Earlier this year (Easter school holidays) I loaded half a ton of kit plus my merry mob of 3 children (Molly 10, Daisy 6 and Jack 3 ) onto my Circe Helios triplet electric assist contraption which, with the Burley trailer attached, is 14-feet long – about as long as a Range Rover, and off to the Channel Islands we sallied by sail (ferry). We cycled 277 miles in 11 days.

Day 1. Early one morning (6a.m.) at the beginning of April Gary gave us a lift to Portsmouth in the camper van. Gary couldn’t come on our overseas jaunt as he had to work next door to the ferry port at the naval base where, as a carpenter, he was helping to conserve the Victory.

I hadn’t tested to see whether I could fit all the hefty clobber for 4 people on a bike before I left but amazingly  it did!

All aboard! We tethered the mount to the car deck where the ferry handlers were very surprised: they were expecting a bike not a behemoth.

7 hours later, and after seeing bits of France float past (Normandy) we arrived in Guernsey’s St Peter Port.

There were palm trees a-plenty – so much so that we could even attach a cluster of them to the bike.

The wagon in action. This photo was taken by a woman from Leeds who was standing on a hill overlooking this road when she spotted us and was so amazed at the size of the bike that she took a picture. A week later we happened to meet her on the other side of the island and she said, ‘I took a picture of you last week because I couldn’t believe my eyes what was coming down the road! In all my days I’ve never seen anyone ride anything so long!’ And then she sent me the picture.

These are the sort of road signs I like!

I found some roadside litter (an L plate) so put it to good use.

I’m used to cycling places where  I seem to manage to attract the worst weather on record nearly everywhere I go. So cycling around the Channel Islands came as a pleasant surprise as the sun shone…

and shone…

and shone…

and shone…

and shone…

and shone.

With so much sun we could stop all the time to play on rocks or…

beaches or…

rocky outcrops or…

 

green grassy banks or…

leapfrog bike stands or…

stop to eat lots of chips and ice creams or…

have a luxurious Easter Day lunch lounging on the ground in the car park of a local Co-op.

 Coming soon: France to the Netherlands (via Belgium) by 4-person bike…