Doing the Dordogne

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  1. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Here goes......
    After being house bound for best part of a week and SWMBO back in the UK, i told myself rain or shine i'm playing out!!!!
    So Thursday evening i posted on BCF (our sort of expat forum) Who wants to play out on Saturday ???? by Friday only one answer of yes for Ben 2hrs north of me in a place called Correze, we arranged to meet at Collonges-la-Rouge, half way, ( you'll see why its called this later) Then last thing Friday night my mate Andy shouts up i'll come !!!!
    So now it's 3:freaky

    Checked weather and all looked good :clap arranged to meet Andy in Souillac at 9am and Ben at 10am.

    Saturday dawned foggy as hell in the valley
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    But of i set riding down and then out of the morning mist
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    Sun still very low but promising to be warm
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    Got to the D820 and headed for Souillac back down in the Dordogne valley, i hate these busy French roads
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    Couldn't resist stopping half way there for some more pics !!! sometimes out here you could be the only one alive...... i love it
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    Onward and upward ..... and down into Souillac and 1st time over the Dordogne
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    Lived here for 7 years now and never taken any pics of our main town !!!! so as it's dead lets have a look

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    Morning officer :evil the Gendarmes have just passed me very slowly !!!! but they're more interested in the bike
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    Jumped back on the bike and popped round the corner for a pic of this
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    And the public well !!!!! there's another still in use in the middle of town and boy is it nice water
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    Still a bit of time before i meet Andy so off down the back streets
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    Ok times up ....get to rendez-vous !!!! still time for a smoke outside the IRISH BAR.......there's one everywhere :D
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    SO BUSY !!!!!!!
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    Andy arrives a little late so no pics as we neaded to get a move on!!! 30mins later we stop at Noanles and get some pics of this crappy old house
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    These crosses all over this part of France !!! a lot cermemorate where locals where excicuted during WW2
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    An old Church we passed
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    We climbed higher into the sun to drop down to Collonges-la-Rouge back in mist
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    This cleared in less than 100yds and we pulled in to see Ben waiting for us
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    Then there where three ......and the suns shinning:clap after saying hi we headed of into the village for a brew
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    Its November and them there's grapes:freaky
    One of the nemer buildings
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    The mist kept rolling in and out
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    Anyone know a good carpenter
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    Mind you it's over 300 years old so i don't suppose it's do to bad
    We found a bar a got our selves a coffee .....that corn above the door is what they fill the geese up with for FOIX GRAS smashing stuff on a lump of toast.
    The place wasn't to busy ..........all the tourist have gone home:clap the roads are all ours again ....no campers, caravans and people doing what tourist do.
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    Great sink by the way
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    Here's a few more pics ......even older buildings
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    On the road again heading we know not where.....ending up in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. The three steeds
    Lc4 KtM..... nutters bike
    Transalp.....trusty steed
    Varadero....the beast (mine)
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    Good old French coffee
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    After the coffee and several smokes it was off again
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    This time we decided on a destination .....Argentat but had to have a look off the top of this hill first
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    Passed this old mill
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    Pulled into Argentat around Noon so why not eat .....i was to hungry to photo it:evil but here's some pics of our view
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    Fed and watered ....where now ???? lets have a look at Tulle
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    No i'm not walking up them!!!!!
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    Not the nicest place i've been to but you can't win em all.... as it was we were only about 12 miles from Bens dads place .....free brew me thinks :clap
    The view from Bens dads
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    Theses are the sort of roads we mostly ran on !!!! wet leaves :eek1
    BUT GREAT:rofl
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    We left Bens and headed south west into the rapidly setting sun
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    With legs like that i should of been a POLE DANCER:D:D:D
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    Memo to self find a way of getting onto that old disused railway track
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    Last crossing of the Dordogne today ...oh and another old crumby house
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    5 miles from home now Andy went his way 10 miles back ....;one last look at the river
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    Here we are back at our little village in SW France
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    And a last view of the sun set that was mist 8hrs 30Mins ago!!!!
    All that and only did 251 klm

    Hope you enjoyed this 10% of how much i enjoyed the day

    Phil
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  2. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Heres that last pic
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  3. Albinol

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    Great pics there. Looks like you had a nice autumn ride. Thanks for mentioning BCF, now a member there too:beer
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    Hi Albinol
    Thanks mate, we had a great day, where are you in the Mid/P ??? i,m always up for a meet.
    Phil
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  5. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    Nice one Phil...some good shots there; you can't beat Southern France in the autumn, sunny days, quiet roads. :clap

    Cheers
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    Cheers Potski
    Still time to get together................i'd be out today but she's in the UK and the house needs grubbing out before she gets back:evil
    See you on BCF and try and sort out a meet before Christmas:freaky
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  7. Albinol

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    I'm down near Mazamet in the Montagne Noire. Quite a way from you by the looks of things but if you're ever round this way let me know. Some great riding round here! Will keep an eye out for upcoming meets on BCF once I get the bike sorted, hopefully very soon.
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    and i bet the food's good too! bruce
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    Not bad Bruce...............but still can't get my head round SNAILS its just not right
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    Yep, that's got me interested. France just got onto my bucket list...:D
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    holmesie I like stuff...

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    Great part of the world :clap
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    Thanks again Guys ...........if you ever make it over here call in we've got spare beds:freaky
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  13. PHILinFRANCE

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    501 and 11 replys !!!!!! come on USA its France we don't bite :ksteve
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  14. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the pics Phil, beautiful country with tons of history!:thumb

    If everything works out right, my wife and I will be visiting France for a week sometime in 2012 and we are planning on renting an couple of bikes to tour on.
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    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Thanks Xplorz
    Where abouts in France are you thinking of staying ????? If you're round my way call in, i'll show the BEST ROADS
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  16. GB

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    Dordogne oozes beauty and history! Thanks for all the pics!! :thumb
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    Truly beautiful pictures, thanks. So much color and amazing buildings
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  18. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Cheers guys
    Winters setting in now here so the Mighty Vara will be resting !!!!!
    HELL NO.....
    less work this time of year so more time to play:clap
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    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    We would be in the Venasque area and initially plan to do day rides from this location with possibly an over-nighter. Looking at Google Maps, it appears many passes are within striking distance. :thumb
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    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Hi XPLORZ
    We were over that way this year for a week
    HERE
    http://www.holiday-provence.co.uk/booking.html

    They are a English couple John and Marge and bikers !!!! very friendly and not expensive, its a great base, fantastic roads, scenery food and wine. They'll even give you the odd guided tour.
    Heres some Pics
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    Hope this whets your appetite :evil ....suppose i should write a report:wink:
    Phil
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