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Old 07-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #16
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Annecy, beautiful lake but horrible traffic. Rode thru last summer several times while visiting my daughter in Chambery.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:07 AM   #17
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beautiful photos Mike, thank you for taking the time to post another excellent ride report. I hope the blues were dissipated by the glorious weather.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #18
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nice.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:24 AM   #19
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Mike, sorry to hear about troubles at home. Do you think that a riding partner would have made this trip more enjoyable? Cuts off a lot of freedom of choice but maybe more enthusiasm for the ride with someone to recap with at the end of the day? Just a thought.

Thoroughly loving both the photos and your narrative! Selfishly, I want more of both....but hoping the ride catches you up so that you can shed that feeling of wanting to be home instead.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:38 AM   #20
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On the other side off the tunnel..... welcom "chez moi" (my country)
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #21
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2nd July 2013

I sleep well and wake early to a beautiful day. After a quick shower I pack the bike and then have a spot of breakfast. I'm refuelling by 07:15 and filling my CamelBak with a litre and a half of chilled water. I plug the iPod in - fittingly, the auto-shuffle starts with Bob Marley's Exodus...



I set off into a cool clear morning, without a breath of wind. There is some altostratus and the occasional decaying contrail, but the sky's otherwise clear...



I get on the Autoroute - you can see the windsock hanging limply- it's an amazingly still day. There’s little traffic on the road and I set a cruise of 130kph and watch the road disappear under the front tyre.

After a while I come across some mist lying across the road...



...but it doesn't affect visibility enough to slow me and soon burns off as the temperature increases.

After just under three hours and 212 miles, I pull into an Aire to refuel and have a bite to eat. I'm just filling the Adv when this car turns up...



Anybody care to guess the make/Model/Year? (I've smudged the number plate to make you do some work)

I have a long chat with Richard (the owner) and his mate David - they are on their way back from a rally in Slovenia - over 3000 miles in the last three weeks. Richard apologises for the filthy state of the car. It's clear to me that we have different definitions of the word filthy...

I park the Adv and have a spot of brunch...



After a suitable break, I'm back on the road...



...slowed briefly by a section of "le contra-flow"...



I stop for a final splash of my boots before arriving at...



Calais...



...where I am put on the next departing train at no additional charge (despite being a week early).



A train is just boarding, so I have a while to wait. I spend it looking at this old girl (Wendy, from the name engraved beneath the "Spirit of Ecstasy")...





I chat to the owner, who explains that he's driven 300 miles today, so the car needs a minor service...



1920s engineering under the bonnet...



...and enough controls on the wheel to make a F1 driver feel at home...



My train is called, so I make my way to the boarding lane, past the tunnel-cutting bit, set on a plinth by the roundabout...



I join four other riders, who are returning from a weekend at Assen...



We're quickly boarded and the train sets off dead on time. We chat about each other's bikes while we cross and arrive at Folkestone 25 minutes before we departed from Calais...

We're soon off the train and on the M20 towards London. It's a dull day and is forecast to be wet closer to home. Quite suddenly I see a pair of red lights flashing alternately, as a police car starts a rhythmic weaving motion across all three lanes and gradually slows traffic down to about 30mph...



We continue at 30mph for about five minutes, after which the police car switches its lights off and exits on a slip road.

It's like the safety car has just left an F1 track...

In no time, it seems, I'm through the Dartford tolls and entering the tunnel...



Note the 50 maximum and 10 minimum speed limits - not a sign you often see in the UK...



Once through the tunnel I stop at Thurrock Services to refuel and set off towards the M11. As I approach Stansted Airport it starts to drizzle, so I pull off at Birchanger Services, suit up and put the camera away. I route via Thetford and Watton and arrive home at about 17:00.

I'm knackered...

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Old 07-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #22
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A very lively trip log supplemented with beautiful photographs. Loved the bits of humor thrown in. Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #23
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Very unique....

Thanks for the very unique RR and for the cool photos.

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Old 07-02-2013, 02:42 PM   #24
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spot on report & pics been down to lakes in 4 wheels put need to go on 2
Why did you hit tolls so much was it lack of time
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:49 PM   #25
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Thanks for an excellent report and some great photos.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:56 PM   #26
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Great report and very nice photos,

Thanks for sharing mate.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:00 AM   #27
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Loved reading this and looking at the pics :)
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:22 AM   #28
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bmw 328 late thirties
1938 Frazer-Nash BMW 328



Apparently they only produced 46 of them in RHD - these are Fraser-Nash BMWs - the LHD ones are merely BMWs









Two litre engine - does a surprisingly good 25mpg.

Richard asks an odd question:

"So, what stupid thing did BMW engineers design into your bike?"

I think about it for a second and then told him about the brake servo and it's penchant for not failing "safe". He grins and explains that the 328 had - uniquely for it's time - a steering lock. All these cars now have the lock removed and the hole in the steering column welded up - as it had a habit of failing and locking the steering whilst the car was in motion.

"Nice to see they still seem to have the same design ethic" says David...
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #29
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