Testimonial Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes (in reverse) 21 – 29 July 2019

The group in the Volcanoes: a tour with temperatures ranging from a shivvering 8.5 to a sweltering 42 degrees yet we all had a great time.

The group in the Volcanoes: a tour with temperatures ranging from 8.5 to a sweltering 42 degrees yet we all had a great time.

We start with a briefing at Ouistreham

We start with a briefing at Ouistreham

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Straight onto country roads

“The Picos Tour (in reverse) was my fifth with BN European Tours. As ever, the organization, roads and fellow bikers were all excellent. Really nothing to complain about and much to recommend. However, it is only when the going gets tough that having John and Jen in charge really matters. We had breakdowns, extreme weather events and a diversion but they were not really a problem for John and Jen. They just handled the situation with minimum fuss. Problem solved! Had I been on my own or with friends the outcome would have been very different. Anyway, I have already booked my next tour with BN European Tours. That is the best recommendation I can make.”
John Savage, 5th tour, Honda VFR800, Peeblesshire

First coffee stop

First coffee stop

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

You won't run out of fuel

Planned fuel stops

“Jen & John, the pictures look great. The format of the tour made for a relaxing stress-free trip. from the moment we were collected from passport control, till we passed through passport control on the return sailing. we were looked after and treated like one of your own. Not only did we all enjoy the tour, but we came away having made a few more friends. I’d happily ride with you all on a tour again in the future.
Hotels were excellent (thanks for the fan!), the hotel food was great. The marker system worked much better than I thought it would and kept us moving through the day. The choice of roads was excellent, the knowledge of the towns we visited was great. Your ability to deal with issues that arose was demonstrated and in no way impacted our enjoyment on the trip.
This trip was great value for the money and we’re keen to see how your Portugal & Spain trip goes – although both Eddie and Leo have adopted an “A” team mentality… “you’re not getting me on that boat fool”! I’m sure they’ll come around or we will ride to the start!”
Maurice Smith, 1st tour, BMW R1200 GSA, Lanarkshire

Leaving lunch stop

Leaving lunch

Afternoon coffee break

Afternoon coffee break

The Scottish contingent !

The new Scottish contingent !

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

“Hi John & Jen, just wanted to say thanks for another enjoyable tour – we both had a great time riding some fantastic roads with stunning scenery with no stress on our part.  All organised for us so all we have to concentrate on is riding our bike.  That’s the beauty of going on tour with BN European Tours.  Their organisation is excellent and no worrying for us as to where the next petrol, coffee or lunch stop is.  We stayed in some good hotels in great locations with dinner and wine included on some nights.
Once again we met a great group of like minded people and we would like to thank everyone for their company on tour. We enjoyed riding with you all.  Hopefully we will meet again on future tours. 
The bike is now clean – new tyres to be fitted next week and then we are ready for our next adventure with BN on the Spain and Portugal tour in September (Our 7th Tour with BN European Tours).  Can’t wait. See you soon”
 Alan & Julie Grieves, 6th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Leicestershire

It's Maurice !

It’s Maurice !

17.40 & still 29 degrees

17.40 & still 29 degrees

Bikes parked opposite our first hotel

Bikes parked opposite our first hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Ken heads to the bar…

Erm - what drink would you like Sue ??!!

Erm – what drink would you like Sue ??!!

Nigel & Mandy

Nigel & Mandy

“Hi all, finally getting around to checking in from “Norn Iron”. We had an eventful run to Holyhead that evening to say the least, we were finally beaten by the rain around midnight and decided it was safer to wait in a motorway service station ’til daylight lol. It took us two full days to shake off the feeling that we were walking on a bouncy castle, a very interesting feeling indeed!
John and Jen, thanks for organising everything and thanks so much to all our fellow travellers for your company, you’re a lovely bunch of people and we hope to bump into you again some time. Best wishes to all,”
Nigel & Mandy Ford, 3rd tour, Suzuki V-Strom 1000, County Londonderry

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

Ken's done 20 trips !!

Wow! Ken’s done 20 trips !!

And another thing...

And another thing…

Sue belatedly gets her "10 Times" T-shirt - but she's actually done 16 trips!

Sue belatedly gets her “10 Times” T-shirt – but she’s actually done 16 trips!

Coffee after dinner

Coffee after dinner

Sue & Ken

Sue & Ken

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“Hi John & Jen, thanks for another fantastic tour. As always, great roads, company, super hotels and John’s jokes..! The Pyrenees and Picos mountain ranges, for me, were some of the best roads I’ve been lucky enough to have ridden. Be great to go back and spend some more time enjoying the fantastic scenery and brilliant twisties. And as it turns out, the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain!! Roll on Portugal & Spain next year. Can’t wait!!  Cheers Simon”
Simon Brown, 7th trip, BMW S1000 XR, Surrey

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

Ken & Sue are our "back-markers"

Ken & Sue are our “back-markers”

How cute !  Mandy & Sue

How cute! Mandy & Sue

“Hi all, it was a really great bunch of people that really made the trip for us. Thanks to John & Jen, who managed to cope with all that the weather and the Triumph factory could throw at them! Ride safe”
Paul & Becky Sewter, 2nd tour, BMW R1250 RT, Norfolk

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Gorgeous flower displays

Gorgeous flower displays

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

It's getting warmer...

