Sunday, September 16, 2012

Advancedbiker goes to France - Part Two - Day Two Reims-Gueux

We after a good nights sleep, it was find the mobile phone time.....Found it but could not work out if the time it showed was the correct time, or British Time.  Remember I wanted to get up to catch the sunrise.  Well need not have worried, fellow traveller had gotup and set the house alarm off......Time to get up and head for the garden, with camera and cup of tea to catch this.....




Great start to the morning, so looking good for the ride to Reims........


Back home I had looked at the maps and decided on a route, trying to use the the yellow coloured roads on the Michelin map, so on leaving Auchonvillers we headed for Albert passing the Newfoundland Park.  Once in Albert it was onto the very interesting D938 to Peronne.  A great road which encouraged some brisk riding on the twisties....... Then it was on to St Quentin and Laon where we stopped for coffee.  Lucky really as it was Sunday and nothing much was open and this presented another problem......Fuel...!
Well managed to get to Reims with some of us riding on fumes, bit tight and thank goodness for sat nav and bike to bike comms.  Whilst I waited at what I thought was a motorway, another rider found a petrol station and guided us all in....


NEXT STOP the Reims - Gueux pit straight to take some photographs.   So sat nav reset and off we went and with in a few kilometers saw the pits off to our left, sitting all alone in the French countryside.

 We had arrived at Reims-Gueux last used in the 1970's and abandoned to the elements.....However some of the buildings had been rescued and were being done up, so you can still get a feel of what it used to be like when racing cars and motorcycles were ripping down the straight at speeds approaching 200 mph......




So camera ready, spare flash card and a couple of lenses we spent a least one hour or even longer.....exploring the place in the baking sun.  I can not remember how many photographs I took, but the place was very interesting.

There are more photogarphs on my Flickr page with the link here: Flickr Reims-Gueux Set


We left the circuit and travelled along the straight along the now D27 to the next roundabout onto the D26, which now avoids the town of Gueux.  We needed to get on the road towards the D967 a very twisty yellow road on the map from the town of Fismes.  The sat nav took me onto the N31 west until we came to Fismes. where we stopped for fluids.....

I know I am parked ont the pavement, but we needed fluids as the temperature was hitting 33 degrees, which for us Brits was a little high.  We are used to the cold and the rain.

Whilst having the break, we decided to cut short our yellow route rides and head back, as time was getting on, so we headed for the D927, which took us on a fantastic twisty road to Laon, where we back tracked on our route to Auchonvillers.



We didn't want to get back too late as we had dinner arranged and then a short presentation from Dave on the Somme Offensive based on July 1st 1916.  Why becasue we had booked one of his battlefield tours for the next day in his Landy:

Well I had been to the battlefields before and it would be nice to see it in a different way.

All the group were up for it...

We arrived back and in plenty of time for drinks and some light entertainment, before having another excellent meal prepared by Anita.





Time for the sunset though.....

And I even get mention on another web site : The Driver Training Daily
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