

The long way down…

John goes first

John goes first

Daryl goes next

Daryl goes next

Mike & Tracey - she screamed all the way!

Mike & Tracey – she screamed all the way!

Wayne & Carole

Wayne & Carole

David's next

David’s next

Then Adrian

Then Adrian

Followed by Stoner his Dad

Followed by Stoner his Dad

Steve's turn

Steve’s turn

Jon & Jackie

Jon & Jackie

Ros is going down alone

Ros is going down alone

Followed by hubby Andy

Followed by hubby Andy

It's Vince next

It’s Vince next

Then Brian

Then Brian

Andy D folloed by Jen

Andy D followed by Jen

Here's Mike & Tracey

Here’s Mike & Tracey – a fab ride!

Wayne & Carole loved it

Wayne & Carole loved it

David

David

Adrian

Adrian

Stoner

Stoner

Steve

Steve

Jon & Jackie

Jon & Jackie

Ros

Ros

Andy

Andy

Vince

Vince

Brian

Brian

Andy

Andy

And finally, Jen

And finally, Jen

Lunch on the Oberalp Pass

Lunch on the Oberalp Pass

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We stop on the Susten Pass

We stop on the Susten Pass

Fab photo opportunity

Fab photo opportunity

Wayne & Carole arrive

Wayne & Carole arrive

All the bikes

All the bikes

Huge glacier at the top

Huge glacier at the top

Any chance of a groip photo ??? (thanks Jackie)

Any chance of a group photo ??? (thanks Jackie)

The group in the Susten Pass

The group in the Susten Pass

Lots of bikes out today

Lots of bikes out today

Wayne & Carole

Wayne & Carole (thanks Jackie)

Fab rolling clouds (thanks Jackie)

Fab rolling clouds (thanks Jackie)

Our next hotel for 3 nights

Our next hotel for 3 nights

Drinks on the terrace

Drinks on the terrace

How many for fish???

How many for fish???

Great food

Great food

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John explains the options for the next days

John explains the options for the next days

A beautiful morning

A beautiful morning

Enjoy coffee on the terrace

Enjoy coffee on the terrace

Chicken in a basket !

Chicken in a basket !

Parking for our bikes

Parking for our bikes

Most of us go for a ride-out

Most of us go for a ride-out

Vince & Tracey with Daryl

Vince & Tracey with Daryl

More fabulous roads

More fabulous roads

We head up the Grimsel Pass

We head up the Grimsel Pass

Adrian & Daryl

Adrian & Daryl

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Huge dam

And another

And another

More twisties

More twisties

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Stoner & Adrian

Stoner & Adrian

And again

And again

Thousands of cyclists

Thousands of cyclists

A welcome at the top

A welcome at the top

The group on the Grimsel Pass (only Mike & Tracey missing)

The group on the Grimsel Pass (only Mike & Tracey stayed to have a day round the lake)

Marmots at the top

Marmots at the top

So cute!

So cute!

Coffee stop in the sunshine

Coffee stop in the sun – prev years we’ve had snow!!

Rees & Audrey

Rees & Audrey

A brilliant Pass

A brilliant Pass

The Furka Pass in the distance

The Furka Pass in the distance

Jen's view as pillion today

Jen’s view as pillion today

So many hairpins

So many hairpins

David & Steve

David & Steve

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Steve, Daryl & Andy

Steve, Daryl & Andy

Andy then Vince & Tracey

Andy then Vince & Tracey

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Andy, Vince & Tracey again

Andy, Vince & Tracey again

and again...

and again…

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Amazing view at the top of the Nufenen Pass

Amazing view at the top of the Nufenen Pass

We stop for a photo opportunity

We stop for a photo opportunity

Stoner, Adrian & John

Stoner, Adrian & John

Race the cyclists downhill!

Race the cyclists downhill!

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

A cobbled pass

A cobbled pass

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Yes, we're riding up there

Yes, we’re riding up there

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Daryl - KTM 1290 Super Adv

Daryl – KTM 1290 Super Adv

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Daryl again

Daryl again

Daryl again

And again…

Fab views

Fab views

Another cobbled pass

Another cobbled pass

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Heading up the Furka Pass

Heading up the Furka Pass

We stop for another photo opportunity

We stop for another photo opportunity

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Us

Us

The group on the Furka Pass (thanks again Jackie!)

