Testimonial Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes Tour (in reverse) 15-23 June 2018

The group in the Picos Mountains - great weather throughout, some lovely new guests with many regulars made for a fabulous tour (John A missing for puncture repair)

The group in the Picos Mountains – great weather throughout, some lovely new guests with many regulars made for a fabulous tour (John A missing for puncture repair)

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

Photo-bombed by a local!

Photo-bombed by a local!

You must STOP at a solid white STOP line..."Is there a specific warning sign?" asks Jon W...

You must STOP at a solid white STOP line…”Is there a specific warning sign?” asks Jon W…

Yes Jon - a STOP SIGN !!!

Yes Jon – a STOP SIGN !!! (Sorry Jon – I hope you won’t be offended!)

“Just returned from the Picos & Pyrenees tour. Absolutely fabulous scenery, hotels and company. As the oldest rider with the smallest bike I never once felt overwhelmed by my fellow travellers. I did take advantage of the 2 rest days, 1 in Lourdes to redeem my sins, (1 day wasn’t really long enough for that!), and 1 in Riano. The organisation by BN was once again first class. My 11th trip. hopefully, I WILL BE BACK.”
Colin Shaw, 11th trip, Yamaha Tracer 700, West Sussex

John A & Kevin didn't listen to instructions !!

John A & Kevin didn’t listen to instructions !!

Jen's in the lead today

Jen’s in the lead today

Bikes all lined up at coffee stop

Bikes all lined up at coffee stop

“Just returned from our first tour (but not the last!) of the Picos, Pyrenees and Volcanoes. Had an amazing time, scenery fabulous and great biking roads. Very well organised, really appreciated the van to carry our luggage (especially for those of us with pillions). Met loads of nice people and had a lot of fun. Thanks to Jen for the loan of a spare camera battery and Jackie really loved her new Bike Normandy sweatshirt😘 Thanks again for a great experience. We would definitely recommend Bike Normandy to our friends.”
Jon & Jackie Watson, 1st tour, BMW K1300S, Berkshire

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Our first hotel...

Our first hotel…

Sheltering from the rain!

Sheltering from the rain!

Drinks in the bar

Drinks in the bar

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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“Having visited 6 of Bike Normandy’s weekend experiences and The Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps tour two years ago we have all just come back from the Picos & Pyrenees tour. As with the weekend trips everything was organised for you, even the backup van carrying your luggage, spare fuel and tools. The hotels selected by John and Jen were above and beyond what we would have expected from a biking holiday, many with secure parking. Well organised, well researched, comes highly recommended. Thanks John and Jen for a great unforgettable tour.”
 Paul Tinkler, 8th trip, GSXR1000, Kent

John sets the bar for jokes very low!

John welcomes everyone to the Tour…

Then sets the bar for jokes very low!!

Then sets the bar for jokes very low!!

With our thanks to Allan & Jane...

With our thanks to Allan & Jane…

It's their 10th Tour

It’s their 10th Tour

“Dear John & Jen,  thank you for another fabulous tour! Glorious sunshine, great biking roads and another host of delightful hotels.  The usual meticulous planning on your part made for a very successful and stress free holiday. Always a pleasure to reunite and tour with friends! 
 Paul & Louise Saltwell, 4th tour, Yamaha MT09 Tracer, Guernsey

And more news...

As well as having the European Expert on Wasps…

It's Andy M's birthday !

It’s Andy M’s birthday !

Parking opposite our hotel

Parking opposite our hotel

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Ready for the off - John's leading

Ready for the off – John’s leading today

Andy D on his Hinda VFR 800

Andy D on his Honda VFR 800

“I have just been on the Picos & Pyrenees tour (France to Spain) 2018. I must state what a brilliant trip this was, with a fantastic mix of routes, roads and brilliant overnight hotels; what also makes these tours more enjoyable is the great bunch of people, enjoying the experience together as a family. Despite losing a couple of days, (due to an incident – thankyou Jen & John, you were both brilliant and extremely professional in dealing with it!) The weather was Fantastic, if a little bit too hot, and the daily distances with lunch and coffee stops was pitched just right. I really enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend it to others. My 4th Trip, and now looking forward to the Black Forest Tour.”
 Andy Dunmore, 4th trip, Honda VFR800, West Sussex

