Planning, Patches and Perfection

Ok, I know, it was weeks ago that I promised details of this year’s trips and I am sorry to have been so slow in getting something on the blog! I have not been dragging my heals on purpose, but some of the plotting has taken a tad longer than I expected.

The present plan is for two trips this season; first up in April is a bit of a pilgrimage to Northern France to visit the battlefields of the Somme. The mission will also take in the Normandy Beaches of D-Day fame, bear in mind that 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One and 70 years since D-Day. There are personal reasons why I have to do this trip and some very specific places that I need to experience, all will be revealed in the future, so please tag along.  On this mission, for a change, Harley and I will be accompanied by my oldest pal, Vifferman, and his two wheeled Honda thingy. DSC_0324This is the area of the Somme where we are heading too. There are some very famous and indeed infamous place names on this section of map, go Google and you’ll see what I mean. Acknowledgement to Michelin Maps for use of the map as well. The medals belonged to my Maternal Grandfather and are (l-r) the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, again more details to come.

Later, in June, Harley and I are off on another solo adventure through Spain, Andorra, France and Italy…just pleasure this time you’ll be pleased to know…isn’t it always eh?

Changing the subject a bit. As many of you know I am a member of the Harley Owners Group, HOG for short. Each year HOG issues all members with a year patch, so we can sew it on our jackets like boy scouts! This year the patch is supposed to be inspired by a rattlesnake skin, at first I wasn’t so keen, but hey it’s kinda growing on me!DSC_0343

Last weekend, after another loads more rain we were treated to a rare, beautiful, Saturday morning. Just had to get Harley out of the Man-Cave and reel off a quick 100 miles of perfection. It’s good for me you know! I believe I have a reputation for loving French bridges, but lets celebrate one of our own, this is Trevido Viaduct, near Menheniot, in Cornwall and photographed from the A38.DSCF2900

Catch you all soon.

You better stop, look around. Here it comes, here it comes….

Dookes

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