This is part of the sixteenth section of our
around the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from the United Kingdom or read our previous visit to France
15/1/10 We had pre-booked our hotel, not knowing
the weather would bring this side of the channel and settled in to plan
our route to Morocco.
16/1/10 It hadn't long been daylight when we left
the Formula 1 Hotel in Boulogne, taking the freeway south, not worrying
too much about the highway tolls as it was 2 degrees and we just wanted
to get to warmer temperatures. Snow lay alongside the road, sometimes
covering whole fields, other times just lying in melting drifts. By mid
morning light drizzle had started and as we passed through Rouen it
became heavy drizzle, the worst, worse than snow which is at least dry.
Wet and cold is bad riding and as it was stinging my open face we
rested for a while at a petrol station trying to warm up. After 400
km's we stopped mid afternoon, the day never having been above 3
degrees, stopping in Le Mans, still with patchy rain storms but not as
consistent. Took a "Fast Hotel", another one in the French format of
cheap roadside hotels in industrial areas.
17/1/10 9.00am start as we watched the sunrise from
the motorcycle, the first sun we have seen in a while. The day improved
to 10 degrees heading further south. Slowly the snow disappeared,
the grass was greener, and cows were even seen out grazing. Our heated
jackets and gloves keeping us warm, along with track suits we bought
from a second hand shop, which we can donate to someone further south
probably into Morocco. Another in the chain of cheap French hotels,
"Premier Class", with internet access. All these hotels have a 6.00pm
day of arrival cancellation policy so should our ride get washed out or
if we ride further we can always late cancel, but it's good to have a
target booking, particularly on a long cold day.
18/1/10 Leaving France today, after leaving our
on a frost covered motorcycle, which thankfully meant a sunny day and
great riding weather.
Move with us to Spain
or go to our next visit to France
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