Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Advancedbiker goes to France - Day Four - Homeward Bound......Via ?

Well it didn't take long for 4 days to fly by  and we had to pack our motorcycle and look towards heading back home to the United Kingdom, via the Eurotunnel.. I had booked an afternoon crossing so we had time to sample some more twisty French roads and a dinner stop on the coast for Moules frites, or mussels with french fries for those who either don't speak French or think its too fancy sounding, is a rather simple dish of mussels in a broth of various concoction with a nice accompaniment of freshly made french fries.

 However we awoke to a typical British morning......Rain, the stuff that comes straight down, grey skies and very damp roads.

We all made the decision to head to Calais on the main roads and see if we could get an earlier crossing.  The rain never stopped until, you guessed it, we got to Calais, which was bathed in sunshine, with not a cloud in the sky.

Nevermind, head for the Eurotunnel, no issues, earlier train booked - We would be back in the United Kingdom two hours earlier than we had planned for.  Home in the daylight......

On the Eurotunnel two of my fellow travellers were going to leave us when we got to Folkestone and head straight home..  I had one last place to visit.  A place I have wanted to see for a long time, but as you know as soon as you get to home soil, you want to get home as quick as possible.

With the sat nav set for the Battle of Britain Memorial at The National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, on the famous white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone in Kent, we set off.  Within 10 minutes we were parking up at the memorial and armed with cameras set off to explore the site.  At the entrance you see a Spitfire and Hurricane and then the memorial and memorial wall to all the fighter pilots who took part in the Battle Of Britain.
Here is my pictorial tribute to them:

Oh Controller, who sits in Tower
Hallowed be thy sector
Thy traffic come, thy instructions be done
On the ground as they are in the air.
Give us this day our radar vectors
And forgive us our TCA incursions
As we forgive those who cut us off on finals.
And lead us not into adverse weather,
But deliver us our clearances.

Link to the memorial site: Battle of Britain Memorial

Well just time for a sandwich and cup of tea, then motorway bound back to Staffordshire.

It was a great four days, thanks to my riding companions, Clint, Andy and Gail.

Thanks also to David and Anita Platt our Bed and Breakfast hosts at Auchonvillers.

Total miles on BMW R1200GS - 933
Total miles in Landy - 25
Total number of photographs 657.......


Unknown said...

Nice presentation of what was a great 4 days.

Cheers Nigel

Unknown said...

Nice presentation of the 4 days.
Thanks Nigel

Ramiro said...

This is a great post! I routinely publish press releases for a motorcycle helmet retailer so I'm always reading blogs like yours.

Great job.