The group on the Furka Pass (thanks again Jackie!)

The best pic of the tour !!!

The best pic of the tour !!!

The proper view !

The proper view !

Down the Furka & up the Grimsel

Down the Furka & up the Grimsel

Steve on his Street Triple R

Steve on his Street Triple R

Yes, up there as well

Yes, up there as well

Brilliant empty roads

Brilliant empty roads

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Andy, Adrian & Stoner

Andy, Adrian & Stoner

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Daryl & Andy

Daryl & Andy

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Vince & Tracey on their Goldwing

Vince & Tracey on their Goldwing

Drinks when we get back

Drinks when we get back

A free night, we head into town

A free night, we head into town

Rees has a work-out !

Rees has a work-out !

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Local wood carvings

Another beautiful morning

Another beautiful morning

Adjusting Brian's chain

Adjusting Brian’s Suzuki’s chain

Jen rides, John's pillion

Jen rides, John’s pillion

We ride past Interlaken

We ride past Interlaken

Lovely houses

Lovely houses

Pretty villages

Pretty villages

We visit the Trummelbach Waterfalls

We visit the Trummelbach Waterfalls

Coffee...

Coffee…

& cakes - Audrey has a meringue!

& cakes – Audrey has a meringue!

Those who visited the Waterfalls

Those who visited the Waterfalls

Take the lift up inside the mountain

Take the lift up inside the mountain

Amazing force of the falls

Amazing force of the falls

The photos don't do this justice

The photos don’t do this justice

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John & Jackie getting sprayed

Jon & Jackie getting sprayed

Mike & Tracey

Mike & Tracey half way down

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Then we do something we haven’t been able to in the previous four tours – a helicopter ride over the Swiss Alps. Eight of us flew in two groups – absolutely stunning scenery & worth every penny!

Brian that's a rucksack not a parachute!!

Brian that’s a rucksack not a parachute!!

First up Jon, Jackie, Jen & John

First up Jon, Jackie, Jen & John

Jackie & Jon

Jackie & Jon

Jen & John

Jen & John

Pilot points out the mountains

Pilot points out the mountains

Wow !

Wow !

The North face of the Eiger

The North face of the Eiger

Wow !

Wow !

How many Wow's !!!

How many Wow’s !!!

Amazing glacier

Amazing glacier

Top of the Jungfrau

Top of the Jungfrau

Our route (thanks Rees)

Our route (thanks Rees)

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Coming into land

Coming in to land

David, Brian, Rees & Audrey go next

David, Brian, Rees & Audrey go next

Away they go

Away they go

David's up front

David’s up front

Rees, Audrey & Brian

Rees, Audrey & Brian

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Back on dry land

Back on dry land

We set off for lunch

We set off for lunch

Brian maks the junction

Brian’s in the lead

Rees & Audrey

Rees & Audrey

Fab views of the Eiger

Fab views of the Eiger

Grindelwald for lunch

Grindelwald for lunch

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The mountains in detail

The mountains in detail

Riding back to our hotel

Riding back to our hotel

Andy flummoxed? Never!!

Andy flummoxed? Never!! (thanks David!)

Drinks when we get back

Drinks when we get back

Stoner's been missing for hours!!

Stoner’s been missing for hours!!

but at least his washing's dry!!

but at least his washing’s dry!!

Daryl's getting ready to go out

Daryl’s getting ready to go out

Jackie & John dine at the hotel

Jackie & Jon dine at the hotel

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A beautiful sunset over the lake

A beautiful sunset over the lake

We find a restaurant with live music

We find a restaurant with live music

Reserved tables for breakfast

Reserved tables for breakfast

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So cute!

So cute!

Sadly we have to leave

Sadly we have to leave

Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Coffee stop

Coffee stop

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Lunch is still in Switzerland

Lunch is still in Switzerland

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Such pretty scenery

Such pretty scenery

Fab views of the Needle & Mont Blanc

Fab views of the Needle & Mont Blanc

Afternoon coffee at Chamonix

Afternoon coffee at Chamonix

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L'aiguille (needle)

L’aiguille (needle)

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

John's in the lead - we ALWAYS re-group before & after any motorway

John’s in the lead – we ALWAYS re-group before & after any motorway

Beers at our next hotel

Beers at our next hotel

3 wise monkeys - Stoner just gets it!!

