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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JMead11, Mar 7, 2014.
It was only a matter of time though, only a matter of time before I got to the Pegasus Bridge....
Very beautiful pictures !
Nice report also :)
in 2012 a friend and I roamed the coasts of Normandy
I can hardly wait to read the rest of you story
I am glad you are enjoying the pictures. I personally am espcially pleased with the pictures I got of Villers Bretonneux and Peake Wood Cemetery on the previous page. It was one of those days when the light was just right. None of the pics are retouched or edited by the way.....they are what they are.
Really enjoying this report (and your previous one too). I live only 60 miles from Piesport on the Mosel, so I am a regular visitor and know the area well.
Did you get a better picture of the Zundapp KS600 you parked next to at Pegasus Bridge?
Not my first time seeing all this stuff, but exciting to think of all the interesting things I was going to get to see in the following days.
I headed out to Ouistreham after observing some of the activities going on at the bridge. Once I got up to the beach, I hung a left, and drove along the beach heading west.
I do not believe I did....but I will look....
I headed on into the countryside and headed to a village where I had met some people in 2009. I had been hoping to camp with some re-enactors, and one had invited me to join them, but when I actually found them, much to their surprise, I found I was not really invited, and had to seek other lodging. I met some people on the side of the road who helped me out and got me set up with a place to plant my tent. So now, four years later I thought I would pop in and say hello. I was not worried about lodging this trip as there was plenty of camping available, but I thought it would be nice to see them again
..so I pulled up. They were shocked and thrilled to see me
..so let the fun begin
.and they insisted I stay in their guest room. Out came the LEau de Vie
.or moonshine too
The next morning, June 6, 2013, I buzzed up the road to the Normandy American Cemetery and noticed there was a new museum being built near the entrance
.work was still being done. I have not gone to see what is going on inside yet, but eventually
Here I was, June 6, 2013, I was at the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Could things be any better for me today? I think not. I usually like to visit these places when there is no one around, when I can have it all to myself and experience a truly peaceful time there, I do not know how to explain it. I usually am the only one there when I go to such a place. Today was to be different, the place was, of course, packed with people who had come to pay the respects and remember the fallen. It offered a different kind of photographic opportunity. A different kind of feel. Going to these places can be an emotional experience and I hope the pics share that feeling just a bit for those that get to see them.
What has a been a huge disappointment for me this past year is watching the great number of the veterans of our greatest generation passing on. As a child I was surrounded by veterans of World War II. and got to hear their stories, experiences and have a little window into the personal experiences of some of these people. I could never get enough of it. I still love to have the chance to meet these people, but the opportunities are getting harder to find as they are disappearing at such a high rate now. I try and follow a few of these vets on FaceBook even, and when I heard one of them was going to be at Saint Marie du Mont at the Occupation Museum, I decided I would take the chance to get to shake the guys hand and thank him for jumping into France 69 years previous. Who is this 92 year old hero….it is James H. "Pee Wee" Martin, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry, 3rd Battalion Regiment, G Company. Jim Martin jumped into France over Utah Beach the night prior to D-Day and fought for thirty-three days in the Normandy campaign. In September, 1944 he participated in the invasion of Holland ("Operation Market Garden") and was one of the defenders of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. The 101st Airborne Division finished their part of the war by securing Berchtesgaden, Germany. I had only 5 minutes to speak with him, and never managed to get a picture with him, but it was an honor to get to shake his hand and speak with him.
Sainte Marie Du Mont has always stuck out in my mind since the first time I went to go visit back in the 1980’s. It was a my very first time in Normandy, and I knew a lot less about the place back then. But there were things that stuck out for me as I saw the battle damage done to the village and biggest one was inside the church. The Gisant de Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux is a statue in a glass case, and there is a bullet hole in the glass. It stuck in my mind.