Witham, which added some interest as the gauge said I was still half full, but I eventually made it home at about 7pm, feeling weary but pretty chuffed.
Conclusion If you’ve managed to read this far, then you’ll already have figured out that I had a good time. Big thanks are due to Keith and Maureen, whose hard work both before and during the trip made it such a success, but also to the observers and experienced riders who led the small groups and took all the pain out of navigation (and all the blame for the wrong turns). Would I do it again? Yes, definitely. Would I change anything? Well, maybe I’ll fit a sat-nav to the bike. And I did happen to notice that nearly all those bikes were so much newer and shinier than mine…
26th May 2011
3RD TIME (STILL UNLUCKY) Well dear readers, settle yourselves comfortably, and I’ll recount Roy’s third attempt – foiled only by my ability to speak French… We set off for France last weekend with Keith Gilbert’s party, setting off from Calais around 12.45, making good progress along the auto route, and then we started the more interesting D roads to get to Pacy. Unfortunately just before 4pm Vicky came a cropper on a bend on the approach to a level crossing and ended up on the railway tracks with a very sad looking bike, and Vicky requiring medical assistance. The entire group pulled over to the side to see what was happening and to help Vicky off the tracks and onto the verge. I called out, ” Do we have a first aider here …?” only to feel a complete wally when Nancy Nurse (Deidre) told me that Vicky’s friend John, was an orthopaedic surgeon !! As I headed towards the spot, a Frenchman asked me if anyone had called the emergency services – no, I said, could you please call them. They came along very quickly in the form of the Fire Brigade (they act as combined Fire and Emergency Medical Services) - out jumped a load of Frenchmen who busied around to make an initial assessment. They were asking all sorts of questions whilst gently pushing, prodding and peering at our injured comrade, and as I speak French, I acted as interpreter. It was clear that some damage was done to The SAM Observer June 2011
The June 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"