On the 2nd, 3rd & 4th May a group of fourteen bikers on eleven motorbikes headed for Normandy for our second battlefield tour over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We met up at the Travelodge in Portsmouth on Friday night for a beer and chat before catching an early ferry the following morning over the France.
We were very lucky with the weather, the forecast had been for a wet weekend and we had warm sunny afternoons. The worst rain we encountered was the ride home when we got back to England.
The trip went more or less to plan, we visited the site of two small Canadian cemeteries and the larger British cemetery in Bayeux plus the German War Cemetery in La Cambe. Making good use of the coach park at Bayeux we visited four museums.
One of the highlights of the trip was the Bunker Tour at Juno Beach which we had been booked in advance.
Lunch stops were always good as were the two evening meals out.
It was a very social weekend with a good crowd who got on well; the overall mileage was low, with a little more than 100 miles covered in France on mostly back roads and narrow lanes.
The battlefield tour has been successful now and I am now planning next year’s tour to the 1st World War Somme Battlefields. The itinerary is still to be worked out, however it should be a good trip as next year is the 100th anniversary of the Somme. For those that are interested in going next year, please leave the first Bank Holiday in May free in 2016 for the trip, the dates being 30th April, 1st & 2nd May 2016.
Many thanks to Neil for all his hard work in researching and pre-booking for these trips. They are proving to be an important part of the DWDAM calendar.
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