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rodenbach
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PostSubject: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 12:08 pm

Today was a lovely, sunny autumn day. So I decided to get lunch in... Le Touquet (a.k.a. Paris Plage). What kind of idiot rides 160 Miles for a cup o' soup? Well, I do.

The first part of the journey by motorway. (boring) From Calais on, the SW brought me along Cap Blanc Nez -with a view on the White Cliffs of Dover- Cap Griz Nez to Boulogne-sur Mer. This is one of my favourite routes, with beautiful sceneries, along the English Channel.

In Le Touquet the SW had a little rest, while I popped in at Pérard, where they serve the 'best fish soup in the world'. I can only agree: it was delicious! (€10.00 incl. bread, butter, croutons, rouille and cheese. 'all the soup you can eat' formula)

The route back was chosen over St. Omer and Dunkirk. In total some 160 Miles. Average fuel consumption 5.8 L/100 km or 48.7 MPG (uk) - 40.6 MPG (usa)

160 Miles for some soup... P555v
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 12:21 pm

Sounds like the perfect trip for a SilverWing! I'll bet it was gorgeous.

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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 1:25 pm

What kind of idiot rides 160 Miles for a cup o' soup? Are you kidding? I ride my scooter 160 miles for a postage stamp. :lol!:
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 1:37 pm

Sounds fantastic!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 2:55 pm

The coast road is fantastic! I'm very envious.
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 6:47 pm

Getting to Europe is on my bucket list, haven't managed to do that yet! I would certainly love to do it on a Silverwing!
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 7:57 pm

Any excuse to ride is a good one. Food involved is a better one. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 11, 2012 4:51 pm

It's a bit of a sweeping statement but by and large Western Europe is bike-/scooter- friendly so is a good place to ride.
I find that drivers tend to come a bit close - they do it all the time - but there seems to be no aggression involved and once one gets used to cars leaving it to the last minute to pull out to overtake and then cutting in abruptly it's easy to go with the flow.

There are some beautiful places to see and wonderful roads to ride.
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 11, 2012 8:04 pm

Rode bicycle around a 800 mile loop in SE England once. The cars/trucks passed very close. It took a while to become accustomed to and understand that this was "normal" and "safe" driving.
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PostSubject: Re: 160 Miles for some soup...   160 Miles for some soup... I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 12, 2012 4:05 am

I have been riding motorbikes since I was 18 - way back in 1974. I've had over 30 private bikes, mostly Italians, and a number of 'company' BMW's. Totaled at least 250K Miles on two wheels (and a few miles on only one Embarassed ) and got my fair share of accidents, including two nasty crashes (one head-on) with 'blind' car drivers.

I have crossed W-Europe, from Denmark to Corsica, from the UK to Italy, and have a truckload of happy and less happy memories, and a couple of lasting memorabilia (i.e. scars, patched-up bones and eternal aches).

After breaking a couple of vertebrae (while skiing...) in 1996, I sold my remaining bikes (a 50's Gilera, a 60's Montesa and a 70's MZ) under pressure of her indoors. A couple of years later she filed a divorce. I was so angry... about selling the bikes. Twisted Evil

Had only a small Korean scooter since and tried to 'forget' motorbiking. Focused on classic Land-Rovers and had a couple of convertibles. Drove up the Stilfserjoch (a.k.a. Stelvio Pass), top down, but was still missing the 360° feeling of motorbiking.

Survived two heart attacks, quit smoking, lost over 40 kgs but never got rid of the motorcycle-bug. So after many years of heartache and hangover, I decided to scr*w the doctor's orders and get me a decent bike.

After testing a number of motorbikes (Moto Guzzi, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha) I decided to go for the Silver Wing, since it is a modestly powerfull twin, offering high comfort and weater protection.

According to this forum, I am only one of many 'elderly gentlemen' who have made this choice.

So many lovely roads to discover, so little time and money to do in in/with...

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