Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Advancedbiker in Normandy - Day Two 10th May 2014 - Training day in search of the Tiger !

Another damp start, but planned the route today, with the help of Rick, who was going to be the leader as we headed out of Arromanches to find a Tiger Tank somewhere near to Falaise.

Early tea - coffee stop in Villers Bocage and to regroup and look at the skies...... A bit of  mixture, but some blue about, so not all that bad.  Despite the damp conditions, spirits are up and everyone learning by KEEPING IT SMOOTH, we can still make progress when safe.
Although Rick was our 'Pathfinder' I was familiar with the roads and had planned a possible dinner stop at Falaise.  The problem was getting to Falaise......
A few sat nav issues.......

See what I mean.....

We managed to get to Falaise and went into a restaurant that looked very promising, good menu, snacks etc so we ordered.....  No Crepes, no sandwiches, but we do have Sausage and chips.......... What seemed like a lifetime, we left and all my timing were out.  Never mind head for the Tiger tank at Vimoutiers and then back to the coast and Pegasus Bridge.
We found the Tiger Tank......


Time for a photo shoot and then North to Pegasus Bridge, now too late to do Merville Battery, so made straight for the bridge and our annual coffee....
We have been going to Pegasus for the past 10 years and every time we always meet a veteran of the second world war campaign.  This year was no exception, we shook his hand and had a chat......

He then gave a 'Gun' drill with his umbrella........

Grand Chap.....




Parked up ready for the off and run across the bridge and back to Adrian's via the 360 cinema above Arromanches.....
Tail End Charlie - Thumbs up for great day

The sun was out but the wind was a bit strong

All parked up......

The BMW LC Boys......

Overlooking Mulberry Harbour 70 years after it arrived following D Day


Back at base. a bit dirtier than when we started the day....










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