6 months in Europe on a Duc

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JackL, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    So, a little background & a pic to get this going.
    Back in 2000 I ended up with a big stock pay-out & bonus check from the game company I worked for so I quit my job, shipped my Duc to my father's house in London, & started this ride.

    Here's Rose, my 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP. Named after an Australian girl I met near Sydney when I was 16. Not the normal Adventure ride. (That's me on the far right.)

    Attached Files:

    #1
  2. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    In 1995 I got out of the US Air Force & left my wife (in the same week). I set a goal that in 2000 I'd own a Ducati & ride it around Europe. I had no idea how it'd work out but it did. Thank you to every child, teen, or parent who purchased Dungeons & Dragons game books, Magic: The Gathering or Pokemon cards.

    Here's Rose without the baggage at a cafe in Italy.

    Attached Files:

    #2
  3. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    The route which I planned & basically stuck to went from England to France, Spain, France again, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Belgum, & back to London.
    I had all my photos up on a friends site years ago but I wasn't able to maintain it & almost lost my photos. I've now got all 1000 or so of them up at:
    http://s83.photobucket.com/albums/j292/JackLowry/Europe%202000/

    I'll only put up the best ones here but if you like what you see go there. There are some there of a more adult nature so be warned. ;)
    This thread is going to be an ongoing process for the next week or so so one last photo to get you interested.
    [​IMG]

    #3
  4. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,133
    Beauty :thumb

    :lurk
    #4
  5. d_day_6

    d_day_6 ADVrider poseur

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    147
    Location:
    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
    Looking forward to your report..can't wait. :lurk
    #5
  6. Nick_A

    Nick_A beady eyes

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    61
    Location:
    Northern Indiana
    ...sounds like heaven.
    #6
  7. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    So, when I began this trip I thought I might be gone for a long time so it seemed appropriate to have a going away party (or 4). The first two were in San Francisco where I got hit on by Siamese Twins:

    [​IMG]


    This is kind of disturbing because you don't know which of the 4 hands is grabbing your bum when you walk by. Nor do you know which one to offer to take home.

    At the second party I had one of the basic elements to a good party: Fire!
    [​IMG]


    Big Fire!

    [​IMG]


    Then back in Seattle where I had the other good components of a good party, bands:

    [​IMG]


    Bands:


    [​IMG]


    More bands:

    [​IMG]



    And of course, bands with Fire!


    [​IMG]


    Nothing like a flaming Trumpet

    [​IMG]

    Of course you also need your good friends:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Lesbians:

    [​IMG]

    Ex-girlfriends:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    & of course the girl you're leaving behind:

    [​IMG]


    Some times you wonder why you're leaving. But if you weren't it wouldn't be so much fun going. Besides, there are always plenty of new friends & girls to leave behind further down the road.

    So after putting my bike on a plane to London it was off to my fathers in Stoke Poges, west of London.
    #7
  8. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    So, as you can see this might be a bit different post than most on here. While I was travelling the whole time on a motorcycle I have very few pictures of them (except in Italy), mostly because (except for two weeks) I was riding totally on my own.

    What you will see is a lot of gorgeous old buildings, landmarks, hostels, people I met, & things strange & obscure. You will quickly notice I like the weird & unusual & even based a lot of my trip on a great guide book called 'Weird Europe'.


    With that said let us move on to London where I arrived in a bittingly cold April. It snowed for the first time in London in 34 years so I took the time to link up with some friends from the US, see London for the 6th time, party a bunch & check out the local birds.


    [​IMG]


    Finally the weather cleared & I blasted down to Dover, got a hostel, & then onto the ferry to Calais & off to Paris where I stayed at a great little hostel called 3 Duc(k)s. They let me pull Rose into this gated area to keep the lowlifes away from it.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    where I met a bunch of other travellers who may have been stranger than me.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Of course I did the sights of Paris:


    [​IMG]


    Musée Picasso (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Picasso):
    [​IMG]

    Musée Rodin (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Rodin):
    [​IMG]

    My favorite church in Paris, Sacre Cour (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacre_Coeur)
    [​IMG]

    The view from Montmartre (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmartre)
    [​IMG]

    and the
    Musée de l'érotisme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_de_l%27%C3%89rotisme)
    [​IMG]

    Let's not forget the Catacombs (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Catacombs)
    [​IMG]

    Jim Morrison's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Lachaise_Cemetery)
    [​IMG]

    the Louvre (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Louvre)
    [​IMG]


    and the Centre Georges Pompidou (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompidou_Center)
    [​IMG]

    Whew, Paris zips by.

