In September 2007, 34 members of the Hannut Chapter in Belgium hopped on 17 bikes and one trike to begin their journey around Corsica. Jo McIntosh reports on their magical trip
After many months of planning, the day finally came. Our journey would take us through
Our first morning in
Soon after, we tackled the winding mountain roads on the way to Cervione. We split into three groups to ride through these challenging twisty roads. We regrouped at Ponte Leccia and rode together on the road to Corte, where we would be spending the night.
The next day, we left Corte en route to Vivario, then via a very narrow winding road to Ghisoni where we came across cows and goats roaming freely in front of us. Carrying on to Ghisonaccia, we stopped for refreshments in an excellent restaurant, Le Cintra. We continued on the N196 to Solenzara where we stopped to swim in the beautiful blue sea, and then on to the Bavella Pass in the Alta Rocca Mountains.
We left the Pass, not forgetting to take a photo at the foot of Notre Dame des Neiges, and headed for Zonza and Porto Vecchio where we were to have a rest day. We checked into the Golfe Hotel just outside the town and took a well-earned rest by the swimming pool before having dinner.
An excellent breakfast set us up for a day of rest and recreation ideal for sight-seeing. Two groups went off to Bonifacio to visit its magnificent castle, the
Refreshed, the following day we left Porto Vecchio en route to
We headed for Propriano, Porto Bello. At
We enjoyed some local seafood in the little
We reached the Hotel Mariana overlooking the
On to the last stage, L’Ile-Rousse, Le Désert des Agriates and a stop at St Florent where our friend Thierry met us for lunch. And so with a feeling of sadness, we took the final ride back to
After our visit to the dealership and an excellent meal, we rode through the lovely
We spent our last evening in the same hotel and restaurant where we began this wonderful journey before returning to our homes near Jambes the next day.
And so ends this story of a wonderful trip that has left all our senses with so many memories, sights and sounds. I hope to repeat this fabulous ride with other biker members of the Chapter next year.