Down to business - Not a good day for the weather, bit wet, but we are in Normandy and a few spots of rain was not going to spoil the day.
Just needed to decide on the running order and route, as my Sat Nav had all the routes.......Back to basics and memory:
Get the old maps out and hopefully I could remember roughly where we were heading...
Decided to head into Bayeux for fuel and then head off along the D5 towards le Molay-Littry where we could stop for coffee and a debrief.
Organising the 9 riders:
Alison and Sue with me, with Alison being the first rider of the group.
Dave was with Kevin
Andy or as we got to know him as Dave, Dave, don't ask with Eva -Maria and Barry
Leaving Clinton as 'Tail end Charlie'
The D5 is a good road to just get you used to riding in France and Alison did well, with only a few minor issues which we discussed later. The biggest thing, which never occurred to me before was the added pressure of being lead rider in a group of experienced riders.
Well the rain came down a bit more so we took longer than normal at the first stop before Sue had her turn in front as we headed for St Lo. The roads were not that good in terms of rural dirt and the motorcycles looked a bit messy afterwards......
General chit chat at the dinner stop, everyone in good spirits and a lot of conversation about the riding etc......
Just to point out at this stage that all the riders on the Workshop had ether ridden with me before and some had gone on the gain advanced grades from the I.A.M and R.O.S.P.A. Other had had been on Bikesafe. So the standard of riding was not basic and the general issues amongst the group was:
- Lack of observation in depth
- Being in CAR mode
- Balancing the motorcycle on the bends - CONTROL