    Because I had my bike, which is great for giving rides to tall English girls up the Champs Elysees & around the Arc de Triomphe at midnight at 80 mph
    [​IMG]

    I was able to head out to a cool part west of central Paris called La Défense.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champs_Elysees)
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triumph)
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Defence)

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    where you can see that the French love their carousels

    [​IMG]

    and you can see why

    [​IMG]

    I don't remember them being so interesting when I was a kid.

    Also here at La Défense you see that when French culture decides to thumb it's nose at the rest of the world, they've got one big enough to do it with:
    [​IMG]


    So that takes us through Paris. After 9 days there waiting for the cold, rainy weather to break I headed off to Orleans & down the Loire River valley.


    But that will have to wait until my next installment.
    #8
  9. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,882
    Location:
    Huntington Beach CA
    jack,you have some intresting friends!
    #9
  10. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    435
    Location:
    Colorado
    My first stop after a beautiful day of riding was Bloise
    [​IMG]

    where I watched the local sport

    [​IMG]

    then on down to Amboise (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amboise)
    [​IMG]


    where Leonardi da Vinci died & there is a museum with models of many of his designs, like this tank

    [​IMG]

    then on down the Loire River valley for a few days

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    lots of mustard grown in the area

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    but not the place you'd expect to find a pagoda, near Château de la Bourdaisière (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_la_Bourdaisière)
    [​IMG]

    I continued my journey out to the west coast of France through beautiful country

    [​IMG]

    and stopped on a French Army base to see their Musée des Blindés (which means tank) (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musée_des_Blindés)
    [​IMG]


    because I'm a huge WW II history buff.

    Here I found the worlds badest scooter
    [​IMG]

    That is a 90mm recoilless rifle under the seat.

    The rest of my trip took my down through La Rochelle (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Rochelle), Bordeaux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux), & then on into Spain. Unfortunately my camera & laptop were stolen out of my room while I was in the shower in Bordeaux so I lost the pictures of that part. Fortunately I had sent my images to a friend so didn't lose all of them to this point.

    Next week I'll pick up with the Brothels of Madrid, the Steel of Toledo, the Enchanted City of Conan the Barbarian, and the Gaudi-ness of Barcelona.
    #10
  11. littlebhatia

    littlebhatia Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    90
    very nice!!!!!
    #11
  12. Jamie

    Jamie .

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,227
    Location:
    Shelby, NC
    Very cool report Jack! Interesting friends, indeed.:D
    #12
  13. mr moto

    mr moto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    610
    Location:
    Praha Czech Republic
    WANT MORE NOW !!!! please ? :D keep it up ..:clap
    #13
  14. Uzay

    Uzay Adventure Dreamer

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,765
    Location:
    Istanbul, Turkey
    :D :nod

    more pics, good report:thumb
    #14
  15. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    3,430
    Location:
    15 mintues West of Atlanta
    Excellent choice of bike! I always liked the older SS Ducs.
    #15
  16. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,133
    Thank you, thank you!! Can't see enough pics or ride reports about France...

    Now that scooter is something else!! It would come in handy to clear the way on congested streets :lol3

    Thanks for the report and pics.. :thumb


    :lurk:lurk
    #16
  17. Icehole

    Icehole HOOLIGANZ

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Oddometer:
    65
    Location:
    Green Mountains
    Jack...truly awesome. I had to go on your photobucket site to see the rest. Enjoyed Czech Republic the most. You made it to Karlstejn, that's great! My grandma lives .5 miles from where you took those castle pics. I just got back from Karlstejn and Brno & Prague about 2 months ago.

    Beautiful pics, thanks

    PS obviously a sweet bike
    #17
  18. PawnBroker

    PawnBroker Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,808
    Location:
    The FughetboutIt State
    Jack,

    great ride report. Can't wait to see the rest of the pix :clap.


    PB :thumb
    #18
  19. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,551
    Location:
    Rockford Wa
    Stunning pics....Looks like you were able to relax a bit in Amsterdam :lol3 .
    #19
  20. VIVID1

    VIVID1 Ducatistanna

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,753
    Location:
    Greeley, CO
    Pretty cool report and nice Duc :D
    #20