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Old 08-19-2013, 05:36 AM   #316
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Excellent update.It amazes me how people become connected from far away places.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:20 PM   #317
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Fantastic!

For all involved. What a way to finish a great trip and an inspiring ride report. Or not quite finished? Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to take us all along, Doug.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:40 PM   #318
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Awesome Doug

Great history about your father and the lives he touched.

You are starting to act like me sleeping on the side of the road and such, but fighting off horny homosexuals is something I've never had to do yet

You've come so far, you going to be back in time for the Latin Rally if you go I go
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:54 PM   #319
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Great story, wonderfully told. Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:41 PM   #320
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Awesome Doug

Great history about your father and the lives he touched.

You are starting to act like me sleeping on the side of the road and such, but fighting off horny homosexuals is something I've never had to do yet

You've come so far, you going to be back in time for the Latin Rally if you go I go
Yes John, you're supposed to fight them off. Not offer them a cigarette.
I'll be back very soon. But I don't think I'll be leaving my wife anymore this year.

Are you all healed up?
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:10 AM   #321
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Are you all healed up?
Enough to have the surgery to remove all the hardware. Really looking forward to getting it all out and moving on. You will be missed, look forward to the next time our paths cross.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:16 AM   #322
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8-19-13 408 miles 15751 total

I didn't leave Hilde and Theo's house until 1030. The night before I was trying to catch up 3 days of the blog. I was up till 215am and just almost finished. I was previewing before posting when it was all lost. So I went to bed and started over again in the morning. Another late start.

Saying good bye was like leaving a family member. I wasn't ready to leave. But I have another family that I haven't seen for a long time.

Today was a ride day. Not much to see where I was. I went through Belgium and into France. I rode along the coastline for a while.





And I crossed the Seine River.



It was getting late and cold. So I stopped in Surville at the Aubergine Hotel-$73.I'm glad Hilde packed some bread in my luggage. That was supper. Thanks Hilde.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:37 PM   #323
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The first place I went to this morning was the American cemetery in Colleville. It is a very nice place. These are the soldiers killed in Normandy. Of course one picture doesn't begin to show all of them.



Next I went to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Pointe du Hoc is the high ground between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. There were old machine gun nests, artillery, and many bunker remains here.








And there were deep holes-6 to10 feet deep, from the naval assault.








Next I went to St.Mere Eglise. This is where a paratrooper got his parachute caught on the church steeple and had to hang out while his buddies were fighting a war. Theo told me this event was shown in the movie "The longest day. "They have a dummy hanging from a parachute high up on the church roof.



I went to Utah Beach last. There were a lot of people on the beach swimming today. There were memorials and tanks and artillery on display. Most of the people visiting seemed to be French.



I'm in Le Grand Cerf Hotel tonight in Neufchatez, France. I plan to take the Chunnel to England tomorrow. I may skip Scotland. I'm just deflated from never getting enough sleep. I still need to decide how I'm getting my bike home. Maybe I'll have a short day tomorrow and get a good internet connection to work on it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #324
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I may skip Scotland. I'm just deflated from never getting enough sleep.
Doug, if you've never been to Scotland, you are going to miss out. I was there for New Years a few years ago, did ZERO planning, and didn't really know what to expect. Blew my mind. Can't imagine what it'd be like on a bike in the summer, but surely not to be missed.

Rest up man, it'll be worth it. Thanks for bringing us along this far.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:47 AM   #325
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Hi Doug,

Al of us enjoyed your stay here. It felt like having new family. Hope it was worth while to visit Normandy. Wish you good luck for the rest of the trip and a safe journey home. We'll see each other again!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:45 AM   #326
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Brooklands

Hi Doogle. While you are in the southern part of the UK , Brooklands is well worth a visit. Its the worlds first purpose built motor racing circuit and part of the original track is still there. The museum is very interesting and full or old bikes. Take a look at the Jessie Ennis display if you manage to get there.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #327
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Nice report Doogle! I was just at Omaha Beach two weeks ago for some survey work. Did you should check out the German Cemetery in La Cambe? Almost 9,400 people in the American Cemetery....21,000 people in the German Cemetery. Lots of cool wrecks and tanks off the coast, too.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:03 PM   #328
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Doug,

Thanks for taking me along on your ride. Not a Coalbatch ride but spectacular in it's own Buckeye way. I grew up near Portsmouth in KY. You and the KLR are good together, even during those dark days in Russia.

Be safe coming home.

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:45 AM   #329
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Doogle,
Might I suggest that you write your blog using a Word document or something that save automatically, then when you are ready just copy and paste it into this forum? That may prevent you from losing your work.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:41 AM   #330
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This morning I rode about 1 1/2 hours to Calais. I rode up to the Chunnel ticket office to ask about prices and schedule. It was 112 euros or $152.Online it's about $100. I didn't want to wait. So 20 minutes later I'm on the train and we're pulling away from Calais. I think it was a 35 minute ride.








I rode towards London and was supposed to take a road north, just before getting into London. Signs said M25 had very long delays. So I rode into the outskirts of London and took another road north.

I wasted 2 hours looking for a room again. They were all full for horse shows and antique shows. At one campground a woman on the intercom told me it was too late. It was 830. A half hour later i stumbled onto another place. It's 15 minutes east of Nottingham.5 minutes after getting my tent set up, a high speed train blasts by. It's about 100 yards away. The ground shakes when they go by. Sometimes 2-3 in a minute. Where are my earplugs? But I'm happy to be in my sleeping bag at 1030 pm.
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