In Memory of Barbara Ann Dodds: Day 4

DAY 4 - Armagh to Enniskillen

I bicycled from Armagh to Enniskillen based on some advice from the previous night’s pub conversations. Both are in Northern Ireland, but I ended up cutting back into the Republic several times. I was told this route was very scenic and worth the trip, which was very accurate. It was a beautiful, sunny day for the most part, a little rain, but nothing to stop for. My day began with a flat tire due to a small thorn, but I patched it up in no time and carried on.

Along the way I had to stop on quiet country roads at times to allow sheep or cattle to pass. One of these times led to a good conversation with the sheep herder about life in Ireland. We talked about weather, his arthritis and of course sheep. I just found it fun to talk to people. Being on a bicycle where people seldom ride on quiet roads really opens up potential for human interaction, and it's hilarious and rewarding.

Today I did a lot of hill climbing and well over the distance required in a straight line as I refuse to ride in the shoulder of a busy highway. Well worth the effort! Enniskillen is the only Island town in Northern Ireland according to the woman at the front desk of the motel and all of the pubs are good! They were! I walked around the town, found a local pub and told my story again. People couldn't believe I was doing this on a "push bike".

 Highlights:

  • Listening to drunken advice on the directions to get to Enniskillen
  • Navan Fort
  • Rolling Hills and green scenery
  • Riding as fast as possible up and down hills

 Observations:  

  • Eating 4 apples and 4 snickers bars for lunch will propel you up an over hills for hours on end (I opted out of purchasing hi-tech sport food for this adventure and just ate what I could get)
St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh. I stopped here on my way out of town

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh. I stopped here on my way out of town

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

View of Armagh from the Cathedral hill

View of Armagh from the Cathedral hill

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

ROAD BLOCK!

ROAD BLOCK!

I stopped here to explore. There was a tour group of older people that spoke almost only Gaelic and they were shocked to meet someone from Canada here. Cool!

I stopped here to explore. There was a tour group of older people that spoke almost only Gaelic and they were shocked to meet someone from Canada here. Cool!

When you see this on a map you need to investigate!

When you see this on a map you need to investigate!

Looking up at the Navan Fort

Looking up at the Navan Fort

Ireland...

Ireland...

Reminds me of home in Haarlem! Tulips!

Reminds me of home in Haarlem! Tulips!

An old cross in the village of Tynan

An old cross in the village of Tynan

Interesting to find stories in the landscape for some context...

Interesting to find stories in the landscape for some context...

...and the gate house...

...and the gate house...

...and its gate.

...and its gate.

Long and winding roads all day with very few autos

Long and winding roads all day with very few autos

Up and over the Mullaghfad Forest seeing zero people. An amazing experience. 

Up and over the Mullaghfad Forest seeing zero people. An amazing experience. 

This church was in the middle of nowhere. Mullaghfad Church.

This church was in the middle of nowhere. Mullaghfad Church.

End of hill-climb selfie, my legs eat hills for breakfast...or something...I had a Snickers chocolate bar to celebrate!

End of hill-climb selfie, my legs eat hills for breakfast...or something...I had a Snickers chocolate bar to celebrate!

Only in NORTHERN Ireland, which is the UK. Interesting to see these in a completely different context on country roads

Only in NORTHERN Ireland, which is the UK. Interesting to see these in a completely different context on country roads

Shortly after this shot, I pedalled my way into Enniskillen

Shortly after this shot, I pedalled my way into Enniskillen

This concludes my Day 4 Summary! Coming as soon as possible...Day 5 & 6 and my final Day 7, thanks for reading and following us.

~ Brian