Wood carvings en route

Wood carvings en route

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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Jackie has a new BN sweatshirt

Jackie has a new BN sweatshirt

Kevin on his BMW R1100RT

Kevin on his BMW R1100RT

"Inflatable" Jon & "M"

“Inflatable” Jon & “M” on their BMW R1200GS

Dave on his Kawasaki H2

Dave on his Kawasaki H2

Paul on his Suzuki GSXR 1000

Paul on his Suzuki GSXR 1000

Colin on his Yamaha Tracer 700

Colin on his Yamaha Tracer 700

John A on his BMW K1300S

John A on his BMW K1300S

Ros & Andy on their Honda Blackbirf

Ros & Andy on their Honda Blackbird

We're heading into the Volcanic region

We’re heading into the Volcanic region

A free night - drinks in a local bar

A free night – drinks in a local bar

Our morning briefing

Our morning briefing

It's Sunday & only 1 pump working !!

It’s Sunday & only 1 pump working !!

What a way to travel !

What a way to travel !

The Goldwing provides the music...

The Goldwing provides the music…

So Paul & Louise start dancing !

So Paul & Louise start dancing !

There is a volcano - honest!

There is a volcano – honest!

What a view !!!

What a view !!!

Most dine inside

Most dine inside

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Real bikers stay outside !

Real bikers stay outside !

The "Speedy  Boys"

The “Speedy Boys”

The cloud clears...

The cloud clears…

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We have our "Gorillas in the Mist"

We have our “Gorillas in the Mist”

Thanks to "M" for the photo

Thanks to “M” for the photo

An Old Boy Band !! Thanks to "M" for the pic

Album cover of the year – The Speedy Boyz feat’g I & M!!   Thanks to “M” for the pic

And "Girl Power" !

And “Girl Power” !

Thanks "M"

Thanks “M”

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

We stop for a photo at Rocamadour

We stop for a photo at Rocamadour

Parking is in the hotel garages

Parking is in the hotel garages

Most have balcony views

Most have balcony views

We all find the nearest bar

We all find the nearest bar

Colin with John A

Colin with John A

The group at the entrance to the medieval town (minus Andy D)

The group at the entrance to the medieval town (minus Andy D)

Dinner is included in the hotel's restaurant

Dinner is included in the hotel’s restaurant

Along with some rowdy cyclists !!

Along with some rowdy cyclists !!

Carol & Max with John A & Colin

Carol & Max with John A & Colin

John & Jackie with Ros & Andy

John & Jackie with Ros & Andy

Jane, Louise & Paul, Allan, "M" & "Inflatable"

Jane, Louise & Paul, Allan, “Inflatable” & “M”

Dave, Paul, Ian, Kevin, Mike & Simon

Dave, Paul, Ian, Kevin, Mike & Simon

Sandra & Steve with us

Sandra & Steve with us

Usual chat before we set off

Usual chat before we set off

All lined up at lunch stop

All lined up at lunch stop

Lovely coffee stop

Lovely coffee stop

Our hotel overlooks the river at Lourdes

Our hotel overlooks the river at Lourdes

Drinks in the hotel bar before watching the football

Drinks in the hotel bar before watching the football

Next day some go for a ride-out

Next day some go for a ride-out

The Goldwing's behind us...

The Goldwing’s behind us…

Steve & Sandra hail from Spain

Steve & Sandra hail from Spain

Jon & Jackie on their BMW K1300S

Jon & Jackie on their BMW K1300S

Any ideas ? A Red Kite perhaps ?

Any ideas ? A Red Kite perhaps ?

Stunning lunch stop

Stunning lunch stop

Us !

Us !

Everyone on the ride-out (thanks to Ian for the photo)

Everyone on the ride-out (thanks to Ian for the photo)

Paul & Louise

Paul & Louise

A rose between two thorns !

A rose between two thorns !

Fab roads in the Pyrenees

Fab roads in the Pyrenees

Mike on his BMW K1300S

Mike on his BMW K1300S

Paul & Louise on their Tracer 900

Paul & Louise on their Tracer 900

Ian on his BMW R1200GS

Ian on his BMW R1200GS

Jon & Jackie

Jon & Jackie

Steve & Sandra

Steve & Sandra

Fab views at the Col D'Aspin

Fab views at the Col D’Aspin

How to improve a photo of 3 BMW's !!

