Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes Tour 29 June – 6 July 2015
|“What a great biking holiday. My second tour with Bike Normandy and my first time in the Picos de Europa and the Spanish and French Pyrenees and the routes chosen were mind blowing. What made this tour doubly enjoyable for me was the great group of people on this tour. That’s all of you lot. I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier group of fellow bikers – even though when on the bike I mostly saw you from a long way behind as you disappeared over the horizon. But then I’m used to that!” David Craxton, 2nd trip, Honda Deauville
“Just to let you know that Kieron, me and the 5 Sausages arrived home safely!..I seem to have got a reputation for shopping – just cannot think why?!!! I am sorry to report that I am still hunting for those elusive cherries! At least we all enjoyed a few at the top of the mountain. We both thoroughly enjoyed yet another amazing tour with you all and are really pleased to have made the leader board at last! As usual John and Jen’s tour routes provided us with superb, twisty roads, flowing bends, magnificent scenery, fabulous hotels, wonderful food and brilliant company to share it all with. We have made some lovely friends and cannot wait until our next tour to meet up with them all again. John and Jen, you are amazing hosts and thanks for organising everything so well. We felt we were just one part of a big happy, biking family…looking forward to keeping in touch with you all and will, at some point sort my photos out – although Jen, you did a brilliant job of summarising all our exploits! P.S. Perhaps you could organise a cold chilled box in the back of the van in readiness for my further purchases next year!!!!! Best wishes to all” Sharron & Kieron Haines, 3rd trip, BMW K1600GTL
|“John and Jen, thanks again to you both…I really enjoy your tours and this one was no exception, in fact I have to say despite the issues in the first days, it is the best so far…
This tour for me delivered everything I expected. It makes a big change for me to join a tour and to just turn up and ride my bike. You showed us some of the best roads in Spain and France, spectacular views and scenery, and I loved every second. The hotels were fantastic and to go the whole week without a drop of rain was even better, even the extreme heat didn’t faze me. This was my third trip with BN and I will be back for more next year (if you are not fully booked). Thanks again to both of you for a wonderful holiday.”
Paul Butler, 3rd trip, Suzuki Hayabusa
|“Hi John & Jen, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour even though I missed 2 days! I will have to return to do the Pyrenees another time” Steve King, 2nd trip, overheating BMW K1200S!!!!
“Hi everyone … many thanks for a wonderful and memorable holiday. As always John and Jen never let us down.” Steve & Kirsty Eaton, 4th trip, BMW S1000XR
“Dear John & Jen, just to say thanks again for a great holiday! Glad to hear that John was not badly hurt…some people will do anything to stay in an air conditioned van! I think it was great how everybody pulled together when situations went a bit awry and it made me feel very proud to be with such a great group of people. Thank you all!” Martin Clist, 2nd trip, Triumph Street Triple RX
|“Ian and I had such a fab time, as they say all good things must come to and end unfortunately. I cried saying goodbye to you all at the petrol station and again when I was on the ferry although that was mainly down to relief of getting the ferry as Phillips managed to get us lost 3 times on that one journey – no marker system you see!! We’ve been wearing our BN t-shirt/vest with pride over the weekend, promoting it around not so sunny Exmouth!.. Anyway we hope that we will see you all again as some stage on various tours.” Heather & Ian Phillips, 1st trip, Suzuki GSX650F|
|“Thank you John and Jen for another great tour with Bike Normandy – lovely roads, scenery and accommodation but, as always, the company makes it the fun, supportive experience we so value. An incident ridden tour but the resilience and optimism of John and Jen rubs off on everyone and folks rise to the occasion in solidarity. Our own problems with the bike were, and continue to be exasperating, but our overall remembrance of the street party welcome at Rocamadour, and the care shown on the rest of the tour, will carry us forward to our next trip. See you next summer!” Terry (8th trip) & Fran (6th trip) Stanfield, Triumph Sprint|
And then the fun & games start
David C escaped, Dave B and Jen managed to avoid being caught!! We were all in stitches and have not laughed so much in ages!
|Fran’s poem in full:
Without an alarm we can remain calm,
With an alarm we were fucked!
No mountains or col
and then worst of all,
we missed out on the Rocamadour duck – FUCK!
Following John’s accident (thanks to a diesel spill) on day two we really appreciated everybody’s patience, help and assistance in ensuring the Tour carried on…Paul for leading the group until lunch, Steve F and David C for riding as back-markers, Kirsty & Sharron for manning the van. Fortunately John wasn’t too badly hurt and rejoined the group that night. In view of his performance in tumbling down the road, the group had their own presentation on the last night…
Despite John’s accident, two breakdowns, a puncture, Jen riding with a broken gear lever and at times sweltering heat (unlike last year!) this tour was made such a success by the fantastic group of people taking part. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future trips. Ride safe, John & Jen.