The Pyrenees September 2014

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Postby skunkyd » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:54 am

As a few of you know, Dave, Ant and I booked to go trail riding with Chris Evans Sport Adventure in the Pyrenees

http://www.sport-adventure.com/pyreneestour.html

This is the second time I’ve ridden with Chris (3rd time for Ant & Dave) and I got to say the organisation and riding are second to none.

This year though we had a dilemma, usually we use a chap based in Maidstone to ship our bikes down to the south of France, but this time around, due to insurance issues and age, John was unable to offer this service, so, contingency plan ‘a’, we’ll drive down then!!

Anyway, in normal style I issued Dave with the logistics:

Sunday 31st August.
Depart Narborough 0830 to Folkestone 177 miles / 3 hours
Arrive Folkestone 1130 (check in closes 1150)
Tunnel crossing booked for 1220
Arrive Calais 1355 local time
Depart Calais to Le Mans, 263 miles / 4 hours
Arrive Le Mans 1800
2 x rooms booked at the Kyriad Le Mans, 345 Avenue Bollee, Zac Gazonfier, Le Mans, 7200, France.

Monday 1st September
Depart Le Mans to Saint Palais (Hotel de la Paix, 333 Rue du Jeu Paume, 64120, Saint Palais). 404 miles / 6 hours.
Arrive at hotel pm.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday hosted by Chris Evans

Additional Monday and Thursday nights staying at Hotel de la Paix.

Friday 5th September
Depart Saint Palais 0700 to Calais 666 miles / 9 hours 45 mins. (Allowing an hour for lunch/comfort breaks along the way)
Tunnel crossing booked for 1850 (check in closes 1820).
Arrive Folkestone 1825 local time.
Folkestone to Narborough 177 miles / 3 hours.

I must confess, even though I spend a lot of time on the road through my job, driving through France on the motorways seemed to go on for ever, even more so on the way back as we did it in one go (leaving at 0700 and arriving in Narborough 2145), two hours on, two hours off, and for comfort (we think hygiene) reasons Ant flew via Biarritz both ways.

The riding Chris Evans offers is very different to the UK, one of the main reasons for this being that France does not have the same ROW set up we do, in a lot of cases we were riding on private tracks with permissions being negotiated prior to our arrival.

Day 1 involved a loop which started and finished at Saint Palais, day 2 took us south towards the French / Spanish boarder staying at a hotel called Artzain Du Etchea (Ottarrenia) before returning back of different trails to Saint Palais.

Lunch stops were in villages I’ve never heard of but were all fantastic, I’m unsure if September is ‘month of the duck’ as we had it for lunch every day. One thing I did notice though was how friendly all of the locals were, my experiences of France are very much based around Paris where the attitude is on par with London!

In a nutshell, would I recommend these trips, yes I would, great value for money plus you never know who you’re going to meet, in my case two lads who used to work at Massey Ferguson in 1994! In absolute coincidence they were on both a 2012 and 2014 Chris Evans trip, plus there were some lads from the Isle Of Man who told us to get in touch the next time we’re over........

Anyway, here’s a few highlights from our trip...


http://vimeo.com/107856479
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Postby Tonibe63 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:21 am

:clap: :clap: :clap:
Looks a great trip Rob, thanks for posting up :handgestures-thumbup:
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Postby PaulG » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:18 pm

Looks absolutely brilliant :clap: :clap: :clap:
what a rare fantastic off :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby skunkyd » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:27 pm

PaulG wrote:Looks absolutely brilliant :clap: :clap: :clap:
what a rare fantastic off :lol: :lol: :lol:


That's the beauty of video editing Paul ;)
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Postby chris426f » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:01 pm

Must be strange following someone (Ant) Rob...... ;)

Looked a great ride. Great vid.
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Postby skunkyd » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:16 pm

He did a cracking job Chris, would highly recommend him for 2015:)
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