Advantages of a French Raid:
- More exciting and interesting
- Fulfils the 'get away from it all' function better
- Strangely, shorter distance (yes, I've looked at the UK coast, and there is a lot of it)
- Crossing the Channel (always liked ferries; chance to try the Tunnel)
- Weather, and therefore camping comfort
- Food, drink, people
- Chance to give the Honda a really good leg-stretch
- Pose potential, before, during and after.
Plus it's tanking it down again outside.