After a great nights sleep we we’re disappointed to find it absolutely chucking it down with rain, oh well, at least your in no doubt about putting the waterproofs on !
After packing our gear we headed down to the bike to get kitted up, the hotel owner was a biker himself so provided free undercover secure parking for all bikers, Hotel L’Univers, in Montlucon.
The ride out of town and to be honest the first couple of hours ridding weren’t the best, teaming it down with rain, visor fogging up, rain on the inside of the visor and on my glasses…but at least it wasn’t cold !
Just as the rain was starting to ease, with the usual “I think its getting brighter over there” and the “its just a finishing up storm” a lone biker on a rather old BMW jumped out of a layby and flagged us down, he was ok but had lost his friend that he was riding with and asked if we had passed him anywhere, he was riding a Ducati, in the rain ! if had any sense he would have done all he could to keep the duke dry, rain and Italian electrics don’t mix !!
With the roads drying and the sun trying we found some great roads, some by accident due to french roadworks, proof if ever you needed one that sat navs are fine but some times paper maps are the only way when you need to navigate you way around an obstruction.
The sun now out as we pulled into our lunch stop, just outside Bourg en Bresse, just in time too as the countdown was only showing 5 miles left in the tank ! Dare we take our waterproofs off ? once it stops raining its surprising how quick it gets very warm, they had to come off.
The last hour of riding was along some great roads, some we’d travelled before and some new ones, heading towards the foot of the Alps the scenery takes your breath away.
Arriving in Annecy our hotel was easily found just as a monstrous thunderstorm broke, thunder and lightning flashing around for an hour or so, spectacular, when your inside anyway.
Popped out to the local eatery tonight, turned out it was a bit of a biker bar,….Cafe 201, on a road with every motorcycle dealer on it, from KTM to MV Augusta…might see it we can pop in tomorrow, be rude not too !
few pics from tonight and the hit & miss tracking map about 250 miles today..Italy tomorrow !