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.|