This was the first country we cycled through on our cross European cycle. It was a blast. It wasn’t just cycling, we’ve met a lot of unique characters that we will never forget. It’s pretty long so grab a tea and sit back
Day 1 – Ennistymon to Ennis
The first day we decided to only go 25km. It took us hours to pack our bags and it took us forever to reach our destination- Ennis. We were both exhausted at the end of it. We both wondered how the hell are we going to reach the end. We both had little to no training on the bikes prior to the trip. After we arrived we shortened our journey by cancelling out England. There is a lot of cities in England that could be a nightmare to cycle through. We will backpack through the country when if we want. We also had to end the trip by the 20th of August for Martin to get back to college.
Day two and three
Sometimes Ireland seems like a scene from the Wild West with a bit more forestry, colder weather and occasional showers. We are extremely grateful for moments such as this.
Old abandonment farms and castles made our trip visually interesting. We always wonder what happened to them and why they remain ruins
When looking at a road like this you can’t help but wonder about life. Sometimes you can’t predict what is going to happen and life throws you a rough turn and you can’t see what’s ahead of you. All you can do is keep going…
This is what most of the Irish roads looked like, narrow roadside and tall stone walls, most of these walls are right beside the road so there is no opportunity to stop, we are delighted that these roads are a memory.
It’s interesting to see what we can come up with. For those confused, it’s an anchor and the front of a big ship
This sign entertained us a lot. It was slightly uphill but with fully loaded bicycles we were happy to make it up.
This is a very interesting thing that we only found in Ireland so far. Signs like this appear near schools and playgrounds.
We were loving the beautiful nature but we were even more curious about the Apple Farm behind the hill where we were meant to stay at, we didn’t have a clue as to what would happen next.
We finally made it to Apple Farm camp. This gave us an amazing opportunity to look at the beautiful camp surrounded by fruit trees and strawberry plantations. It has an amazing history, it was established about 50 years ago with the founder coming from Holland. The nicest thing about it was that his wife and kids were still running around the farm. You would never guess that she is 75+ years old! They provide a great service
Finally a chance to put down all the stuff we had to carry…
Day 4 – Toughest dude on the road and our first experience with couch surfing
Irish roads are truly amazing. You can see a countless number of these “tunnels” created by trees.
If you can remember in the previous album we wrote about the Irish roads being very narrow with high walls on both sides, well this is a perfect example of the better ones. After this “little” hill we joined a really steep downhill in we flew down at 58km/h. We wish it could be like this all the way to Slovakia…
Day 5- Day before the storm
I made it in time, the harbour atmosphere was irresistible, I had to take a few documentative photographs. Pavol didn’t notice that I wasn’t behind him and got on the ferry. Ferry just about wanted to leave when the ticket collector noticed me and opened up the gate.
These ruins represent one of the first towns in Ireland.
Day 6 – Wild Bill
Day 7- “Goats are worth more than women”
By helping Bill, I meant washing his car Saab, which was a veteran exhibit on the ploughing championship. On the left, in the garage, you can see a bit of a white car, it was another one of Bills cars, Honda and it wasn’t one of the new models. I must say Bill has a good taste in cars.
It was a remarkable event, we’ve seen interesting and old pieces of agricultural technology like this tractor.
Except for the tractors and animal exhibitions from cows, sheep, goats and chickens. I have never seen such good-looking chickens and I have seen a lot, we have visited horseback riding. It really is an interesting sport, but it seems like the horses are suffering and not enjoying it.
By the way, it is obvious that Bill is an interesting human. Along with it all, he is in a charity organisation which helps people in Africa by sending goats to farmers. Anyone who wants can donate a goat from his farm and this charity organisation will send it to Africa, in return the farmers will receive pictures of the goat with its new family. To be exact, the woman will receive the goat so she will have some property, if something happened to her husband, his family can kick her out of the house with her kids and take all the property that belonged to the father, so the woman can threaten them by taking the goat with her, and the husbands family will keep the woman in the house, since much more people are dependent on that one goat. So, a woman with goats has a much bigger value…
If you would like to donate some goats, you will find more information on bothar.ie
Once finally arrived in Rosslare and we are waiting in line to get onto the ship among the first.
Even though the cars were too loud we were still able to chill and enjoy the sunset.
It is amazing to see older people who are still madly in love and are enjoying moments like these together