Post-trip service

29th September 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I think my timing was pretty perfect with the France trip. I hit service-mileage on the XR on the way back from the ferry. Good job I’d booked it in for a service this weekend…

France: the final bit

24th September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Our last day in France was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting it to be mostly dull getting-to-the-port kind of riding. In fact, it was really enjoyable getting-to-the-port riding. More straight roads (especially around the Loire). We cut through Blois, which was pretty hectic, but mostly it was a relaxing ride. We got  [Read full post…]

France day six: heading home

21st September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Well, that was another great morning’s ride. A great day, to be fair – but after a morning clambering over the volcanoes of the Auvergne, the route twisted its way into the Limousin hills and then headed steadily north. That’s not a bad thing. I think we’re all a bit more tired than we want  [Read full post…]

France day five: twisted

20th September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I worked out (by looking at Tidy Tim’s sat nav, as he doesn’t know how to set it up) that we could have got from one hotel to the other in about two and a half hours. As it was, by following the route rather than going straight to the end point (that’s what the  [Read full post…]

France day four: round the bends

19th September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I thought we’d ridden some twisty roads yesterday. Not compared with today’s route… I thought I knew France pretty well from a biking point of view. I’d done all the big passes, been to Millau and done the Tarn gorge before, seen quite a bit of it over the years. But I’d never ridden the  [Read full post…]

France day three: mind blown

18th September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Wow. Just… wow. I’ve had some tough but rewarding rides in my time and today’s route is right up there. We set off from Mende to Rodez – nice, smooth, fast and flowing roads. Then we looped round to Millau – passing under the viaduct – and then headed off into the Cevennes region. I  [Read full post…]

France Day Two: Volcanoes

17th September 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Now that was a great day’s riding. A long one, but definitely worth it. We were on the bikes promptly at 9am (for our 8:30 start) and off into the hills of the Limousin – honestly, there’s hardly anyone else on the roads and it’s just bend after bend after bend, gradually climbing all the  [Read full post…]

France Day One

16th September 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Well, that was a long day but a good one. We rolled off the ferry nice and early, cut down the dual carriageway around Caen and pretty soon we were going cross-country. None of it was what you’d call epic riding – but it was good. Like the nicer bits of the Garden of England,  [Read full post…]

Off tomorrow

14th September 2018 by  in The Dex Files

We’re off tomorrow on the boys’ trip to France. Normally we’d take the tunnel, but we’re following a tour from RiDE’s Guide to France from last year – and while we could have adapted it to run from Calais, we thought we’d give it the benefit of the doubt. So we’re taking an overnight ferry  [Read full post…]

Packing perfected

13th September 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve sorted the packing for the trip. Everything fits exactly as I need it to (simply by changing which shoes I’m taking). Now I’m good and ready. Only trouble is, with the bike packed I’m struggling for underwear for the next few days! It’s all in the panniers…

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