September 10, 2003

Religious Transformation

10-09-2003 The plan was to leave around lunchtime…as usual we were running late and finally left just after 3pm. Well, we had hoped to get to Lourdes but as the night drew in we finally stopped just outside Foix. Our route along the D18 past Limoux, the D63 past Mirepoix, and finally onto the main N20 to Foix has been a wonderful return to biking after so many fun days…
August 31, 2003

how-many-kisses

 31-08-2003 Not much to write really. The day didn’t start early, as sleep was a priority for some strange reason. Chris dragged himself out of bed around mid morning and the rest of today has been spent catching up. All in all a pretty good day. Great to see Chris again, the farmhouse is progressing brilliantly. He’s done so much since we were last here.  01-09-2003 Chris is a party…
August 28, 2003

Riding Into The Night

 28-08-2003  By 12pm those lovely men at Carzeta had been on the phone and whispered those wonderful words…”you’re bike is finished and ready for you to pick up”! This time our ride to Milan and Carzeta was made a little easier as we’d marked the dealer as a way-point in the GPS. Hurray for modern technology.   29/30-08-2003  It’s now the 31st and we’re both knackered and happily writing away in…
August 24, 2003

The Italian Job

24-08-2003 Our turn had come to leave Venice. We’d had a wonderful week with Caroline and M & M. After a couple of strong coffees to kick start our day, we packed and hit the road without fuss. The GPS guided us easily through the mainland city and we were soon on the main A4 heading towards Padova. We’ve decided to head towards Milan, as this seems a good central…
August 22, 2003

Give Me My Child

22-08-2003 Our last day on the beach. With snorkelling kit and dinghy packed we all headed down to the sand to take up our regular positions. I had a few calls to make to try and sort out the dodgy bearings on Lisa’s F650GS, which we’d discovered in Moscow. Shouldn’t be a problem I thought, BMW have loads of dealers in and around Venice. How wrong could I have been.…
August 20, 2003

Line Jumping and blow jobs

20-08-2003 After another very hot and humid night. After a quick chat with what to do with the day, the consensus was…beach. Rubber dingy and snorkelling kit purchased, we headed for the sand. Jacq Custoe, eat your heart out. 21-08-2003 Having missed the Basilica two days ago we headed back into Venice. Boarding the Vaporetto and purchasing our tickets like regulars we soon arrived back at Piazza San Marco. The…
August 19, 2003

Exploring The Sinking City

19-08-2003 The heat and humidity last night was a real test. Judging by the bleary eyes this morning, no one had managed to get much sleep. Caroline had opted to use the ‘grown up’ tent, which meant the boys had their tent to themselves. Today is our 8th wedding anniversary, so after spending the morning on the beach, the plan for the afternoon and evening was Venice; it just had…
August 17, 2003

A Venice Rendevouz - Italy

17-08-2003 A heavy layer of early morning mist and drizzle hid the mountain view around us. This was the first cool morning for us in a long while, and too be honesyt it was a welcome relief. From our campsite we headed towards Klagenfurt and the motorway to Villach before cutting down into Italy and Venice. Venice was'nt originally on our route but after Caroline, my (Lisa’s) sister, called to…
August 15, 2003

Slipping Into Slovenia

Friday 15th was a holiday day (Assumption) in Vienna and so the day was spent quietly in the garden with some of Briquettes work friends whilst having a BBQ and us sorting out our kit in readiness for leaving tomorrow. We have had such an enjoyable time here in Vienna – it will be strange to leave and be just the two of us again – and strange to be…
August 13, 2003

Chuffing Clutched

13-08-2003 Today was a day of anticipation waiting for bike parts to arrive from both BMW and Touratech. The first call to come was from BMW, which meant that the parts had arrived and we needed to collect the parts from the other side of Vienna. Whilst out to collect these parts Robert confirmed that the Touratech ceramic clutch had arrived! We were now set for the big clutch-changing day…

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