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

We start with a briefing at Calais

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 to 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…

We have NEVER before held a briefing indoors!

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

John’s leading the tour

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 & it’s stopped raining

A fete is taking place

Street artists

“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

Dry roads…

There were some !

So who 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 monastery 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

FINALLY they get it !!

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

So who can guess the vegetable?

Gary’s played before !!

Van carries all your luggage

Always a morning briefing

“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 apprehensive 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

View at coffee stop

All the bikes at coffee stop

Not much business today

Smells so good !!

Wet roads again…

Shame as these are great roads

Afternoon coffee stop

The hardy ones! We’re missing four who gave up at lunchtime & went straight to the hotel

At the hotel it’s straight in the pool…

The best way to warm up!

Lynne takes a pummeling!

It’s a fab pool

Drinks in the hotel bar

Many choose to dine here

Next day – blue skies!

Lovely scenery

More great roads

Fab open sweepers

We ride through vineyards

On dry roads !!

Gorgeous scenery

Ride alongside the Mosel

Seen at fuel stop

Through pretty villages

Lunch stop

Super architecture

Pavement parking

Demolition works

John leads on our Street Triple R

Greg & Rachel – Kawasaki Z1000SX

Tony on his BMW R1200RT

Gordon & Alison – BMW R1250GS

Adam & Clare – BMW R1200GS

Bill – Yamaha FJR1300

Lynne – Triumph Street Twin

Keith – BMW R1250RT

Stuart – Triumph Tiger 800

David – Yamaha Tracer 900

John – Yamaha Thunderace

Gary – Triumph Explorer

Bryn – KTM 1290 Adventure

Ron – BMW R1200GSA

Terry & Fran – Triumph Sprint GT

Fab DRY roads !!



Coffee stop

We pass a deer farm

Approaching our hotel

Jen with Adam & Clare

Dinner is included tonight

The next day is a day off

Explore the old town

Take a boat trip

Visit the castle

The van is clamped – 10 euros !!

We’re given a peach tree

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

Pretty coffee stop

Lovely autumn colours

Lunch stop

Leaving lunch

More good roads

Approaching our hotel

Our final hotel

A surprise in store

Another lovely pool

A real pummeling !



Drinks before dinner

Keith with Greg & Rachel

John, Tony & David

Rachel, Ron & Gary

Dinner is included our last night

John says a few words of thanks…

to Terry & Fran our fab “back-markers”

Fran has a poem for us all

We’re presented with ducks!!

Gordon takes a turn

Then John shows Gordon…

How to waft a towel !!

Alison’s not impressed !!

The van has two passengers!

Our final morning briefing

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.

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