2014 Motorcycle Daydreams: Riding in France

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The new year is nearly a month old and I haven’t done any riding. There is no clever excuse, just the basic truth that I’ve been doing other recreational stuff with my free time. However – that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about motorcycles all the time.

In 2013 I didn’t get to take my yearly big riding trip. Unfortunately, life got in the way.

Sometime during the fall, I picked up a Lonely Planet book for Provence & the Cote d’Azur. I never cracked it open or thumbed through its pages. Instead I flopped it down on the coffee table and it just stayed there.

With a little prodding (I’m lying, it was constant badgering) from my friend Pimmie who lives in the Netherlands, it looks like I’ll be putting that book to some use. Kenny and I just reserved a pair of BMW F700GSs for later in 2014 to meet up with him. Things are still in the early stages but we’ve made the first leap to say, “yeah, let’s go.” That’s usually the biggest hurdle for me. Everything else is just details.

motorcycle travel books

This morning a lightbulb went on for me. I bought a book called “Motorcycle Journeys Through Western Europe” some time ago. Another unread book. Is this a running theme in my life – That I have a lot of un-done somedays? While the snow threatens to fall today, I’ll be feeding my brain with ideas from the pages of this book.

If you know of any Southern France/Swiss/Italian riding trip blogs – like Orson’s Travels – please leave them in the comments. You can never have too much inspiration.

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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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6 Responses

  1. RichardM says:

    That would probably never get beyond a daydream for me. Sounds like a cool trip but I have no website or book recommendations.

  2. Ken Haylock says:

    May I suggest Route Napoleon (Google it) south through the French Alps from Grenobles, to Cannes on the French Riviera. From there you can head West into the Pyrenees, to Andorra, and then South towards Barcelona in Spain…



  3. Kathy says:

    Oooohhh, I just saw this. So jealous! But I know me and your other followers will be your virtual companions. How exciting!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Just read this while catching up on your blog. 🙂 my good friend Colleen moved to Switzerland a year ago and posts about her rides there: dantesdame.com

  5. Todd says:

    We’ve done a couple of trips through the south of France. If you’re interested I can give you some favorite places. We stayed here, the owners are the nicest people and it’s a great small town. http://www.maison-volets-bleus.fr/index_gb.php

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