Remember those sunny holidays in the Canary Islands as a child? You know, the ones where your parents caved in to your demands to go on the pedalos? Those holidays aren’t just a distant memory as I discovered last week in France with my parents, by a lake.
No sooner had I clapped my eyes on the yellow plastic, I let out a wail about needing to hire out a pedalo. They all groaned. “It’ll be fun”, I said.
I turned 29 a few days earlier and since my birthday wish to go on a boat that day had been extinguished by bad weather and then, when the weather brightened, a miserable French man who uttered only “Seulement a le weekend”, my parents and husband gave in to my childish demands.
During the days inbetween my birthday and ‘le weekend’ I had located a smaller lake, much closer to our holiday house, which hired out pedalos no matter the day. I paid 4 Euros for half an hour, begrudgingly pulled on the mandatory fluorescent life jacket, and assumed the drivers seat; my trainers landing delicately on the pedals. Poised for adventure.
Once all passengers were on board, my dad and I, started to cycle. It was more a sedate 30 minute tour de la lac instead of some grant adventure, but although a pedalo may not be rated highly in the fitness stakes, I think it certainly has some charm and merit. Here’s why:
- Taking a pedalo out is simple really, it’s like riding a bike, except it isn’t a bike. Your legs power round to propel the boat and by moving a little steering stick to the left, the pedalo moves to the right and by moving the little steering stick to the right, the pedalo veers left.
- It’s practically impossible to get wrong (see point 1)
- You can socialise with your fellow holidaymakers while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
- Pedalo races could be the next big craze. (You heard it here first!)
So I ask you, what’s not to love about pedalos?
Will I pedalo again? In a heartbeat.