Forget the beach or camping,all this family needs is a bik
By JULIA ILES
THE typical family holiday usually involves mum, dad and the kids piling into the car and heading to their chosen destination.
This is not the case for one Sydney family.
Sarah Potter, her partner Ross Mackay and their children Alexander, 4, and Rebecca, 6, arrived in Grafton yesterday by bike on their way to Tamworth.
"We started out at Coolan- gatta on Christmas day and were planning on stopping at Tenterfield but decided it was too hot, although normally the heat doesn't bother us as we start out really early in the morning," Ms Potter said.
"But if we get to a motel and they say it doesn't have air conditioning we leave."
Ms Potter and Mr Mackay had their bikes custom-made to carry themselves and the children.
A special covered-in compartment with flaps to keep the sun away is attached to Mr Mackay's bike for Alexander, while on Ms Potter's bike, there is an extra bar fitted at the back, which is similar to a tandem bike, for Rebecca.
"It really helps to have her pedal and makes it easier," Ms Potter said.
Generally they cycle for about 50 kilometres per day, but may increase to 60km over the next few days.
Once they are in Tamworth they will fly home.
"I like it a lot, we have been to New Zealand, North Queensland and Southern Queensland," Ms Potter said with a smile.