So today is the day we motorcyclists look forward to….. the first day of Spring and to be honest it could not come soon enough 🙂 We saw a post recently which summed up the Winter quite well “It is like it has had a tantrum, run out of the room and then stormed back in saying – and another thing…..!!!” The clocks will soon “spring” forward an hour with lighter evenings and as we have sent out our first tour itineraries today it most definitely feels like the touring season is finally just around the corner.
The cold weather has been biting in Europe too, we were in Germany and Italy last week on a research trip for our 2019 / 2020 seasons and so very glad we made the decision to go in the car rather than on the bikes – we felt very sorry for this Belgian rider who would have ridden in decent weather to the hotel one day and woken up to this the next morning! But then the capacity for coping with the snow is on a different level in Europe to the way we deal with it in the UK. Only a few days ago we were at over 7,000 feet in Italy and this small mountain pass was perfectly clear – we think the road sign was very apt in this instance 🙂
We did have some blue skies and sunshine whilst passing through Austria on route to Italy last week as this beautiful snowscene demonstrates – we are putting in our order for the blue but not the white for the start of our first tour of 2018 when we visit County Donegal, Ireland in just over 3 weeks 🙂
For info, following on from our three winter recce trips we now have a clear steer of how our 2019 tour programme is likely to pan out, the tour to the Dolomites in July of next year is already full with expressions of interest and we now have two confirmed UK tours lined up – Mid Wales in April and Devon in May. Ireland and Spain are most definitely on the agenda with a visit to Millau also on the calendar in June and we will be returning to the Vosges in August of 2019. Other tours are in the pipeline so look out for updates throughout the year. Whatever your plans are for this year we trust you have a safe and happy year of riding.