Richard Dugdale

Pennyfarthing

Richard Dugdale

I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand.
This was followed by a trip to South Island New Zealand for three weeks in Jan/Feb 09 and one week in Geelong, OZ, to see my son.
I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a group of the Clitheroe Bike Club each Saturday to keep my fitness up to an acceptable level.
In 2010 I became a CTC Holidays and Tours leader and lead a family camping week in the Cotswolds.
2011 saw me lead a CTC tour of the Lakes and Dales, moving on each day with panniers and a family camping week in the Ribble Valley in August.
2012 saw a tour of the Western Isles of Scotland and a CTC tour to Yunnan Province in China in October. In 20I3 I ran a tour to Slovenia and have toured in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2014 I did another CTC tour of Lakes and Dales and a tour to Yellowstone Park in America in September. 2015 started off with a tour in Tasmania, Kyushu, Japan. 2016 saw me leading a tour on the Gt Ocean Road, Australia and Honshu Japan.



Europe » Ireland September 25th 2016

Overal view of Ireland Trip 2016 I rushed around Ireland from Galway following the coast back up to Dublin in 12 cycling days. In hindsight it was a marathon and more time should have been allowed. Luckily the wind was mostly in my favour and I did get a few days when rain persisted at least half the day, which I suppose is inevitable in Ireland, especially on the West Coast. I stayed in hostels on about 5 nights, which are not the best places if you have had a hard day and want some sleep. I used them mostly because of the high cost of accommodation in Dublin and Galway. Costs could have been kept lower if I had had a travelling companion to share the costs of the double rooms I occupied. The west ... read more
Dublin at night
Balybunion

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 23rd 2016

Day 14 The last day and the sun is shining, but dew on the ground and a nip in the air demanding full gloves for first hour. A steady climb for 1 1/2 hrs up to Laragh where a brew and sausage rolls is called for at the fuel station cum store. There I used for the first time a new Nescafe coffee machine which asks you if you want more than one shot,takes the cup up into the machine and does a bit of spinning and grinding before presenting you with the perfect specimen. It was a good job I refuelled here because there was nowhere else all the way to Dublin. As it was with he prevailing wind to the rear for most of the time I was in the city outskirts by 1pm ... read more
Keyhole barn
You are warned
Sunrise at Woodenbridge.

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Arklow September 22nd 2016

Day 13 Luck was with me again today. I seem to have the luck of the Irish. Last week as I was travelling south the prevailing wind was north west. This week As I travel north the wind is from the south west. I am sailing along. I had a good run through Wexford with the sun in my eyes as I crossed the river with some very nice views of the city. The coast road was undulating but only needed my 'granny' ring twice all morning. At Killmuckridge I stopped at a nice cafe where it appears they get a lot of cyclists since there was a pump and spare tubes in a box outside. I had the biggest scone ever with raspberry jam and cream. I will never lose weight. The sun continued to ... read more
The sunken wreck
Kate's Cafe
The giant scone

Europe » Ireland » County Wexford » Drinagh September 21st 2016

Day 12 Set out this morning after a nice red sky had disappeared. This was a bad sign for rain, which according to the Met Office, was due at 12 o'clock. I followed the rugged coast road from Dungarvan through to Bonmahon which is on the Copper Coast Drive. This coastal area was the centre of copper mining in the 19th century and there were several steam pumping engines on the cliff tops bringing out the ore, which was then shipped across to Swansea in Wales. The business was short lived and they were abandoned around 1870 after 30 years of production. The coastal part of the town itself looks rather weary with several abandoned homes and businesses. Eventually I arrived at Tramore with a ferocious wind blowing off the sea and was looking at a ... read more
Great sign
Dragonflies
Passage East

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Midleton September 20th 2016

