1 This is the total tour that we made together (1390km) Gunnar who drove from/to Sweden did in total 4539km, Heinz 2232km and Bertil, who continued to Portugal, did in total 3026km.
2 First day, Route de Cretes down to Besancon, 246 km, sometimes in heavy rain. Heinz couldn't join the first day, since his luggage from Moscow got stuck, probably in Frankfurt.
3 Getting ready at Heinz place in Limersheim. Heinz came from Moscow, Gunnar from Sweden and Bertil from Portugal.
4 Jean Pfister came by, to wish us a nice tour.
5 First night, Logis des 3 Iles Hotel in Chalezeule
6 We checked in to Logis des 3 Iles Hotel in Chalezeule, close to Besancon.
7 Always nice with a beer, after a long drive.
8 We had a nice dinner at the hotel.
9 Day 2, 337km. We met Heinz at lunchtime, in Cercié. We arrived to a nice Bed & Breakfast in Boën-sur-Lignon, owned by a biker.
10 Getting ready for the second day. Logis des 3 Iles Hotel in Chalezeule
11 We met Heinz in Cercié at lunchtime.
12 Here we just went over the river La Loire, the longest river in France.
13 The owner of the Bed & Breakfast, invited us for a beer in his kitchen.
14 A nice whiskey, with a smell of wet boots.....
15 A very nice Bed & Breakfast, with very personal decorations.
16 The owner made room for our bikes in his garage.
17 We went to San Lorenzo Pizzeria, in Boën-sur-Lignon and got probably the best pizza, we ever got.
19 3 happy guys !
20 Day 3. 286km with very nice roads.
21 Col du Beal 1390m. Heinz has luggage to go through a Russian Winter / the Swedish guy just needs his bike and tools!
22 Col du Beal 1390m. Bikers are busy, but the bikes seem to enjoy the beautiful view.
23 Col du Beal 1390m
24 Col du Beal 1390m. The 2 yellow helmets very visible all over France.
25 The daily prayer.....or air-pressuer check-up....or both?
26 Is it whiskey or gas in the red bottle?
27 Just outside Vic le Comte. Hey Heinz, did you see my snuff……(hope we will not get into crises!)
28 Just outside Vic le Comte.
29 Lunch stop in a nice restaurant with magnificent view.
30 Could the view from a lunch table, be better?
31 Not a bad lunch !
32 Heinz remains in biking position also when he is off the bike……..
33 You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding.
34 Heinz is looking for the sun….I was sure I packed it before I left…….
35 Looks cold here....sometimes, on high altitudes, the temperature was around 4-6 degrees.
36 Gunnar, The Navigator !
37 Heinz....our clown !
38 We were the only ones at this weather on this pass, no people, not even any animals…….
39 Heinz seems to find the sun in his luggage and …..traces of BLUE SKY!!
40 Puy de Sancy the highest mountain in the Massif Central, 1886m.
41 The area of Des Volcans D`Auvergne.
42 The KTM guy ! The area of Des Volcans D`Auvergne.
43 The area of Des Volcans D`Auvergne. No road is too long, if you have good company!
44 We tried everything of living.....from Gites to castles....Here B&B in Se´gur Les Villas.
45 Day 4, 257km
46 We are looking for the sun again, where did we loose it?
47 Beautiful biking roads and impressive old bridges.
48 The river of Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans.
49 The bridge over the Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans.
50 The river of Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans
51 The river of Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans.....….Rush hour
52 The river of Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans.
53 The river of Lac Du Barrage de Sarrans. Sometimes I just sit and stare at my bike.....that bitch is sexy!
54 The bridge over the river La Truyere.
55 Just a moment.....just a moment....Moscow's calling.....When life gets complicated....go ride!
56 Again and again impressed by the roads Gunnar found, just beautiful to drive!
57 VERY nice bridges!
58 This road was nearly unbeatable for bikers. Four wheels may get you there, but two wheels will make the journey memorable!
59 The Barrage at the river of Lac de Maury.
60 Château de la Falque in Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, a very nice hotel !
61 The management of the Chateau has prepared everything for our afternoon tee.
62 We got a nice protected spot for our bikes.
63 We need to speak to the manager – grass needs cutting!
64 Actually we were swimming in there, but they closed the view, too many visiters!
66 Saint-Geniez-d'Olt. We could not find out that afternoon if this was a ghost-town or a real city – NO ONE on the street!
67 Saint-Geniez-d'Olt. May be it was a hidden prison?
68 Saint-Geniez-d'Olt. But someone must obviously water the flowers,…..
69 Day 5, 264km
70 Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat!
71 Bikers have more fun, than people do!
72 We were considering buying the place, it’s a perfect stop in between Portugal and Sweden.
73 The new owners of the castle......
74 Quick lunch in the small village Villefort.
75 Heinz had to give instructions how to use the camera….
76 Just above the small village Florac.
77 At the road D907 near the river Le Tarn, had to stop to clear the road from traffic...
78 It worked!
79 Another luxury hotel, Grand Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier, close to La Muse Saint-Pal
80 Grand Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier / from the back side
81 We had a VERY nice dinner !
82 Real energy intake for a biker!
83 Day 5, 132km. We went all to Milau and had lunch together. After this, Bertil went south and Gunnar & Heinz went north.
84 Great day with great views!
85 Le mont Aigoual est un sommet situé dans le sud du Massif central, à la limite entre les départements du Gard et de la Lozère. Il culmine à 1 565 mètres d'altitude.
86 Gunnar enjoys sunshine and view!
87 Anyone can tell me how to get out?
88 The Millau Viaduct is really an impressive building!
89 The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the gorge valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is the tallest bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343.0 metres above the base of the structure.
90 Gunnar is HAPPY not to continue with the Camper.
91 Young Guys with OLD Bridge.
92 life is clearly better WITH sunshine!
93 Our last lunch together....McDonalds! After this, Bertil went to Portugal and Heinz & Gunnar to the north. Here is a video from the trip Open video here If you want to view other bike trips from the past Click here