We’re using a new service provided by Sanoodi to map our route and share our adventure around the world. Our Blackberry is loaded with their excellent Smap software which, when activated, uploads our route directly to the Sanoodi site. It provides us with lots of interesting info on average speeds, elevation etc. The route above is Tuesday’s progress.
For more see our page at Sanoodi.com
What a day!! For the last few years I’ve imagined how it would feel to begin cycling around the world. Would I feel sad about leaving my family and friends? Happy to begin an amazing adventure? Scared about all the dangers that lie ahead? Well, so far I’ve felt the first two, often switching emotions in a split second. When we rolled down from the Happy Pear I was elated, then immediately burst into tears.
Things settled down though once I got into the cycle to Wicklow where spent the first night of our expedition, overlooking the sea. We swiftly set up camp and set into cooking some grub, chopping veg and chorizo sausage for a good oul broth. As Ferg went to light the stove he burst into laughter. With all the fancy satellite phones, clothing and multifuel stoves, we had forgotten to bring the matches!
The following day began following the gorgeous coast road past Brittas Bay, through Enniscorthy then to New Ross, 105km down the road. The bikes felt good despite carrying so much weight, although my bum was a bit sore as I haven’t been on a bike since September!
After a chilly start in New Ross, we pedalled through the rolling Wexford hills past road works and barking dogs to the charming coastal town of Dungarvan. We’re about to get a big feed to satisfy our hunger after another day of pedalling, excellent.
Simons tune of the day – The Killers – Indie Rock and Roll
Fearghals tune of the day – LCD sound system – Get Innocuous
Day 1 – Distance 75km; average speed 20km/h; max speed 30km/h
Day 2 – Distance 105km; average speed 21km/h; max speed 40km/h
Day 3 – Distance 74km; average speed 22.7km/h; max speed 55km/h
What a send off!!!!!!!!
200 cyclists dragged themselves out of their beds on Sunday morning to join
us for the 25km cycle from Blackrock to Greystones to give us what can only
be described as a royal send off. The weather suited the mood, we were lucky
to have a brisk crisp and sunny November morning, everyone seemed to be in
great spirits and there was a real buzz when we arrived at The Happy Pear in
I have to admit that when it was time to go it was hard not to get emotional
when faced with a sea of well wishers and as I rolled down Greystones Main
St my shades hid the source of the two salty tracks running down my cheeks.
The event raised roughly 5 and a half grand(money is still coming in) for
It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some key people. So a
massive thanks to;
Mike from the Cycle Inn.
Alan Dunne who dutifully drove the pace van.
Alan McGinty and the Rock community who donated their premises for the
Christy McDaid and all of the Willow Wheelers who were out in force.
The Gardai from Bray and Blackrock.
Sinead and the Rockingham drummers who provided just the right beat.
Dave and Steve and all of the staff from The Happy Pear for baking such
great brownies for all of the hungry cyclists .
THANKS FOR MAKING THE FIRST LEG SUCH A SUCCESS : )