3 wise monkeys – Stoner just gets it!!

A free night

A free night

It's Ros's birthday!

It’s Ros’s birthday!

The hotel wanted a photo of the bikes

The hotel wanted a photo of the bikes

The region is known for its' chicken!

The region is known for its’ chicken!

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

It's Jackie's birthday!

It’s Jackie’s birthday!

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Approaching our final hotel

Approaching our final hotel

Across the Loire

Across the Loire

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before (after) dinner (thanks Vince)

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

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Huge thanks to Wayne & Carole

Huge thanks to Wayne & Carole

More bad jokes...

More bad jokes…

Stoner says a few words of thanks to us

Stoner says a few words of thanks to us

John presents some awards...

John presents some awards…

The Swiss Italian Lakes Gang 2019. Thank you to all for accepting me again into your company.Andy the talking librarian.

Vince, the smartest “Farmer” I know. Some tractor !!!

Rees who can brake like no other – Struth!   Audrey, the perfect passenger didn’t move a muscle when on board.

Dangerous Brian – a teacher that learnt a lot and didn’t moan about being cut up.David the fastest road block in the Alps and a Frustrated Daryl.Mike and Tracey saved money going to Gretna to buy a new bike?

Andy and Ros just get it on song when I run out of revs

Then of course the Atomic pair Jon & Jackie – Bless her- who’s not worth a back rest  BOOO (Jon the underpants have gone to the bin).Then we have the Welsh circus crew whipping us along at the back. Thank you Wayne, Thank you Carole.Lastly  father and son Stoner.  Father, brilliant trip specially the day off ! !

Adrian. Jealousy oozes following the 1290 KTM.s

Jen, thank you for a nice quick ride – you know when. John, best ever demo of The Hollering Dance I have seen.  It actually saved the day for me at the Peage – thank you Mr.“Stoner”
To Steve for crossing the most white lines!

To Steve for crossing the most white lines!

David the biggest "Faffer"!! (Andy a close 2nd!)

David the biggest “Faffer”!! (Andy a close 2nd!)

More jokes - David

More jokes – David

Steve

Steve

Wayne has a few to tell

Wayne has a few to tell

And that's it...

And that’s it…a final lovely morning

With coffee & lunch stops en-route we’re all back at Le Havre for the ferry. Thanks to everyone for a brilliant tour and for sending lots of photos – it’s only when looking back through all these you see just how much we packed into the 12 days. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.

 

Testimonial Rhine in Flames 2019

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Testimonial Rhine in Flames Tour   7 – 12 August 2019

The group ready to embark for the Rhine in Flames - another fantastic tour with a great bunch of people.

The group ready to embark for the Rhine in Flames – another fantastic tour with a great bunch of people.

We always start with a briefing

We always start with a briefing

Peter on his FJR 1300

Peter on his Yamaha FJR 1300

Phil & Veronica - Tracer 900

Phil & Veronica – Yamaha Tracer 900

We meet more at Eurotunnel

We meet more at Eurotunnel

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

“Hi John & Jen, this was a superb tour and with the best bunch of riders I’ve come across to date. Even the dancing bit on the boat (which I was not looking forward to) was OK, thanks in the main to a few sympathetic wives! The research you both have put into these tours rewards the customer with some exciting roads, delightful towns and comfortable hotels. What more could you ask for? Looking forward to the next one.”
Reece Compton, 4th tour, Triumph Tiger 800, Essex
Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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We ALWAYS regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

We ALWAYS regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

“Hi Jen & John, thank you for another great tour, loved the  roads, food, wine and company! Hopefully see you soon”
Gavin & Josie Allen, 4th tour, Triumph Tiger Explorer, Cornwall
Colin needed fuel from the van!

Colin needed fuel from the van!

