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CPO Paris to Omaha

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | Axel Gert Schneider / Axel Allgaier | Europe

Welcome on Day 10: Bayeux to Etretat
Day 9: Rest Day And In Our Case D-Day - We stepped back in Time -
We are going from Saint-Malo to Bayeux!!!! - Our Hogwarts Moment
Welcome to Saint Malo on Day 7
I just just say 330 m High - Mount Menez Hom - it was almost hard to breathe up here
Carantec the place to be for tonight
Day 4: Angers to Carnac - We are at the White Gold Of France and it is SOOOOooo warm today
Chartres Cathedral a monument of architecture
Welcome to Day 1: Paris to Omaha - the Tour begins

Welcome to the Paris to Omaha Tour with the A-Team (Axel & Axel)

 In the next 14 day´s we will discover the beauty and the history of France. What that means? We will take you along on this tour with this blog.

But for today, the aim is for Axel and Axel to get the bikes ready and prepare everything for the Welcome Briefing tomorrow. Some of our riders will have already a tour tomorrow in the morning - yes, befor we start with the "normal" tour there is the opportunity to get a guided city tour of Paris with Axel.

So we are already looking forward to meet all of you and also to hear the first stories of this tour from the Guided City Tour.

As a little impression, here are a couple of pictures of what is just around the corner from our start hotel in Versailles.

Stay tuned if you like to hear more from us.

Axel and Axel

The Entrance To Our Tour - Welcome in Versailles
The motorcycle are almost ready
Here are the beauty's for this Tour
If you arrive one day earlier to the Tours it is not only smart to get adjusted to the time! It is also a good chance to discover the neighbourhood - and if you do so you might be seeing this!!!!
To visit Versailles you don't have to pay entrance - the gardens are for free and in this heat from today that might be a gut spot to recover from the Travel
The shade in the gardens are just a pleasure
Versailles Versailles - the place to be if you on this Tour
It seems really indistinguishable, the Gardens of Versailles
If you don't want to walk - there is also a place right on the Garden, where you can rent a Golf cart and than you can go for it for the big round
Statues everywhere and the gardens are so precisely cut!!!

Welcome Briefing - Let The Tour begin

First dinner together and it sounds fantastic

Today is the Day of the Day´s 

We met all for the first time and the after a warm welcome we started with the handover of the motorcycles. What a feeling to get the key for the bike - it is like a kind of Christmas, where you get the toy you wished for.

After some official paperwork it was time for the welcome briefing where we tourguides present the tour with the highlights and all what you need to know to have a pleasent tour with us.

Now after all this information there was still some time to get the bikes set up for the first ride tomorrow when we will ride to Tours. If you think I write now what we will see!!!! No I won´t, because that is tomorrow, but as a little spoiler - we will step back in time to some historical places.

So but now we got to go for dinner and the 2 Axels are looking forward to the chats of our new group.

Axel and Axel



Step one T-shirts- Check
Step 2 - prepare the meeting room - Check
Step 3 - hang up the Picasso of the Tour

Step 4 - let's get together for the first time 

Day 2: Versailles to Tours - Theme of our day - get in touch with the history

Day 1: first highlight of today -Chartres Cathedral

Here we go – Our first riding day at the Paris to Omaha Tour

What we did!!?

At first we had a great breakfast in the morning and then we had our first morning briefing. Close to the beloved motorcycles where I went through all the highlights of today.

On our bucket list has been today Chartres Cathedral & Chambord Castle and our first challenge of ordering our lunch in French.

The ride itself out of Versailles has been quite easy and the traffic was totally okay so that we escaped from Versailles – let´s say easy. Then on the country roads on the way to Chartres Cathedral there was no switchback or something else. The road just let us roll on towards the impressive Cathedral where we also had our coffee stop on this day. 

To be honest I’m not so much into churches, but this one is really impressive – over 1000 years old and all the sculptures ….. and that is just the impression when you stay in front of it!!!! But when you go in and you see all these colorful windows and the effect what they have – that is even for me something that I don’t see every day – just look at the pictures. After discovering the Cathedral we went for a coffee before we took off to get our first lunch in a lovely little French town. Next target has been Chambord Castle – one or the other will say: castle – I have seen that before but wait a minute – this one is from a different planet!!! The dimension of the area, the fence line is made out of bricks and just 32 km long – you won´t have seen that before – 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces – I think that is on another level. 

The weather treated us with a lot of sun so that we were quite happy to get today into the hotel where the rooms awaited us with a cool breeze out of the AC.

This day has been under the theme: history and tomorrow we will see one highlight out of our century – which one? Guess – right – I will not tell you today.

So that’s it for today 

Axel over and out

Welcome to our first daily briefing in Versailles
It is Lunchtime!!!!!! And we need some
Crossing the Loire for the first time
The warm weather today is challenging us quite a bit
And the first round goes to: the weather in France in August
Chambord Castle
Just passing the Amboise - the place where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last days of his live.

Day 3: Tours to Angers

The second riding day is another hot day. Staying away from the traffic on the big roads, we find our way to Le Mans. And what would one want to see in Le Mans if one is slightly interested in vehicles that move fast? Correct, the famous race track of the "24 hours of Le Mans" one of THE race events in the world. Started in the 1920ies to callenge engineers to increase the reliability of their cars.

In the museum adjacent to the track you can not only see famous race cars and motorcycles but also curious inventions like a steam powered motorcycle as well as a collection of 1/43 scale models of every car ever entered in the 24 hours race. Really impressive!

Through the afternoon heat we navigated towars Angers, our destination of the day. A lunch stop had to be improvised at a supermarket, as no open restaurant was to be found on the way. Last challende of the day was to refuel, as everybody had to guess how much fuel one would need and pay for that amount in advance in cash. Not very user friendly.

A walk to the restaurant for dinner and a stroll through the city ended the day.

This motorcycle has a steam engine. Only one was built.
Not the most romantic place to have lunch, but airconditioned!

Day 4: Angers to Carnac - Theme of the day - History and Head

Welcome at St. Nazaire - where the Germans had built a submarine base in 1941/42

Hello again 

 Well we have been facing the heat again today. The start was actually verry nice and we decided to do the biggest stretch of today in the morning, before it get´s to warm out there

So we left Angers directly and towards north west on nice little country roads. Endless farming fields have been to the right and left side on the road and a many farmors breed the famous Charolais cattle. After many kilometers we had our first coffee break in a little town, and I've got to say it was about time for one after this long stretch. Now it was time for the first highlight of the day!!!! So, 50 km to go and we catch up with the dark history of Germany here in France. What I mean is - St. Nazaire – one of the largest submarine bases the Germans built in WW2 during their occupation of France.

So, we parked the motorcycles just close to the museum and then we went onto the rooftop of the submarine bunker system where you got a stunning view over the Loire River and the bunker itself.

To get into the french submarine "Espadon" on display at the site was not possible because you need to be lucky or have a pre-booking. Something that is not easy for us, because you never know what’s happened along the road.

But on the rooftop, there have been several pictures of how they have redone the submarine, so that you got an impression. Close by there a couple of restaurants and we just picked on to recharge our batteries.

Now we had still around 140 km to do, and the sun was just burning down (39°C) – cool is something what has not been on our daily menu for the ride. On the other hand, the goal was set – Erdeven – the place to be for the next 2 days.

So, we moved on to the white gold of France - Guérande – i just say: fleur de sel and table salt is produced over centuryies here, back in the time of the Roman Empire. 7000 patches, close to each other creating an unreal world. And we – yes we are riding just through the middle on a official road. At this time of the day there has been also a need for an icream to cool down before we take on the last kilomteres to the hotel in a little dreamlike place, called "La Maison des Dunes".

This was a warm day, and we are happy to get out of our riding gear. Tonight, we are going to go out for dinner to an Italien restaurant just around the corner, so now is time to load up some pictures up and get a coooooold shower. 

So see you’re here tomorrow


Even this from a dark time - it is impressive what they build
The group is fitting together and there is always something to talk about - or ladies in conversation.
I think- Neil thinks "Everywhere it looks the same - it looks like Coober Pedy"
Everywhere someone is digging and piling things up - Neil ist from Australia
Our place to be for dinner
Last speech of the day - what is possible to do on the rest day

Day 5: it is Rest Day - so everybody could recover from the heat on the bikes in the last three days.

What a nice little town

Today is our first rest day, so everybody had a longer sleep and most of us catches up at breakfast to consider: ride or no ride.

Finally Nina and Neil together with Axel went out to explore the Menhirs and the Hinterland of the Gulf of Morbihan.

