My Motorbike Honeymoon
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My Motorbike Honeymoon

Riding through a new country on a motorbike with nothing between you and the scenery is an amazing feeling. To be able to share that with someone is not always possible, but when you do get the chance, take it. I got that chance when my wife mentioned during the planning stages of our wedding and honeymoon that she would like to do something different for our honeymoon. That something different, she mentioned, was touring on the bike. I was over the moon! I would get to share my life long passion with my wife to be!

Planning, planning, planning.......

We were to get married in March 2012 and decided to plan the trip to be 3 weeks, from the end of May and into the first week of June. We bought various travel books for places that we would like to go, and eventually narrowed our trip down to Northern Spain and then zig zag our way through from the South to the North of France. We booked the ferry to take us from Plymouth in the UK, across to Santander in Spain, a journey that would take the best part of 24 hours.

We then set about sorting an itinerary. We would cover approximately 250-300 miles per day, stopping at places of interest along the way, and staying at a different hotel every night for the first 2 weeks. For the third week, we booked a lovely cottage to stay at on the Northern coast of France to relax and unwind.

The trip.....

We started off on our journey down from home towards the South coast and to the awaiting ferry. Once there, we were greeted by hundreds of fellow bikers waiting to board the same ship. The journey across was one full of excitement and didn't really get much sleep on board the ferry. When we got closer to Spain though, we were greeted by weather that we certainly hadn't expected. It was torrential rain! We trundled through Spain, soggy and slightly dampened spirits, but knew we had 3 weeks to look forward to and it couldn't stay like this the whole time, surely!

We spent 1 night in Spain and then set off for the French border. Suddenly the weather turned and things were looking up! The next couple of weeks were truly some of the most breathtaking days that I have spent on a bike, and being able to share that with my wife on the back of the bike with me is something I'll remember forever. It's something that we both keep talking about and that we plan on doing again sometime in the not too distant future hopefully.

The third week in Normandy, threw us an unexpected surprise. Especially for me, being a history lover. It was the D-Day celebration week, so our whole week there, we saw various reenactments, shows, old vehicles and just great camaraderie everywhere. It really was the highlight of the trip for me, just finishing off an all round great period in my life. With the exception of that Spanish welcome of course!

Graeme


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