After Brian completed his Ireland bike tour, I joined him in Dublin to celebrate. We had one full day there to explore, and I was determined to see as much as possible. I picked out six sights I hoped to fit in, planned a very efficient route based on the hours of each establishment, and we headed out to see if we could fit it all in!
The second half, closer to the Atlantic coast, was intense with about three hours of constant 30-50km/h wind, intermittent heavy rain and hail. During this time I was riding a very remote section of these parts through the Killeter forest and surrounding open bog lands, and I didn't see anybody for two hours. It was a truly awakening experience to realize "the weather sucks, nobody is coming if something happens, I am not prepared to camp, ride as fast as possible to get out of here before dark."
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.
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. My day began with a flat tire due to a small thorn, but I patched it up in no time and carried on.
I packed my bags and flew to Dublin, Ireland to ride around the country in memory of my mom, who passed away last year. I assumed it would be green, I would get rained on, I would drink beer, eat stew and converse with many strangers. I DID!
Brian rides around Ireland for his mom from May 7-12, starting in Dublin at a monument called "Wind and Water" which has two dancers back to back representing harmony. And, on Mother's Day (May 10th) he will be visiting a dance monument called "Let the Dance Begin" in Strabane. We will be posting updates on his progress and experiences on our social media in days to come.