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Old 05-09-2014, 02:08 PM   #61
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The company founded in 1963 by McLaren is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed and won in the Indianapolis 500 and Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am). The team is the second oldest active team (after Ferrari) and one of the most successful teams in Formula One, having won 182 races, 12 drivers' championships and 8 constructors' championships.

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Thank you so much for posting all that Eric, I never realised how young he was when he died, and he achieved so much.

I know that in Auckland (NZ) there is a school named after him
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #62
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:15 PM   #63
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Thank you so much for posting all that Eric, I never realised how young he was when he died, and he achieved so much.

I know that in Auckland (NZ) there is a school named after him
Growing up in Denmark, Bruce was one of my childhood heroes. He died on my 11th birthday. Dan Gurney, himself a Prince among Men, speaks highly of him. Here's Bruce with Graham Hill, left, and Jim Clark, right. All Champions, all gone. Those cotton overalls didn't exactly hold a candle to the modern nomex suits. I wonder what the leather strap on Jim Clark's elbow is for?
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:35 PM   #64
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Le Havre to Le Mans

I seem to have been riding all day today so was surprised to see that I had only done 400km. And about 100km of that was while I was sitting on 120km/hr on the motorway (speed limit is 130). KT does those speeds effortlessly and it was easy for the speed to creep up (120is my own limit).

Mo (the name for my Zumo GPS) took me on a very scenic route out of Le Havre. The route went over this bridge, pictures don't do it justice, it was %#^* high. I think as I get older my head for heights diminishes, I was NOT looking at the view. (Is this the bridge that was part of the teams times trial a few years ago for Le Tour where Lance Armstrong dropped his team and had to sit up and wait for them?)



Morning "medicine" Honfleur, a gorgeous little town



France tops the list for tourists numbers and with sites like Mont Saint Michel you can see why. I was impressed with the big car parks, free shuttle buses to and from etc



Unfortunately today there was just too many people trying to squeeze through the alleys. You could only go as fast as the person in front of you, and when that was a family with a stroller and (!) a dog, it was slow going. Patience isn't my strong suit so I got out of there early.



Two other points to mention.

I took the wrong exit off the motorway and managed to do a u turn on the ramp and ride back to the motorway and carry on (hopefully there is no ticket in the mail!)

If you live in Le Mans and were late home due to delays at the toll booth I must apologise. It doesn't matter how hard you force a 5 Euro note into the credit card slot if don't accept it (took me a while to notice the correct slot for bank bills)

Big day tomorrow - Le Mans race car (and bike?) museum and not far to ride to Tours
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:47 PM   #65
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It doesn't matter how hard you force a 5 Euro note into the credit card slot if don't accept it (took me a while yo notice the slot for bank bills)
A trick for you : When riding the motorway, never choose an automated toll booth which makes you pay the car price. Choose a manned booth where you will pay much cheaper for the motorcycle price.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:50 PM   #66
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A trick for you : When riding the motorway, never choose an automated toll booth which makes you pay the car price. Choose a manned booth where you will pay much cheaper for the motorcycle price.
I wondered why it cost so much more today. From a distance how do you pick the manned ones?
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Yellow symbol lane : subscription automatic magnetic field badge.
CB symbol middle lanes : pay with plastic (credit card).
Man symbol lane : pay with cash or plastic at a manned booth.
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Yellow symbol lane : subscription automatic magnetic field badge.
CB symbol middle lanes : pay with plastic (credit card).
Man symbol lane : pay with cash or plastic at a manned booth.
Is there a chance that there is no manned booth?

Edit - come to think of it, maybe that last toll had a sign above one of the booths for motorbikes?
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:55 AM   #69
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I was reading a very cool book with my girl called "The Billionaires curse" or similar. They had MSM as the scene for all the action including the quicksand by the causeway. When we googled the image of it, it was how the author had perfectly described it.



It's on our dream trip list!
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I was reading a very cool book with my girl called "The Billionaires curse" or similar. They had MSM as the scene for all the action including the quicksand by the causeway. When we googled the image of it, it was how the author had perfectly described it.



It's on our dream trip list!
It is beautiful, you can see it from a long way out (quite flat by the coast) as you can see from this pic (note that I have copied Phreaky Phil's idea of arrows on mirrors to remind me, especially on the little lanes, what side of the road to be on!)



Time to zoom zoom, Le Mans race cars waiting in the museum!
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Just found this. Itinerary looks amasing. Subscribed. Look forward to your updates :)


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Pornography!

Yes inmates today I can offer pure petrol head pornography.

How gorgeous is this, 12 cylinder air cooled Porsche 917. It won the 24 hour race in 1971 and possibly still holds the record for distance covered.



There are too many cars there to mention them all, but one other that took my fancy and will take my sons, as we have both owned Rotary Mazdas, is the race winner from 1975, a Mazda rotary which is still the only Japanese manufacturer to have won the race.



Leaving the museum I headed to Mulsanne, The Mulsanne straight is possibly the fastest part of any race track in the world, Le Mans cars exceed 320 km/hr along it. It was strange riding on a public road with Armco both sides, catch fencing etc thinking that on race day cars would be going over 5 times my speed.

The other highlight of another wet day, yes my gloves are drying yet again, was the Chateau De Chenonceau, a beautiful place

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excellent reporting Mike - you and Leanne (when she arrives) have a great time and travel safe - looks like you're having a great time so far.

What you using for connectivity - Macca's free wifi and an iPad or something else

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excellent reporting Mike - you and Leanne (when she arrives) have a great time and travel safe - looks like you're having a great time so far.

What you using for connectivity - Macca's free wifi and an iPad or something else

Go well - S
Funny you should mention McDonalds Steve, I am sitting in one right now near Bordeaux (will be my first and last experience of French McDonalds).

So yes on the wifi here, otherwise I am staying in bed and breakfasts (check out www.airbnb.com, good value accommodation and it is really good staying with the locals in what has been some very old houses) and so far they have all had wifi.

Yes this time next week Leanne will be here, definitely looking forward to that!

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Old 05-11-2014, 11:40 AM   #75
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Tonight I am in Libourne, it is the wine making capital of this part if France.

This morning started with rain but I am glad to say I have finished with dry gloves.

Francis (whose bed in breakfast I stayed in) gave me a couple of suggestions for places to stop on the way out of Tours. It worked well as it kept me away, for most of the day, from toll roads. A couple of pictures today.

These are from the town of Azay Le Rideau, there is another wonderful chateau there. Old cobble stones are interesting to ride on in the wet.



My gloves strategically placed to dry while I visit the bakery for morning tea



Tomorrow off to Spain with some detours to look at the wine region of Bordeaux. I have been surprised at how beautiful France is, the Loire Valley in particular is stunning, with great scenery and roads to ride.
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