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Hi all,
Tracy and I have now had the motorhome for just over a year, last year just after buying it we went to Brittany for 2 weeks and enjoyed it very much. 

This year we decided to go a little further south as we have always wanted to go to La Rochelle, the van was loaded and the trailer attached. I only took a few pics but though i'd share them with you.

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We used the DFDS ferry as it was far cheaper then the using tunnel, having the trailer makes the cost of the tunnel well over £300 compared to £224 for the ferry. 
The first site we stayed at was at Chatelaillon-Plaige, a few miles south of La Rochelle, but having the bike with us made it so easy to go exploring.

One of our favourite places, was the island of Ile-de-Rae  and in particular the main town Saint-Martin-de-Rae.

There were two nice Harley's parked to the left of my Yamaha MT10 in this picture, but more passers by stopped and admired mine than the Harley's. 
The other benefit of the motorcycle compared to a car is you can park pretty much anywhere.
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Quick selfie
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We stopped at Chatelaillon-Plaige for 5 nights then made our way north to Notre-Dame-de-Monts, another lovely coastal town.
From here we visited another island called Noirmoutier-en-lile

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So over the course of 2 weeks we visited some lovely places, ate at some lovely restaurants and drank lots of lovely wine and beer.
The motorhome performed faultlessly. 
Now to plan next years trip, probably going east to Austria, brexit permitting. 






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Very nice Mark, and a good looking MH.

We went a similar way last year and also went around Ile de Rae as we were unable to stop anywhere sensible with the MH. Having a bike makes for a nicer means of travel.

And why would they want to check out the slow, noisy shiny stuff when there’s a proper bike for them to look over? 😎


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Sounds a great trip. How do you find towing the bike? Is there room for it on the aires? Reversing?
Guess you are still working as you were limited to 2 weeks.

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My ideal would once have been to tow across to the Alps and have plenty of days out exploring all the passes. I’ve done all of the major ones and quite a few of the lesser ones. I’ve got a book stashed away somewhere that lists all of the navigable roads and their heights and have achieved a large number of them. It would be so much nicer having a mobile overnight stop to allow for far better coverage rather than mad dash rush to get around them. Especially these days as the Swiss, in common with many other countries, are getting a lot tougher with motorcycles playing on their twisties. We used to use a small hotel in Andermatt as a base as it is so close to the major through routes, and so the Susten, Grimsel, Furka, Oberalp and St.Gotthard passes were regulars, and of course the highest and most desirable. Getting your travel dates correct is a must as all of them can be closed by snow from November to June.
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Sounds a great trip. How do you find towing the bike? Is there room for it on the aires? Reversing?
Guess you are still working as you were limited to 2 weeks.


It tows really well, the trailer is great it only weighs 65kilo and folds up small enough to go into the boot of a car.
I can reverse it but tend to plan ahead so that I don't need to. It's very easy to unhitch it and push around. It's so well balanced even with my bike at 200 kilo I can push the trailer around quite comfortably.

We don't use use aires, prefer the facilities of camp sites.

Yes I am still working but plan to retire in a couple of years.

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I have biked through the Alps, not as much as your good self, but certainly plan on doing more in the future, especially now we have the motorhome and can take the bike with us.
Tracy and I love Austria and Italy so plan on spending lots of time there

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I wish I could too, but although Molly would love to come with me she hasn’t yet learned how to ride pillion, so no more biking for me.
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