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Good roads

Good roads

Ride the starting grid

Ride the starting grid

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Kevin & Sue - Moto Guzzi Norge

Kevin & Sue – Moto Guzzi Norge

Sally on her Fazer 600

Sally on her Yamaha Fazer 600

Paul & Gill ride as back-markers

Paul & Gill ride as back-markers

“Hi both, firstly thanks for a great tour, both Sally and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the company; it was a great group.  We’re having dinner with Clare and Adrian tomorrow to report back on our experience so watch this space for potential future bookings :-)”

Peter Wright, 10th trip, FJR 1300 and Sally Hurman, 9th trip, Fazer 600, Leicestershire
Really ?!

Really ?!

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

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Our first hotel

Our first hotel

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Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

“Hi both, Tracey & I absolutely loved the Rhine trip. It’s my second outing with you, & Tracey’s first. It’s the first tour on the KTM 1190 and we’re both so glad we went. A great trip, a great atmosphere, a really lovely crowd, superb roads, scenery and great little towns you picked for lunch stops. We will do another sometime.
Your complete organisation and route planning make the days go so smoothly and takes away all the stress. You put me in lemming mode! That’s exactly what I need to relax…Thanks to you both, and thanks to the rest of the tourers that made it a really good experience. (apart from the 150 Euro fine…. & dropping my driving glasses whilst riding….) See you both in 2020. 😊
 Mark (2nd tour) & Tracey (1st tour) Hornett, KTM 1190 Adventure, Warwickshire
Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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It's Peter's 10th trip !

It’s Peter’s 10th trip !

More bad jokes !

The start of the bad jokes !

John saw the next day

John spotted the next day

“Hi guys, thanks for a fab trip, I will definitely be back”
Ali Beresford, 1st tour, Triumph Street Triple 765R, Somerset
Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Local attractions

More good roads

More good roads

Beers at Boppard while we wait...

Beers at Boppard while we wait…

For the van to arrive...

For the van to arrive…

Having rounded up Ian & Karin !!

Having rounded up Ian & Karin !!

“We look back on a great experience, with Karin’s virgin bike tour being a great success. Amazing group of people to share the experience with, brilliant roads/riding days and rest days. Big thanks to John and Jen for their great organisation and research of this tour. The Rhine in Flames experience particularly was amazing.
We fondly remember the big welcome you all gave us, after our extra diversion and John’s conscientiousness in bringing us back to the fold. We look forward to seeing the pictures of the “German traffic police Christmas party”, which Sheldon and Ian and others are funding!! Hope we might meet up with some of you again on another trip, thank you one and all.
 Ian (2nd tour) & Karin (1st tour) Heap, BMW R1200 RT, Norfolk
Our view across the Rhine

Our view across the Rhine – we take the ferry on a ride-out tomorrow

Honestly - use your eyes - don't phone each other !!!

“Where are you?”  Use your eyes – don’t phone each other !!! Honestly, this happened!

A day off - we all take the train to Rudesheim

A day off – we all take the train to Rudesheim

“So, our review arrives last in the best back-marker tradition.  Being back-markers didn’t detract from the tour one bit, but it really helped to settle Gill into group riding which she wasn’t convinced she would enjoy. Getting to know so many new faces / friends was great fun and the Rhine in Flames tour was an absolute joy from start to finish.  The Rhine cruise and fireworks really lived up to all our expectations. Big thanks have to go to John and Jen for their organisation and attention to detail be it choice of roads, hotels, activities or the excellent marking system throughout and for the bonus of having a support van following the tour. John even managed to find a group of laughing German Police, remarkable!  Will recommend BN European Tours whenever I get the opportunity and hope to sign up to another tour in the future.”
 Chris (2nd tour) & Gill (1st tour) Wild, BMW R1200RT, Gloucestershire
Then the passenger ferry across the Rhine

Then the passenger ferry across the Rhine

Approaching Rudesheim

Approaching Rudesheim

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Time to explore the town

Time to explore the town

Many of us sample a Rudesheimer Caffee

Many of us sample a Rudesheimer Caffee

Ian's having ice cream

Ian’s having ice cream

While Gavin & Josie...

While Gavin & Josie…

Elaine & Sheldon...

Elaine & Sheldon…

have huge fruit waffles

have huge fruit waffles!