Philip took his beloved bike out by himself - and I am looking forward to his story of this day

Dave and Sharon went down to the coast to celebrate here 50th anniversary - respect for this number. 
Well, the rest of the riders took it easy today and is recharging their batteries for the coming days. On the other side there has been a little street market, where one could find anything from dresses to local products.

I think the most important place today is the icecream shop around the corener of the hotel...

The famous stone alignements of Kerzerho. Over 1100 menhirs erected more than 3000 years ago. Why? Nobody knows for sure. Just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
Today there is a little street market and if you don’t ride there is still something to do
And for sure you don’t have to stay hungry if you are willing to eat some while we got 36 C
Some took the bike and went by them self out to the coastline and had a great time
To be precisely we are down here
It’s an old little village and very charming
The propeller and part of the drive shaft of a ship stranded nearby in 2011

Neil, Nina and Axel went for a ride, starting with the sights of the vicinity: Stone alignmens near Carnac and the famous tomb and menhir at Locmariaquer. Beating the weekend visitors and the heat we started early. Getting to the beautiful country roads away from the coast proofed challenging, as August is the month for all of France to holiday, so access roads to the beach on a Saturday are ... very busy.

But having left the coast behind, we found ourselves almost alone riding through rolling hills, valleys with at least a little bit of cooler air, past the impressive church of Ste-Anne-d'Auray to finally arrive at Josselin. Her we had lunch at the foot of the impressive castle, before heading back to Erdeven for a well deseved cool shower and rest in the shade.

Stone alignments of Kermario near Carnac. Remains of an olf windmill offer a nice overview of the site.
Nina and Neil about to enter the Table de Marechands, a tomb dating back to 4000 B.C. The low entrance made sure that both will remember the visit.

Day 6: Carnac to Carentec

Welcome to the catwalk in the morning - Theme of the walk: Rain Gear at its best

Carnac to Carentec that’s is the deal of today

Last night at the dinner there have been already some clouds in the sky, which didn´t look like that they like to go away. So, the expectation for the next day had changed from melting away to get washed away. At the end it was not that bad – when we woke up in the morning there was a little rain out there but nothing bad.

Business as usual in the morning and we went towards the north.

To ride more and more in the Bretagne is something special – Why? 

The landscape is changing into hills and all the little villages got in my opinion a little more flair. It is like stepping back in time with the advantage of 21st century ice-cream.

Because of the wet conditions today we just slowly passed by on our scouted picture stops and for this we stopped somewhere along the track where the scenery was nice and no rain.

As you can see in the pictures there are all natural stone houses and that I think brings up the charm in every little village, but do you know what!!!? Over here it is soooo dangerous in the Bretagne – Doesn’t matter where you stop – there is always a bakery and they got always something that you need to try – if I would make two tours after each other over here!!! I think I got to buy new riding gear!!! Even if you find a way around the bakery there is instead a chocolate store – so whatever you do up here – you will gain weight

Our main highlight of this day has been Pont Aven and this little place is touched by the artist. So where ever you go here you see some ART !!!

After this little adventure of art and some good coffee / chocolate / bakery

We took off towards Quimper because actually – Axel and Axel would like to make a Picknick today – but with this weather conditions no chance – so we parked in the first row of the Cathetral Saint Corentin and had our lunch over here.

Finally we came to the moments of moment: it was time to climb a mountain here in northern France – YES Mountain! This fellow is 330m high – here we go that was my Mountain Moment of this Tour – I live in the mountains of Austria in Seefeld / Tirol and somehow you need a nountain once in a while – and I missed them already – Okay for here it is like a mountain, in Austria it is more like the driveway up to the house.

To get back serious – it is a nice scenic view where you can look 360 digrees around and that is why it is worth to ride up there.

All in all it was a nice day of riding not only because of cooler temperatures. The road was more winding and the landscape has touched me personally more than before.

So time for some pictures that you see what I try to say

Axel over and out

Pont Aven - picture postcard village what shows of with Art and bakery - this place is a must have
Every second window is a full of art
Lunchtime at Quimper and we got VIP parking
Our last coffee stop at Le Faou - what a nice little town
We arrived at the hotel and the weather just tried us with some sun ☀️ and stunning view
We had one of the best dinners I ever had on tour and we had a lot of fun
Good night and see you tomorrow

Day 6: Carentec to Saint Malo

Today we ride along the rugged coastline of Bretagne, visiting the granite rocks of the cote de granite rosé before arriving at the historic port city of Saint Malo wirh its impressive walls. The city has been rebuilt after the destruction during the bombardements in 1944.

