Thursday, 31 January 2019

Some days there's nothing for it but the Turbo


Late off the mark today so the easy choice was the Turbo. It was my first real "pushing on" session this year with seated and standing intervals........ You really notice it when you've not been doing much, boy did I suffer....

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Rock of Dunamase, Laois

Rock of Dunamase Spin.

 

Just a quick post to show a few photo's of Rock of Dunamase in Laois.

This outpost was part of Aoife's Dowry to Strongbow and was previously settled and used as a fortification long before the Norman's first arrived.


Rock of Dunamase


The Rock of Dunamase looking atmospheric in the mist.

Rock of Dunamase

It is an impressive heritage site with fantastic views across the surrounding countryside on a clear day. Well worth a visit if you ever get a chance.

 


Rock of Dunamase


Slieve Bloom Mountains

" There is no such thing as bad weather, merely bad clothing "

Slieve Bloom Mountains Spin.


Slieve Bloom Mountains

Yesterday was a bright spring day in the Slieve Bloom mountains in Laois (Ireland). I didn't pass another cyclist during my spin and the brisk but beautiful day reminded me of the old saying I've used in the post header.


Slieve Bloom Mountains


Sure enough I was snug as a bug in a rug and never really noticed the cooler temperatures which made a nice change from many previous occasions when I've often departed on the bicycle foolishly under dressed for the weather, only to regret my clothing decision as the biting cold took hold. Perhaps after all wisdom does indeed come with age.

Slieve Bloom Mountains
 
Finn Macool ( Fionn Mac Cumhail) was raised in the Slieve Blooms and nearby Ballyfin translates as the town of Fionn.

Slieve Bloom Mountains
 
There are a few old abandoned stone houses that you can see from the trails but there's also a little group of hidden houses complete with an old stone wall lined trail hidden in a wooded area here. Life must have been tough in such a remote area all those years ago. The little group of houses is difficult to find.
 
Slieve Bloom Mountains
 
Sometimes in Winter it's easier to access the area by MTB on the trails. There's whats believed to be a collapsed Dolmen, the Giants Grave, on the edge of the mountains. If you travel towards Cadamstown on the trails you might come across it.

Slieve Blooms