Wander into the back streets

Wander into the back streets

Take the cable car for fab views

Take the cable car for fab views

We spot Paul & Sue coming down

We spot Paul & Sue coming down

And Veronica & Phil

And Veronica & Phil

Great views at the top

Great views at the top

The Neiderwalddenkmal

The Neiderwalddenkmal

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Yeah, right !!

Yeah, right !!

Jane & Kevin going down

Jane & Kevin going down

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Quaint streets

Quaint streets

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Hear the bells ringing

Hear the bells ringing

We take the paddlesteamer back

We take the paddlesteamer back

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See the castles en-route

See the castles en-route

Wine anyone?

Nothing to do but relax with a drink

Gavin

Gavin

What has Jane spotted?

What has Jane spotted?

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More castles

More castles

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We approach the Loreley Rock

We approach the Loreley Rock

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The famous mermaid

The famous mermaid

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That evening the heavens open

That evening the heavens open

Elaine & Sheldon take cover

Elaine & Sheldon take cover

Nigel is loving it !!

Nigel is loving it !!

It absolutely chucks it down!!

It absolutely chucks it down!!

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The next day, glorious sunshine

The next day, glorious sunshine

Boppard centre

Boppard centre

We all have rooms with balconies

We all have rooms with balconies

Bike parking on the pavement

Bike parking on the pavement

We meet for a ride-out

We meet for a ride-out

So what size tyres Mark ?

So what size tyres Mark ? (from day before)

John's in the lead

John’s in the lead

Kevin (& Jane) on Honda VFR1200

Kevin (& Jane) on Honda VFR1200

All aboard

All aboard

Paul (& Sue) on BMW R1200GS

Paul (& Sue) on BMW R1200GS

Ali on her Street Triple 765 R

Ali on her Street Triple 765 R

Pretty villages

Pretty villages

Ian & Karin on BMW R1200 RT

Ian & Karin on BMW R1200 RT

Lovely scenery

Impressive buildings

It's Reece - Tiger 800

It’s Reece – Tiger 800

But did you spot the other tigers???

But did you spot the other tigers???

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Here come the boys - and girls!

Here come the boys – and girls!

Nigel followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

A mixture of sweepers...

A mixture of sweepers…

Nigel on his BMW R1000RR

Nigel on his BMW S1000RR

Followed by twisties

Followed by twisties

Ian & Jen - Moto Guzzi California

Ian & Jen – Moto Guzzi California

Ian & Jen again

Ian & Jen again

More twisties

More twisties

A pillion's view

A pillion’s view

Mark & Tracey - KTM 1290 Adv

Mark & Tracey – KTM 1190 Adv

Gavin & Josie mark the junction

Gavin & Josie mark the junction

Sheldon & Elaine - Kawasaki GTR1400

Sheldon & Elaine – Kawasaki GTR1400

You won't run out of fuel!

You won’t run out of fuel!

Ian & Karin, Reece then Nigel

Ian & Karin, Reece then Nigel

Reece again

Reece again

Reece followed by Ali

Reece followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

Ali then Kevin & Jane

Ali then Kevin & Jane

Mark & Tracey lead the pack

Mark & Tracey lead the pack

At the Drachenfells

At the Drachenfells

We take the rack-railway

We take the rack-railway

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For views of the volcanoes

For views of the volcanoes

And fab views of the Rhine

And fab views of the Rhine

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Nigel & Ali

Nigel & Ali

Time for lunch at the top

Time for lunch at the top

The super six

The super six

Gavin & Josie - Tiger Explorer

Gavin & Josie – Tiger Explorer

Sheldon & Elaine

Sheldon & Elaine

and again !

the brothers riding together

Mark & Tracey, then Ali

Mark & Tracey, then Ali

Colin on his Kawasaki Z750

Colin on his Kawasaki Z750

Ian & Karin

Ian & Karin

Kevin & Jane

Kevin & Jane

Colin again

Colin again

and again!

and again!

Waiting for the ferry back

Waiting for the ferry back

Josie's bum needs a massage!!

Josie’s bum needs a massage!!

Jane was happy to oblige!

Jane was happy to oblige!

