An email was received from Timpo in August mentioning a possible trailriding weekend just south of Calais in mid-October with the riding to be led by CrazyIvan aka Wilfried on his HP2. Along with a few other like minded riders, Ela and myself set off on the morning of Friday 12th October in the va, bound for the Channel Tunnel and the village of Licques, about 20 miles south of Calais. Somehow Clive aka Strobingred had convinced us that taking him and his 690 with us would be in our best interest. Being charitable types we agreed only after Age Concern intervened on Clive's behalf. The ride down to the Chunnel was uneventful as was the train ride itself. After a minor detour near the coast and nearly ending up back in the homeward bound Chunnel Terminal, we arrived in Licques to find a few familiar faces plus some new ones already there. Wilfried and his better Rose Rose were there along with a selection of Cloggies including Gunny(sp?), Wilma, Pete, Jo, Sofie and Karin. As the weather was good, Timpo, Karin, Bert and Rick had ridden off for a couple of hours to visit the remains of a WW2 V1 and V2 missile launch site but returned late afternoon soakiong wet due to heavy rain. The plan was to trailride Saturday and Sunday but torrential rain Friday evening saw Saturday's ride cancelled, with Bert, Mike and Timpo trooping off to Rick's motorhome after diner in the campsite restaurant to consume serious quantities of whiskey which led to some off them not surfacing until early Saturday afternoon. Jo, Sofie, Karin, Bert, Ela, Clive and myself drove back up to Calais for a bit of shopping and lunch. Saturday evening was spent in a local restaurant which was nice enough but the food was not the best. Joining us was MuddyMatt and Stuart (118118) who'd ridden down on GS's for the weekend. Our plan was for Ela to ride Saturday and then take the van to Germany first thing Sunday to visit her sister, leaving Clive and myself to ride home. As we'd not ridden Saturday, Ela decided to ride the local trails for a few hours before heading back to Licques where I helped her load the DRZ in to the van etc before she headed to Germany and I headed off to catch a ferry home. I'd always thought of northern France as flat and boring, somewhere you travelled through whilst bound for other, more exotic or warmer destinations. However once off the motorway, we found ourselves surrounded by gently rolling low hills populated by orange Hi-Viz wearing hunters, armed mainly with shotguns, even some of the dogs wore Hi-Viz. I think the main quarry was rabbits and birds but we knew there were Boar and Deer in the area also. The trails were mainly straight with a few shallow ruts plus a few trails covered in wet grass which made for slippery going. The biggest surprise was a large hole in the ground, about 70-80ft in diameter which some of us rode in to only to find the surface was 100% slippery chalk which led to some bikes being unable to move unless given a push. It was here that Wilfried came close to dropping his lovely HP2, I managed to get a pic of him just as lifted the bike upright: With Rick in the foreground and the remains of an old church or abbey in the background, I was pleased to have captured two old monuments inn the same photo. Back home I realised I'd struck gold as the tally had risen to three with the addition of Clive: Rose trying to look coy next to her highly modified X-Country/Challenge: Wilfried's HP2 Rick's tidy and desirable 690RR rally bike: Bert and his Franken-Transalp: Jo on his 660 Tenere: Rick and the rally bike: Ela and Sarah: The rest continued with the riding after Ela and myself had departed, I've not heard of any incidents so must assume the rest of the day went well. I returned home Monday afternoon having spent Sunday night at my Dad's place near Dover, Ela's there now and will arrive home tomorrow. Thanks to Timpo and Wilfried plus anyone else for organisng a great weekend, the trails were better than expected and easily do-able on larger bikes. I'm looking forward to riding there again next year. It was also good to see Bert, Jo, Sofie and Karin again even though it's only been a couple of months since they were over in August in Wiltshire. All of my pics here: http://possu.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...tober/25988946_QL5MMf#!i=2156569587&k=tfG8Kpd Please feel free to add your photos and comments to this thread. .