2018 Tour of Brittany 12 ~ 14 June
Report by Martin Vinson
Martin Vinson kindly prepared this report on the recent run to France.
The photographs were taken by various members of the party. In order to
make sure that everyone completed the run and did not take any shortcuts
we asked the crews to take pictures of various places on the route, most
crews have sent me their photographs and a selection are reproduced in
the report. We were joined on the run by Dee and Stuart who are good
friends who live local to us just outside Chateauneuf de Faou. Stuart
has appeared in the Newsletter before with his Ford Escort MK2. Just
before the event he realised that the Escort had no MOT so he came in
his Mini Cooper. It is interesting to note that in France the MOT is
every two years but with older cars it is every five years. Enough of me
rambling on, over to Martin.
Wednesday dawned misty, but the sun soon broke through and we set off on a scenic drive of about 85 miles. As usual the roads in France were good, and there was little traffic, at least by UK standards. After about ten miles we all stopped at Pleyben, for coffee, as you do. There was a large town square, and an interesting church there together with an edifice with some amazing statues. By this time, it was a warm day, with blue sky and sunshine, so we lingered for some time before setting off again.
A couple of days later there was a wedding at the same church, note the wedding car.
The food and drink was plentiful, and we were most grateful to John and Angela for all their hard work. They did not stop while the rest of us were just sitting about stuffing our faces, although I think that they did get something to eat at the end, when we had all finished – perfect hosts!
This is the only picture I have of the BBQ everyone must have been too busy talking to take anymore.
The eight of us met up again at the hotel for a short drive, or steep walk, down to the restaurant on the banks of the River Aulne, where it was a perfect evening with swallows swooping over the water, and we enjoyed an excellent dinner. This was our last evening together, and as some of us would be leaving early the next day to catch the 1030 ferry at St Malo, farewells were said. Ian, Julie, Jackie and I were bound for St Malo on Friday morning, while Neil and Heather were going to spend a couple of days on the north coast. Kate and Dave, however, were bound for Italy, and an extended holiday.
Kate and Dave did make it to the top of the Stelvio Pass on their way to Italy.