Current Location: Kiltyclogher (pop 233), Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Distance Cycled This Trip: 3,688 km
Three Year Tandem Total: 22,714 km
What We Don't Like: Ireland's midges (worse than the rain)
What We Do Like: Ireland's hostels (excellent shelter from weather & midges)
We have been rained on, savaged by midges and Judy was pooped on by a bird.
So it is hardly surprising that when we discovered there was a self contained room for €30 in a hostel in Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, we snapped it up.
First for one night, now a second and a third. Anything to escape the Great Outdoors.
"It's not as bad as Shackleton and those people," said Judy referring to the book she is reading, South: The story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition.
"However, I'm not in the Antarctic. I'm in Ireland."
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves about the joys of cycling.
On the plus side, we have just had a wonderful four days in Sligo town, at the Fleadh Cheoil or traditional Irish music festival. The city was crammed with tens of thousands of visitors - sports grounds were turned into temporary campgrounds and buskers struggled to be heard over each other.
We came across the Fleadh quite by chance, learning about it the day we arrived. The variety of gigs - formal and informal - was astounding, though we have to admit that by the end we had heard enough of those jigitty jig Irish jigs and reels. To our untrained ears, a lot of them sounded the same.
As if to prove the point, our favourite busker - and everyone else's - was a gentle faced young man of about 18 who was playing a country/Americana hit, Wagon Wheel, on high rotation. First made famous by Old Crow Medicine Show, the beat was infectious - some people dancing and even the most restrained of us unable to resist tapping a foot.
- So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
- Rock me mama anyway you feel
- Hey mama rock me
We sensed every mother in the crowd would have liked to take him home, give him a good feed and run him past their daughters.
For anyone interested in Irish music, here are some of the people we have enjoyed lately.
Song: Liscannor Bay. We saw the group perform in Doolin, Co. Clare.
Emma Ni Fhioruisce
Great wee story you two!ReplyDelete
Fascinating, as always Mike. I do so enjoy reading of your travels and you write so entertainingly and informatively. I've never been to Ireland and, to be honest, your descriptions haven't exactly got me longing to go. I think all that rain and midges would finish me. Bravo to you both. Love xReplyDelete