Trans Pyrenees Trip – Day 3

I woke up slightly confused as it is day 3 of the trip but day 1 on the bikes. Clearly nothing to do with the wine and beer consumed last night. What's that saying? "Grape or grain, but never the twain". I'm not sure that is scientifically correct but I am a great believer in the other twain - namely Mark - who reportedly said "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." We had plenty of the former and not much of the latter - but start we...

Continue Reading

Trans Pyrenees Trip – Day 2

After the excitement of yesterday, today was a much quieter affair. Even the GPS couldn't be bothered to work until we got to Le Broc. Just about all of the day was spent in the van - 2 hours driving, 4 hours off. Dr Chris has an encyclopedic knowledge of every place we sped past. We broke up the boredom of the autoroute by spending time quizzing on 1970's and 80's British rugby union players who had played for various French sides in the regions we passed through. I got precisely nul...

Continue Reading

Trans Pyrenees Trip – Day 1

Like most things involving middle aged men, it started with a chat in a pub. David and me were discussing the merits of using a transit van to transport our off-road bikes away from the confines of the UK. We'd previously taken large adventure bikes to Norway and Morocco and found them less than ideal when venturing off-road. They were great to get you there but severely compromised once there - too heavy, beyond my skill level and always conscious that if they broke then how did one get...

Continue Reading