Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanoes (in reverse) 11 – 19 June 2017

We always say that we get the nicest people on our tours and this one was no exception. A great mix of regulars and new faces made for a brilliant tour - thanks to everyone

We always say that we get the nicest people on our tours and this one was no exception. A great mix of regulars and new faces made for a brilliant tour – thanks to everyone

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We always start with a pre-tour briefing

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Rod & Jackie with their luxury seat cover!

Rod & Jackie with their luxury seat cover!

There's always one - or two - who haven't filled up!!

There’s always one – or two – who haven’t filled up!!

All the bikes have to stop as John's gloves were in the van !!

All the bikes have to stop as John’s gloves were in the van !!

“We have just returned from one of the most memorable holidays in our 23 years of holidaying together! Picos, Pyrenees and Volcanoes Tour.Thanks to John and Jen, we will treasure some very special memories for very many years to come.When you plan a holiday, you generally take care of the details such as travel insurance, holiday clothes, spending money etc. However, what would you do if you booked a biking tour and you fall ill half way through?! You’re left unable to ride your motorbike and you’re in the middle of France with 14 other riders moving through the French countryside with a different hotel every night or two. BN European Tours had it covered! Because the BN tours are so well organised, it meant that the quality of our holiday wasn’t compromised at all – I was able to drive the luggage van (which follows the tour for the duration), and while Jen led the group John put on his leathers and rode our bike which meant my husband Vince was able to relax in the van (well, sort of – given the fact I’d not driven in France for more than 10 years!!) Within 24 hours, we were back on our bike and feeling so very grateful that we’d chosen a professional company who didn’t hesitate in coming to the rescue so we could concentrate on getting well again.John and Jen are the perfect hosts, a pleasure to spend time with. They clearly love what they do but what we really appreciated is that they genuinely care for you and do everything they can to ensure your precious holiday time is spent thoroughly enjoying the spectacular roads and dramatic scenery, photographs just don’t do it justice. Climbing up high into the Picos mountains and negotiating the twisties was a real thrill and the second-man drop off system with a back marker was a huge success – we didn’t lose a single rider along the way but it also meant that with the varied experience among the group, everyone got to ride at their own pace without feeling either held back or under any pressure.We had no idea what to expect but we were more than a little delighted with the excellent choice of hotels which ranged from a simple French boutique style in a quiet town through to the more modern in the middle of a buzzing city, where you could step right outside in search of tapas bars on the doorstep. The camaraderie and friendships that were formed was priceless! Happy memories made from sharing stories as we laughed together getting to know one another.Traveling with BN European Tours means you’re in safe, experienced hands where the details are always taken care of so all you have to do is relax, unwind and enjoy the exhilarating ride!One of our best holidays by far and we can’t wait to book another one!”
Tracey & Vince Farmer, 1st tour, Honda CrossTourer
[Wow! Thank you so much for the fab feedback, we look forward to seeing you both on another tour – J&J] (since booked on the Rhine in Flames & a short break in September)

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

John leading on our Street Triple

John leading on our Street Triple

All lined up at coffee stop

All lined up at coffee stop

Refuelling in high temperatures

Refueling in high temperatures

“If John and Jen did motorcycle tours they would probably be the best in the world…… Oh…. hold on….they do ….and they are! I have just returned from the Volcanoes, Pyrenees and PIcos tour and what a stunning holiday it was. It was the best holiday I have ever had. Not only do John and Jen find the most fabulous roads through gorgeous scenery, they have everything else sorted. Great hotels, fabulous towns and villages for coffee stops, lunch stops and our nightly stop overs. The logistics they put in behind the scenes cannot be understated and it makes for a truly relaxed and easy holiday for the participants. The fact that both John and Jen ride and use a van which follows us everywhere really came into its own this year when some members became ill. Everything is just sorted allowing things to continue as normal. This was my second trip with John and Jen and it will definitely NOT be the last. I have so far attended alone but I need not worry about being Billy no mates. Everyone has always been friendly and welcoming which makes for an amazing social holiday as well. I cannot recommend them highly enough 5 Stars just does not do them justice.”
Phil Ashworth, 2nd tour, BMW S1000XR
[Again – thanks so much for the fab feedback Phil – see you in September! J&J]

Still hot at almost 6.00pm

Still hot at almost 6.00pm

Our first hotel

Our first hotel

“Jen/John, a great big thank you for taking care of us, your professionalism ensured all would go well – all destinations, routes, accommodation and meals were superb. Flexibility afforded by the “marker” system ensured no-one got lost yet the experienced could still have “fun” on the chosen route – a system that suits both the novice AND experienced rider.
Jen and John both being riders understand the needs of their customers (I use this term loosely as I felt they become friends) all routes were carefully chosen to maximise fun, give maximum appreciation of the local area and maximise spectacular scenery. Any issues anyone had were very quickly sorted, Jen/John make sure everyone is ok and informed of the days events and any tips at a daily briefing.
Myself and Julie would like to echo all the comments that have been made. All you guys made the trip fun and extremely memorable – we couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people for our first organised tour. A real family feel and good friends made – keep in touch!!!”
 Eddie & Julie Nicoll, 1st tour, BMW K1600GT, Scotland