It’s getting warmer…

Ice creams all round

Ice creams all round

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“Good tour. Thank you very much. I will be back.”
Stephen Wood, 1st tour, Honda Africa Twin, Gloucestershire

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We ride into the volcanoes

We ride into the volcanoes

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The fabulous Chateau de Murol

The fabulous Chateau de Murol

Lovely lakes

Lovely lakes

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Volcanoes everywhere

A band is playing near our hotel

A band is playing near our hotel

Dancing in the street

Dancing in the street

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Drinks in a local  bar

Drinks in a local bar

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Pete thought the breadsticks were chopsticks!!

Pete thought the breadsticks were chopsticks!!

Our hotel by night

Our hotel by night

On the Puy Mary (thanks John S)

On the Puy Mary (thanks John S)

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Lunch on the top

Lunch on the top

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Blueberry tart !

Blueberry tart !

Eddie taking photos

Eddie taking photos

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Then Pete on his Aprilia Tuono

Then Pete on his Aprilia Tuono V4

Leonor on her Kawasaki Z300

Leonor on her Kawasaki Z300

Adrian & Carole

Adrian & Carole on their Tiger 1200

Fab twisties on the way down

Fab twisties on the way down

Paul & Becky

Paul & Becky on their BMW R1250 RT

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Water refills

Water refills

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It's only 39 degrees !!

It’s only 39 degrees !!

We cross the River Dordogne

We cross the River Dordogne

Our bke is overheating!!

Our bke is overheating!!

It's now 40 degrees !!

It’s now 40 degrees !!

We arrive at Rocamadour

We arrive at Rocamadour

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Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Becky has a fan !

Becky has a fan !

John shows Nigel how to waft a towel

John shows Nigel how to waft a towel

Mandy & Nigel

Mandy & Nigel

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Rocamadour by night

Rocamadour by night

Next morning - a hot air balloon

Next morning – a hot air balloon

Fab!

Fab!

An early start to avoid the heat!

An early start to avoid the heat!

Pete's Aprilia breaks down

Pete’s Aprilia breaks down

Our Street goes n the van

Our Street has to go in the van

John & Sue ride Ken's V-Strom

John & Sue ride Ken’s V-Strom

Everyone takes their luggage

Everyone takes their luggage

Simon rides as Back-marker

Simon rides as Back-marker

Our Street has a broken compression valve

Problem fixed – our Street had a broken radiator cap

After a long, hot day, beers all round

After a long, hot day, beers all round

A very welcome drink!

A very welcome drink!

Many of us dine in the same restaurant

Many of us dine in the same restaurant

A day off - some go for a ride

A day off – some go for a ride

Chris on his Triumph Explorer

Stephen on his Africa Twin

Chris again

Stephen again

It's Simon !

It’s Simon !

Grant on his Triumph Explorer

Grant on his Triumph Explorer

Mo markes the junction

Mo & Leo mark the junction

Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

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A huge market in the square

A huge market in the square

The Mairie

The Mairie

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Our Street Triple is now working fine…

A pillion's view

A pillion’s view

Mo's in the lead

Mo’s in the lead

Mo & Leo on his BMW R1200 GSA

Mo & Leo on his BMW R1200 GSA

Mo & Leo again

Mo & Leo again

On the Col d'Aspin

On the Col d’Aspin

Friendly locals !

Friendly locals !

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Ken & Sue on V-Strom 1000 (thanks Simon)

Ken & Sue on V-Strom 1000 (thanks Simon)

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Chris in front

Chris in front on his Explorer

Great scenery

Great scenery

Chris followed by Alan & Julie

Chris followed by Alan & Julie

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Tunnels

Tunnels

Amazing views

Amazing views

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Mo & Leo on the Col de Tourmalet

Mo & Leo on the Col de Tourmalet

Stunning view

Stunning view

Those who came on the ride-out

Those who came on the ride-out

Our sticker's there !

Our sticker’s there !

Jen taking photos

Jen taking photos

Steve on his Africa Twin

Stephen on his Africa Twin

Hairpins on the way down

Hairpins on the way down

Chris

Chris

Our new logo !

Our new logo !

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More tunnels

More tunnels

Under nets

Under nets

At Lourdes the nightly procession

At Lourdes the nightly procession

You can join the procession

You can join the procession

In front of the Cathedral

In front of the Cathedral

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Dressed for the wet !

