The preparation and departure

Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
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Trip End May 07, 2006


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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Last minute preparations are underway and are proving as hectic and last minute as ever. Following a couple of months of bike purchasing procrastination, I finally got myself organized enough to acquire a tour worthy mode of transport. After denying the need for purchasing a new bike which btw is might pricey, I fell in love with the Specialized Sequoia model. The derailleurs are of great quality, the frame is light and made of enhanced butted aluminum making it super light, the forks are carbon reinforced, and the frame is at a comfortable geometry with dropped handle bars. I couldn't help myself despite the rain on Saturday to bike around the city. I came home soaked. However, this is a good introduction to the weather conditions I will need to deal with while in the land of rain and green. I'm crossing my fingers for lots of sun.

Today the day began with my dog getting sick all over the pavement of one of my less congenial neighbors. This was followed by a screaming match altercation and me being put into a tense mood despite the cool breeze and bright skies. Once I got to work I received a call from Aer Lingus regarding my flight. It was cancelled. Needless to say my heart sank and I began immediately to clutch for potential remedies. Thankfully there was a flight earlier from my scheduled one at 7:40 PM that had a seat available. So I have 3 less hours to get ready for my departure. I still need to deal with the doggie sitter situation, last minute work delegation, bills, packing, and taking my bike apart to be able to box it. I am feeling overwhelmed so my remedy to compose myself is to make my first blog entry. Writing always manages to help me organize my thoughts and put things in perspective.

The excitement to wrench myself from my mundane day to day life and embark on a cycling tour on the western coast of Ireland is overwhelming. I have never really considered going to Ireland, but my desire hatched after meeting some touring bikers in Vietnam and Cambodia earlier this year. The idea of touring on a bike seemed very appealing and Ireland sprang to mind. After some research and fact finding on the terrain and habitation it seemed ideal. I could spend a week and a half as a solitary biker among the vast terrains dotted with small villages. It's the desire for something quiet and sedate far away from the stresses of packed urban living. It is time to listen to the wind across jagged cliffs instead of the trucks rumbling outside on their way from Manhattan. Views of green fields and gray limestone expanses instead of filthy sidewalks and congested streets filled with angry drivers. The ability to relax at a pub after a long day of soar legs over a hot meal and friendly local conversation. I am probably romanticizing it a bit, but I will see soon enough.
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bozena on

Hello Son
Czesc Pshemek I like your pictures ,have a good time and take care of yourself ,please let me know how do you fill after the medication .Eva is fine ,but you forgot the fish oil,and she do not want to eat well I think she missed you.Sunday she is going to Asia and for weakend coming back to me. Love you .Mom

Lisa on

I am thrilled to have found your blog. I will be cycling the west of Ireland with my sister. We are in the planning stage...putting the pieces together. Going to Ireland, riding bike, being in small towns, staying in hostels, taking pictures, listening to music in the evenings, writing about it all...
I have only read this first entry. I hope you had fun.

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