This year's Euro Star Days are being organised by the
Stars Association in France.
They'll be held from May 25th to May 28th and will be at a bikers-only campsite
at La Plaine Tonique near Lyon.
Some of the Great Bears are heading
over to the mainland to show our land-locked cousins that we haven't sunk
beneath the waves just yet. So I decided that this was a great excuse to
finally take my Draggy over to the Continent, not only for the Euro Star Days
but also for a bit of a road trip.
Hence I will be starting off after work on Friday the 19th and won't be
returning to our Island until the 31st. This will give me plenty of time
before Lyon to drop in on some family near Cologne, take in southern Germany
with a friend, and go to the North Atlantic Coast at Biarritz after the
The full trip-plan is laid out below!
As with all good things, there should be A Plan. This, then, is mine:
[Thanks to ViaMichelin
for a great online map.]
Friday, May 19th - Saturday, May 20th
After work on Friday I'll be heading down to my Girlfriend's place in
Canterbury ready to catch the ferry from Dover to Calais early on Saturday
Saturday, May 20th - ~Monday, May 22th
I plan to spend a few days in Cologne/Bonn in order to catch up with family
whom I haven't seen yet this year. From there I will ride down to
~Monday, May 22th - Thursday, May 25th
Heilbronn, and meeting up with
Spacedani from the
The plan is to spend a few days scooting around Germany's Black Forest and
a circumnavigation of the Bodensee (Lake Constance). I'll then drop her
back off home and continue on to
Thursday, May 25th - Sunday, May 28th
Lyon where I will spend the next few days at the Euro Star Days, camping.
Here I will also meet up with the other
Great Bears from the UK. Some
of us will continue on to
Sunday, May 28th - Wednesday, May 31st
Biarritz for a long slow cruise along Frances' North Atlantic Coast. This
will eventually lead me back to
Wednesday, May 31st - Thursday, June 1st
Calais in time for my ferry crossing back to Dover, where I will again spend
a night at my Girlfriends' place. From there it's back to London for a
clean-up (both Man and Machine) before a long weekend to Bakewell.
Here is a list of things which will need to get done before the trip:
- Basic Service - DONE
- Rear Tyre and brakes
- Adjust Headlight for Europe
- Organise Europe Breakdown Cover
- Check/renew Insurance
- GPS Mount
Here will be my trip diary..