Alai Mac Erc: Destructive Engagement

Because 'alai' and 'allusive' were taken

Not exactly coasting
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Cycled 90k again...  on purpose, this time.  Actually the original plan -- or threat -- was 100k.  Given the hills involved too, not going to say I feel shortchanged, though.Read more...Collapse )

Kilmurry recce
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Thoughts of doing my (slowburn!) planned cycle to Toonsbridge with the surprisingly nice weather latterly on Tuesday, or at least the "outbound" leg. Read more...Collapse )

Cove de Bob
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I seem to have ended up rather semi-detached from Bike Week this year.  Did go on a cycle on Thursday...  but it wasn't one of the ones flagged as an AO event on the BW list, it was the "longest day" cycle, which ended up on on the same day.Read more...Collapse )

Eternally biennial Con -- incoming
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Odd-numbered year, so this must be Germany!Read more...Collapse )

Off to the Eens.
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Uneventual cycle on Thursday with AÓ though Divers Points North (White's Cross and Carrignavar being the ones that spring to mind), 43.7k, 16.0kph, though I wonder if that's a flaky-bikeputer underestimate -- the leader seemed to think so.  No photos, though, so rummaging through my backblog...  Oh yeah, the Twin Villages:

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Hill, bang, hill, brownie
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Another Saturday, another blowout!

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Hill, hill, bang.
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Another late-breaking cycle, though this time on a Saturday, the one day of the week I occasionally have good habits in that respect.

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Toon's Bridge recon in farce
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Pretty much a whole week of amazing weather.  Seems like it was only a week since it was horrendously dull with constant gale-force westerlies...Read more...Collapse )

Degrouping to Berrings
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Another Saturday, another An Oige cycle.  Was bordering on the shocked to learn it was the last one until "winter" returns.  I knew the Thursday evening ones were due to resume, but I'd implicitly been assuming the two would run in parallel.  Insofar as I'd bothered to think about it at all.  Shocker.  What will I do with the time?  Might have to chase down some boardgaming.  (Hint, hint, if anyone still has this thing on.)  Or else just stay in bed and listen to the radio, that's always an option.  There was talking of a "9:25 for 9:30" on the email, so thought I'd better not be too late even heading for the Meeting Point Two of my own imagining.  Turns out there was also a Meeting Point Three!  Largeish group showed up at Leemount Cross...  could have maybe lazed around another five minutes had I known.  Then again, I rather like the Lee Road, even if involves a hill of masochistic ascent and mildly terrifying descent.  And easy come, easy go...  Lost almost everyone at Inniscarra.  Two of us faffed around a little too long at the service station, then had a small brainfart and went straight in at the junction.  Then in Wood's Road had a small crisis of confidence -- or laziness -- and decided not to follow the rather hilly way we thought they'd gone to Curraghbeg, but instead to "cut them off" before they got to Farran.  Decision making processes rather fuzzy at that hour clearly, as going via Killumney as we ended up doing is evidently much longer.  I might have been hallucinating, but think I also saw a certain bike-shop owner going the other way.  Also some uncertainty about where the tea stop was.  Farran Pantry turned into a replenishment stop, and then we had to ask directions at the top of the hill.  (Wheeze.)

And then...  sight of hiviz!  Caught up with two people, though I wasn't at all sure if they were with our group -- the earlier "merger" made me unsure who was with us.  But they were at the back of the group, and they were leaving the tearooms, rather than arriving.  D'oh, missed it.  See-sawed a couple of times between the stragglers ofd that group, and my own earlier companion, who was suffering a little.  Didn't see either after Dripsey, though.  Did kindly get a slice of brack which I shared on.  Back via Berrings -- was listed on the route, though the Blair's Inn road would have been a deal shorter.  Not that I had a map on me to assist in second-guessing.  Cloghroe, and criss-crossing the earlier route at the same Leemount crossroads.  Then bike tyre went from "is that getting soft on me?" to "nah, it seems OK" to "oh, completely flat", then.  Puncture, apparently from a tiny but very sharp thorn still wedged in the tyre when I eventually fixed.  But as I was almost at Victoria Cross by that point, rather than trying to fix on the spot, just wheeled it home fro there.  Low speed ensured I noticed the poster for St. Vincent playing the Opera House.  Unexpected.  Amazing weather.  Temperature sensor just about had sunstroke, reading 27.1C.  59.6k, and 19.2kph rav prior to getting off and pushing.  Wasn't sure if I believed the bikeputer data...  thought I might have forgotten to reset the trip distance on the one hand, and been playing up and flatlining on the other...  but number is at least plausible, comparing with Gmaps.

Partially cloudy partial eclipse
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Had very little hopes for the eclipse, given the weather forecast (cloud all day) and the dull squib that 1999 had been.  But actually quite bright!  The quality of the light was very eerie near the maximum, with sharp clear shadows but very pale and attenuated.  Didn't really quite get the hang of the pinhole camera lark.  Need a bigger cardboard box, I think!  Must practise for 2026...  Managed to fluke one useable direct photo, though, when then was just the right amount of intervening cloud.
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