Sunday, May 25, 2014

Advancedbiker - Advanced Motorcycle Training in Normandy May 2014 The run to Portsmouth

Well after all the planning and a few administration issues, we made it to Normandy again this year for our annual Advanced Motorcycle Workshop, which this year ran from Thursday 8th May to Monday 12th May.
So on a very wet Thursday morning we all set off from different location around the United Kingdom and met up at prearranged meeting points mainly around the M6 and M1 motorway network.  Our aim to get to Portsmouth for the Ferry to Normandy.

The Team Bmw R1200 GS's x 4, Bmw R1200 GS's LC x 2, Bmw R1200R, Bmw F800GT 
and a Honda ST1300
The team is all together, a little wet, in their respective wet weather gear, Hein Gericke, Rukka, Klim to name a few.  Well where did we all meet up, well at Jacks Hill Cafe near to Towcester and I had to sample to all day breakfast......Rude not to......
All fed and watered, next stop Portsmouth for the 14.45hrs Brittany Ferries crossing the Ouistreham - a cruise, arriving 21.30 hrs local time.

After an eventful run to Portsmouth, in other words, who has pinched the petrol station at Winchester and having to find one in Portsmouth.  I was cutting it a bit fine, 21 litre tank, put 20.5 litres in it.  Never mind still in a good positive mood - made all the better by the way the staff at Brittany Ferris booked us all in.  I had booked on line and filled in all the vehicle details, so when we got to port, it was just a matter of matching the riders names to the appropriate registration numbers. Having seen all the motorcycles through, it left me and Bob....... And you must have guessed what was going to happen next - SECURITY check.....Question from G4S,' Can we check your motorcycle?', reply; 'What are you looking for?'....Reply;' Guns, Knives etc'....Come on, I couldn't pack an extra paper clip in one of my panniers, but had to open them and they checked my clothes etc.

Anyway safely on the ferry, tied down and ready to go........Next stop Normandy, France.

Arrived in Normandy on time, no rain and a steady run to our bed and breakfast for the next four night.  Normandy Beach - Arromanches Les Bains........

Time for some light snacks and bed before the training starts in the morning.....

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