How to improve a photo of 3 BMW’s !!

Jon W, Mike & John A

Jon W, Mike & John A

The cows like our Street Triple !

The cows like our Street Triple ! (Thanks Ian)

Mind the locals !

Mind the locals !

Lovely forest roads

Lovely forest roads

Mike on his BMW K1300S

Mike on his BMW K1300S

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Cloudy on the way up

Cloudy on the way up

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A party at the top of the Tourmalet

A party at the top of the Tourmalet

Music & dancing in the street !

Music & dancing in the street !

Stunning view at the top

Stunning view at the top

Forget the others - our sticker's there !!

Forget the others – our sticker’s there !!

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Mike & Ian

Mike & Ian

Paul & Louise on the way down

Paul & Louise on the way down

Watch out for the sheep...

Watch out for the sheep…

This one's not moving

This one’s not moving

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Max & Carol on their Tiger 800

Max & Carol on their Tiger 800

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Through tunnels

Steve & Sandra

Steve & Sandra

Under netting

Under netting

Fishing in the river

Fishing in the river

Fancy Dress group in our hotel

Fancy Dress group in our hotel

And why not ?!

And why not ?!

At the Cathedral

At the Cathedral

The crowds start to gather

The crowds start to gather

For the nightly procssion

For the nightly procssion

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Lots of countries represented

Lots of countries represented

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Next morning coffee stop

Next morning coffee stop

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Thanks "M"

Thanks “M”

Fab views as we ride through the Pyrenees

Fab views as we ride through the Pyrenees

See the bear paw prints !

See the bear paw prints !

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Allan & Jane at the back

Allan & Jane at the back

Just gorgeous

Just gorgeous

More sheep to negotiate

More sheep to negotiate

Paul on his GSXR 1000

Paul on his GSXR 1000

as he disappears !

as he disappears !

Thanks "M" - fab view of our lunch stop

Thanks “M” – fab view of our lunch stop

Another pretty lunch stop

Another pretty lunch stop

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Amazing views

Amazing views

Stunning colour of the lake

Stunning colour of the lake

But it's getting hotter....

But it’s getting hotter….

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Coffee at a truck stop

Coffee at a truck stop

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It's hot !

It’s hot – but the van has air-con !!

At our next hotel in Spain

At our next hotel in Spain

Take the lift to underground parking

Take the lift to underground parking

Drinks watching the football

Drinks watching the football

Jon lands on Jen !!

Jon lands on Jen !!

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Wander the back streets for tapas

Wander the back streets for tapas

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Just a few bottles of Rioja then ?!

Just a few bottles of Rioja then ?!

Mike has an illuminated pillion !!

Mike has an illuminated pillion !!

Dave & Colin

Dave & Colin

Paul

Paul

Morning briefing

Morning briefing – the Picos next

At coffee stop...

At coffee stop…

The local kids have a project to do

The local kids have a project to do

The next Marc Marquez ?

The next Marc Marquez ?

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The kids love the bikes

The kids love the bikes

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Jen's in this one too

Jen’s in this one too

Anything for a good shot !

Anything for a good shot ! (thanks Ian)

Steve & Sandra

Steve & Sandra

Jon & Jackie

Jon & Jackie

"Backmarkers" Allan & Jane

“Backmarkers” Allan & Jane

Riding into the Picos

Riding into the Picos

Allan & Jane on their Tiger 1050

Allan & Jane on their Tiger 1050

A surprise in store

A surprise in store

Jon & &Jackie brave the metal platform

Jon & &Jackie brave the metal platform

A Griffon Vulture

A Griffon Vulture

The clouds arrive

The clouds arrive

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Kevin with cake at the top

Kevin with cake at the top

Great roads to our hotel

Great roads to our hotel

The "Speedy Boys"

The “Speedy Boys”

Simply stunning scenery

Simply stunning scenery

What a great view

What a great view

We regroup before arriving at our hotel

We regroup before arriving at our hotel

Resident Chow-Chow Lusso

Resident Chow-Chow Lusso

Drinks on the terrace

Drinks on the terrace

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Another beautiful morning

Another beautiful morning

Gorgeous roses surround the hotel

Gorgeous roses surround the hotel

Our hotel for two nights

Our hotel for two nights

So cute !

