Sunday, May 13, 2007

Travelling to Killarney, Ireland for the 15th Annual European H.O.G. Rally !

Memorabilia !

Rio-Antirio bridge Greece. Didn't accomplish my aim, for 2 hours, stayed one night in Venice Italy and sailed next day back to Greece after 5700 km in total. In spite of the difficulties, the phychological fatigue and the 50% increase of my budget, I believe I will do again a trip like this, next year. Be in touch.

Killarney Ireland. Guinness Toucan Brew in pubs like the above helped me be calm and change my plans every day. After a week of delay, when I managed to fix my bike, between the third and fourth glass, I decided to try the "impossible". Sail to West England, drive all day to reach East England and sail to Holland. I arrived in Rotterdam Holland at 0030 hours and drove all night for 1500 km, with stops only for gas, through Germany and Austria in order to reach Venice Italy by 1430 hours to get the Ferry boat to Greece.

Killarney Ireland. My drive belt refused to continue. My H.O.G. Assistance couldn't check if I was a member. The local H.O.G. Chapter couldn't help me. The English and the Greek H.O.G. Chapter couldn't be reached. The nearest H-D workshop was closed. I got help from a local police officer, a local engineer, a local hotel owner and an engineer from Greece.

Killarney Ireland.

Killarney Ireland. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on June isn't a wise thing. Believe me !

Killarney Ireland. Making new friends !

Killarney Ireland. I thought I was the one from the furthest distance but 5 bikers rode from Saudi Arabia !

Killarney Ireland. The Ring of Kerry.

London England. Hyde Park.

London England. A Hummer Limo in Hyde Park outside the Foo Fighters concert.

London England. Royal cavalry in front of the Canadian Embassy!
London England. The Parliament !

London England. Big Ben !

London England. The "Eye of London"!

London England. Classic Rolls Royce. In London there are a lot of very expensive cars new or classic, so I was the only one staring and drooling !

Inside the Eurotunnel train wagon.

Our transportation through the tunnel underneath the English Channel.

At the start of Eurotunnel in France with bikers attending the Rally in Ireland.

Paris France. Eiffel Tour !

Paris France. Arc de Triomphe !

Paris France. Eiffel Tour by night !

Paris France. Military Academy.

Paris France "a aristide briand pax"!

Paris France. Notre damme.

French autoroute. Stopped for "personal needs" and in less than 5' the emergency car was besides me asking if I needed any help !

Geneve Switzerland. Rock music concert.

Geneve Switzerland. Classic music concert.

Geneve Switzerland.

Venice Italy. Arriving at the start point of this trip.

Travelling to Saint-Tropez, France for the 14th Annual European H.O.G. Rally !


Me on the ferry-boat, resting after two weeks and 4600 km !

Venice Italy. View from the ferry-boat sailing towards Greece.

Nice view from somewhere in Italy.

Parallel ways. River - railway - road.

Lyon France.

Rodez France. 0700 hours, my night shelter !

Rodez France. 0500 hours, out of gas & no hotel vacancy.

Hitting the road !

Col de Puymorens. Altitude 1915m. Time for winter gloves and fleece clothes !

Barcelona Spain. Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia !

Montpellier France.

Port Grimaud Saint-Tropez France. The camping park is already full of bikes from all around Europe.
Nice France. The famous beach.

Monte-Carlo Principaute de Monaco. Pole position !

Black & Purple.

Liguria Italy. Nice sightseeing, friendly people, beautiful hotel room but can't remember the name of the city.

Italy. Rain stopped at last ! I avoided the autostrada and drove by the coastlines which prooved a very good choise regarding as the view and driving pleasure.

Maranello Italy, outside Ferrari's museum. Unfortunally, I arrived too late to visit it.