Russia to Spain Tour Leg 19 – Dublin to Wicklow, to Belfast

After catching a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin, Ron stayed for a few more nights and we went to different pubs with our friend Christian’s parents. We love the live music that is played in traditional Irish pub!

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The next day I made a HUGE decision, to CUT my HAIR! I have kept my hair for more than 1.5 years, it is time to change my look. But the main reason of doing this was to donate my hair to a charity organization to make wig hairs for cancer patients who have gone through radiotherapy or chemotherapy. I tied my hair the last time, and asked Ron to cut at the root. Later on he shaved my hair, making me look like a monk again!

The organization I helped is Little Princess Trust:

http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/fundraising/sponsored-hair-cut/

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I am so happy that I finally have the courage to do it, it is just hair they will grow again! Next time I cut my hair will not be sooner than 2016! You will see how long could them grow!

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After Ron left, I had to carry on my own journey. First day I went down a bit south to Wicklow to visit a host, the ride is only 55km but the last bit going up to his house in Newtown mount Kennedy is all uphill!

I stayed 2 nights there, and his friend brought me to Glendalough where there is a very pleasant trekking route, I only went up to the lower and upper lake, the view are gorgeous! And there is a 13th century monastic village where the houses and graveyards are still kept in a good condition!

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And this is the most famous tower and landmark in Glendalough.

The upper lake on the trek in Glendalough.

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My host Simon is a gardener and a daily farmer, I helped him empty the trailer full of green scraps into a field. Thanks for his hospitality, I had 2 day resting and gathering my mind of where to go next.

The whole October I was planning to spend in the UK, hoping the weather will be kind to me.

Simon gave me a lift from his place to Swords which is more north of Dublin on the way I left. It saved me almost half day of riding!

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From Southern to Northern Ireland, the only thing changed is the currency. Other than that, I couldn’t see I went to a different country.

Newry is a lovely town with a river running in the center.

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Camping a night behind a business building in Banbridge, I was blessed that it was such a calm and peaceful night!

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The following day I rode to Belfast to meet my friend Kate, we were classmates in the yoga teacher course in India. She twisted her ankle two times during the month in Dharmasala, and I put some needles on her legs for quicker recovery. Thanks for her hospitality because that night there was a thunderstorm, the amount of rainfall that night (only 5 hours) exceed the total rainfall in September. Imagine if I was camping outside it would be so miserable. That’s why I really thanked Kate for saving me!

In Belfast, the Titanic building, that is the only interesting thing to see in the city!

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During my short stay in Northern Ireland, I did a day trip to Comber, Newtownards and Bangor. From Belfast to Comber, there is a Comber Greenway which is a very well paved bike route, highly recommended!

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The North Down Museum in Bangor is worth a visit, which showcase history of that area as well as an exhibition of Vikings and a collection of Hong Kong antiques.

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Bangor is a fishing village, the coastal area is full of its character.

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One of the famous clock tower in Bangor.

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Then you could cycle back all the way along the coast to Belfast, which is quite ups and downs. I did it half way and jumped back to the main road before it was getting too dark to head back.

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Dublin to Belfast  184 km

Belfast to Comber and Bangor and back  51km

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