So cute !

So Chilled !

So chilled !

Some of us go on a ride-out

Some of us go on a ride-out

Jen rides pillion

Jen rides pillion

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See storks nesting

See storks nesting

Two here

Two here

Jackie takes loads of photos as well

Jackie takes loads of photos as well

Allan & Jane mark a junction !

Allan & Jane mark a junction !

Maz & Carol hail from Australia

Max & Carol – Kiwis visiting from Australia !

Paul & Louise ride as "Back-markers"

Paul & Louise ride as “Back-markers”

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Fab roads

Fab roads

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Max & Carol on their Tiger 800

Max & Carol on their Tiger 800

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We stop for coffee- with free tapas!

We stop for coffee- with free tapas!

More brilliant roads

More brilliant roads

Lots of hairpins

Lots of hairpins

At lunch - sandwiches all round - 29 euros for 11 of us with drinks !!

Sandwiches all round – 29 euros for 11 of us with drinks!

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Gorgeous scenery heading back

Gorgeous scenery heading back

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Ian on his BMW R1200GS

Ian on his BMW R1200GS

Wow !

Wow !

Once back at the hotel Paul does not want to relinquish the orange vest !!

Once back at the hotel Paul does not want to relinquish the orange vest !!

The "Speedy Boys" went out late

The “Speedy Boys” went out late

& caught the only heavy rain of the tour !!

& caught the only heavy rain of the tour !!

A thunderstorm passes overhead

A thunderstorm passes overhead

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Grumpy has had to give up the orange vest !

Grumpy has had to give up the orange vest !

A really great crowd

A really great crowd

Dinner is included again our last night

Dinner is included again our last night

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This time with Andy & Kevin included

This time with Andy & Kevin included

John thanks everyone for a great tour

John thanks everyone for a great tour

Thanks to Allan & Jane our Backmarkers

Thanks to Allan & Jane our Backmarkers

"Ith it Dithco??"

“Ith it Dithco??”

Steve takes a turn

Steve takes a turn

Jane's up next

Jane’s up next

Then it's Max

Then it’s Max

Followed by Ian

Followed by Ian

John shows Andy how to waft a towel!!

John shows Andy how to waft a towel!!

Jen reads Ken C's cheese scones joke

Jen reads Ken C’s cheese scones joke

John's up again

John’s up again

"Are you in the air force ?"

“Are you in the air force ?”

Paul gives us a Tommy Cooper set...

Paul gives us a Tommy Cooper set…

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How many cars ??!!

A brilliant set !

A brilliant set !

Another superb morning

Another glorious morning

Our final briefing

Our final briefing

Thanks "M"

Thanks “M”

Thanks "M"

Thanks “M”

Still riding in the Picos

Still riding in the Picos

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Thanks "M"

Thanks “M”

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Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Find a shady cafe

Find a shady cafe

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Fred Flinstone’s perhaps ?

Heading to lunch stop

Pass fishing villages

Lovely lunch stop

Lovely lunch stop

Jon insists he's not under the thumb !

Jon insists he’s not under the thumb !

Us !

Us !

So pretty

So pretty

A lovly lunch to end the tour - Jackie has squid !

A lovely lunch to end the tour – Jackie has squid !

And that's it - everyone back to Santander for the ferry

And that’s it – everyone back to Santander for the ferry (apart from those who rode home instead)

A really great tour – thanks to everyone for making it such a pleasure for us as well. We look forward to seeing many of you on future tours. And for everyone who knew we were collecting our new Gordon Setter puppy “Otto” on the way home here are some more pics…

Looking very serious

Looking very serious

What's this air con thing ??

What’s this air con thing ??

At least it keeps me cool

At least it keeps me cool

Time for a nap

Time for a nap

Great - a new garden to explore !

Great – a new garden to explore !

This hedgehog isn't very spiky !

This hedgehog isn’t very spiky !

Yes, he’s settling in well – we knew he’d be trouble & he’s chewing everything !!