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  • TJs recovery ride 2 – Ayrshire and Ireland
  • Premier Icon tjagain
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    Another day of headwinds and rain and same forecast for the next few days. Bugger this I’m bailing. My pal is going to pick me up tomorrow for the last 120 miles to his house. 56 miles into a headwind again today.

    Premier Icon Caher
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    Azores high will develop for next weekend, but maybe too late for you.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Second breakfast

    Athlone castle.

    Yet another wee lane

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Serious chuch. Whats with the domes?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Caher. Ill be riding then hundreds of miles from home apart from anything else and i have to go to wales to scatter a few bolts under moleys car😈😎🤣

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Serious chuch. Whats with the domes?

    They are a standard feature of churches outside the Norman/British Gothic tradition. See also St Paul’s, it has a dome, it was based on Italian classical designs.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Right. I was thinking russian or greek orthodox

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Actually, make the dome much bigger and put columns around it, that’s basically the same design as St Paul’s. Those London churches were all designed at the same time, early c18th (obvs) which is when people were going on tours and admiring classical architecture, which is why they all look like that and not like traditional churches.

    Tagging @SaxonRider

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Every days a school day

    Quick sit rep. Apart from being fed up with headwinds its actually going well. Bike is still really comfy. Bit of a creak from the eccentric bb which needs to be dealt with . It started after a really wet day so I think strip and grease will be fine. Nothing else has needed to be touched. Chain still has a bit of putoline left and has not needed adjustment.

    Rest of the kit is all fine. I’ve used everything ( bar spares and repairs) and forgotten nothing. Loving my custom trekkertent. Happy to have chosen the trailer for its lack of parachute effect in these headwinds

    Legs feeling good tho I was tired today. I think a bit short on calories and water didnt help but the water from Athlone was disgusting. 55 miles into a headwind tho. 600 ish miles in total. Even climbing hills has not been too bad tho you certainly notice the weight. My trousers are now slack on the waist and tight on the thighs 😎

    Head. Feeling good. I still feel a bit like I’m just going thru the motions and i have struggled with decisions ( Julie and I became very good at making the right call between us) and i have made a couple of fortuatly unimportant duff calls but overall i feel positve and have enjoyed much of the trip so far

    Arse. I feel like its had a good kicking. Just a bit bruised

    More to follow after a few days R&R at my pals

    Premier Icon jodafett
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    Loving this thread 👍🏼👍🏼

    What are you using to lube re-wax the chain? Reason I ask is I’ve started waxing the chain but wondered what to do on long distance trips?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    I haven’t taken anything. I find it lasts a few weeks touring. Hoping to redo it at molgrips

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Glad someone is enjoying me flogging thru wind and rain 🤣🙄

    Premier Icon iainc
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    😁🤪

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Coffee on in the rain

    Premier Icon jodafett
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    Glad someone is enjoying me flogging thru wind and rain 🤣🙄

    🤣😉

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    The next stage starts today. I have been chilling at my pals house for a few days but its time to move again.

    I missed out on the Atlantic coast on my way south because of the rain so i am going to ride the ring of Kerry then head across Ireland to Rosslaire for a ferry to wales. 10 days ish before I get the ferry.

    Weather is looking better and all feels good.

    Premier Icon Dickyboy
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    Bon voyage TJ 👍

    Premier Icon gordimhor
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    Enjoying this thread TJ, hope you get some better weather.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Did you ever resolve your question of what lock to get for traveling?

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    TJ, you know what i’d like, a bit of a map/route thing so we can see where you are, where you’re going a bit more visually.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    @tjagain – if the weather is good, the Beara Peninsula is much quieter than the Ring of Kerry and many say it’s nicer. Not sure what it’s like on a bike though ‘cos we drove it

    Premier Icon andy4d
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    Ring of kerry is a nice, if busy, spot. When you are heading to the ferry there is a good greenway from Dungarvan to Waterford.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Ring of Kerry has a nice, ahem, ring to it… 👍

    Where does the Rosslare ferry then take you?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Did you ever resolve your question of what lock to get for traveling?

    Yes. I took a decent padlock and a 1m cable. 700g.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Weeksey. A map is beyond what this old duffer can manage

    Elshalimo don’t say that. I had made a decision

    Andy ta for that. Good to know

    Matt fishguard i think in south Wales

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    fishguard i think in south Wales

    Due to one of those weird naming conventions it’s actually in West Wales and not South Wales 🙂

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    You’ll have a great time either way

    Have fun!!

    Premier Icon kilo
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    If you cycle the ring of Kerry road route it helps if you can go clockwise, all the coaches go anti-clockwise .

    There’s also a ring of Kerry cycle route which is a far nicer ride than the normal road route

    https://www.discoverireland.ie/kerry/the-ring-of-kerry-cycle-route

    Premier Icon highlandman
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    Doolin for the traditional music scene, if you’re still that far north and west, Co Clare.
    The flying boat museum at Foynes is worth a visit.
    Second vote for the Dungarvan – Waterford green route, have used it and there’s a nice pub half way along. I’ve family down there and we’ve toured in much the same way you used to, heading there from here in NE Scotland, tandem & trailer. Straight into a headwind!? Yeah, I can still remember doing the stage from Athlone down to Dungarvan in one day, that was a toughie.

    Premier Icon craig24
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    Following this thread and loving it, looks incredible. I’m in Wigan, if passing at any point and I can help at all then just send me a message.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Craig. I will be passing through leigh. Beware

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Bugger bollox. Bearing on the trailer had seized. I’ve freed it off an oiled it but its going to bug me until I replace it. Rumbley bearings make me shudder

    Premier Icon slowol
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    I cycled round the ring of Kerry about 25 years ago. Seem to remember the villages we camped the in being lovely and quiet in the evenings when the tourist buses left.
    As well as going clockwise (depends on which general direction you’re heading) I seem to remember that the busses came in waves. Late start so that they had already stopped at intermediate destination for lunch, then take a late lunch and finish riding late afternoon avoided the worst of the herd.
    As you head East from the ring I recommend getting the ferry from Schull to Cape Clear island (you can camp there) and then ferry on to Baltimore. Saves coming inland, quieter roads and the ferry pedals a few miles for you.
    Enjoy!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ve freed it off an oiled it but its going to bug me until I replace it. Rumbley bearings make me shudder

    Want me to try and order in some parts? If you let me know the make/model of trailer or hub I can take a look.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    You know TJ,

    Did you ever consider sponsorship? A gofundme / justgiving page for a related charity? I rather suspect that there might be a few folk willing to bung you a few quid even if it’s just to stand you a coffee.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Molgrips. Ta mate its a stock cartridge bearing so i hope to get one before

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Cougar. Nope. Im firmly against doing fun things for charity

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Ta slowol

    Premier Icon bigblackshed
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    50 miles into a headwind + rain ≠ fun

    YMMV though. 😉

    Premier Icon andy4d
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    TJ I am in North Cork but could maybe meet you in the city when you pass if you need any help/tools for the bearing or are you needing it fixed sooner?

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