So on a Sunday morning our hero (Brian) Barnes left sunny Bedrock very early and took the chunnel over to France riding my wonderful new (to me) 2016 yellow aniversary Yamaha R1, then headed south on the fantastic French motorways towards sunny Italy. I followed his progress at every stop and he sent me a picture or two and told me how he was getting on.
Luckily the weather for his trip was great with sun and gentle winds, so he made great progress with my yellow rocketship although he did comment that the bike seems to drink even more than him!!. So the R1 is thirsty at speed, no great suprise there, as a sports bike she holds only 17 litres of fuel so he must stop every 180km I guess if he is er generous with the throttle (sorry Officer).
He was up and on the road in the very early hours on a Sunday and by about 6am arrived at the Channel Tunnel and then into France. He cruised through the north of France enjoying the fine weather with several fuel stops, then in the afternoon the weather and rain threatened so he stopped for a rest in the lovely city of Troyes where we had met up on a previous two-wheel adventure. I found him an Ibis Style with secure parking for the bike so he headed up to his room for some well earned beer and rest.
On Monday he headed south again and covered some 900km passing into Italy through the lower of the two tunnels (Frejus Road Tunnel) and headed down towards Roma on the basis that all roads lead to Roma (as they say). When he was near Bologna he called me for a hotel so we found a great place for the very tired Barnes to rest his weary head.
Then on Tuesday he woz up and on the road early, we arranged to meet at the motorway exit at Angri (the nearest exit for Amalfi) so I waited for him and sure enough at 3pm Barnes and the lovely R1 arrived!! Happy Days indeed!! I took his heavy rucksack and carried it on the TMax and by 4pm we arrived in Amalfi and celebrated with a beer in the hotel garage, this has become our tradition when we meet. The yellow R1 was then safely tucked up in the garage and I must give her a major clean. See pics below!