Today I’m having lunch in Paris. Tomorrow, it’s dinner in Dublin! Then, after an evening touring the city of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett and a good night’s sleep, I’ll head north-west to Sligo (also called “Yeats Country” since the poet WB Yeats spent his childhood there. This land of waterfalls and cliffs, mountains and beaches, and rolling hills, Yeats called “the country of the heart.”
From Sligo, I’ll began a 10-day solo bicycling tour, riding 80km to 90km per day. I will stop to take photos, learn about the culture, the history, and literary heritage of this region of Ireland.
Each day, after my exertion, I’ll stop at one of the auberges, or beds-and-breakfasts (chosen by the operator of the tour company), and sleep until the first light of dawn. Then, it’s back on the bicycle! I will have ridden close to 1,000km by the end of the tour.