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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Yes I know, Santa’s feeding the reindeers and getting his sleigh prepared for Tuesday and, with the recent bout of icy weather in mind, no doubt your steed is safely parked in the garage and your thoughts impatiently turn to next season’s riding. I’m coming to terms with my Mac; it’s been an interesting experience, emails flowing both ways freely and all but seven hotels safely confirmed. Why do so many hotels close at Christmas, don’t they realise we’re trying to make arrangements for next year? Anyway, we’ve had several enquiries about our itinerary for 2013, our brochure will be available early in the New Year and I’ll give a short presentation after the AGM at February’s Group night on the 5th. In the mean time, here is a brief summary of the rides we have planned for you; I hope these wet your appetite.

RV1301 (4 day) Sat 27th to Tue 30th April Loire Valley (Scenic Tour)

With a daily mileage within France of less than 230 miles, using picturesque ‘D’ roads, this scenic tour is ideal for solo riders, riders carrying a pillion or riders who haven’t ventured abroad on a motorcycle before. Riding along the Loire Valley will be beautiful in Spring giving you the best opportunity, in a short time, to experience just how good the roads in France can be.

RV1302 (11 day) Sat 25th May to Tue 4th June Highlands of Scotland (Tour)

No early morning ferries to worry about here, unless you count those when island hopping in the Highlands! We had a stunning tour to Scotland in 2010 but this time we’re spending two nights in Oban, three nights in Gairloch and visiting John O’Groats; well, it’s got be done hasn’t it? If you’ve ridden with us to France and beyond you’ve experienced outstanding biking roads and magnificent scenery but the Highlands of Scotland are truly majestic. This tour, which is ideal for pillions, promises to be a motorcycling holiday to savour.

RV1303 (4 day) Sat 22nd to Tue 25th June Ardennes and Mosel (Experienced)

Using a tried and tested 3 star hotel in Clervaux, Luxembourg as our base, we’ve planned two rideouts. Our first takes us into Germany on a loop through the Eifel Mountains before turning south for our return through the medieval towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem that enrich the banks of the Mosel River. For our second, we’ll ride part of ‘Le Circuit des Chateaux’ in Luxembourg before venturing into the Ardennes.

RV1304 (5 day) Sat 27th to Wed 31st July Somme and Ypres (Scenic Tour)

We’ve ridden through the Somme on our way south many times seldom leaving enough time to ‘see’ the area and visit some of the WW1 museums. Peronne is a prime example; a favourite café of ours is located alongside the Museum of the Great War and we just ride through Albert unaware of the Somme Trench Museum that has been set into a series of underground shelters that were used by the local people to shelter from invaders. This scenic tour addresses these omissions by taking a route that follows the ‘Circuit of Remembrance’ with time to visit these memorable museums. We’ll also include plenty of scenic miles but as a topical finale, we spend our last night in Leper (Ypres) Belgium to witness the ‘Last Post’ Ceremony that takes place at 8 o’clock every evening at the Menin Gate Memorial. Take your cameras!

RV1305 (11 day) Sat 24th August to Tue 3rd September Lake Garda (Tour)

Lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy; it’s stunning scenery making it a very popular holiday location. Riding through Schwarzwald, Austrian Alps, Dolomites, including the Stelvio Pass and Switzerland will be spectacular. We are planning a four-night stay at a hotel located on the shores of Lago di Garda that boasts all the facilities expected of a 4 star holiday hotel but the Dolomites also await, it’s your choice; ride or chill out by the pool? With the exception of the final day, daily mileage will be less than 250, five days being less than 200. This tour, which is ideal for pillions, promises to be a motorcycling holiday to savour.

RV1306 (5 day) Fri 4th to Tue 8th October Route Napoleon (Experienced)

Riding the N85 from Grenoble to Grasse is a legendary experience. Voted Europe's Best Biking Road by Ride Magazine, our finale provides you with a golden opportunity to savour this ride. On our first night our friends who run a favourite hotel of ours in the Côte d’Or Region of France will welcome us. After a refreshing drink, superb dinner and good nights sleep, we’ll continue south to our hotel for two nights just south of Grenoble and within easy reach of the N85. We’ve planned two rideouts; one takes us along Route Napoleon to Grasse where we do a ‘deliberate’ U turn to retrace our route to our hotel. Yup, you get to ride Napoleon both ways! The alternative leaves Napoleon at Castellane, after coffee, returning to the hotel via the majestic Verdon Gorge where narrow roads snake above orange and grey-streaked walls that plunge 600m down to an emerald thread of river. We’ll cover 1,500 miles in France so this riding adventure is definitely a ride for the experienced.

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