Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes Tour 25 July – 1 August 2016

Fab roads, fab weather and a fab group - what more do you want for a fab biking holiday!

Fab roads, fab weather and a fab group – what more do you want for a fab biking holiday!

“Hi everyone, just want to say from Matt and I a big big thank you for a fabulous 8 days. The tour was brilliant, so organised and such beautiful places. Thank you Jen and John for being professional, sincere and caring. As to the group, you are such a lovely bunch of people and we appreciate all the help and support you gave to us. Wish we had more time to get to know you all better. Next tour, I might have another husband, maybe an old codger with a Goldwing. One that will sit still and doesn’t do hurdling !!!!!!!!    [see later J&J]
Lol😂😂😂😂. Love him really 🙏Xx Take care everyone and thank you.”

Matt & Shirley Ilott, 1st tour, KTM Super Adventure

in Santander we're treated to a free concert

in Santander we’re treated to a free concert

John & Andy Wilson with beers in the square

John & Andy Wilson with beers in the square

“Dear John and Jen, we wanted to send our thanks to you both for a wonderful tour. We both enjoyed it very much, and have written a little limerick of thanks for you … 

There was a motorcycle holiday company called Bike Normandy

Who are above all others quite deservedly

They put in much time

To make tours sublime

And for that we thank them wholeheartedly! ”

Audrey and Rees Hewson, 1st tour, Triumph Explorer

Scottish Andy attempts to barter - in Spanish!

Scottish Andy attempts to barter – in Spanish!

Andy & Jen teach the locals the Slosh!

Andy & Jen teach the locals the Slosh!

“Hi John & Jen, thank you for a great holiday…the roads and scenery were incredible, excellent hotels and a brilliant bunch of people on the tour and some good laughs. Thanks to Jen and John for going out of their way to sort things, it was a brilliant tour”

Mike Sanders, 5th tour, & Tracey Reading, 3rd tour, Kawasaki Z1000SX

“P.S. Hope Right Said Fred’s knee is ok, and of course the back markers even though we didn’t get a chance to speak to them”

Sue & Ken Wright join us for breakfast

Sue & Ken Wright join us for breakfast

A traditional procession passes by

A traditional procession passes by

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We meet you off the ferry with a pre-tour briefing

We meet you off the ferry with a pre-tour briefing

Lovely scenery en route

Lovely scenery en route

“Hola, a very belated thanks to John and Jen for a great trip, all so organised and the back up van being invaluable. Nothing seems to put you into panic mode not even the accident of Ken and Sue, who I’m pleased to note are now back in the UK and hopefully now on the mend. Thanks to everyone for your company it was a pleasure to meet so many nice people and we have some great memories. Hope to see you again on another BN European Tour. Best wishes,”

Gordon & Alison Barr, 2nd tour, Honda Crosstourer

At lunch Rees discovers a puncture

At lunch Rees discovers a puncture

A rare sight - John doing exercise !(oops!)

A rare sight – John doing exercise !(oops!)

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

“Wayne and I would like to thank you all for making it a wonderful holiday. Regards to all xx”
Wayne & Carole Williams, 1st tour, BMW K1300GT

We head off into the Picos Mountains

We head off into the Picos Mountains

Taken through the van windscreen!

Taken through the van windscreen!

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Stunning scenery

Ken & Sue riding as "back-markers"

Ken & Sue riding as “back-markers”

The superb view from our first hotel

The superb view from our first hotel

Parking behind our hotel

Parking behind our hotel

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Jill passes round the olives

Jill passes round the olives

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John sets the bar [low!] for jokes on the tour

John sets the bar [low!] for jokes on the tour

The spider is still going strong! (see 2011 Tour)

The spider is still going strong! (see 2011 Tour)

A misty start to day 2

A misty start to day 2

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

A surprise at coffee stop

A surprise at coffee stop

Is it worth going up?

Is it worth going up?

