More of a quick jaunt than an adventure, but some interesting places visited, so perhaps worthy of a brief ride report. This was a 5-day trip for an eclectic group of 6 friends and co-workers, and [a first this year] a pillion-riding spouse [ Kate!] The trip started off with the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo in Brittany. The boat was big, clean and well-equipped, but the entertainment was not exactly Royal Variety Show calibre. Still, the more beer we had, the more we clapped. Kipping on the minuscule planks that passed for bunk beds was not so easy, so tip #1 is save your money and sleep on the reclining chairs instead. The following day was from St. Malo to Pornichet, on the coast between St. Nazaire and La Baule. 140-ish miles, no autoroutes, no Gendarmes, 1 speed camera, and splendid French D-roads made for an entertaining ride. Long straight roads bore me intensely, so we plan to avoid them. We did find a nice place to stop and brew up, at a lake near Gomené. We stopped for coffee and lunch at a café at a Marina on the river Vilaine, overlooking the tidal barrage at Arzal. They served extremely thin pizzas. :dg Lodging for the night was in Pornichet, and a mere 50 yards from the beach. It was a nice clean hotel, with secure underground parking for the bikes, decent food and the opportunity to splash around on the beach. The following morning we visited La Boule - Escoublac Commonwealth Military Cemetary. Heroes every one of them, but Serjeant T. F. Durrant VC is particularly noteworthy for he was not only awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during Operation Chariot, but he was recommended for the V.C. by an enemy officer. We then went to St. Nazaire to see the Normandie dry dock and the memorial at Place du Commando. There is also a memorial for the Lancastria here. Want to know how big the Normandie dry dock is? Jeremy Clarkson made a documentary about Operation Chariot. It is on youtube in six parts, here: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 It rained heavily all morning so we took a dual carriageway around Nantes and stopped to dry out over a coffee at a little café on the Loire. We then rode to a hotel in Gennes, as luck would have it fine for sleeping in, a garage for the bikes, and an excellent meal. The main attraction of the following day was the Chateau de Chenonceau. We moved north through Amboise and towards Le Mans, our next hotel being on the Le Mans 24-hour race track’s famous Mulsanne Straight. Another perfectly acceptable and good value hotel from the Logis de France book and again, excellent food. The following morning started with a couple of laps of the road section at Le Mans. My land-speed attempt on my ST1300 was spoiled by a myopic kamikaze Range Rover who pulled out in front of me while I was doing… well, enough about that. We then rode to Caen to catch the ferry home. There was the obligatory coffee stop. You’d think I’d have noticed the enormous ivy-clad lamp-post in the way of this church photo when I was taking it. One of those GPS moments took us a few miles along farm tracks. KTM? Never heard of them. And a longer stop at to visit the first place in France to be liberated on D-Day. A short blast to Caen, a ferry trip and a slog back home on awful British roads and that was it, for what was a very nice trip with excellent company.