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Old 12 Mar 2011
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Hi there folks,
Dates are a bit firmer now.
Troon to Larne Sat July 9th
Roslare to Cherbourg Thursday 14th.
15th meeting up with traveling buddy from Glasgow then head South towards Spain.
No fixed route from then on.
Maybe do the Pyrenees for a week then the French Alps for another.
If it's poss will do "The Bridge".
Hopefully will meet with a few Hubbers on the way.
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Old 12 Mar 2011
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if you end up in barcelona let me know and I'll give you a booze itinerary.

the general route from Bilbao to Barcelona is a good one (via Jaca). places like logroño, león, burgos, vitoria, bilbao, etc are all good. also had a good night in Sos del Rey Católico, though I can't really remember much. some great roads between bilbao and zaragoza/tarragona.

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Old 10 Apr 2011
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Hub meeting

Hey Rory
Have you noticed that the Hub Ireland meeting /gathering is on late May ?
I fancy hitting that so maybe over there a wee bit early to meet up
Will keep you updated
Cheers Amigo
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Old 26 Apr 2011
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Time is starting to drag now...........
Looking forward to meeting a few like minded peope
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Old 21 May 2011
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Rory sadly missed the Highland mini meet last week but have been planning Ireland to France towards the end of June. Will track the thread and might even change my plans for Spain instead. I'll be leaving a week or so earlier but I'm a real tortoise - better to travel than to arrive. - so could probably catch up with you guys in Spain. Forgot to mention I had a great week on the Western Isles a few weeks ago. Had no access on-line or would have looked you up.

"....those who fear life are already two thirds dead" Bertrand Russel.
Almost everybody I know..
Time for some new friends!
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Counting down to D(eparture) day

Thought I'd give the tread a bump.
Got the bike all ready.
Got all the ferrys paid
and most important . . . got a full set of tokens.
Look out Ireland , here I come . . .. in a couple of weeks

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heading of tomorrow

Heading of on my tour tomorrow (Friday).
Catching the ferry to Ireland on Saturay morning .
Hope to meet a few Hubbers on my travels.
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Old 31 Jul 2011
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Shit happens

Well I'm back home - minus my bike
Had a great trip around Ireland ,met a few like minded people.
Went to France - it rained alot.
Hit the Pyrenees, good campsite , great roads, passes and valleys. Definately going back but next time I will spend a few weeks there.
Went to the Millou bridge - a great feet of engineering.
We went up the Trent Gorge and we were blown away by the scenery.
We had to cut our trip short by a few days(due to my bro's work) so we hit the payage (motorway) and headed towards Calais. Close to Paris we decided to leave the motorway and hit the city streets - thats when the sh*t hit the fan
It was on a very hot Friday afternoon in Paris rush hour traffic that my gearbox decided that it had had enough.
With the help of the the manager of "Teamaxe" (motorbike accessories), I got my bike of the road and got intouch with the BMW agent.
A mechainic came out to look at my bike and told me that it would take a day to fix. No probs I thought -till I got the estamate for the repair.
Parts were about 100 euros and the 8 hrs labour was 1000 euros.
Fu*k that.
We altered the loads on the other 2 bikes (dumped our tents & cookers) and carried on home on the two bikes.
The staff at "Teamaxe" are looking after my gear till I get back over to Paris to pick up my bike.
I'm heading back to Paris on Wednesday to get my bike.
So all in all it was a very enjoyable and interesting trip - a bit of hastle at the end - but it's all part of life's rich tapestry.
Roll on next year

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