A little sneek peek at the renderings of our custom jerseys thanks toSpin11- Personalised Team Clothing for making them and of course our amazing sponsors Rake of Cakes and Only Natural Health Food Store
I'm not saying anything but all I'm saying is there might be some custom cycling jersies being made for us at the moment..... Keep an eye out for photos soon....
Be it up a mountain or along a beach both my girlfriend and I have always had a love for that old favourite 'the walk'.
Coming from the foot hills of the Knockmealdown Mountains in Co. Waterford I have spent quite a lot of my childhood traipsing up and down the mountain during the summer helping my granddad herd his sheep in for sheering. Although the herding itself was a chore I was always delighted when I reached the top and saw that magnificent view. For me that was worth the effort.
Ruth's childhood walks were usually along the beautiful Corracloe beach in Co. Wexford. You might remember it from the opening scene of 'Saving Private Ryan'. With its amazing scenery and the odd seal following you in the water it makes for a great way to spend a day.
That's our walking history over, so now onto why we picked the Hanakapiai Trail. Well its quite simple really. It’s in Hawaii.
We always wanted to go there and were blessed with the opportunity to do so in 2010. Finishing up our college work experience in Long Island New York we still had a couple of months left on our visas and did not want to waste them. We pulled out the map on the bedroom floor and scanned through it looking for what was the most 'fun' state in America. The finger landed on Hawaii. Kauai to be more specific. Known as the 'Garden Island' due to the lush green landscape. It is nearly always raining on some part of the island which was nearly an attraction rather than a deterrent as it would help us prepare for the Irish weather on returning home. All be it a lot warmer.
While on the island we made sure to make the most of it by doing a number of different excursions including snorkeling at Tunnel Beach and kayaking up river to hidden waterfalls within the island. The most memorable however has to be the Hanakapiai Trail.
Beginning where the road ends at Ke'e Beach it is an eight mile out-and-back trail with the 3000 foot tall Hanakapiai Falls at the four mile mid-point. As luck would have it, the day we attempted to hike the trail there had been heavy rain not long before so we were unable to finish the full trek to the falls due to flooding. Disappointed however we were not as the amazing views of the coast line were like little rewards as you rounded each fold in the curved coast line. In some sections it felt like we were in the memorable scene in Jurassic Park when the helicopter approaches the island for the first time. That though might have something to do with the fact that the film was shot on the island.
The incompletion of the trail wont haunt us till the end of time as we do plan on returning to Kauai again.
So I (Ciarán) had an idea....
I felt that there was too much time for arsing about before I head on the world cycle tour so I decided to enter a race to put down the time. Plus, as I'm not one to do things by half I decided to enter the Ireland Coast to Coast - Multisport Race race. This is a 48hr non-stop multisport race from the west to east coast of Ireland. I noticed the race during the summer and it really ticked all the boxes of everything I loved so I had to do it. Ruth will be my support crew to see me through the transitions from the kayak, cycling and running as well as supplying me with all my food (including goodies from Only Natural Health Food Store) for the race.
D-day is the 16th May and I cannot wait.
Ruth will be keeping an up to date report throughout the race, so keep an eye out on the facebook page and the blog to see my progress.
So hopefully I wont make an arse of myself.....
"Spot"-ed this bad boy online and had to get it!
This tracker from SPOT GPS Messenger will track our journey, even where mobile signals aren't available, give updates to our family of where we are at any given time and can send SOS alerts if, I mean WHEN Ruth gets her first injury!
After two and a half hours of trying myself and my dad were finally able to register for this years Ring of Kerry event. We felt that there was no better way to celebrate this, after the stress and frustration of a morning, than to go for a cycle. And sure there’s no better place then out over the Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains.
Just for all you film enthusiasts out there, here is the house used as the home of Ryan O'Neal's character in the oscar winning film 'Barry Lyndon'. It’s just on the left of the road as you emerge from a tunnel of rhododendrons before the Knockmealdown Mountains, coming from Lismore.
I mention this as the building, now in ruins has always held a place in my heart as my dad and granddad thatched the roof of the house for the Barry Lyndon film. My dream is to own it one day, but I will have to get the money first....
Finally paid off our new touring shoes!!! Cannot wait to hit the road in these bad boys!!! Oh the places they'll see!
10 points to Ruth for the foot modeling..
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry