Arrival – Geneva

Arrival Monday/Tuesday 11th/12th June

Judith & I arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, ahead of the main group, who are due tomorrow. It’s a very pleasant hotel but the weather was grim and when we met with Andy & Nobby (who had driven our bikes down from Jersey), we were told that not only had they been stopped from bringing the bikes into Switzerland, but also the van batteries were flat & consequently, they couldn’t open the tail gate, in order to let customs check the bikes! Happily, during Tuesday and after hours of frustration and anxiety, they managed to get mechanical help and a repair and simply used an entry point into Switzerland that was not quite so fussy.

The main group arrived late in the afternoon, all in great spirits and raring to go but also with a backward glance at the grey skies and poor forecast for tomorrow.

We had an evening’s meal of briefings from Discover Adventure, speeches from Lauren and me and some light-hearted stuff from Trevor who launched himself into his MC role for the rest of the trip (and very good he was at it too)