16 August 2010
Tour to the Seat of the High Kings of Ireland Hill of Tara in Royal Meath14/8/2010
On Saturday We Assembled at the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park Dublin at 9.30am and waited for some more of the Group to turn up then headed off at around 10.00am on a Marvelous Trip to the Hill of Tara. Our Leader and Pathfinder General on the Trip was a Young Frenchman called Jeremie who is mad into Cycling and thinks nothing of going up the Wicklow Mountains on his Carbon Fibre Bike .We had our Lunch at the Tourist Restaurant and Souvenir and Clothes Shop Maguire's of Tara.
We were plagued by a Deluge of Wasps as we Dined outside on Picnic Tables and Garry and Jeremie had a mad Glint in their Eyes as they tried to dispose of them in Beer or Cider.
A group of us headed up the Hill of Tara to have a look at the Ancient site of the High Kings Palace and Tomb. The Mounds of the Palace is still there ,I surmise the Wall's were Built with Timber which has disintegrated over the Centuries. There is two Pictures of the Tomb one is the Interior. We had a Photo Shoot on top of the Hill ,that is myself in the Blue TEE shirt.
We headed off then to an Old World Pub O'Connells for a Refreshing Drink in Skreen or Skryne which means Shrine The Church was Built in 954 and contained the Relic's of St Columba or Columcille but was later Sacked a few times and is now a Ruin.
I got Road Rash and I was not even on the Bike. The Chap from the Pub took a Picture of the Group and I moved back to Bunch up and I fell off the Plastic Chair onto the Gravel Ground and Bruised my Elbow and said it was a Pity he did not get me actually falling over .
Then we headed back to Dublin to the Phoenix Park to the Wellington Monument at 5.30 pm . I had a rest in the Evening Sunshine for a Half Hour before heading Home at 6.00pm. The Weather was marvelous on the Day not to Hot Typical Irish Summer of around 20 - 22 Celsius great Cycling Weather.
The Picture's begin from the bottom up ,The first couple are when we had a rest and Rehydration stop and a Snack in the general area of Rathoath in Nth County Dublin .A picture of a Thatched House and the Cyclists Enroute to Tara.
The next twelve are at Tara. The Peculiar Pillar shaped Stone object is Lia Fáil or the Pillar of Destiny like the Stone of Scone in Scotland.Two People playing the Bowrán/ pronounced Bowrawn an Ancient Irish Musical Instrument it set the Ambience of the Place very well.
The next group are at O'Connells Pub in Skreen,That is myself in Blue enjoying a Lager,Pictures of the Group and Bikes, my Bike against the front of O'Connels.
The last two Pictures are arriving back in the Phoenix Park at 5.30pm on the main Road Chesterfield Avenue facing the Wellington Monument.
Poscript ,Distance covered there and back around 90KM or 60Miles .
overall I covered about 104 KM or 70Miles.
Sunday.I was a bit sore but not to bad,the Saddle on this New Bike is Grand no problems with it Selle Italia. It is nice and comfortable,at least my Ar*e was not Sore. I got up late and had a Brunch rather than Breakfast at 12.00am or 12.30 am. I always seem to stay up late when I do a long Ride on the Bike. I eventually went for a Relaxing Spin out to Howth on Dawes about 10 KM or 7Miles at 4.45pm. The Village of Howth was absolutely Chockers with Cars,I have never seen so many at the Fishing Port in my Life. Should all be Banned for Polluting up the Beautiful Village. They were all along the Fishing Pier in their Cars,the Rubbish was all over the Place from the Farmers Market selling Food and the Bins was overflowing at that End. The Fish Restaurants and Pubs were thriving with Tourists and Natives and there were some Motor Homes and Caravans Parked on the Piers. I eventually went Home at 6.30 pm and had Dinner with a nice Czech Lager Bliss.