Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes Tour 14 – 21 July 2011
Fantastic views, great bunch of people, what more could you want ?
“Our third trip with Bike Normandy was everything we expected and more. The roads were brilliant, locations fantastic, scenery amazing, food tasty, our fellow travellers great fun to be with…and of course our hosts were wonderful. The tours are so well organised and the adventure keeps getting better and better with every one. Whatever tour we attend with Bike Normandy, it never fails to amaze us…wading through over 800 photos is keeping us on a high. Special thanks to John & Rita for keeping us all together”. Jane & Steve, BMW K1200 LT
The luggage van meets you off the ferry…then straight onto the fabulous roads in the Picos.
” Thank you so much for a fantastic tour, as this was my first trip abroad it was better than I ever expected, all the hard work you both put in really shows – for me even the rain didn’t dampen the tour! The Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes tour is a brill experience with some brill people. Hope to see you next year…Bike Normandy fan Marty!” Marty, Suzuki GSX1400
Get to know each other over a few drinks… followed by dinner the first night.
“Just to say thanks to you both for another well researched and organised tour with good routes, lots of beautiful scenery, appropriate hotels and good stop off points. The most memorable moments for me were:- The Picos and Pyrenees Mountains of course. Roads with more hairpins than a forties hairdo; The Col d’Aubisque, scary enough on a motorbike…the Tour de France guys must be really tough and/or mad to cycle up and down it; The nightly pilgrimage at Lourdes, very moving whether you have a faith or not; The laughter and ribbing which never seemed to stop; Amazing how the current model of Goldwing goes round corners; Discovering that the only way to keep up with Jen is to be on a wet road and have half the air mysteriously disappear from her rear tyre – will remember this trick for next time! And finally the impromptu cabaret at the “Last Supper” – John & Rita’s diatribe on the various arm and hand signals used by the “markers”…and subsequent character assessment – or maybe that should be assassination – of those using them was brilliant! Regards ’til next time” Peter, BMW GS1200
John W swaps his wind-up spider for a bottle of wine…Riano lake by night
“Once again you have provided great roads, great company and lots of laughs…particularly enjoyed the Pyrenees…” Mick & Chris, Pan European
“Thank you both for a wonderful trip around the Picos, we really enjoyed the routes and, of course, the company was brilliant…” John & Mary, BMW GS1200
View from the top of Fuente De in the Picos
Fabulous views… pretty coffee stops…
Tapas in Spain…more fantastic roads…
Complete mixture of roads through the Picos…lift to underground parking in Logrono
“The Picos & Pyrenees tour was my second trip with Bike Normandy. After experiencing the quality of the first, delivered in such a professional way by Jen & John, there was no doubt that I would be back. It was just a question of when. The tour started with a meet up at the ferry port of Santander…after informal introductions, a briefing about the drop-off marker system and a fuel stop we were off out of Santander and into the Picos. From then on the tour just got better. Breathtaking scenery, mountain passes with hairpin bends and long sweeping curves through valleys. Regular stops for fuel and refreshments in interesting and picturesque locations ensured both bike, rider (and pillion) were kept in fine fettle. But the best bits were the routes. John & Jen place a lot of emphasis on research they undertake to plan the routes suitable for biking. Riding the routes just proves what a passion they both have for biking. Clearly they know what works and they take care to provide it. The other big plus is the facility to drop your luggage in the van…leaving the bike unencumbered and the rider free to enjoy the riding experience. John & Jen’s subtle and professional choreographing of the tour ensured all were able to enjoy the full experience, including social, cultural and most important of all, the riding. Would I go again? I have already booked the Monte Carlo tour for 2012. If it’s half as good as the Picos tour it will still be a great adventure. But it won’t be half as good, that’s because of the work that has been put into the background research and preparation for each tour. Cheers” Rob Hughes, Honda Goldwing 1800 [wow, thanks Rob, see you next year! John & Jen]
Street entertainers in Logrono…morning briefing before we set off…
Day three – heading into the Pyrenees
Ride up to the top of the Col d’Aubisque
Meet the locals – no way down until the cattle move on…
Nightly pilgrimage at Lourdes
John & Mary light candles to remember lost friends…
John W & Jen with makeshift umbrellas ! Plenty of restaurants to choose from
Is Martin dressed for the rain or is he going to war ?
Impromptu music festival at Marciac…hotel nestling in the cliffs at Rocamadour
Dinner chez Anne-Marie at Rocamadour
Barbara & John R – John G & Steve with their new friends !
Sue just can’t stop laughing about Martin’s episode in the toilet !!
Stuart & Sam… Rocamadour by night
On top of the Puy Mary
Gorillas in the Mist !!
Cocktails with dinner at La Bourboule
The brave few venture out in the rain ! Lost in the Volcanoes !
Comfy enough ? Steve enjoys a meringue at coffee stop.
The Last Supper at Le Mans
We don’t know what was going on but there was definitely something in the water…
Sue & Martin… Rita & John…
Lyn & Ted with Rob looking for tips… Rob gets in on the act !
Steve & Jane… Sam & Stuart
Richard can’t escape Sam & Lyn… then Sue joins in as well !
While Marty & Dave get friendly…. John R tries it on with Traci !!
Even we get drawn in! John & Rita give a fantastic demonstration of the marker system!
John & Barbara, Mick & Chris – a.k.a. “Pans People” enjoying the cabaret
Last day – heading back to the port
Our thanks go to everyone who made this such a great tour.
Special thanks to Steve for recovering many of the above photos from my corrupt SD card.