Day 11 Weather good today as I set off from Carrigaline after a good long sleep. The only trouble was Cork. As you can guess with any big city the traffic, especially early morning is here is horrendous. I managed a minor route along the banks of the river Lee past the impressive Blackrock Castle. It was built as a fort in 1582 to defend the port of Cork and later made into a castle built of limestone, which had to burn down every hundred years, as they did in those days. Damn it, there was enough water surrounding it. Eventually I got to the bridge and wrestled with the traffic to get to the north bank. I think my wide,yellow panniers and flapping jacket helped to clear a swathe through the mayhem. One on the ... read more
Near Catholic Church
More sludge
Dungarvan

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Carrigaline September 19th 2016

Looks like there was a fault in earlier blog Day 10 I have to confess that this trip is turning out to be a marathon. I grossly underestimated the terrain, which is like Cornwall with steep hills, some of which are not that short. I am surprised that my body is sustaining it all. My right leg was letting me know of its weakness this afternoon so I had to slow down a bit on the hills and pull a lower gear. I will have legs like Chris Hoy by the time I get home and I will be leaving everyone for dead. Regardless of the toughness the area is still beautiful and changing every day. Today I saw milk cow country and also quite a bit of arable land with grain and also beans. The ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Carrigaline September 19th 2016

Day 10 I have to confess that this trip is turning out to be a marathon. I grossly underestimated the terrain, which is like Cornwall with steep hills, some of which are not that short. I am surprised that my body is sustaining it all. My right leg was letting me know of its weakness this afternoon so I had to slow down a bit on the hills and pull a lower gear. I will have legs like Chris Hoy by the time I get home and I will be leaving everyone for dead. Regardless of the toughness the area is still beautiful and changing every day. Today I saw milk cow country and also quite a bit of arable land with grain and also beans. The coast is less rocky and there are many sandy ... read more
Sculpture at Leap
Leap Waterfall.

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Schull September 18th 2016

Ireland Day 9. As I write this the sea is gently lapping against the foreshore with the sun on my back. My wife Stephanie would think it heaven, and I must say it is pretty good. The day did not set off very well with rain until 1pm when I was having my second brew in Bantry Bay outside the Gas Station. Earlier I was having withdrawal symptoms since the Spar in Glengarriff was not selling warm sausage rolls today. I asked for a ham salad, as usual, and got a whopping triple decker which I could not eat in one go. I struggled to open my jaw enough to bite it, is was that thick. I saw a dead fox at the roadside today, which makes a change from the workman's gloves and wellingtons seen ... read more
Sheep wool
Don't fall in.
Schull Harbour

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Beara Pen September 17th 2016

Ireland Day 8 Gee what a day. 150km with over 1500m of climbing. Luckily it was a dry day and a wind that helped and hindered, as it does when you keep gping along the peninsulas east and west. I completed the Skellig Ring, which is an amazing area. I rejoined the Ring of Kerry at Waterville, where I made my first mistake of the day and went up a wrong road. I returned to Waterville and had a brew and long sausage roll, which seems to be my favourite snack from the supermarkets, along with a made up ham salad sandwich for later. I stuck to the Ring of Kerry route for most of the day and on the occasions I didn't I regretted it due to the big hills which are not just quite ... read more
Ardgroom 2
Ardgroom 3
Charlie Chaplin

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Ballinskelligs September 16th 2016

Ireland Day 7 Last night I had to cycle 3km to The Anvil Pub in Doolpools for a meal. Stuffed lamb with mash, broccoli, carrots and gravy. Divine. Washed downed with a red wine and The Guinness, of course. Being a country/folk lover it was nice to be serenaded by piped Irish Folk Music. Not as good as live, but beggars can't be choosers. Funny how you get used to a loaded bike, I was wavering about for balance on the way back on what had become a lightweight bike (or was that the Guinness?). I woke up to a great mountain view from my French Windows, complete with the low cloud hanging over the upper reaches. It looks like I may have a dry day today, but you never know around here. It often begins ... read more
Yet another wonderful  bay.
Proper breakfast.
The Four Monks




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