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Old 04-15-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Hi everybody,
So, I'm on the road.

Departue on the 1srt of April, from atlantic coast.

Traversée de Paris....

In Bouillon, in Belgium

Bruxelles, so nice !

Thru the channel my birthday 60 years.... with a so nice weather

Thru London...

Ah, England, so beautiful, I love !
The narrow roads, the fog, the mysteries in the lands....

Oh, the breathtaking Scotland !

The scottish cows, So wonderful.

The landscapes.... so nice, that it brings to tears !

Already at the top.... The beaches, as in the tropic !

And saturday, I had so much wind, three times fast on the ground !
I had to find a safe place as quick as possible !

What I founded in Durness, where I stayed also sunday.

That's the beginning, guys !
I made hundreds of nice photos, but I've no time to put it here.

I'll come from time to time, to give you news.

Here the route already rided !

And... this evening, I looked for the first time to my back tire, and...
Horror, the tire is almost total destroyed...
Then of course, I need to change it, imperious and urgent.
I'm in Fort William.
I guess the best place would be Glasgow, because I drive southly.
The tires :
The best one would be the MICHELIN PILOT ACTIV

Is there somebody who knows where I can find it ?
Other possibility is a Bridgestone Battlax BT 45.
Is it known in England ?

Thanks a lot for your answers, guys, I need you !
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:25 AM   #2
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Europa 2014

Some months ago, I started a thread about the preparation of that trip.
To see here.

Yesterday, I wrote the first report since I'm on the road, but at the wrong place ! It's to see here.

If somebody could move it here, it would be nice.

So, I found hopefully a back tyre in Oban, with the help of the boss of Fort William camping, who I must congratulate here for his so king service, because I travel without any phone !

Then I hope to reach Oban with the bad tyre, which is very very used...
And then, we will be again able to ride !

Ciao ciao
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:33 PM   #3
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Looks like a great trip is planned.. I copied your first post into this thread.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:39 AM   #4
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Nice photos

Looks like a very exciting trip. You should maybe take time to visit Isle of Man, since you are going to be right there?
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:34 AM   #5
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Fantastique! Magnifique! Je suivrais! Bonne journee et bonne chance!
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:01 PM   #6
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Old 04-18-2014, 03:00 PM   #7
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Hi, don't think you will get a tyre in Oban. As it's a holiday weekend you will need to get one in Glasgow on Saturday morning or it's likely to be Tuesday.
If you are stopping in Glasgow get in touch. If you need help in Scotland give me a call 07986404629. Andy
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:16 PM   #8
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Laugh great adventure...

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Old 04-18-2014, 04:34 PM   #9
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Nice route, I have been to many of the places on your route.
Thanks for sharing your a great report and the nice photos
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:45 PM   #10
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Very cool.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #11
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So Guys, many thanks for your answers.
Yes, I got a tyre in Oban, done !
I'll come back soon..
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:32 PM   #12
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salut MACADOM,

content de te voir repartir à nouveau sur les routes d'Europe. Je suivrais cette aventure comme j'ai suivi les précédentes en Norvège, dans les Balkans, en Espagne...


happy to see you again on the roads of Europe. I will follow you as I have while you were in Norway, Balkans areas, Spain.

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:45 PM   #13
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So. On the 13th of April, I was still stopped in Durness, Scotland, because of the strong wind. It has rained almost all the day. I slept in the kitchen for the two nights passed here, because it was absolutely impossible to mount the tent !
On evening, the weather was quiter.

Then, as predicted, it was ok to start again on the next day, monday the 14th of April.

Here's the route, 245 km.

The lanscape is extraordinary nice, as I love it.
And there is almost nobody, else sheeps....

which are so surprised to see such a thing like me !

If the weather is hard there, you are always rewarded by such views.
It's so beautiful that I could cry.

I feel to be nothing in front of such vastness.
And thanks to the road, it's possible to see it.
Otherwise, afoot, it's surely terrible : so much water everywhere, like marshes.

The human constructions are unusual, but so nice to see in that dramatic landscape.

Everywhere, it's breathtaking !
I could stop every 100 meters to make a new photography, and it's very difficult not to do it !

Sometimes, the black clouds add a fantastic atmosphere.
I like that.

So impressive !

As on the Carribean isles !

And it's all the time different, and it's all the time wonderful !

To bike here is still better than a dream !

And even also to sleep !
So nice.
So quiet.

See you soon, guys, for the next day...
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:26 AM   #14
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Nice One Pal. I'm subscribed.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:10 PM   #15
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Thanks, I'm enjoying this armchair tour.

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