It still looks really cloudy...

It still looks really misty…

But look what awaits above the clouds!

But look what awaits above the clouds!

Ian, Shirley & Matt, Brian, Rees & Audrey

Ian, Shirley & Matt, Brian, Rees & Audrey

Jackie & Brendan

Jackie & Brendan

The skies clear

The skies clear

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Matt organises a group photo then leaps the fence to be in it....

Matt organises a group photo then leaps the fence to be in it….

He won't be entering the Grand National any time soon as he falls at the second fence!!!!!

He won’t be entering the Grand National any time soon as he falls at the second fence!!!!!

Secure underground parking at our 2nd hotel

Secure underground parking at our 2nd hotel

Bikes take the lift down !

Bikes take the lift down !

Cathedral in Logrono

Cathedral in Logrono

Well spotted Audrey !!

Well spotted Audrey !!

Rees & Brian are not sure what they're eating!

Rees & Brian are not sure what they’re eating!

Our second tapas bar...

Our second tapas bar…

Our third tapas bar...

Our third tapas bar…

Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Wayne on his BMW K1300GT

Wayne on his BMW K1300GT

Kelvin on his BMW RT1200

Kelvin on his BMW RT1200

Mike with his BMW S1000XR

Mike with his BMW S1000XR

Morning briefing

Morning briefing

Carl riding as back-marker

Carl riding as back-marker

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Stunning scenery after coffee stop

Stunning scenery after coffee stop

We head towards the Pyrenees

We head towards the Pyrenees

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

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We always fill-up every 100 - 120 miles

We always fill-up every 100 – 120 miles

Still snow on the peaks

Still snow on the peaks

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Watch out for the locals!

Watch out for the locals!

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Spot the bear paw-prints!

Spot the bear paw-prints!

Bikes winding up to the top of the Col

Bikes winding up to the top of the Col

Matt & Shirley on their KTM Super Adventure

Matt & Shirley on their KTM Super Adventure

Audrey & Rees with creamy coffees

Audrey & Rees with creamy coffees

Coffee stop on top of the Pyrenees

Coffee stop on top of the Pyrenees

Ian, Jackie & Shirley decide to race to the top

Ian, Jackie & Shirley decide to race to the top

So where's Ian ??

So where’s Ian ??

They don't give up!

They don’t give up!

They made it !

They made it !

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The group on top of the Col

The group on top of the Col

Where a group of youngsters want to be in the photo!

Where a group of youngsters want to be in the photo!

Heading down off the Pyrenees

Heading down off the Pyrenees

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Drinks on the hotel terrace

Drinks on the hotel terrace

When in Lourdes!!! Matt still has a bad knee!

When in Lourdes!!! Matt still has a bad knee!

See the nightly procession at the Cathedral

Just who is that in the wheelchair?????

Just who is that in the wheelchair?????

The congregation builds up

The congregation builds up

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Kelvin & Jill with ice-creams

Kelvin & Jill with ice-creams

Really large beers!

Really large beers!

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Preparations for a jazz concert

Preparations for a jazz concert

Coffee stop

Coffee stop

Malcolm & Kari on their Harley Fat Bob CVO

Malcolm & Kari on their Harley Fat Bob CVO

Andy on his Piaggio MP3

Andy on his Piaggio MP3

Sunflowers everywhere

Sunflowers everywhere

Our next stop is Rocamadour

Our next stop is Rocamadour

The group minus Gordon & Alison who made their own way to the hotel

The group minus Gordon & Alison who made their own way to the hotel

The quaint tourist train

The quaint tourist train

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

We wake up to a spectacular sight

We wake up to a spectacular sight

Three hot-air balloons take off

Three hot-air balloons take off

Matt watches them float away

Matt watches them float away

John waits to be fed by the house martins!

John waits to be fed by the house martins!

