The bike is always first priority, when the bike is unwell travelling becomes complicated. While travelling in Ireland recently one of our bikes urgently needed repairs and we were ever so happy that the guys at Overlanders in Gorey took their time to help us the same day. Likewise, there was no problem to schedule an appointment for a new chain and sprockets. Great guys, professional and friendly. They also invite you to scones and coffee while you wait.
A few years ago, the team at Total Moto in Trencin, Slovakia (near the Czech border) were happy to help me sort out my clutch cable problem so I could be on my way. They speak English, and are ever so helpful, I can highly recommend them.
When on the road I appreciate staying in peaceful places. In Ireland our overall favourite campsite was the Apple Farm in the County Tipperary. As the name implies, it is a fruit farm and they make their own craft cider and, alongside that, various fruit juices, jams, and vinegar among other things. You can walk around in the fruit orchard and you can pick your own fruit and pay according to weight. The barn is used as a common room so there is space to dry wet motorbike gear and cook meals if it is raining. The price is cheap, the showers are free and warm, plus you get a bottle of juice as a welcome present.
This place, La Grande Chaume in Cressanges in the region of Allier, France, is truly fantastic. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, if you like the countryside and love animals I recommend you go here.
Annice and John who run this B&B are British and have lived in the region of Allier for many years. Here you can be sure that your bike is safe and that you are well taken care of. Everything is fresh and clean, the food is yummy and the atmosphere peaceful.