It is with mixed emotions we announce that we have sold Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours (house and business etc) to Abby and Kevin Birch who will take over from us on 1 March 2016.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stayed with and made our time hosting the B&B and tours such a memorable and happy experience. It has been a pleasure meeting so many interesting and diverse bikers, many of whom we can truly call friends.
Before we are too old we thought we should have another adventure, this time on the other side of the world, New Zealand!
Keen bikers Abby and Kevin have had many years experience touring Europe and especially the Pyrenees, having stayed with us many times over the six years we have been operating in Vielle-Adour. We feel sure that PMT is in safe hands and will continue to provide good value accommodation and service in this part of South West France. For those of you who have made a booking and paid deposits, all of these payments have been forwarded onto Abby and Kevin and all bookings will be honoured.
If you would like to keep in touch our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now we would like to introduce Abby and Kevin Birch!
Firstly we would like to say a huge thank you to Phil and Belinda for their vision and hospitality over the years at Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours, we have big shoes to fill! We have always loved staying with them and we hope to be able to continue to offer the same relaxed atmosphere they have lovingly created.
We are very excited about taking over PMT as we are both mad keen bikers, even biking to Venice on our honeymoon. Although we have travelled extensively around Europe we love it here in the Pyrenees and found ourselves returning over and over.
After we had our son Edward we wanted continue to keep our petrol heads entertained so we started looking for a B&B to call home where we could welcome bikers. When we heard about Phil and Belinda’s new adventure there wasn’t a comparison and we jumped at the chance.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming those who have already booked for this year and we hope to meet many more of you in the future.
Abby, Kevin and Ed
On my way to Toulouse at 7am last November, I unexpectedly found myself sliding down the road, luckily the bike went first followed closely by me, no other vehicles were involved. Once I was back on my feet a quick phone call to ‘mission control’, who was still tucked up in bed, resulted in car and trailer arriving toute suite.
Unable to push the bike out of the ditch, so Belinda towed it out while I kept it upright.
Back in the workshop nothing that couldn’t be repaired with a tin of filler, a few cans of paint, mud guard and side panel.
Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours is based in the village of Vielle-Adour, South West France, in the region of Midi-Pyrenees, department Hautes-Pyrenees, district of Tarbes, the village Marie is Jean-Christian Danos. At an altitude of 407m (min) to 558m (max), we live here with 501 other habitants. The Canal d’Alaric flows all year round through the village, fed by the main Adour river, the source of which is Pic du Midi (Col de Tourmalet) and flows into the Atlantic Ocean through Bayonne.
The 2015 Tour de France route was announced at the ‘Palais des Congrès’ in Paris yesterday, being the 102th tour. Good news for us, the tour will be in the regions for three days, busy times ahead 🙂
We often get asked ‘what is the weather like’? or ‘when is the best time to visit the Pyrenees’?
October, again, has been a beautiful month with temperature in the high 20’s, Monday it was 30 degrees, what more can we say.
Here are selection of photos taken in Bagneres this afternoon.
Equestria is a horse event held in Tarbes each year, this was the 20th anniversary, with the admission charge being only 3€ it was a good way to spend a sunny afternoon.
The past few days have been dominated with cycling events in the Pyrenees. It all started Sunday with the l’Étape du Tour where 13,000 cyclists had registered to ride the 18th stage of Le Tour de France. Jan and Jack who were staying with us had been training to take part, they arrived in Pau at 7am for the early start. Weather conditions on the approach to Col du Tourmalet steadily worsened with rain and cold winds, the temperature dropped down to about 5 degrees, only 8500 crossed the finish line of l’Étape at Hautacam.
Tuesday: Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours did a tour of the route with Andy, Nancy and Will, riding the 145km, from Pau to Hautacam.
Wednesday: We watched Le Tour from St. Beat and then moved onto Bagnéres-de-Luchon.
Thursday: Just a short ride from Vielle-Adour to Cote de Loucrup to watch Stage 18 of Le Tour, this was a category 3 climb over 3.2km.
We met Stuart two years ago at a wedding in Turkey and he thought he would like to do some walking in the Pyrenees and so came to stay with us last week with three friends.
First day was a local walk being as they hadn’t had any sleep the previous night due to an early flight.
Second day was a walk to the summit of Pic du Montaigu 2339m, we were lucky with the weather as there was a thunderstorm in the area and the cloud followed us up the mountain but didn’t affect us too much.
Day three we tried to walk up to Pic du Midi but heavy deposits of snow blocked our way and we were not equipped with snow shoes so had to turn back early,
A good time was had by all and I for one was surprised at how unfit I am (Mr PMT).
Phils son Ed is with us for the week from Australia and he has missed riding roads with bends and free from kangaroos.
A brief run down on the priority to the right law in France. Basically in designated areas traffic entering your route from the right can have priority over you. It goes without saying, ignore this rule and come up against Jean-Claude entering your assumed “right of way” in his 2CV or 4X4, YOU will come off worse and be breaking the law of the road to boot.
First sign to be aware of is this one, the yellow diamond with a white border and a black line passing through it diagonally and means you are no longer on a priority road and is normally next to the village or town sign which incidentally also doubles up as the 50kph speed limit.
Next is this one and probably one of the most important signs you will come across in France. This sign indicates PRIORITY TO THE RIGHT at the next junction, even though it is a cross which we think of as cross roads it can equally be a ‘T’ junction.
So you approach the junction, often blind, slow down, prepare to stop and check for oncoming traffic, that’s it! Job done!
Lastly, normally on exiting the village you will see this sign, a yellow diamond with a white border, this means end of priority to the right, your road has priority….. also note the village sign with a diagonal black line through it, you are leaving the village’s 50kph zone.
Next point and just as important is this rule exists in towns and cities. Each junction is to be judged on its own merits. Look for a give way or stop signs on the junction, easier to spot these signs than the paint on the road as that is often worn away and more difficult to see. Other things to look out for are amber flashing lights suspended over or the approach to junctions, they normally indicate danger, priority to the right or something else.
One more treat in store is a ‘priority to the right’ roundabout. Not so many of these about for one obvious reason, they don’t work. Think about it, if it was busy, traffic already on the roundabout must give way to vehicles entering the roundabout on their right hand side, so ultimately the roundabout will block itself up.