Back to Bpooard

Back to Boppard

Phil (& Veronica) - Tracer 900

Phil (& Veronica) – Tracer 900

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Drinks before the main event

Drinks before the main event

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All aboard for a great night of dinner, fireworks & dancing!

All aboard for a great night of dinner, fireworks & dancing!

Fortunately John has our tickets!

Fortunately John has our tickets!

We start with dinner

We start with dinner

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The boats start circulating

The boats start circulating

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Jen teaches the girls the Slosh

Jen teaches the girls the Slosh

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Kevin & Sue are up

Kevin & Sue are up

And Phil & Veronica

And Phil & Veronica

Jane's got it !!

Jane’s got it !!

No - that way !!

No – that way !!

Karin's got it now !

Karin’s got it now !

While the rest are just amused!

While the rest are just amused!

The paddle steamer

The paddle steamer

All start heading to Koblenz

All start heading to Koblenz

Paul & Sue

Paul & Sue

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Cheers !!

Cheers !!

We're all up on deck

We’re all up on deck

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Each vilage sets off its fireworks

Each vilage sets off its fireworks

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Riverbanks lit up in red

Riverbanks lit up in red

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Koblenz Castle

Koblenz Castle

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The boats all congregate in front of the castle

The boats all congregate in front of the castle

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We're ideally placed for the main display

We’re ideally placed for the main display

Lights out & the show starts

Lights out & the show starts

Wow !

Wow !

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Many different themes

Many different themes

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The end !

The end !

And that was just a selection! A fantastic display that never disappoints, we look forward to this every year! Then it’s everyone back inside for more dancing (with apologies for some poor quality pics)…

Nigel & Ali

Nigel & Ali

Mark & Tracey

Mark & Tracey

Jen & Peter had a dance

Jen & Peter had a dance

Then all up again

Then all up again

Paul & Gill are up

Paul & Gill are up

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All link arms

All link arms

On your feet!

On your feet!

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Jane - how cute!

Jane – how cute!

Kevin (but not Jane's Kev)

Kevin (but not Jane’s Kev)

Gill

Gill

Paul

Paul

Phil

Phil

Veronica

Veronica

Sally

Sally

Peter

Peter

Colin

Colin

Jen (the other one!)

Jen (the other one!)

Reece is in trouble!

Reece is in trouble!

Paul & Sue

Paul & Sue – cool man!

Ian & Karin

Ian & Karin

Mark & Tracey

Mark & Tracey

Josie & Gavin (never!)

Josie & Gavin (never!)

Ian

Ian

Final few dances

Final few dances

And it's all over

And it’s all over

The entertainment!

The entertainment!

What a good night!

What a good night!

Another gorgeous morning

Another gorgeous morning

Our morning chat

Our morning chat

Jane rides pillion on our Street!

Jane rides pillion on our Street!

To fuel where Phil has a puncture

To fuel where Phil has a puncture

Quickly mended

Quickly mended (thanks Mark)

Phil has the evidence

Phil has the evidence

Lunch stop at Cochem

Lunch stop at Cochem

Time to explore the old town

Time to explore the old town

Oh no! Everyone pulled in by the police for speeding

Oh no! Everyone pulled in by the police for speeding

Not everyone was fined though

Not everyone was fined though

John wants a photo...

John wants a photo…

The guilty ones - even Sally - to her absolute horror!

A group photo we didn’t want to take…the guilty ones – even Sally – to her absolute dismay!

Sheldon sees a cop taking pics as well!!

Sheldon sees a cop taking pics as well!!

Cheek!

What a cheek!

At our final hotel

At our final hotel

John, Karin (& Jen) enjoy a swim

John, Karin (& Jen) enjoy a swim

Drinks in a local bar

Drinks in a local bar

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We stroll into town

We stroll into town

So picturesque

So picturesque

The group in Monschau

The group in Monschau

This way!

This way!

Dinner in a traditional restaurant

Dinner in a traditional restaurant

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Just what is Josie up to?

Just what is Josie up to?

And John for that matter!!

And John for that matter!!

A few words of thanks...

A few words of thanks…

To Paul & Gill as backmarkers

To Paul & Gill as backmarkers

We need some volunteers...

We need some volunteers…

Paul & Gill go first

Paul & Gill go first