I'm back from another ... a little wobbly but still in one piece........ , so here goes the story of my second round of the Moto Tour. Part one is here. I had originally wanted to update this "Live" but the internet is pretty sketchy out there in "la France profonde". I had some hard lessons last year. The weather had been awful too. So, I reasoned, what a pity to not put the lessons to use and hey, the weather could only be better right? Yeah, that was easy, talked myself into it no problem! Now, if you've followed this thread / story before, you may recall I went out and got what I felt would be the ultimate ride for this event. This year I was also armed with an indestructible GoPro mount from Unruly that was put to the test and I'm happy to report I have tons of footage to seriously strain your marital relations. So lets get rolling eh? Is all this necessary? Well, not the candles but I forgot the flip flops... Roadbooks ready, check Pre-flight, The choppers are going to China! This year I opted to ship from NY instead of Montreal. It seems you can now ship a bike uncrated from NY. I got to Paris 10 days ahead of the bike. But something weird happened in NY and the bike missed the flight it was supposed to take. Much nail biting ensues... I'm supposed to be at the start on Saturday and the bike only arrived Friday, wow, that's cutting it close guys. This is the map of the AirFrance Cargo that's at the entrance . OK, go find your bike.... Everyone was nice as could be.. the customs people even took care of me during their lunch time, which if you know France is a BIG deal! I even got instructions on how to ride up the one way entrance ramp the wrong way to get fuel so I wouldn't run out like last year ("don't worry everyone does it"). Cool, off to the Fred Hotel. This is the actual "fred Hotel" I'm very lucky to have a generous aunt in Paris n'est pas? The tailor next door who has sewn the patches on every year. I had a week to tool around Paris before the bike got there. I kept in shape riding the rental bicycles around. It can be challenge finding one that works. Heading for the mother of all round-abouts! Went to lots of museums, you know, even us gear heads need to broaden our minds occasionally? The Egyptian sculptures amazed me. They seemed so modern. This one is 2000BC! Is this how water taxis worked back then? Beauboug museum, who say's bikers can't be cultured? This my favorite place in Paris, the Jardin de Luxembourg. Magical. Hey, you thought this was about a motorcycle rally?.......relax we'll get to that. Soon. Time for a little apperitif, non? I came across this little shop near where I was staying. He's been there 24 years! If you run out of floor space, why just use the desk! So it was finally time to hit he road for Saverne in Alsace. Four + hours of highway, wow, that was BORING even following Audi's at 100 mph. Tech inspection. BTW, that's city hall. The bike goes into Parc fermé after tech inspection. Tunisian's! They were invited to experience the Moto-Tour ahead of the first Tunisian edition of the Moto Tour this year. Nobody was saying it, but, I had the feeling that they are looking into the (not to distant) future when it no longer becomes possible to have this event in France. Umm did U know France has the highest radar density in Europe Local color Man in the middle is Marc Fontan the organizer of the Moto-Tour and an ex- motogp and endurance racer. Opening ceremonies......... Saturday Night, first briefing then party time! A rare sit down lunch in the "solo's" tent. The guy standing in the back has ridden all 11 editions.