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    Pugwash Euro Tour 2018

    Well as sure as the seasons change, taxes rise and I get older it's that time of the year when I subject you all to the notion that Mrs P and I are off on our travels around Europe again.

    This year we will be spending our time mainly in France with a couple of small excursions into Italy and Monaco, different to previous years we will be traveling nearly everyday with just a few two day stopovers and this is due to the distance we are travelling and my wish to visit Monaco.

    So next Saturday we head off to Portsmouth for our overnight ferry to St Malo and then a couple of days with Mrs P's folks before heading south and loosely following the coast with stopovers in Bordeaux and Lourdes before having a play in the Pyrenees then east along the south coast of France to Menton. After soaking up the culture of the playground of the rich and famous in Monaco - no visit to the Casino planned, then we start to head North taking in some of the views along Route Napoleon and the Verdon Gorge followed by a couple of days at Sallanches to explore some more of the Alps then head for Paris where we stop next to the Eiffel Tower for a couple of nights and meet up with some of my family that I have't seen for many years (us Pugwashes get everywhere), before our final day abroad when we ride up to Rotterdam and get the overnight ferry back to Blighty.

    That all may sound simple but took me many hours to plan and work out the logistics as we are using hotels and a gite for all our accommodation and have a lot to fit in within two weeks away. The mighty capo is prepped and ready and following a shakedown run of about 2000 miles around Scotland on the recent Clan Capo trip has given me the confidence to chose it over my FJR which is now sitting on my ramp in a huge huff having been passed over.

    Last minute issues have raised themselves as always seems to happen with the current heatwave making me reconsider what we pack and the small matter of finding out 3 days ago that I actually need a Certificate of Air Quality from the wonderfully informative French authorities to take my bike within the Paris Peripherique or face significant fines should I have the audacity to ride there during daylight hours or have the cheek to want to park it! This relatively new law is one of a few passed that change how we tourists travel around France by motorbike and the Airworthy cert also applies to a few other French cities.

    Anyway certificate now applied for and have received written confirmation but await the physical windscreen sticker and should this fail to arrive before we set off I have contingency plans to send it to my relatives in Paris and collect it from them. Below is an idea of where we will be going and I hope to write another ride report when we return to give you all sometime to pursue during those boring hours at work when all you can think of is getting away on your bike.

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    That looks a wonderful tour.
    I can vouch for a Capo ride on the Route Napolean and the Gorges de Verdun.
    The Aquarium in Monaco was great.
    This hotel was good, I'll just check where it is!
    It's Castellane, early start, quick loop of the Gorges, then back to Hotel for Petite Dejeuner.
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    I believe that the French Certificate of Air Quality allows smoking 40 Gaulosies in conjunction with the test, and that smoking is compulsory in France Bon Voyage!
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    Have a good one, you two

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    Have a good trip Jim, hope those new boots don't get too much of a test. I would recommend the road from Menton to Sospel if you can fit it in - fantastic twisties and scenery. My Capo had a little lie down on that road a few years back (fully loaded so locals had to help me pick her up!)
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    wow Jim thats an ambitious schedule! how many miles each day will you be doing? there are certianly some fantastic roads on your route. i didnt know the Crit-d'air (or whatever its called) applied to bikes and thought it was for central paris an Lyon.

    i will be towing my caravan down to the Vendee towards La rochelle in august. with my towing vehicle they would burn me at the stake instead of issuing a certificate. although the reality is its very clean on its emissions test. fortunately i am not visiting any of the cities that have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falcojake View Post
    wow Jim thats an ambitious schedule! how many miles each day will you be doing? there are certianly some fantastic roads on your route. i didnt know the Crit-d'air (or whatever its called) applied to bikes and thought it was for central paris an Lyon.

    i will be towing my caravan down to the Vendee towards La rochelle in august. with my towing vehicle they would burn me at the stake instead of issuing a certificate. although the reality is its very clean on its emissions test. fortunately i am not visiting any of the cities that have it.
    Mileage varies from around 150 to 280 a day but some is by motorway so distance is easier to cover and some days we will only be on the bike a couple of hours, there are some excursions planned to give us some down time and all the hotel bookings can be canceled so if the weather turns against us we can be flexible on where we go and when.

    Updated French laws for bikers can be found here https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...qGQhH1jCI7j_6d

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