A staggered start the next morning through the city before getting on the long straight roads of northern France. Field after field of barley, rapeseed, corn and lupins being the main crops we saw along with some fast jets and the odd TGV.
Lunch was taken in a small café in the shade listening to the school children laughing as they were thrown around on one of the fairground rides which filled the square where we had parked. Aly and Peter were testing the staff with their mix of languages and currencies, however the waiter took everything in good humour and we were soon off again in the lovely sunshine.
Unfortunately, our route into Germany was extremely busy due to roadworks on the Autoroute/Autobahn causing the traffic to join the ‘A’ roads which we were travelling on. When I pulled into the hotel that evening it was great to see Rob, already at home with some of the group. With that our Family was complete – 16 buddies and 13 bikes!
Stretching classes started at 0730 in the car park with a small group of five along with a Swiss couple who joined us from the balcony! Not a bad way to start the morning and a good turnout for our first day before we tackled the B500.
Mike left ahead of the group to find a lovely hairpin approximately 2km up the road and I sent everyone off individually keeping in touch with Mike so he could capture them banked over for a great photo op. We all made it round and regrouped at the top full of smiles after blasting along this lovely stretch of road!
Onward through lovely forested and windy roads until our coffee stop, then we hit road closure after road closure! Jeff still managed to get to the lunch stop well ahead of us. Carl, who was having a slight issue with his GPS managed to completely avoid any road closures after missing a turn, so when he arrived at the lunch stop he was surprised to hear of the problems the rest of us had!