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Old 06-15-2009, 12:59 AM   #16
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Stopping for a lil shopping

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:06 AM   #17
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With an appreciation of the intersection threats off to Rattery...Exiting the A-38 the crew has their first real taste of the narrow hedgerow bordered roads of this area. Virtually arms length wide, I remind Ms Bling to stay left as these are two way roads.....


Our hosts for the next day or so will be the gracious parents of Slartedbartfast.

Rattery is a tiny village that apparently been around for 1000 years. Parish population is probably less than 400 people not counting, sheep, horses, dogs, rabbits, badgers and other assorted critters. Center of the village has the Church of St Mary and the Church House Inn (circa 1028).



You immediately are aware that it is really peaceful and quiet here. The smell of honeysuckle permeates the air while black and white magpies fly by. No traffic noise!



Dinner in the garden followed by a trip to the Church House pub...

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:23 AM   #18
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Sunday Dartmoor tour

Slartedbartfast has a circuitous route planned thru some narrow horse paths that pass as local roads. Kim, Ms Bling and P-D miss the tight turn uphill.”Don't stop there Ms Bling!. Non-moving tip over....Somebody had to do it ...ping off goes the shift lever tip. Oh well leave it at our hosts and she can ride w/ P-D.



Off to Dartmoor, views of Princeton Prison, wild horses etc. Lunch at Prince of Wales





Riding thru some other lil villages Sladted's “Duchess” is getting a little manky running and missing we have to stop at Tavistock. Weak occasional spark, oh no...fuel OK,
Meeting of the minds

Ha a Beemer on a trailer, how embarrassing....



Back to dinner at the Church House Inn.

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Old 06-15-2009, 02:04 AM   #19
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If you get close to Bern in Switzerland you should stop for a BBQ at my place

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I was there on friday, it was a bit cold up there (2300m above sea level)


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Old 06-15-2009, 04:43 AM   #20
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:47 AM   #21
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You guys picked a fine time to leave the swamps: 105 on the range asphalt yesterday. Oh for the Alps at high altitude right now. Have a great trip !
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:17 AM   #22
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The Duchess is feeling better

The rest of the gang are off enjoying Totnes and the South Devon coast. Some heavy showers about so I hope they're having fun. Meanwhile, I stayed back to try and get The Duchess back up and running.

Sherlock's came through with a new coil. When I asked about testing the old one I was told "It's one of the old ones, we have a bin (garbage can) for those." Picked up a spare ignition module and a litre of transmission oil at the same time. £100 total - Ouch! Still that was quite a bit cheaper than the local Motorrad outlet would have been if they had a coil in stock.


New coil installed, The Duchess fired up at the first touch of the button. I guess she'll be on the ferry tonight after all.

Thank you Dad for driving me up to South Molton to pick up the parts!

Outstanding!
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:18 AM   #23
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You guys picked a fine time to leave the swamps: 105 on the range asphalt yesterday. Oh for the Alps at high altitude right now. Have a great trip !
Hot here the last couple of days. It might even have hit 75
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:32 AM   #24
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A few more photos

Who can resist climbing on top of a Tor




At Dartmeet


Lunch in The Prince of Wales, Princetown


Pulling (pints!)


Three old guys started chatting with us in the pub. We had a great time listening to their reminiscences about everything from a 1926? Rudge to The Blitz, American Servicemen in WWII and Dartmoor Firefighting.


Two Mel's sharing desert in The Church House Inn, Rattery. Blonde Mel is my niece, who joined us just for the day.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:38 PM   #25
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OKAY I now have a prescription to this thread!!!!!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:44 PM   #26
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Subscribed! Your previous UK tour was excellent info for me when I was planning mine. I have since decided I don't have enough time to do all I want - so France, Northern Italy and the Alps it is. And there you are to try the ground before me again. Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:03 PM   #27
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Ist day on the continent - teaser

Highlights from the first day in France (photos to follow):
  • Famous Last Words... Me to my father "Don't chase after us if you find something you think I might have left behind. I have everything." 30 minutes later he catches up with us at the ferry port and gives me the spare battery and charger for my new digital camera. How the heck did he get here so fast? Thanks again Dad!
  • The ferry was a-rockin' and it wasn't us - We went "dorm style" - Boys in one cabin, girls in another. Actually quite a smooth crossing - and no one dropped their bike getting on or off the ferry. Tubastew snores in the key of G-flat
  • Wasted a couple of hours after disembarking, looking for fuel, then looking for an ATM. Miss Bling's card is declined AGAIN
  • Managed to avoid toll roads, except for one very short stretch, but it meant we were on slow roads, passing through dozens of small towns and villages. Fantastic charlie foxtrot while we all tried to fish out toll tickets and paltry change for a 10km section
  • Weather was perfect - nice and cool - a little cloudy at times. We had a nice, golden sunset just as we got to the hotel at Moulins
  • Miss Bling discovered Mexican restaurants are not common in rural French villages... "Can I get a taco?" to proprietor in red beret, sipping a glass of vin rouge. We fell about!
  • Roundabout count = 100+ Mrs Dewnmoon got very close to dragging her broken toe on the asphalt
  • Fabulous pastoral scenery and fresh country smells - really!
  • Pimpdaddy demonstrated how to pick up an RT - Tee Hee!
  • The seat on an SV650 is not conducive to comfort when you ride from 7am to 10pm
  • One GPS dead as we cruise past the ancient chateaus - How will we find our way now? Good job I brought a backup.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:08 AM   #28
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A few photos from day 1&2 - crossing France

Somewhere on the Loire


Rural cemetery on one of the back roads we followed - staying off the major toll roads. This meant we had to contend with a 90kph speed limit instead of 130 on the major routes, but we got to see dozens of little villages and old towns.


Typical view from The Duchess' saddle for the last couple of days


Passing through Romans, alongside the Isere - Just before turning toward the Vercors Massif and riding the incredible roads known as Le Grand Goulets - More on that later...
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Vercors

Myself, Dewnmoon and Tubastew are sitting in the restaurant at Les Bruyeres En Vercors, a cute little hotel in Villard de Lans, on the edge of the Vercours Massif. The rest of the group are off shopping. The hotel has a big lock-up garage where we parked the bikes - Perfect!

Later on, the (loose) plan is to ride back through part of the gorge and take some photos (it was starting to get dark when we rode through last night), then on into Italy.

Here's a random video clip from part of Le Grand Goulets gorge. My old laptop is not allowing me to view it myself so I'm not sure exactly what is on it.


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Another random video clip

When I remember how to properly embed these, I'll come back and edit the post [DONE!]. Anyhow, here's another clip from Les Grand Goulets: (We're off to pack the bikes and put some more kilometres under our wheels)


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