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Parking opposite the hotel

Parking outside the hotel

Lovely setting

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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“Thanks everyone for a great tour, we had a brilliant time with lots of laughs and couldn’t have met a better bunch of people to have experienced it all with. Special thanks to Jen & John for your hard work & efforts in making this trip so memorable and hope to experience more trips with you in the future.”
Nicky & Marc Rowley, 1st tour, BMW R1200 GSA

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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A morning briefing before we set off

A morning briefing before we set off

Coffee stop - all in the same cafe!!

Coffee stop – all in the same cafe!!

Afternoon stop following a deviation!

Afternoon stop following a deviation!

“Hi All, lovely to meet and ride with you all, what an experience!! Thanks so much to John and Jen, so much organisation and planning to ensure we all had a great time. The hotels were lovely and the routes fantastic. Hope you all got home safely, and that we meet again in the future.”
Steven & Karen Whiteside, 1st tour, BMW R1200 GS

At our next hotel...

At our next hotel…

drinks before dinner

drinks before dinner

“Hi John & Jen,  many thanks to you both for organising such a great trip! The riding was incredible, hotels fantastic and such a pleasure to share the experience with an amazing group of people!  Being back at work has never felt so dull…”
Neil & Ann Henderson, 2nd tour, BMW R1150 RT

Boys with beers!

Boys with beers!

Dinner in a local restaurant

Dinner in a local restaurant

John translates the menu

John translates the menu

Vince & Tracey, Marc & Nicky

Vince & Tracey, Marc & Nicky, Iain & David

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  • We met as Strangers,
  • Rode as Friends
  • Parted as Family

Thanks to you both John and Jen for an excellent tour.”

David Lindfield, 5th visit, BMW S1000RS
[See David’s photos at the end of the review!!]

Nice bit of leg Vince!!

Nice bit of leg Vince!!

Briefing in the hotel garage

Briefing in the hotel garage

Today we ride into the Volcanoes

Today we ride into the Volcanoes

We stop at the Puy Mary

We stop at the Puy Mary

Ian G (& Jen) climb half-way up

Ian G (& Jen) climb half-way up

Lunch at the top

Lunch at the top

Ian G on his BMW S1000XR

Ian G on his BMW S1000XR

Steven & Karen on their BMW R1200GS

Steven & Karen on their BMW R1200GS

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Nicky & Marc with Karen & Steve

Nicky & Marc with Karen & Steven

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We're sweltering at fuel stop

We’re sweltering at fuel stop

What a great review Jen and John.  Brings back great memories of the holiday, and what a smashing bunch of people we were with.
Jackie & Rod Pritchard. 1st tour, BMW R1200 GSA

Any bit of shade will do

Any bit of shade will do

Bikes lined up at Rocamadour

Bikes lined up at Rocamadour – but where’s David?

He's stopped to get an ice cream!!

He’s stopped to get an ice cream!!

We stop to look at the stunning view

We stop to look at the stunning view

The Group at Rocamadour

The Group at Rocamadour

“Review is great – thanks very much, Jen, for putting it all together, and to yourself and John for providing a great but exhausting experience.  Big lesson learned: Don’t go on a European tour in summer wearing one-piece leathers!”
Ian Heap, 1st tour, Kawasaki Versys 1000

Tahitian singers in town

Tahitian singers in town

Follow that train!

Follow that train!

Phil with Jackie & Rod

Drinks before dinner – Phil with Jackie & Rod

Iain, Neil & Ann, Karen

Iain, Neil & Ann, Karen

Alice, Steve W, Pete, David & Ian H

Alice, Steven, Peter, David & Ian H

Ian G. Steve M & Phil

Ian G. Steve & Phil

Marc, John, Nicky, Tracey & Vince

Marc, John, Nicky, Tracey & Vince

Dinner is in the hotel restaurant

Dinner is in the hotel restaurant

New friendships

New friendships

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Howard, Eddie & Julie & Catt were first to dinner

The next morning - it's Tracey's birthday!

The next morning briefing…most importantly…

It's Tracey's birthday!

It’s Tracey’s birthday!

How embarrassing!

How embarrassing!

