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    Quote Originally Posted by Snelly55 View Post
    Looks like you had a tremendous trip. Great roads, good food and a few beers with the added bonus of nice weather. I wish I could have come along!

    If you are in that neck of the woods again, Collioure near Argeles sur Mer is absolutely lovely. Good roads on that coast too.

    Any chance you could post a map of your route? Or maybe I missed it?

    Thanks for sharing your trip though - great reading.
    It was really good.

    As for a map; no, don't have one.

    I did produce a daily list of way points as a guide & sent this to Rich.

    Each day, we would use the trip planner app on the Garmin XT, input some of the way points (the last one being our digs that day), then select one of the adventurous routing settings (the XT has 4 settings: none / mild / medium / max).

    Pressed start & away we went...the majority of the time it worked really well; a couple of time we did have slightly different routes, but nothing major to upset the ride each day.
    Bounce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post
    So...following another brilliant euro week away with Rich (thanks mate ), here's a summary (my opinion only) of the hotels we stayed at which others might find useful (Rich will no doubt share his views):

    Hotel du Parc Saumur Logis Elegance, 169 Avenue des Fusillés, 49400 Saumur, France
    Good: Bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); air conditioning; bar, terrace & restaurant; food; staff were excellent; facilities; large car park; wi-fi
    Bad: Poor water pressure in shower I’d agree with that, but didn’t notice the water pressure in the shower, as I was just happy to be there after nearly running out of petrol!


    Auberge Etchionia, Place du Fronton, Le Bourg 64220 Lasse, France
    Good: Bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); air conditioning; food & beer; staff; ate outside which was pleasant; quiet location
    Bad: Wi-fi not the best; small car park but ideal for 3 bikes
    The WiFi was fast enough for porn. That’s good enough for me.

    Hotel Le Picors, 6 Rue de Picors, 65400, Aucun, France
    Good: Bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); staff friendly; large car park (garage was available); wi-fi; booked standard dinner menu which was fine & food nice
    Bad: No air conditioning in the rooms; beer expensive (but nice)
    If you drank more, you wouldn’t have noticed the lack of air conditioning


    Parador de Vielha, Carretera Del Tunel, 25530, Vielha, Spain
    Good: Posh hotel; bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); air conditioning; nice balcony with mountain view; secure under cover parking; wi-fi; beer; facilities
    Bad: Food average
    Spanish food is shit, so that was to be expected


    Hotel du Lac, Lieu dit Labarre, Foix, 09000, France
    Good: Bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); nice balcony with river view; parking under cover for the bikes; owner is a biker; staff superb; bar, terrace & restaurant; food lovely; wi-fi good
    Bad: Nothing from me
    One of my favourites


    Logis Hostellerie Saint Jacques, Le Bourg, 24470, France
    Good: Quirky hotel; bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); terrace, restaurant & gardens; food nice;
    Bad: Breakfast & beer expensive; wi-fi poor; car park is a gravel trap - we parked on the main road opposite the hotel; my air conditioning did work but was a bit slow This was my favourite. Thanks for letting me explore the gravel car park down the hill!


    Logis Hotel Arbor Auberge de Mulsanne, D338 Route de Tours, 72230, Mulsanne, France
    Good: Bedroom & bathroom (with shower gel/shampoo); large secure car park; pool; bar & restaurant; food nice; staff friendly-ish; location on the 24h road circuit
    Bad: Beer expensive (but nice); no air conditioning I liked this place. The waitress had potential, until she took her mask off! Air con would have been good, especially given the location
    We did well on the hotels this year overall, and you really can’t go wrong with a Logis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post
    It was really good.

    As for a map; no, don't have one.

    I did produce a daily list of way points as a guide & sent this to Rich.

    Each day, we would use the trip planner app on the Garmin XT, input some of the way points (the last one being our digs that day), then select one of the adventurous routing settings (the XT has 4 settings: none / mild / medium / max).

    Pressed start & away we went...the majority of the time it worked really well; a couple of time we did have slightly different routes, but nothing major to upset the ride each day.
    For us, this is the best way of doing things. I’ve no desire to sit in front of a computer for days planning a trip, only to discover road closures/ resurfacing etc on the trip.

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