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Friends With Food

By Bogger

Sunday Day Five

Todays mission should we choose to accept it, is, to travel back up the coast from Bayeux to a small village called Epretot. Some eighty miles away, not far from Le Havre. But why? Well a couple of weeks before the trip I’d rung my French pal, Ronan. We’d had a natter about the forthcoming trip. He told me about him taking a week off work to show us around. 

He said he would ride up from Malestroit and we were all invited to stay at his sister's house in Epretot. Whilst talking to him I gave this some thought and suggested that just I would meet him on route to his sister's house and I would stay.

There were a couple of reasons for this. Firstly I didn’t think it was fair to all rock up at his sister's place and take over the house and secondly I didn’t want to commit the others lads to de-camp and ride in the opposite intended direction of Brittany. He understood and I was to meet him at Pont L’eveque, thirty miles from his sister's place. Fatboy was in tow as he was heading back home as he had already planned another holiday away with his family, thus cutting this one short.

So, me and Fatboy set off at 8.30am for our French rendezvous at Pont L’Eveque, leaving Nige and Jason to do their own thing in Bayeux. As it happened they went to see the Tapestry.

Myself and Fatboy expected to meet Ronan's sister and her husband. There were thirteen people including us for an afternoon barbecue and drinking session. My head was hurting from trying to tune in to the French language and understand snippets of what they were all talking about. We had a brilliant afternoon and evening and they couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming. It was a bit humbling really.

An old wooden frame house set among trees in France. Cars and bikes are in the driveway
We've just arrived, how lovely.
More of the timber framed house
This is Ronan's sister's place.
A strange contraption made from metal and string and bobbins and wheels
The Do Everything Machine.
A montage of the amazing food and drink that Bogger enjoyed that evening
Fantastic and humbling food from the hosts.


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La France Day 1 Bogger provides an acceptable excuse for going to France but the first day of this adventure sees them in Dorking. Dorking is not in France but it does have the best beer garden ever. Apparently.
The Ferry and France There's a ferry then there's some getting lost then there's some drinking. It seems there's an ongoing theme to this tale that involves alcohol. This time beautiful Bayeux hosts the liver apocalypse.
Normandy Beaches And Booze Bogger and his entourage might have been to the D-Day beaches before but there's still more to see and do. They might have been tipsy before too but that won't stop them joining the locals for a round or 6.
Dead Man's Corner (And Less Beer) Bogger and the crew take in a WW2 museum but have to curtail the rest of the day due to unforeseen circumstances. Not to worry, there will surely be more alcohol to soften the blow.
Friends With Food The group temporarily fragments while Bogger and Fatboy visit Bogger's French friend. Food abounds all around and of course there's a beer or two to wash it all down.
Miles And Mates Coming And Going There's people leaving, people joining, lots of riding and well wouldn't you know it - some beer! There's a crew change and a location change for Bogger today.
Cars, Motorcycles, Engines, Nap Time And More Beer Bogger and pals (both French and English) take in the splendours of an automobile museum. There's a lot of lovely cars, a few motorcycles and one napping Bogger on display for all to see.
More Of Everything That Bogger Enjoys Guess what? Bogger's et al are riding motorcycles, visiting museums, eating, and drinking all of Brittany's fabulous hospitality. Poor Bogger, it's a hard life.

Reader's Comments

Upt'North ยน said :-
That looks very French indeed, as French as a cockrel pecking a baguette.
Did Ed have a hand in the making of that Do Everything Machine, it's got his signature all over it like a rash.
Upt'North.

29/09/2022 18:56:16 UTC
Bogger said :-
It was extremely French and very nice indeed. Epretot is like travelling back in time. Ronan mon French ami is the chap in the white top.

Bogger
29/09/2022 20:02:06 UTC

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