The next day, dressed for the wet! (thanks John S)

Ride past the dam

Ride past the dam

Into the Pyrenees

Into the Pyrenees

Adrian & Carole

Adrian & Carole (thanks Simon)

John S on his Honda VFR 800 (thanks Simon)

John S on his Honda VFR 800 (thanks Simon)

Lunch in the Pyrenees

Lunch in the Pyrenees

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Now in Spain

Tapas anyone ?

Tapas anyone ?

Ride alongside the stunning lake

Ride alongside the stunning lake

Hola !!!

Hola !!!

Hola !

Hola !

At our hotel take the lift...

At our hotel take the lift…

Down to the car park

Down to the car park

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A free night in Logrono

A free night in Logrono

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We start in one tapas bar

We start in one tapas bar

We head into the back streets

We head into the back streets

More tapas & rioja

More tapas & rioja

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The square at night

The square at night

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Boys will be boys!

Boys will be boys!

For those who didn't venture past the hotel !!

For those who didn’t venture past the hotel !!

John followed by Nigel

John S followed by Nigel

Morning chat - motorway instructions

Morning chat – motorway instructions

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A very wet morning

A very wet morning

Down to 8.5 degrees !

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& Jen's in the lead

& Jen’s in the lead

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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In the Picos, there is a view here !!

Becky in the Picos, there is a view here !!

Mid afternoon & only 8.5 degrees !

Mid afternoon & only 8.5 degrees !

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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We regroup after some twisties

We regroup after some misty twisties

Our hotel is just round the corner

Our hotel is just round the corner

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

Parking by the hotel

Parking by the hotel

The fab view from our hotel

The fab view from our hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Eddie

Eddie

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It's Mo's birthday !

It’s Mo’s birthday !

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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Breakfast

Breakfast

A gorgeous morning

A gorgeous morning

Mo's ready for a ride-out

Mo’s ready for a ride-out

Jen rides pillion (thanks John)

Jen rides pillion (thanks John S)

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Fab roads

Fab roads

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Paul & Pauline on BMW R1200RS

Paul & Pauline on BMW R1200RS

Bungee jumping!

Bungee jumping!

Nigel & Mandy on thir V-Strom 1000

Nigel & Mandy on their V-Strom 1000

Paul & Pauline

Paul & Pauline

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Cangas for lunch

Cangas for lunch

Another market by the church

Another market by the church

Simon enjoys an ice cream

Simon enjoys an ice cream

Then we pass him on the way back

Then we pass him on the way back

Adrian & Carole again

Adrian & Carole again

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Brilliant roads

Brilliant roads

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Ken & Sue enjoyed a day off

Ken & Sue enjoyed a day off (thanks Ken)

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Now that's a Gin & Tonic !

Now that’s a Gin & Tonic !

All enjoying drinks in the sun

All enjoying drinks in the sun

Ken & Sue, Jen & John

Ken & Sue, Jen & John

John thanks everyone for a great tour

John thanks everyone for a great tour

Especially Ken as "Back-marker"

Especially Ken as “Back-marker”

Who kicks off the jokes...

Who kicks off the jokes…

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

John S takes a turn

John S takes a turn

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Paul's up next

Paul’s up next

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Nigel's next

Then Nigel

Steve has a few to tell

Stephen has a few to tell

Mandy takes a turn

Mandy takes a turn

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And Sue

And Sue

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There's no stopping Mandy

There’s no stopping Mandy

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Or Steve

Or Stephen

John's up next

John’s up next

Oh Oh...

Oh Oh…

We're treated to the Penguin joke!

We’re treated to the Penguin joke!

Even our waiter takes a turn

Even our waiter takes a turn

Another beautiful morning

Another beautiful morning

The t-shirt shop is open !

The t-shirt shop is open !

Final morning briefing

Final morning briefing

Heading into the mountains

Heading into the mountains

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Fantastic roads

Fantastic roads

But watch out for locals!

But watch out for locals!

Glorious scenery

Glorious scenery

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We take the cable car...

We take the cable car…

Steve at the top

Stephen at the top

Stunning views

Stunning views

Steve & John S brave the viewing platform

Stephen & John S brave the viewing platform

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How many dare...

How many dare…

Mandy & Nigel

Mandy & Nigel

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Mo has some special shots

Mo has some special shots

And that's it, everyone back to the ferry

And that’s it, everyone back to the ferry

New recruits at the bar

New recruits at the bar

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After the roughest crossing ever...

Calm after the roughest crossing ever…

Mo & friend!

Mo & friend!

Becky needs a sweatshirt

Becky needs a sweatshirt

Thanks Steve

And finally, thanks Stephen

Thanks to all for some great riding, good timekeeping, lots of fun & laughter with everyone pulling together in some extreme temperatures! Special thanks to Ken for the use of his V-Strom for the day. We hope to see many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.