Another gorgeous morning

Another gorgeous morning

Coffee stop

Coffee stop

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A poorly kitten adopts Audrey

A poorly kitten adopts Audrey

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James' rear tyre isn't going to finish the tour!

James’ rear tyre isn’t going to finish the tour!

Lunch is in the Volcanic region

Lunch is in the Volcanic region

Lunch on top of the Puy Mary

Lunch on top of the Puy Mary

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The view going down

The view going down

Gordon & Alison on their Honda Cross Tourer

Gordon & Alison on their Honda Cross Tourer

Not ideal Brendan - we ride on the right!!!

Not ideal Brendan – we ride on the right!!!

Dinner included our first night in the Volcanoes

Dinner included our first night in the Volcanoes

we start with the hotel's "Fairy Cocktail"

We start with the hotel’s “Fairy Cocktail”

John drops his shorts...

John drops his shorts telling the “Penguin” joke…

Just as the waiter walks in !!!!

Just as the waiter walks in !!!!

A rainy start to our day off

A rainy start to our day off

Local morning market

Local morning market

John takes Brian to get a new front tyre

John takes Brian to get a new front tyre

James to get front & rear tyres

James to get front & rear tyres

Andy's Piaggio is given the once-over

After experiencing a vibration, Andy’s Piaggio is given the once-over

Brian fits his front wheel while John weights down the rear!!

Brian fits his front wheel while John weights down the rear!!

We then go for a ride-out - Shirley on the back of James' Ducati Streetfighter 848

We then go for a ride-out – Shirley on the back of James’ Ducati Streetfighter 848

Jen rides pillion to take some photos

Jen rides pillion to take some photos                             ………….

Mike on his BMW S1000XR

Mike on his BMW S1000XR

Rees (Explorer) with Ian (Street Triple)

Rees (Explorer) with Ian (Street Triple)

James in the lead

James in the lead

Still in the lead...

Still in the lead…

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We head towarde the Puy du Dome

We head towarde the Puy du Dome

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We take the train to the top

We take the train to the top

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Super view from the top

Super view from the top

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Brian (Blackbird) & Ian

Brian (Blackbird) & Ian

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Audrey chooses a huge dessert

Audrey chooses a huge dessert

Then she's the first to be "branded"!

Then she’s the first to be “branded”!

Shirley's next !

With more black spots appearing – Shirley’s next !

Who's next to make a mistake??

Who’s next to make a mistake??

Shirley's out !!

Shirley’s out !!

Ian stumbles and is branded!

Ian stumbles and is branded!

And the winners are - Rees & Gordon !!

And the winners are – Rees & Gordon !!

Coffee stop

Coffee stop the next day

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Us !!

A rare sight – Us !!

Whole town closed for a "vide-grenier"

Whole town closed for a “vide-grenier”

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Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

John thanks everyone for a great tour

John thanks everyone for a great tour

Matt says some very kind words on behalf of the whole group

Matt says some kind words on behalf of the group

John's telling jokes again...

John’s telling jokes again…

Just how did Ian & Brian know it was a marrow??!!

Just how did Ian & Brian know it was a marrow??!!

Carole takes a turn

Carole takes a turn

Then Jen

Jen goes next

Then Kelvin

Then Kelvin

The t-shirt shop is open !!

The t-shirt shop is open !!

A final talk before some leave for Calais

A final talk before some leave for Calais

Emotional goodbyes !

Emotional goodbyes !

John A on his BMW K1300S

John A on his BMW K1300S

John gets baguettes for lunch

John gets baguettes for lunch

Lunch back at "Bike Normandy"

Lunch back at “Bike Normandy”

Thanks to everyone for making this another great tour. We always say that we attract the nicest people on our tours and this was no exception. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future trips. Ride safe John & Jen.

(Unfortunately Ken & Sue had an “off”  with Sue breaking her arm. She has had an operation in Spain and is due out of hospital today (4 Aug) – they hope to continue with their planned trip to Italy in their motorhome)