Rose's Freewheeling Adventure
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One year on and the hair is longer, the legs are longer but the seat and helmet still fit so time to get on the road again! This time Rose will be crossing India from the Bay of Bengal to the beaches of Goa. 'India holidays bike!' says Rose so let's go!
Following on from Rose's first adventure aboard the Windrush (see below), her next trip is to cross Cambodia by bicycle!
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A very cold winter meant the sailing had to be put on hold for a while so Rose decided that another type of family adventure was required and after a little research she discovered that her head was just about big enough for the smallest bike helmet produced so that preparations began. Pip and other friends joined in and in the depths of winter a hot location was required for the ride. Friends in Phnom Penh were the deciding factor so Cambodia it was then.
29th Jan 2011, 16:25
The forecast winds were as elusive as the internet so we motored most of the way across the Firth of Clyde. The weather was good and we did get the sails up before Troon, our final port and the end of our trip. We had a cocktail in the posh marina bar and toasted 'adventure'. All the excitement and fresh air finally got the better of Rose and she fell asleep before drinking her 'Highland Bramble'.
6th Aug 2010, 00:09
The mooring in Cambeltown was at the heart of the town and alongside the fish quay giving it a very industrial working feel unlike the glossy marinas. We searched high and low for wifi or a mobile signal to no avail and the locals seemed in no need of either. We left with a stiff westerly at our stern and the taxing sailing of the day before seemed easy as the wind grew in strength and soon despite our 6 to 7 knot speed the waves and swell were overtaking us and rolling the good ship Windrush around. The sheltered Bay at Lamlash was a welcome sight and the evening ended calm with a rainbow over Holy Isle.
5th Aug 2010, 23:29
We set off around 11 after a breakfast in the cafe, and with good westerly winds made great progress south. The sailing was quite challenging as the winds rose to force 4/5 so the photos that day are a bit scarce. By the time we sailed into Campbeltown at the foot of the Mull of Kintyre it was 7pm and we had clocked up the most daily miles of the trip, 32. Can you spot the Windrush on the pontoon?
5th Aug 2010, 18:59
Rose helped Kate with the last of the locks on the canal and we then sailed south down Lower Loch Fyne. We had been recommended a marina at Portavadie by a few fellow sailers so thought we would try it out. The facilities were very good and brand new with hair straighteners and baths but not really why we came to Scotland.
5th Aug 2010, 18:23
She could not stop smiling she was having such fun!
2nd Aug 2010, 22:24
After a lie-in thanks to Rose having another 11-hour sleep, Kate skippered us away from the anchorage and the short distance round to Crinan and the start of the return trip through the canal. We stretched our legs with a walk to some stainding stones, which turned into a bit of an epic 7-mile hike cross-country. It was almost dark by the time we got back to the Windrush but she was still looking pretty.
2nd Aug 2010, 22:17
We set out in the rain (again!) and made our way with southwesterly winds down the coast to Loch Craignish. On the way through Dorus Mor we were lucky to see some seals mating! After calling in at Ardfern Marina for more supplies, we found a secluded anchorage and lit the BBQ for a mackerel tea, delicious! Note that they overhang the bbq!!!!
2nd Aug 2010, 22:09