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It seems eons ago since Audrey suggested it’s time to redecorate the house! Straightforward decoration is simple enough but add a job list that goes back several years and you have a task that’ll take months; and so it was. Our enthusiasm got the better of us when we ordered new carpet, new bed and furniture suite before purchasing paint and brushes; Fishpools had to store everything for months, we just weren’t ready! Nevertheless, we now have somewhere to sleep, sit and turn our thoughts to riding this year.

We’ve already received several enquiries about our itinerary so apologies for being a little vague, concentrating on the house, we really weren’t sure but we will be running two rides to Germany. Why not France I hear you say? With tales of over pricing and gendarmes hiding behind bushes with radar guns raising revenue by dishing out €90.00 (or more) fines, our appetite for France is waning a little so I make no apologies for planning two rides to Germany.

More details will be available at February’s Group night. In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the rides we’re organising.

RV1501: Schwarzwald & Bavaria - Tue 30 Jun to Sun 12 Jul

Bordering with Austria, our south eastern location in Bavaria is mountainous and truly spectacular. Our four star hotel where we stay for five nights is located in Ruhpolding. Boasting a fully equipped wellness centre including an indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, aromatic steam bath, Japanese mineral stone bath, shower garden, relaxing room and, weather permitting, sunbathing in the Japanese garden, we’re sure to be spoilt for choice. A free bus pass covering the local area and a free pass for the Rauschberg cable car will be available, ideal for those riders or riders with spouses wishing to relax to take time off the bike. Spouses uncomfortable riding long distances but would like to join us at the hotel in Ruhpolding can fly into Salzburg Airport and we’ll arrange for the hotel minibus to pick you up.

For riders wishing to enjoy the roads and scenery of the region, the picturesque alpine village of Ruhpolding is located on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, Germany’s famous alpine road so great riding abounds. The quaint villages of Reit im Winkl, Inzell and Berchtesgaden are all within easy reach and the Austrian city of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, is just a short ride away. A ride to Rossfeld Strasse, its summit overlooking Ober-Salzburg to Austria and “Kehlsteinhaus”, Hitler's "Eagle's Nest", designed and built for the dictator’s 50th Birthday, will be on our optional ‘excursion’ schedule. While in the area, we can also visit the underground salt mine in Berchtesgarden, Lake Konigsee for a beautiful lake cruise and Germany’s Olympic Bobsleigh run. We also hope to arrange for Rudi, the hotel owner, to lead us on a ride over the 2,505 meter Grossglockner pass from Austria to Italy.

Taking an afternoon Eurotunnel crossing, we’ll spend our first night close to Calais ensuring that our ride through the Ardennes and leafy forests of Belgium to Luxembourg gets off to a great start. We continue southeast to a Motorad approved hotel located in the heart of Schwarzwald, Germany’s Black Forest. We can’t miss the opportunity to ride some of the superb roads of this region so we have booked for two nights. We then continue east across the Schwäbische Alb (Swabian Jura) a low mountain range in Baden-Wütteremberg, before joining a short stretch of Autobahn. Turning south to avoid München Centre we pick up the Deutsche Alpenstrasse at Bernau for our picturesque run to Ruhpolding. Our return to Calais takes a more northern route via three overnight stops; our final night’s accommodation being within 100 miles of Calais enabling us to take an early afternoon Le Suttle crossing.

RV1502: Thuringia, Germany – Mid September – dates

Our ride to the Harz Mountains last year was a revelation. We found this former GDR jewel eye wateringly spectacular and the riding wasn’t bad either. Deserted, billiard table smooth tarmac through open, flowing countryside intermixed with forests and quaint, half-timbered towns and villages. “Why haven’t I thought of this region before” was a striking comment made to me by one of the Group’s most experienced bike tourists.

Thuringia nestles between the Harz and Northern Bavaria, in the heart of Germany. Audrey and I haven’t been to this region before but we are planning a visit in February to check it out. Oberhof, is world famous for its langlauf (cross country) skiing centre and hosting the Biathlon World Cup so we’ll have to hope we can drive there in winter! Details of this six or seven days ride will be announced in March. If for any reason this doesn’t work out, we’ll organise a 5 day ride to the Ardennes and Mosel using Luxembourg as our base.

About Us

We can think of few more stimulating ways to see a country than from the seat of a motorcycle. Whether or not you’re away for a quick hop over the Channel or on a full multi-day tour, you’re sure to return home feeling invigorated having forgotten life’s every day routine. If you feel the same, join us to experience the stunning scenery, outstanding traffic free biking roads and biker friendly people that Europe has to offer. Our 2015 program presents a variety of rides that suit all tastes.

For new members or those who don’t know us, we have been EAMG members since 1992; I have been an Observer with the Group since 1995 and both Audrey and I hold RoSPA Gold certificates. Having ridden abroad regularly for well over 20 years and organised UK and European rides on a voluntary basis for EAMG for over 10 years, we have the experience to provide you with the opportunity to enjoy some of the best biking roads, whether or not you’ve ridden abroad before, as well as providing a great way of meeting other members with interests similar to our own.

Individual aspirations and ability vary so great care is taken to ensure no one has to ride above their comfort zone without restricting expectations of more experienced riders. We ride with you unless you prefer to ride with your own group of friends or ride individually. We’ll select wonderful routes for you to ride, provide detailed route plans, arrange Channel crossings and accommodation predominantly in 3 or 4 Star hotels, most having been visited and approved by us; many will have swimming pools so be sure to take your cossie!

Our rides are open to all members of the Group, including Associates but please be realistic. Make sure you are comfortable with the Estimated Daily Mileages (EDM) shown when the ride details are announced.

Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. It is a requirement that you have: Personal Medical Insurance, Roadside Recovery and Repatriation Insurance and carry an EEC Health Insurance Card which is available at http://www.ehic.org.uk.

If you’ve not ridden with us before, see our pictures on http://www.reveillerrides.smugmug.com for a flavour of what’s available to you. Our sincere thanks to those who have joined us before, we hope our plans for 2015 appeal to you; we would be delighted if you can join us again this year. If you’d like further information, please come and see us at Group nights or email me at info@reveillerrides.co.uk.

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