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Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

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Vince is unwell so Tracey drives the van

Vince is unwell so Tracey drives the van

John rides their CrossTourer

John rides their CrossTourer

Afternoon stop in the shade

Afternoon stop in the shade

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A free night in Lourdes

A free night in Lourdes

See the nightly procession in Lourdes

See the nightly procession in Lourdes

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Fewer numbers than previous years

Fewer in number than previous years

Most go for a ride out

A drizzly start but most go for a ride out

Ann stays behind as does Steven

Ann stays behind as does Steven

Alice rides as backmarker on her Integra

Alice rides as backmarker on her Integra

Phil on his BMW S1000SR

Phil on his BMW S1000XR

The roads are now dry

The roads are now dry

Snap! Literally! Rod & Jackie

Snap! Literally! Rod & Jackie

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Howard on his VFR

Howard on his VFR

Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200 GSA

Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200 GSA

Eddie & Julie on their BMW K1600 GT

Eddie & Julie on their BMW K1600 GT

Peter "Tuffers" on his BMW S1000XR

Peter “Tuffers” on his BMW S1000XR

"Why is one white & one brown?" !!

“Why is one white & one brown?” !!

We cross into Spain for coffee stop

We cross into Spain for coffee stop

Neil, Eddie & Julie

Neil, Eddie & Julie

Pretty villages

Pretty villages

Rod & Jackie in the lead

Rod & Jackie in the lead

We start climbing up the mountains

We start climbing up the mountains

Jackie takes 1000's of photos

Jackie takes 100’s of photos

Peter followed by Catt

Peter followed by Catt

Catt on her BMW R1200RS

Catt on her BMW R1200RS

Nice one Catt!

Nice one Catt!

Misty as we continue to climb

Misty as we continue to climb

Then we have a fabulous view

Then we have a fabulous view

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We regroup before going to lunch

We regroup before going to lunch

Another picturesque lunch stop

Another picturesque lunch stop

Not a lot open though!

Not a lot open though!

We all have crepes

We all have crepes

With Kites flying overhead

With Kites flying overhead

Can you photobomb a fuel stop?!

Can you photobomb a fuel stop?!

So cute!

So cute!

And for those who stayed in rainy Lourdes this is what you missed!!

Catt in the lead

Catt in the lead

We arrive at the top - 2115m

We arrive at the top – 2115m

Fabulous scenery

Fabulous scenery

Amazing views!

Amazing views!

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Howard & Alice with the resident donkey

Howard & Alice with the resident donkey

John with ?

John with ?

Julie & Eddie sunbathing

Julie & Eddie sunbathing

We stop for drinks...

We stop for drinks…

a good reason to extend the ride-out!!

a good reason to extend the ride-out!!

Not too close to the edge!!

Not too close to the edge!!

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Neil on his BMW R1150RT

Neil on his BMW R1150RT

Are you alright?

Are you alright?

Cattle in the mist

Beware – cattle in the mist

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Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200GSA

Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200GSA

Tunnels...

Tunnels…

& netting

& netting

Another free night in Lourdes

Another free night in Lourdes

Jokes back at the hotel...

Jokes back at the hotel…”Steven’s fallen over”!!

Morning briefing in secure parking

Morning briefing in the hotel’s secure parking

We all have to stop...

We all have to stop…

Our planned route...

Our planned route…

Road closed - with no advance warning!!

Road closed – with no advance warning!!

We soon rejoin the route

We soon rejoin the route

More great scenery as we head to the Pyrenees

More great scenery as we head to the Pyrenees

Fab roads

Fab roads

Lunch stop in the Pyrenees

Lunch stop in the Pyrenees

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Stunning scenery as Alice brings up the rear

Awesome scenery as Alice brings up the rear

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It's getting hotter!

It’s getting hotter!

Simply stunning!

Simply stunning!

Truck stop for drinks!!

Truck stop for drinks!!

Nice bit of thigh there Vince!!

Nice bit of thigh there Vince!!

Outside our hotel in Logrono

Outside our hotel in Logrono

We take the lift to underground parking

We take the lift to underground parking

A free night to explore the lovely town

A free night to explore the lovely town

Just what have we ordered?!

Just what have we ordered?!

Many of us dine together

Many of us dine together

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Phil's happy!

Phil’s happy!

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Rod enjoys some Sangria

Rod enjoys some Sangria

The entertainment arrives

The entertainment arrives

Jen teaches "Tuffers" the Slosh

Jen teaches “Tuffers” the Slosh

He hasn't quite got it !!

He hasn’t quite got it !!

We stop for ice creams

We stop for ice creams

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Phil approaches a young lady under a lamppost...

Phil approaches a young lady under a lamppost…

to take a 360 degree photo of us all

to take a 360 degree photo of us all

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We move on to the next bar

We move on to another bar

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Then we move into the back streets

Then we head into the back streets

Rod & David choosing tapas

Rod & David choosing tapas

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How many on Rioja??

And at the next bar – how many on Rioja??

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Peter pays the guitarist...

Peter pays the buscar…

to hand his guitar over to Iain!!

to hand his guitar over to Iain!!

