The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

‘England’

Portugal by Folding Bikes

Next week we set off to Lisbon for our winter bicycle tour of Southern Portugal. This time we shall be tackling the route using Carrera InterCity folding bikes. Just lately, we travelled down to Ramsgate and Whitstable so as to try them out and get used to carrying panniers. They seem fine although we’re not… Read More

To Fold or not to Fold

We’ve been thinking for some time now on how to make life easier when transporting touring bicycles on public transport. The restrictions and a variety of rules, especially on trains, can make journeys very stressful with loaded cycles. So, we’ve decided to give folding bikes a go for our upcoming winter trip to Portugal. Rather… Read More

Tour de Manche

We think that we are ready for our latest cycle trip next week, the Tour De Manche. For those unfamiliar with the route, it is a cycle ride around the English and French coasts of the Channel or La Manche. Simple. The French section is from Cherbourg to Roscoff, whilst England takes you from Plymouth… Read More

Light the Arch – Wembley

As we are taking an extended break from our cycling trips, it has not been too difficult to find plenty of distractions here in London. One such excursion saw Grandpa and 11yo Grandson visit Wembley Stadium via Familyfourfun as guests of EE. The purpose of the outing was for youngsters to try out a new… Read More

Leicester City

This is not a cycling post, but when my life long football team pull off the great escape to remain in the Premier League, then it’s time to celebrate. Leicester City were dead and buried at Christmas, and only a magnificent run of wins have ensured that our survival has been complete. So, we are… Read More

Way of the Roses – Le Tour et Fini

Throughout Yorkshire, we have been enthralled with the number of yellow bicycles displayed on our route outside houses, establishments and alongside the roadside. The city of York was no exception as the imminent Tour de Yorkshire is advertised to celebrate the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. Luckily, we were two weeks before… Read More

Way of the Roses – Snails Pace

Some of you may think we are slow coaches, but we believe in the concept of slow is best. Head up to us is preferable to head down. Then again, we have little time constraints. Q So, after a tremendous Yorkshire breakfast at the White Horse, we left Ripon and its wonderful cathedral and market… Read More

Way of the Roses – We’re Wilting!

To coin a phrase, there are hills and there are damn hills. So it was as we left Settle. The steep ascent left us wilting as a rose in Autumn. The weather matched such a season. Once high on the moors though, the views more than compensated for the efforts. Our descent into Airton was… Read More

Way of the Roses – Cycling for Thistlethwaites

My mother really disliked her maiden name, yet Thistlethwaite for Hetherington was hardly less of a mouthful. For the first day of our Way of the Roses cycle ride, my brother told me that the route passes through important places of our Thistlethwaite ancestors. So, it was a wet, miserable morning as we set off… Read More

Way of the Roses

The photo is not as bad as it looks! We are settled into the Travelodge Central Lancaster hotel ahead of our Way of the Roses bicycle trip tomorrow. It was a leisurely start from our hotel near Heathrow to Hayes & Harlington station for the 9.30am train to Paddington. Despite an empty train, it didn’t… Read More