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Si vous partagez comme nous l'amour du monde de la moto et des voyages alors vous aimerez vous laisser transporter dans nos escapades moto et nos coups de coeur.....
Vous y retrouverez toutes nos idées et propositions de road trip à moto mais aussi des conseils pour préparer vos futurs voyages moto.

Géovélo tu connais ?

 

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Geovelo
 est une application mobile de navigation à vélo. Elle vise à faciliter la planification des trajets à vélo pour les cyclistes, à encourager la pratique du vélo et à contribuer à l'amélioration des infrastructures cyclables. Gratuite et sans publicité, l'application est développée à Tours et est disponible sur les plateformes iOS et Android.

Et nous avons créé plusieurs circuits afin de vous faciliter votre journée ! L’idée est simple, vous louer votre vélo chez Ride in Tours, vous allumer l’application Géovelo, vous choisissez le circuit qui vous plait le plus et vous vous laissez guidé par l’application.

Plutôt simple ! Et pour avoir toutes actualité et nouveauté que nous proposons rejoignez-nous ! et entrez le code CXEGASR

Réglage préconisé, itinéraire touristique ! c’est important pour rester sur les routes que l’on vous préconise

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Mad Nomad motorcycle adventure RTW : The kindness of strangers

Mad Nomad motorcycle adventure RTW : The kindness of strangers

I’ve been travelling on motorcycles ever since I got my licence 15 years ago at the age of 17. I started by riding all over the UK, but pretty soon that felt too small and so I headed to France…

On my first big trip, I landed in Calais, rode off the ferry, got lost within 5 minutes and pulled over into a quiet country layby. I had no idea where I was going, where I would stay that night or which road to take (I forgot to buy a map). There was a Frenchman in his car not far from me.

I walked over and asked if he could point me in the right direction. This stranger was the very first person I spoke to while motorcycling abroad…

He pulled out his phone and called his daughter. Told me that he had a business meeting to go to, but that his daughter would be here in five minutes and that I should follow her car back to their house where I could stay the night.

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A ride in D-Day Normandy

A ride in D-Day Normandy

To reach Normandy from the Loire valley on a motorcycle, I would have thought a Harley would have been more logical. Not Necessarily the U.S. Army old model , the WL750 called "Liberator" is a bit too rustic, but bike like the Fat Boy would have been ok for me. I even thought for a second to take my Harley 1200 XL Forty Eight. Never mind, I’ll rather go with my old faithful BMW R 1200 GS, the bike I know best although it’s a german bike...

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Everything is alright and to reach the coast by Le Mans and Lisieux is a formality. Everything is good, right, except this fall’s sky in which are jostling very threatening clouds. They are coming closer to me, not at the rhythm of the drum,  but at the one of a thunder.  And the usual scenario is repeating endlessly : one drop, then one second and before I have the chance to count the third one , it’s a real flooding that drops on me. Should I recognize a symbol of the landing ?. In my opinion, I am luckiest than those soldiers, who came here to be killed. As a replacement of heavy artillery, I will only get water on me. Fortunately, this rain will be as short as suddenly. But that was enough to wet me to the bones. Nevertheless in a tenth of a second, I measure all the happiness of being able to go to this green Normandy's landscape on autumn 2018, but not on June 1944.

After several coffee breaks, and nearly 300 km telling myself how much I love this old motorcycle despite the fact that I have all the new models of BMW in my garage.  I finally arrived at St Laurent sur Mer, where the Landing took place.

Here is finally the famous Omaha Beach. The beach is empty and is so long, so impressive, and so calm. It's hard to imagine that 75 years ago, one of the most deadliest episodes of the Battle of Normandy took place here. It is not possible not to think about the movie scenes of the "Longest Day" or "Saving Private Ryan".  We suddenly realize even through those movies, the hell lived by those young soldiers. The night is falling on the english Channel, and we’re about to reach our hotel, time to go back to the bike... Now, I can say that I am one of those who’ve seen Americans people on Omaha Beach.

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Crossing the Pyrénées on motorcycle

Crossing the Pyrénées on motorcycle

Pyrénées, the most authentic mountain ranges of France, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, it's 500 km as the crow flies. Riding it with your motorcycle count at least double, while roads turns as much as you can wish!.

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The departure is given on the Basque coast, in Saint Jean de Luz, on Jar Alai day, the sardine festival. The BMW 1200 GS harnessed like a trading post horse, is ready to roam 1200 km of road eastbound towards the Mediterranean. When one plunge in Basque County and moves away from the sea, the traffic weakens and the Basque soul is revealed. Our first step is short, we stop in Ainhoa, who has the label of "most beautiful villages in France".

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In the middle of the white houses with green or red facings, we find the famous walls of Basque pelota where the chistera will soon be handled by pelotaris. Indeed, on the 15th of August, the celebrations are in full swing from the Landes region and the feria of Dax and extends to small communities lost to the hinterland of the Rhune where everywhere you’ll find competing Basque pelota or force play competitions .

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A ride in Western Provence

A ride in Western Provence

A motorcycle ride in the heart of high Provence !

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From olive oil to melons and the local wine, the first step of our motorcycle journey takes us in the tracks of this generous wilderness that has always been renowned in Provençal cuisine. 

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From Avignon,the major town of Vaucluse county, we follow the road signs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The village is home of the remains of a castle that was used as a second residency for the Popes. But it is especially due to its wine ranked among the 13 grands crus côtes du Rhône , that Châteauneuf-du-Pape owes its fame. We continue our provence bike roadtrip by taking a portion of the scenic wine road of the Côtes-du-Rhône until Châteauneuf de Gadagne). The wine cellars are numerous, a good opportunity to improve  our wine culture knowledge and gratify our nose and palate. We leave the country road n°6 near Noves to reach Saint Rémy-de-Provence. This typical village of provence that marks the boundaries with the mountain range of Alpilles, a vast set of small mountains with white and rocky peaks. They surround extremely fertile lands , struck all day long by the sun. 

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