Two girls and their Mum get on their bikes (2008/10)

After my first venture abroad last Easter with one of my teenage daughters as pillion, she was inspired to learn to ride a motorbike and this summer did her first tour abroad on her little Yamaha 125 SR. 
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We took an overnight car ferry from Portsmouth arriving in Le Havre the following morning, well rested and ready for a day’s ride across Normandy.  Having trailed around small winding country lanes on the Isle of Wight, Caley found the French roads much easier and set a good pace.  Her younger sister rode pillion with me, i-pod firmly implanted and singing along when she wasn’t nodding off. 


Our first night’s camp was at Hauteville-Sur-Mer on the west coast of Normandy to meet up with their elder sister and a friend who happened to be celebrating his 20th birthday.  Riding with a sat nav we always avoided the motorways and had a lot of fun riding through picturesque villages and picking our way through towns when we felt like it, always secure in the knowledge that ‘Tom Tom’ would guide us on our way when we were ready. 





From Hauteville we headed south towards La Rochelle or more specifically Isle de Re, stopping enroute at a beautiful little camp site on the banks of the Loire.Active Image



From La Rochelle we continued south through Les Landes de Gascogne district before heading inland towards the Pyrenees crossing the most spectacular scenery that even stopped Rhian from nodding off behind me.  (Fortunately she always seemed to jolt awake just in time giving the bike a little wobble as she came to!)
In Les Landes we managed to find time for a downstream canoeing trip and later, a white rafting excursion in the Pyrenees.  Not forgetting a bit of culture at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao before a very relaxing voyage back to Portsmouth on the ‘Pride of Bilbao’ after 14 days and 1400 miles

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