Tag Archives: france

Christmas in Andalusia, Spain

Christmas road trip planned…Its going to b a little fresh I know but hopefully once I get to southern Spain things should warm up a little. Was planning to take the Portsmouth to Santander ferry but this takes so long I think it’ll be quicker to ride down via the Poole-Cherbouge ferry,  more fun too.

I’ll spend a couple of days in Malaga hopefully with a visit to Gibraltar  on Christmas day a before I join a guided bike tour with Hispania Tours around Andulusia for 8 days and then returning home via Barcelona.

The outward route looks to be just over 1300 miles

The return route is just over 1550 miles

The organised tour is about 850 miles, so with a trip to Gibraltar and getting lost once or twice it’ll be a trip length of just under 4,000 miles.

Obviously this is a trip on the Thunderbird, the bikes pretty much ready to go, I’ll put the screen on so that should keep the worst of the weather off, I may need a new rear tyre (no surprise there) it would probably have been ok but as I’m sure there will be rain at some point it makes sense to have some decent tread depth.

The riding kit needs to be adjusted a little, a set of textiles for sure with some decent waterproof liners and waterproof gloves, if such a thing exists.

Road Trip 2015, Day 21, Bourg en Bresse to Laon

Hot and then a tad cooler..
Woke up this morning, suns out but at least theres a breeze blowing, we didn’t worry about the breakfast, we grabbed a cold drink from the vending machine and sat outside on the benches while we got all our gear together.
Once loaded we were only minutes away from the main road, toll roads all the way today as we had some miles to do…although that not helped by me promptly getting on the wrong slip road so had to do 13K’s up one side only to come back 13 K’s the other side !
Sat on the motorways, rarely dropping below 130kph, nudging 140 more often than not, even with regular stops to fuel up and for drinks it does take its toll on your neck on a cruiser with out a screen, it the 3rd day of high speed riding and I can certainly feel it now.

The weather forecast was for it to be cooler the further north we went and they were right, although when I say cooler as we rolled into Laon at 4.30, just missing rush hour for once, it was still 31 degrees, but it felt a whole lot cooler than that to us..
The B&B is great, very ‘French’….good meal out too in the shadow of the cathedral, really nice to eat outside all the time, can’t remember when we last ate inside…
Home tomorrow night, we have got to run the gauntlet with the migrants at Calais though, seems there has been a bit of trouble there these last few days, hopefully we won’t be delayed..
About 275 miles today I think, although it felt like a lot more, the heat certainly takes it out of you…


Road Trip 2015

With under 3 weeks to go until we leave on this years road trip we’ve finally got all the accommodation booked along with the ferry & train. So here’s the list with the costs in GBP, in the past the trip has been around 3,000 miles and working on a average of 50 mpg, which again seems to be what we do on a long trip. About half the hotels include breakfast and but other than that there is no food included in the costs or any road tolls with the exception of Mont Blanc & Modane road tunnels.

Ferry-Brittany Ferries overnight ferry with cabin…… £180

Montlucon-Inter-Hotel de l’Univers, 38 Avenue Marx Dormoy, 03100 France……£45

Annecy-Ace Hotel Annecy8 Boulevard du Semnoz – Zone d’activités de PeriazSeynod, 74600, France…..£38

Varazze-Hotel La RoiVia Genova 43 Varazze, 17019, Italy……. £72

Montecatini-Hotel Reale, Via Palestro 7, Montecatini Terme……..£40

Todi-La Gardenia apartment, Todi (2 weeks)…….£874

Allesandria-Hotel DiamonteVia Gambalera 137 Spinetta Marengo, 15100, Italy……£61

Bourg en Bresse-Campanile Bourg-En-Bresse ~ ViriatRue Des Vareys, Parc D’activités De La Chambière
Viriat, 01440, Franc……£52

Laon- Les Masion de 3 Trois,17 rue Saint Martin Laon, 02000, France…..£107

Euro Tunnel, Calais (13.50)……£40

Total accommodation cost ……………………£1,509

Fuel 3,000 miles @ 50mpg…………………….£310

Mont Blanc & Modane tunnel charges ……..£52

Total cost…………………………………….£1,871

This is everything excluding food and road tolls for both of us, we are going to be away for a total of 3 weeks with 2 weeks of that in a 2 bedroom apartment in the centre of Todi so that works out at £45 per night each !