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Old 03-07-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
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Moselwein, the Somme, D-Day & Go For Broke

It has been many months since I did this trip in May and June of 2013, and I have no idea why I have held off for so long in doing a ride report, but I thought I better at least try and get one done as there seems to be many that enjoy them and also the fact that soon I will be off to Europe for yet another trip very soon, so I guess I better get on this one before I head off for the next one.
If you have any interest in history, this may be the ride report for you, as I travel to the battlefields and memorials of the Somme, experience the 69th Anniversary of D-Day, and head into the Vosges Mountains to seek the path of Japanese-American soldiers of the 442nd RCT “Go For Broke” battalion in Bruyeres and Biffontaine, and their graves in Epinal.


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Old 03-07-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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I live in Tucson, so I headed out to the airport and caught a flight to LAX where I would climb aboard an Airbus for the long flight from Los Angeles to Zurich on SwissAir.











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Old 03-07-2014, 09:18 AM   #3
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After a short layover in Zurich, I caught yet another flight, on a much smaller Avro RJ100 with airbrushed Swiss mountain scenes and cows airbrushed all over it that would take me to Luxembourg.









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I arrived to a wet and rainy time in Europe, but that was okay, I was not worried about riding in the rain anyway, but I was not going to even get on the motorcycle for a few days but hang out with my friends that let me keep my bike in their basement, do some ham radio, and wander the streets of the villages of the lovely Mosel region.
My good friend Thorsten and his sister picked me up a the airport in Luxembourg City, and we drove into Germany away from hot and dry Arizona and into cold and wet Germany……it was like heaven for me.
I was greeted by Mr. Nike the cat and fed a nice meal. I proceeded to go out for a nice walk and soak in returning to my home away from home in Kinheim Kindel….


















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There were wild geese up from Africa still milling about the village.





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The next days were filled with walks in the rain, special cakes and wonderful things to eat and sitting on a hill in a vineyard talking to friends by radio out the little hail-damaged Peugeot 206.







































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Thorsten had broken his arm in a dog sledding accident in Canada a couple months before, so I got to do all the driving, which was great fun.
We visited local towns, the old anti-aircraft bunker and ate great things……many great things.








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and one more fun evening meal before I hopped on my TransAlp and headed out through Luxembourg, Belgium, and eventually across the north of France.....





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JMead11, I'll be all over this report.

About 18 years ago, at the Long Beach main library, it was my privilege to hear Go For Broke tell their story.
www.goforbroke.org
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My first stop after heading down the road into Luxembourg was, as usual my pilgrimage to the grave of General Patton and the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Sandweiler.





















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I continued through Luxembourg City making sure to fill with fuel there, and then continued onward west where I might normally go south.
I then passed near the town of Bouillon and crossed the border from Belgium into France.




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Awesome photos....and cake !!
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I loved the cake too.....they were all amazing!!!!
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I passed the memorial of the Moulind’Herpy from a battle of the Great War.












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And I continued to toward Picairdie and l’Aisne I eventually stumbled up the German cemetery at Monaigue where 7192 soldiers had been laid to rest….





































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