Good Morning Carentec - Gooooood Morning to the group of the Paris to Omaha Tour
Here we go again - See you later in Saint Malo - Axel is in the Van today
Granite rose comes in all shapes
Picture of someone taking a picture of someone else
Saint Malo - and the water is gone - why - they got a tide of 33 feet !!!
After dinner there was a little walk around, through the town
After This Tour - I need a break from Crepe - but they are so good here - I can't resist to try it again and again and again - so watch out if you are up here - there are everywhere and it smells so good and the taste is MMMMMMmmmmmmhhhhh good
The Charme of Saint Malo at night

Day 8: Saint-Malo to Bayeux - The Hogwarts Moment ;-)

Mont Saint Michel - The Highlight of the Day

As the Tide came in at Mont Saint Michel it was even without sun a breathtaking Moment

It is time for Day 8 from the Tour

We are going from Saint-Malo to Bayeux!!!!

The Highlight of the day is for sure Mont Saint Michel and it is for sure no hidden treasure and that is why we went as quickly as possible to Mont Saint Michel.

If you would ask kids what’s the name of the place? They would probably say: it is definitively Hogwarts from Harry Potter – and it does look it like when you are entering the gate to the little island. This place is special and got his own flair! For me it feels like you step back in time when you look at the old houses and the cobblestone streets or better path on the way up to the majestic abbey. The only thing that takes the illusion away: there are heaps of tourists all over the place – good that we are early. If you visit this place you should think twice what you carry with you because there are around 350 steps waiting for you. But I got to say every step is worth it to climb!!!! In total we spent around 2,5 hours over there before we caught up again at the motorcycles. Some took after the hike through the town the bus back – which is for free, others walked back along the new built bridge and so got a couple of opportunities to take pictures of this unique place.

On one side we have been lucky because the morning was cloudy so it was not so busy but after we have been on the motorcycles the sun came out and right away there were tourists everywhere – so it would have been nice in the sun, but on the other hand we had more space while we where walking through the town.

Now it was time to move on – but not long!!!! Axel wrote today on the map there will be a surprise and so it happened!! Axel had prepared a stunning picnic. So welcome to highlight number two of the day – lunch created by Axel –

It was just perfect timing with the lunch – The sun came out big white clouds as a garnish in the blue sky – I would say that: It was really nice.

After recharging our batteries, we went on towards Bayeux. The roads themselves have been narrow and winding through the landscape. Pleased with the weather and the roads we went for a coffee stop – but there has been one more thing to be done before: One Person of our group has been related to 2 places over here and so we went there and stopped at the places where she got here roots. It was a magic moment to be at the place where a part of her family has been during the WW II.

From the last coffee stop we went on more country roads towards Bayeux and we did not stop again because the sky let us know we would get a shower if we will stop again. And now we are at Bayeux where will have tomorrow on our rest day a big history day – what means we let the motorcycles at the hotel and will make a D-Day tour – but this one is just for us!!!!

Now it is almost time for dinner – so I will upload some pictures and may it make you appetite to book this tour as well – I know spoiler 


See you tomorrow

Good Morning Saint Malo
If you are here and you got the chance to book a table for lunch you might be eating your best omelette you ever had - but also the most expensive for 34€
We are lucky to be there early!!! After us - the sun came out and it got really busy
Dawn and Philip - Thanks for the nice chats along the tour - Axel
Where ever you pop up at the coastline you will see Mont Saint Michel
To discover Mont Saint Michel can be exhausting
Picnic time at the Paris to Omaha Tour
Paparazzi Axel got you
Michael a man with a big heart got a present for Dave who turned 50 again or maybe a couple of times more
Our Birthday Man Dave got a present from Michael
Sharry meets her past - That was a special moment for the whole group as she stood on the places where her parens have been during World War II
Nina you are right - it's time to move
Last coffee stop before we get to Bayeux
Good Night from Bayeux

Day 9: Bayeux - Rest Day and that means we will catch up withe the Past - D-Day

It is Day 9 and we will let the motorcycles have a rest!

