Took a road trip from England across the English Channel (well, under it actually) to The Groenedijk Bikers' Loft Motel in Oudenburg, Belgium. A buddy of mine with a 16 year old Kawasaki Vulcan and I on my 1200 Sporty hit the road in Gloucestershire after work last Friday and headed down the M40 to the M25 where we hit about 10 miles of seriously solid motorway traffic. We had to filter through it all which was a pain in the behind - don't ya hate it when cars deliberately move to stop you filtering. Maybe it's not legal to filter in the USA - not sure :bigsmiley30:. We stopped overnight in Ashford and then in the morning first thing after the Full English Breakfast (artery declogger is an optional extra ) we took to the road again in the morning. We got to Folkestone and then put the bikes on the train heading for the Channel Tunnel. The bikes are ridden into large carriages which can hold cars, coaches etc. and you just stand around and chew the cud with your biking fellow passengers. The journey takes just over half an hour and you don't even realize you are under the English Channel heading for France. Once in Calais we rode up the coast a bit and had a coffee in a nice little Norman coastal town called Gravelines. Then onto our base for the next few days - Groenedijk Oudenburg in Belgium - about an hour up the road from Calais. That's the funny thing about riding on the continent in Europe - within an hour you can ride from one country though one or two others with language changes and culture changes but all one currency (in the West) the € - and sinking fast!:bigsmiley30: The hotel is called the Bikers Loft - a great place for a few days using it as a base or a stopover on your way onwards toward Autobahn or Autoroute of if heading back home to Britain.