Touring Droitwich To....belgium? Ideas Welcome

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  1. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    Hey! Thinking of taking the Thruxton RS for a little trip to Europe.
    This will be my first euro trip for many many many years.

    Here is a brief outline of my plan.

    1. Get the bike serviced and new tyres., annoyingly. At 1,700 miles from new. The tyres probably aren't quite yet ready for a change. However I'd rather they aren't squared off by the time I arrive. I was thinking of getting S22's...?

    Day 1 - Travel to Droitwich to the tunnel. Get a train across to Dunkirk, France. I figure with some stops along the way. It's going to be 6 ish hours. Whilst I like the idea of 'pushing through' to Belgium, I'm not sure my body (wrists), mind is ready for a 10 ish hour trip. Stay somewhere in Dunkirk. I only mention Dunkirk, as I've never been. Happily stay anywhere I can park the bike, and get a good meal, and breakfast in the morning

    Day 2 - Travel from Dunkirk ish area to Bouillon Belgium - I assume I can find some nice roads, stops along the way? Base myself in Bouillon

    Day 3 - Ride around Bouillon

    Day 4 - Either ride around spa, or into Lux

    Day 5 - Travel back

    Day 6 - Home


    Seems like a long trip....


    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Ducatitotriumph

    Ducatitotriumph Crème de la Crème

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    Give @Hubaxe and @Vulpes a shout as they’re familiar with everything foreign!!!
    And, if you are going in a few months time? I'd be leaving now...... :):)
     
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  3. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    I did wonder watching the queues. Is it morally correct to filter to the front??

    Alas. Look forward to some tips. I have download some routes and bought a book by Simon Weir (Journalist) - All advice welcome
     
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  4. Ducatitotriumph

    Ducatitotriumph Crème de la Crème

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    Ride magazine have download able routes on their website and I've used a few in the UK. You have the usual bruges and I'd definitely do some ww1/2 sites whilst there if its not on your radar yet? Not stayed in dunkerque yet I'm afraid.
    Weather is the usual enemy of all trips so be prepared beforehand!
     
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  5. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    Yeah, I had a look. I couldn't see anything for that part of the world. I did have a collection of RiDe magazine with routes. Then I moved house. And can I find them???...
     
  6. Rooster

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    #6 Rooster, Jul 24, 2022
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    When did they build the Droitwich - Dunkirk Tunnel? I live in Droitwich and I had to drive to Folkestone for my recent trip under the channel. Don’t tell me I could have saved the 200 mile drive.
     
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  7. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    Hahah

    there is enough underpasses in Droitwich, they may as well have created a tunnel whilst they were at it ;-)

    ok - Droitwich to Folkestone - get the train ;/)
     
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  8. Vulpes

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    I take it you mean from Droitwich to the tunnel? :p The tunnel will take you to Calais, some 20 kilometres west of Dunkirk.
    You can use something like Myroute app to create a nice route to the Boullion area, which you can easily ride to in one day. Beautiful area. If there I would certainly ride into Luxembourg - beautiful roads there, and much better surfaces than in Belgium..
     
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  9. fzr162

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    If you are going around the w/e of 19th of August you could take in the Belgium classic trophy. Brilliant classic road racing. It's a bit of a ride from Calais but a Great weekend.
     
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  10. andypandy

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    You could visit Ypres and the surrounding area. Just do a google search "Ypres tourism". Lots of WW1 history.
     
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  11. roadrider

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    Bouillon is a great little town.
    Some good riding from there.
    Ride up to Dinant and across to Givet, great roads
     
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  12. Hubaxe

    Hubaxe Good moaning! aka Mr Wordsalad :)
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    agree. Some belgiar "motorways" are made with assembled concrete blocks. Very noisy and uncomfortable.

    Driving from France to Birmingham, we use mainly the Calais -Folkstone tunnel because we can cross without booking too much in advance (we book from the car when we know the time we reach the departure.
    But Ferry is cheaper.
     
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  13. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    So - Plan is to go next week (22 Aug)

    Plan so far

    Day 1 Droitwich to Folkestone - Eurotunnel to Calais - Calais to Ypres - stay one night

    Day 2 Ypres to Bouillon - Need to find a nice route

    Day 3 Bouillon - Day trip to Spa and the surrounding areas

    Day 4 Bouillon - Day trip to Luxembourg

    Day 5 Bouillon to Dunkirk - stay over

    Day 6 Dunkirk to Droitwich

    Gonna stay in hostel in Bouillon - overwise its just me.

    Need to sort out getting a tank bag - Have a ruck already

    And then - tyres. The bike is 10months old. Done 1,700 miles from new - Doesn’t need a service. However, I’m tempted to get some fresh rubber on there Power 5, or M9rr

    Anything else to consider? :)
     
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  14. BT81

    BT81 New Member

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    You live in droitwich - have I seen you? I haven’t seen many Triumphs about! - Although when I head out for my evening ride to Tenbury, I’m usually the only biker out
     
  15. Vulpes

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    I'm on my second set of Road 5's, they're brilliant.
     
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