But that means not that we do nothing, specially on a place like that!!! (Bayeux/Normandy) Today Axel & Axel organized a guided D-Day Tour with Erik, he is a Scotsman who since over 20 years is a local. And this man is so into the theme that you should not miss one second of his speech. We met Erik at 9 o´clock and the first briefing as you can see was just right here in the hotel. The weather treated us today with heavy rain and for me it fits to this sad place where heaps of brave souls lost their live for our freedom. After Erik told us all the numbers of soldiers who died, it feels like the raindrops have been the tears of all families who have lost someone on D-Day. Later on the day the sun came out, and may the sense get lost here but it was for me like: To be sad and feeling sorry is not the right way over here - we can´t change what happened in those days but the best way to honor this brave men – is for me: to celebrate live as best as we can and still don´t forget what they have done for us!!! 

It was impressive what we have seen today and I can say we all got now just a slight idea how it was to enter the beaches of Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword. Erik we have to thank you for this day, it would not have been the same without you. And for all they will be in the future here! My tip let the motorcycles parked and go with Erik.

That was our day in Bayeux – tomorrow we will ride to Étretat and our journey is almost over. 

Now, some pictures to give you a impression what we have seen today


Axel & Axel

Bonjour Erik - the Scotsman is our guide for the D-Day
Welcome to the Museum at Utah Beach
B-26 Bomber which is ready to fly
That has been tone of he boats that.helped making the landing a success and the liberatuon of Europe possible
The Master Plan of D-Day
Omaha and Erik let us step back in time to the moment the took over the beaches

Day 10: Bayeux to Etretat

GOOOOOood Morning Bayeux and Hello Day 10 

We are riding today to Étretat a nice little village directly on the beach, but before there are some highlights which we have to see.

The daily routine was changed today – Why!?

Bayeux is not only famous because of D-Day!!! It is also famous for the Bayeux Tapestry. The tapestry is from the 11th Century and was hidden for over seven centuries in the treasury of the cathedral – finally it has been displayed since 1983. It tells a long story about the past and it´s  almost 70 m long. If you are here you should stop by.

After the short stop in the museum we went back to the hotel where we got changed so that we can start our riding day. Next stop on the list was the Mémorial - Pégasus Bridge and the museum – I know some will say again museum – and I would answer yes – because it is impressive – and to be honest: this place impressed me the most of all that we have seen in the last days. The history of the 6th Airborne Division and how they get over to France and what they had to get managed, to save the guys on the beach from the Germans – respect.

Now it was time to have a bite and so we moved on – to Honfleur a really nice little town with heaps of restaurants. After a little search for parking on this with tourist richly filled place, we went into the old part of town everybody on his own and in the end we sit somehow all together in the same restaurant. 

After this we enjoyed the small country roads like in the morning once again. Now we are in Étretat where will stay one more night before we return to Versailles where everything has been started – crazy how quick the time flies by if you are travelling.

That was Day 10 and now as you know already here are some pictures of the day. One Axel sais already Thank you for this ride with you, because I will sit tomorrow in the van and the other Axel will take over for the last day.

So see you hopefully soon


First highlight directly in Bayeux - the famous Bayeux Tapestry
Let´s get ready for one more time for Axel without hair - It is my last riding day with the the group
Second highlight of the day: Mémorial Pégasus
Dave is always up to something
Welcome in Honfleur - time for lunch - in a nice little town
Pont de Normandie the bridge over the river Seine
203 m High and 2141,25 m Long - I would say this is a big Bridge and we are lucky: free transit for motorcycles!
Hana and Micheal the Selfie Masters of our Tour
Kristie and David - Sorry for the picture but Kristie weares the helmet 24/7 Insider
Dawn and Philip - I like your black humor Dawn
and on the other side there is a slightly Norway feeling
The view from our home for one night in Étretat - not bad I would say !!!

Day 11 - From Etretat back to Versailles

All things come to an end. Today is the last riding day, back to Versailles where it started 11 days ago. Back then it was hot, ver hot. Today is a windy, rainy day. Not much rain, more a drizzle, but enough to make us ride in a more careful way. After crossing the rolling hills south of Etretat, we drop down into the valley of the Seine and follow the river upstream, leaving the rain behind. Bypassing the city of Rouen, we cross the river on a barge and stop at the ruined abbey of Jumiege for coffee.

Getting gas is again an adventure, american credit cards seem not to be very welcome in France. A -  very - slow lunch at Les Andelys is followed by a visit to the gardens of teh late Claude Monet at Giverny, before we hit the highway into Paris, were all arrive safely in front of the big palace.

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