In Memory Of Barbara Ann Dodds: Day 5

DAY 5 - Enniskillen to Strabane via Irvinestown

Finally, it was the big day, Mother’s Day. I was doing this ride for mom and made it to the second dance sculpture as planned. I know she would be proud. From Enniskillen to Strabane, and in Northern Ireland mostly, I encountered light to heavy rain all day with high winds. It was a very hard day, but worth the fight.

I continued to enjoy talking with locals. Everywhere I go, people ask where I'm from, why I'm riding a "push-bike" in the rain and how it's going. There were many epic hills again this day and ultra-fast descents with the wind at my back and rain in the face. Extreme adventure and fun! I was happy I made it, had a hot shower, and then ate the best fish and chips ever... but not before photographing "Let the Dance Begin", the purpose of my visit to Strabane.

Highlights:

  • Hiding in phone booths and bus shelters when the rain intensified, a good opportunity to eat chocolate bars, apples and enjoy the fresh air.

  • A hot lunch with coffee, turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables and cheesecake! 

  • Experiencing the "Let the Dance Begin" sculptures in the setting sun just as the rain cleared up for me to photograph the site.

Observations:

  • Next time I will bring waterproof shoe covers as it rains frequently here. Life lesson.

  • Gravy is delicious

  • 1 hour indoors is not enough to feel dry after being completely soaked, but eating delicious food covered in gravy helps you push through.

A place to get reprieve from the rain and wind. I stopped each time I found one as it rained all day and there were few and far between.

A place to get reprieve from the rain and wind. I stopped each time I found one as it rained all day and there were few and far between.

Everything was green and soaked but thankfully there weren't many automobiles in these parts.

Everything was green and soaked but thankfully there weren't many automobiles in these parts.

This was one of the best places as it was partially enclosed. Embrace the rain, eat some chocolate, move on!

This was one of the best places as it was partially enclosed. Embrace the rain, eat some chocolate, move on!

I changed my shorts midway through the day in a phone booth...like a champion.

I changed my shorts midway through the day in a phone booth...like a champion.

Irish Countryside

Irish Countryside

Staying positive as usual, I wore sunglasses even in the rain...optimism!

Staying positive as usual, I wore sunglasses even in the rain...optimism!

In Irvinestown some locals pointed me in the direction of Molly's for the best food in town...I concur!

In Irvinestown some locals pointed me in the direction of Molly's for the best food in town...I concur!

I travelled here in honour of my mom's life as a dancer. It was truly amazing to see the sun at this point.

I travelled here in honour of my mom's life as a dancer. It was truly amazing to see the sun at this point.

Thank you for reading and following! The next and final post in my series will be Days 6 & 7, Strabane to Donegal/Donegal to Sligo.

~ Brian