Sunday, July 28, 2013

59 Second View Of Irish Back Road from 8 Feet up on Eagle HiWheel Bicycle

The road you see in this video is not turf you will find the locals riding. They want to be on roads that will let their expensive road bikes give them their money's worth. Not to mention that roads like these are so commonplace here in Ireland, few of he cyclists who live here take their time for them......

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Field of (Rugby) Dreams

Called a rugby pitch, this playing field, probably three miles from the center of town, feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. Part of the Castlebar Rugby Cub, it is surrounded by cow and horse farms. The entire setting is idyllic.

What's more is I did my entire twelve miles ride on a bike that is running great, in bike shorts and short sleeves!! 65 degrees!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Irish National History Museum Grounds

 They were closed when I got there

 The round tower you see on a ridge off in the distance was built sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries. Little is known about it even to this day but there are 120 examples of these stone buildings throughout Ireland. Wikipedia story about round towers.

I rode the Eagle to it today, Sunday 8/11/13

Guinness for Strength

Monday, July 22, 2013

More German Cycle Tourists (on recumbents this time) in Ireland

Not a good idea to stop cycle tourists from Germany outside of a bar. I wanted to find out about their bikes and their ride, but everyone in the pub, having seen my picture in the paper, wanted to talk to me...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Eagle with (Bicyclist) Leader of Ireland’s Staff

Here during this atypical Irish heat wave, where temps have been in the low to mid 70's for the last few days, I stopped in at Taoiseach, Enda Kenny's Castlebar office to show Teresa, his office manager, at the far left, my bike. I finally made good on the promise I made almost two years ago to show them the Eagle, when Virginia and I brought Cayo in to meet Enda when our little guy was just two months old. Though Enda, a genuine cyclist, was not there, the reception my bike and I got was an enthusiastic one!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Occupy Ireland – How they did it in 1886

My training rides have been taking me deeper and deeper into the Irish countryside.  And as they do, I’ve been pedaling deeper into its history. My journey from Dublin yesterday, for example, took me to a national landmark called Eviction Cottage. A small home restored in 2000, it had been destroyed by its landlords in 1886 to keep the evicted family from moving back in. It represents the last eviction in this part of Ireland. This was a regular occurrence  until the Irish Land League managed to get reasonable land laws put in place to protect the many farmers who had suffered crop failures  from property owners most of whom lived in England. 
The tenants right activists  did so with the strength of numbers. Whenever an eviction was set to occur, great numbers of people were always on hand for the actual event. The landlords were mocked and embarrassed with the  carnival atmosphere (including large law enforcement battalions as the evicted party hauled their possessions away, in the case below, on a horse drawn cart) that would result.
Such property owners also then found their businesses boycotted. They also found themselves unable to rent their property to anyone because such renters would be the the subject of great scorn, 
This is what the home looked like before it was restored. 
The horizontal log held in place by three standing logs  you see here, swings back and forth to serve as a  battering ram. Used to destroy the homes of its day, it stands adjacent to the cottage.

1847 — The worst year of the potato blight:
4,000 ships carrying peas, beans, rabbits, salmon, honey, and potatoes left Ireland for English ports.
9,992 Irish cattle sent to England.
4,000 horses and ponies sent to England.
Approximately 1,000,000 gallons of butter sent to England.
Approximately 1,700,000 gallons of grain-derived alcohol sent to England.
source: “Irish Central” magazine  editor, Patricia Harty in this blog post of hers 
             THX 4 all of U!! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Irish Scorcher - 82 Degrees!

It's actually hot in Ireland! And it is supposed to stay this way for  few 
more days. Nor am I going to let  it slip away  by working NBG....

These horses were very friendly. Don't know what it is about my seat 
(cow hide and sweat, hmm...),but this was not the first time that I had to 
cut my visit short because a horse started chewing on my seat....

btw: And the heat does not go away when nightfall hits. Which isn't until 10:30 PM. And yet  if you're thinking bicycle heaven, don't forget it's usually between 50-60 during the summer, with healthy does of precip. and little or no sun

Friday, July 5, 2013

Manulla Country Store & Ctty Centre

The Eagle is getting stronger and stronger. We rode to the country store 
in Manulla that you've seen me visit on the mountain bike. A fair amount of 
climbing, the bike was up for it no sweat.
19 mile round trip.....

Some of the 600 or so people here, play bingo once a week at this large building........

btw: I did the ride in bike shorts (no leggings) and a short sleeve shirt!