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It's Home Time

Day Nine 7 June - Homeward bound

We awoke at 5.30am and the packing away ritual began in earnest. Apart from Ironsides who we had to wake. It was only a short ride to the Ferry in Oustreham, 7 miles or so. The port was very busy, obviously a lot of people had the same idea as ourselves to get back in Blighty as early as possible. We just chilled out on the boat back and entered Portsmouth at 1.15pm.

2 middle chaps sleeping on the seat of the cafe on the ferry

The customs in England were a nightmare and we got split up. I made it through with Jason and Ironsides but Nige and Pete were nowhere to be seen. The exit from the Port takes you straight onto the Motorway. At the first exit we don’t know which way to go. Jason and Ironsides go left and I go right. I ended up travelling all the way back to Warrington on my lonesome. I get in at 8.15pm having covered 273 miles. 

I kept a note of all the fuel I had put in my CD200 and worked out the MPG,  111.56mpg. That’s better than the 110cc Lifan in the Cub. In fact the CD200 is nearly as good a tourer as the Cub, but not quite. I'll be on the Cub next time.
Finally, once again, great trip, great bikes, great company and a great experience.


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To French France and Guines Perfect planning prevents pee poor performance. Someone should have told these chaps. Throw in some Alchemy and carnage and come up with gold, comedy gold.
Easily Into Belgium Not too much malarkey today, the lads manage to sidle their way into Belgium with minimum shenanigans. There's a moment for reflection betwixt the brews 'n' beers.
Ypres, Museums, Memorials And Muppetry Bogger and co are mixing a heady brew of malarkey and educational museum visits. Hasn't Ypres already suffered enough?
A Crash And Other Antics Bogger and pals have reached the age of maturity and yet maturity seems to have escaped them. More high jinks from those who ought to know better.
Gear Selections in Compiègne It's a lazy day in Northern France for Bogger and pals. Only a short exploratory ride, mostly spent in search of Ironside's elusive gears.
Rain, Misery, Laughter and Puppetry It's not the best start to Bogger and pals' day. And yet a bunch of middle aged men clearly demonstrate they haven't grown up at all.
Arromanche With Some D-Day Thrown In The Motley Crew spend the day enjoying the D-Day events with the weather on their side and only 1 minor mechanical issue. Remarkable!
Dynamic D-Day During the D-Day commemorations Arromanche is bustling and bursting. Bogger and crew do their best to navigate the beach, the town and the machinery on their last full day.
It's Home Time A brief note from Bogger on the last day, the homeward bound leg. Tired little teddies, awwww bless.

Reader's Comments

Upt'North said :-
I see the joy of being on the ferry was all too much for you all.
26/06/2020 09:57:13 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Well at least they have somewhere to sit.....
26/06/2020 10:10:38 UTC
ROD said :-
My wife owned a Honda CD 175 and was her favorite bike, that bike would get 120mpg.
26/06/2020 10:52:59 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I've had 2 CD200 Benlys and I have a deep soft spot for them. They were a little wibbly wobbly in their handling when pushed but they were FUN!
26/06/2020 11:07:33 UTC
Bogger said :-
I should be in Croatia now on the new Honda Cub, the C125, with the usual suspects.

There you go. I've depressed myself now.

26/06/2020 06:39:01 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh Bogger! It sucks don't it. I'd like to cheer you up but I'm a curmudgeon and seeing other people happy makes me sad. Tell you what, write up the story of what you think would have happened and draw some pictures to illustrate it.

I'm not helping am I. I'll shut up.
27/06/2020 08:35:33 UTC

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