Iain plays some Dire Straits

Iain plays some Dire Straits

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Bikes out of the garage

Bikes out of the garage

Peter needs a new tyre!

Peter needs a new tyre!

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Parking in the shade

Parking in the shade

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Steve enjoys a calamari sandwich

Steve enjoys a calamari sandwich

Tuffers is back with two new tyres

Tuffers is back with two new tyres

The group at the viewing area as we head into the Picos mountains

The group at the viewing area as we head into the Picos mountains

All the BMW's

All the BMW’s

David on his BMW S1000RS

David on his BMW S1000RS

The surprise is the Fuente De

The surprise is the Fuente De

View from the top

View from the top

Steven & Karen with Alice

Steven & Karen with Alice

Enjoy a drink at the top

Enjoy a drink at the top

Marc & Nicky with Peter

Marc & Nicky with Peter

We ride over the Picos mountains

We ride over the Picos mountains

We pass on the way to the hotel

We pass on the way to the hotel

The fab setting of our hotel

The fab setting of our hotel

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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

Drinks outside after dinner

Drinks outside after dinner

Party girls Julie & Ann !

Party girls Julie & Ann !

The Church lit up by night

The Church lit up by night

The next day most go for a ride-out

The next day most go for a ride-out

David on his BMW S1000RS

David on his BMW S1000RS

A pillion's view

A pillion’s view

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David with Steve behind

David with Steve behind

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More great roads

More great roads

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At lunch any shade will do!

At lunch any shade will do!

Street entertainment

Street entertainment

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We try the local cider

We try the local cider

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Dancing in the street!

Dancing in the street!

Wander round the market stalls

Wander round the market stalls

First Holy Communion procession

First Holy Communion procession

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Enjoying lunch

Enjoying lunch

Steve on his Honda CB600F

Steve on his Honda CB600F

David followed by Peter

David followed by Peter

We disturb a young cow

We disturb a young cow

Peter in the lead

Peter in the lead

Neil & Ann in the lead

Neil & Ann in the lead on their BMW R1150RT

We stop for a drink

It’s scorching hot so we stop for a drink

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Peter

Peter

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The super setting of our hotel

The super setting of our hotel

Drinks back at the hotel

Drinks back at the hotel

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New recruits - the t-shirt shop is open!

New recruits – the t-shirt shop is open!

Resident Chow "Lusso"

Resident Chow “Lusso”

Our last dinner together - John tanks everyone for a great tour and especially Alice for doing a great job as "back-marker"

Our last dinner together – John thanks everyone for a great tour and especially Alice for doing a fantastic job as “back-marker”

Tracey says some kind words of thanks to us for a great tour

Tracey says some kind words of thanks

The fun starts - Phil isn't impressed!

The fun starts – Phil isn’t impressed!

Our Mr & Mrs competition...a match!

Our Mr & Mrs competition…Rod & Jackie go first

Another match

Another match

Neil & Ann - no match!

Neil & Ann – no match!

It's a match!

It’s a match!

Vince & Tracey have a match

Vince & Tracey have a match

Another match

Another match

Peter & Phil take a turn!!!

Good sports Peter & Phil take a turn!!!

It's a match!

It’s a match!

No match!

No match!

And the winners are - Jackie & Rod!

And after a tie-break the winners are – Jackie & Rod!

Eddie says a few words of thanks as well

Eddie says a few words of thanks as well

Peter kicks off the joke telling

Peter kicks off the joke telling

Cecil & Frederick take turns...

Cecil & Frederick take turns…

So how did Ian know it was a marrow?!!!

So how did Ian know it was a marrow?!!!

Ian G takes a turn

Ian G takes a turn

David goes next

David goes next

Jen takes a turn

Then Jen

And another...

And another…

David again

David again

Steve takes a turn

Steve takes a turn

Neil's up next

Neil’s up next

Iain takes a turn

Then Iain

Not such a Secret Agent - Alice our back-marker!

Not such a Secret Agent – Alice our back-marker!

Everyone's up early the next day...

Everyone’s up early the next day…

to wave goodbye to Eddie & Julie

to wave goodbye to Eddie & Julie

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

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Heading back into the Picos

Heading back into the Picos

Alice in the twisties

Alice in the twisties

Our final coffee stop

Our final coffee stop

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David grabs 40 winks!

David grabs 40 winks!

Phil's knackered as well!!

Phil’s knackered as well!!

Iain on his Daytona 955

Iain on his Daytona 955

Ian H on his Versys 1000

Ian H on his Versys 1000

We finish off riding together to Santander

We finish off riding together on dual-carriageway to Santander

And that's it - we're at the port in good time for the ferry

And that’s it – we’re at the port in good time for the ferry

A brilliant tour with great weather too – thanks to everyone for the fun & laughs along the way – we look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.

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Thanks David !!!!!!