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Old 11-13-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Doing the Dordogne

Here goes......
After being house bound for best part of a week and SWMBO back in the UK, i told myself rain or shine i'm playing out!!!!
So Thursday evening i posted on BCF (our sort of expat forum) Who wants to play out on Saturday ???? by Friday only one answer of yes for Ben 2hrs north of me in a place called Correze, we arranged to meet at Collonges-la-Rouge, half way, ( you'll see why its called this later) Then last thing Friday night my mate Andy shouts up i'll come !!!!
So now it's 3

Checked weather and all looked good arranged to meet Andy in Souillac at 9am and Ben at 10am.

Saturday dawned foggy as hell in the valley


But of i set riding down and then out of the morning mist



Sun still very low but promising to be warm


Got to the D820 and headed for Souillac back down in the Dordogne valley, i hate these busy French roads



Couldn't resist stopping half way there for some more pics !!! sometimes out here you could be the only one alive...... i love it





Onward and upward ..... and down into Souillac and 1st time over the Dordogne


Lived here for 7 years now and never taken any pics of our main town !!!! so as it's dead lets have a look





Morning officer the Gendarmes have just passed me very slowly !!!! but they're more interested in the bike


Jumped back on the bike and popped round the corner for a pic of this


And the public well !!!!! there's another still in use in the middle of town and boy is it nice water



Still a bit of time before i meet Andy so off down the back streets


Ok times up ....get to rendez-vous !!!! still time for a smoke outside the IRISH BAR.......there's one everywhere



SO BUSY !!!!!!!


Andy arrives a little late so no pics as we neaded to get a move on!!! 30mins later we stop at Noanles and get some pics of this crappy old house




These crosses all over this part of France !!! a lot cermemorate where locals where excicuted during WW2


An old Church we passed


We climbed higher into the sun to drop down to Collonges-la-Rouge back in mist


This cleared in less than 100yds and we pulled in to see Ben waiting for us

Then there where three ......and the suns shinning after saying hi we headed of into the village for a brew

Its November and them there's grapes
One of the nemer buildings

The mist kept rolling in and out

Anyone know a good carpenter

Mind you it's over 300 years old so i don't suppose it's do to bad
We found a bar a got our selves a coffee .....that corn above the door is what they fill the geese up with for FOIX GRAS smashing stuff on a lump of toast.
The place wasn't to busy ..........all the tourist have gone home the roads are all ours again ....no campers, caravans and people doing what tourist do.


Great sink by the way

Here's a few more pics ......even older buildings




On the road again heading we know not where.....ending up in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. The three steeds
Lc4 KtM..... nutters bike
Transalp.....trusty steed
Varadero....the beast (mine)


Good old French coffee


After the coffee and several smokes it was off again


This time we decided on a destination .....Argentat but had to have a look off the top of this hill first


Passed this old mill


Pulled into Argentat around Noon so why not eat .....i was to hungry to photo it but here's some pics of our view







Fed and watered ....where now ???? lets have a look at Tulle


No i'm not walking up them!!!!!

Not the nicest place i've been to but you can't win em all.... as it was we were only about 12 miles from Bens dads place .....free brew me thinks
The view from Bens dads


Theses are the sort of roads we mostly ran on !!!! wet leaves
BUT GREAT


We left Bens and headed south west into the rapidly setting sun

With legs like that i should of been a POLE DANCER

Memo to self find a way of getting onto that old disused railway track


Last crossing of the Dordogne today ...oh and another old crumby house



5 miles from home now Andy went his way 10 miles back ....;one last look at the river

Here we are back at our little village in SW France


And a last view of the sun set that was mist 8hrs 30Mins ago!!!!
All that and only did 251 klm

Hope you enjoyed this 10% of how much i enjoyed the day

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Old 11-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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Heres that last pic
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:03 PM   #3
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Great pics there. Looks like you had a nice autumn ride. Thanks for mentioning BCF, now a member there too
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:16 AM   #4
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Hi Albinol
Thanks mate, we had a great day, where are you in the Mid/P ??? i,m always up for a meet.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:13 AM   #5
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Nice one Phil...some good shots there; you can't beat Southern France in the autumn, sunny days, quiet roads.

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:18 AM   #6
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Cheers Potski
Still time to get together................i'd be out today but she's in the UK and the house needs grubbing out before she gets back
See you on BCF and try and sort out a meet before Christmas
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:34 AM   #7
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Hi Albinol
Thanks mate, we had a great day, where are you in the Mid/P ??? i,m always up for a meet.
Phil
I'm down near Mazamet in the Montagne Noire. Quite a way from you by the looks of things but if you're ever round this way let me know. Some great riding round here! Will keep an eye out for upcoming meets on BCF once I get the bike sorted, hopefully very soon.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:26 AM   #8
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Beautiful............

and i bet the food's good too! bruce
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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Not bad Bruce...............but still can't get my head round SNAILS its just not right
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great photos

Yep, that's got me interested. France just got onto my bucket list...
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:09 AM   #11
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:23 AM   #12
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Thanks again Guys ...........if you ever make it over here call in we've got spare beds
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501 and 11 replys !!!!!! come on USA its France we don't bite
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:57 PM   #14
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Thanks for the pics Phil, beautiful country with tons of history!

If everything works out right, my wife and I will be visiting France for a week sometime in 2012 and we are planning on renting an couple of bikes to tour on.
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:26 AM   #15
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Thanks Xplorz
Where abouts in France are you thinking of staying ????? If you're round my way call in, i'll show the BEST ROADS
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