Saturday, September 13, 2008
Riding from Le Puy en Velay to Paris
This morning, after my morning shower, I packet my luggage and loaded it
on the BMW in the hotel garage. Then I went to the restaurant for breakfast.
I packed an extra chocolatebread in a napkin for later in the morning
and at a few minutes before eight AM I left the hotel garage on my way to Paris.
When I was outside, I had a great view on the church on the mountaintop in the
morning light. It is an amazing building and some day I will come back here
to spend more time to visit some of the historical buildings.
Yesterday, I could not find a gasstation that I could pay with Euro's or a normal
creditcard so I asked the lady at the hotel receptiondesk if she knew a gasstation
that would accept money. She did know one and it was only a few streets away from
the hotel. I got a small map of Le Puy en Velay where she showed me te address.
This morning I went there to fill my tank for my trip North.
The gasstation in Le Puy en Velay
When I arrived at the gasstation at eight, they were just opening it for the day
so I was the first customer. I used 9.06 liter for 219.9 km.
After I filled my tank, I moved the bike away from the pumps and lubricated my
chain with the spraycan. I had adjusted it before I left home and at Roberts place
and sprayed it everyday with the special chain-oil. I am afraid that it is worn out.
Until now the weather was rather good but now it was drizzling and the roads were
slippery. Sometimes on roundabouts, I felt my tires sliding a bit. Not nice!
After a short ride, just outside Le Puy en Velay, I saw the sun breaking through
the clouds and shining on a fortress. It was a very nice view.
A fortress in the sunrays
The clouds were hanging low this morning so the view was not to great. It was
raining now and then and the temperature was much lower then the past days.
The roads were nice to ride anyway but I had to drive very careful because
of slippery patches of road.
Low rain clouds
Around half past eleven AM, I decided it was time for a coffee break so I
parked the bike in front of a café to get a "café au lait", a coffee with milk.
Fortunately, the rain had stopped so before I left, I put my rain overall in my
Coffee break on route D906
Shortly after the coffeebreak, I made another stop at a gasstaion in Le Puy Guillaume
and got 5,49 liter in my tank to fill it again (143,7 km)
At half past twelve, while riding on the route N7 I saw a big sign "Relais Calmos
Motards". That sounded like a resting place for bikers so I followed the sign,
took exit 47 of the N7 and ended up at a big tent with a lot of bikes parked in
front of it. (GPS Coordinates: N46° 32' 17.68", E3° 22' 38.62")
Allier Relais Calmos Boulodrome d'Yzeure
I found out that this was a service of the French Motorcyclist association (FFMC) to
support visitors of the Bol d'or race on the circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours.
Here they offered free drinks, visor cleaning, relax areas, toilettes, showers,
sleeping room, mechanical intervention and a survival blanket offered to the
first 2000 visitors. I was one of the first 2000 so I got a survival blanket!
I cleaned my visor, got a sticker, a ham sandwich and two cups of coffee and
it was al for free ! A very nice surprise.
When I walked back to the bike I had a conversation with an elderly Frenchman.
He had seen my North Cape stickers on the bike. We had a nice conversation with
the limited French I can speak. I have to learn to speak better French some day.
Here I was drinking coffee and cleaning my visor
Near the circuit, the road itself looked like a circuit with strawbales on the
guardrails in the corners and lots of sportbikes on the road.
A road like a circuit
Because I had a long way to go today, I decided to get on the freeway to make
some progress. From the freeway I saw a very beautiful castle so I left at the
next exit and took some pictures of the castle. It was just past Le Charité sur
Nice castle with vineyards
Just past two o'clock while riding on the A77.60 km North of the Magny-Cours
race circuit, I need to refuel so I stopped at a big Total gasstation "Relais
des Vignobles". Beside the gas station is another Relais Calmos Motards.
(GPS Coordinates: N47° 9' 22.90", E3° 2' 58.74")
While I parked my bike, a French rider who was leaving, dropped his bike while
turning it out of its parking space. A lot of bikers helped to put the
bike back on its wheels and fortunately there was not much damage.
I got a cup of coffee and a biscuit after I filled my tank and then I was on
the road again.
I used 7.57 liter for 194.4 km,
Another Relais Calmos Motards
After a while I left the freeway again to ride on some more interesting roads.
Then I saw a very nice big house. The kind of house thet I would love to
live in ! I needs some paint (but so does my house) but it is very nice
and very big with a big garden. Now I just have to win the lottery
This is the kind of house I would love to live in
When I got closer to Paris, the roads were busier and less interesting so
the last kilometers were boring but at just before five PM I arrived at the
hotel in Lagny sur Marne. Before I got to the hotel, I filled my tank at
the Esso gasstation so I could leave with a full tank on Sunday morning.
(7.43 liter and 201 km)
When I was at the receptiondesk of the hotel, they asked €53 for a room but
then I complained that I had payed €45 a few days ago. The lady explained it was
because my first reservation was by internet but I could get the room for €45 now.
I unloaded the bike, put everything in my room and parked the bike on the
veranda between the two buildings. Just when I had the bike under the roof,
it started to rain......
My BMW on the veranda
The previous time I was here, I had found a MacDonalds close to the hotel so
today I had a BigMac, a salad and a Cola Zero for dinner with a MacFlurry as
After dinner I walked back to the hotel and had a coffee in the hotel bar. Then
I went to my room, updated my travel log and went to bed.