What a day it was. Fantastic food, wine and thrilling auto-gyro flights.
Prior to departing on our BMW Motorrad Days Motorcycle tour, M2 MotoTours organized a special event for participants to get acquainted. It was a beautiful day for riding, flying eating, and wine tasting.
We took a short ride to our private aerodrome on the outskirts of Grenoble. Most of the group opted for an auto-gyro flight. They were treated to a thrilling ride with fantastic views of the mountains & valleys surrounding Grenoble.
Wilfrid, proprietor of Domaine des Rutissons vineyard pulled out all the stops and prepared a wonderful lunch. Everything was prepared using fresh, local ingredients. On the menu, diot sausages from Savoy, steamed in white wine on a bed of grape vines. The sausages took on a very nice flavor. Crosiflette which is a local dish of pasta, cream and Reblochon cheese.
Not to be forgotten was the wine. Wilfrid took the time to explain each vintage, the types of grapes and how he has resurrected abandoned vines, some of which are over a hundred years old.
Not to be outdone was William, ace pilot and instructor, (also Wilfrid’s brother). One by one he took the group seasoned riders on auto-gyro flights which everyone loved. William likens the autogyro to motorcycles. He explained that with the autogyro you have the freedom, the wind, the acceleration and the views you might not normally see in other vehicles, similar to a motorcycle.
Two Mustangs showed up and provided some high octane entertainment. They challenged William to an impromptu drag race. We think their tire choice wasn’t well suited for a grassy drag strip.
It was a wonderful afternoon spent eating, chatting, flying and tasting some very good wines. We’re glad that the BMW Motorrad Days motorcycle tour participants had the chance to get acquainted in a relaxed atmosphere. Those who were still getting over their jet-lag were glad they could take it easy before two weeks of devouring Alpine mountain passes and visiting the Motorrad Days fest in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
Special thanks to Wilfrid, William and their team for making it an unforgettable afternoon.