Friday, April 13, 2012

Cycle Touring Day 13

Route: Swords - Lusk - Skerries - Rush - Baldoyle

After a week of "changeable" Dublin weather (some things never change), it appears I had chosen the right day for a 66km round trip to Skerries. And on Friday the 13th too!

The main purpose of today's cycle was primarily to visit a friend and go for lunch, but as a new headset was installed on the bike yesterday, it was also a perfect opportunity to give it a long test ride ahead of the big cycles of next week. It was a leisurely cycle out and there was very little wind, so I took a photo stop at the church in Lusk.

In Skerries, my friend unexpectedly treated me to lunch (thank you very much :) and afterwards we strolled around the harbour and the bay for a couple of hours, chatting and playing on the swings (with her young son I hasten to add).

En route back to the city I took a detour to Baldoyle to meet up with @BruunLoss who I had only ever conversed with on Twitter. When I got to Dublin last week we arranged to meet up at some stage for a pint and a chat about cycling. A most generous man so he was, he would not let me buy a pint! He also gave me a few carbohydrate tablets and gel sachets to boot. Thank you sir! It was lovely to meet you. I wish you all the best in your cycling endeavours.

I ended the day with a few drinks in town with more friends and ex-work colleagues whom I had yet to meet up with during the course of this week. Not a bad Friday the 13th after all :)

If the hospitality I have experienced today continues, it is sure to be a most enjoyable few years cycling! Cheers.

St. Macuilin's Church with its Round Tower in Lusk.

The Martello Tower in Skerries is one of 50 built around the coastline of Ireland.

The view towards the Martello Tower on Dalkey Island in the distance.

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