A week in Marciac at the International Tandem Rally
After six nights in Toulouse we loaded up the Pino and headed for the airport. Finding a cycle route to reach it wasn’t the easiest task. We ended up on the wrong side of a motorway and there didn’t seem to be a way across it. Eventually I spotted a crossing on the map – indicating it was a cycle path, but when we got there, there were steps! I had seen a road underpass earlier, so we doubled back and went through there.
At the airport I left Karon with the bike out of sight of the Avis office. I didn’t want them to see me trying to cram everything into their brand-new Ford Kuga. Once I had the car, I moved it to a spot hidden from the office then went and found Karon and the bike. I dropped the rear seats and covered it all with our tarpaulin then by removing the front boom, we managed to get everything in.
At the end of the rally, on the Friday evening, we had a big BBQ party in the outbuilding by the campsite. On the Saturday we all started going our separate ways. Karon and I loaded the car again and drove to the north coast via Bordeaux and a nice little B&B at a place called La Chapelle Saint Laurent. It was out in the sticks and run by an English couple, with the chap being a very good chef. We stopped again at a hotel in Laval then reached the coast at Luc sur Mer, not far from the ferry port. We had about four nights here before our ferry, so the next day I took the Pino in the back of the car to drop the car off at Caen Airport, then I rode the bike back to our hotel. We spend the next few days exploring the coast and heading inland to Caen to see the castle and Bayeux where we went to look at the tapestry.