This year’s tour comes to an end with a 250 km spin to Donegal across the least visible international border anywhere in the world (Dublin to Donegal 2016 Day 51)

Today's photo shows a plane taking off from Dublin airport as the sun rises in the distance. This was the third time I had cycled from Dublin to Donegal and I have always stopped every other year to take a photo here at Dublin Airport. There is normally a plane taking off every 3 minutes … Continue reading This year’s tour comes to an end with a 250 km spin to Donegal across the least visible international border anywhere in the world (Dublin to Donegal 2016 Day 51)

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A hectic weekend trying to get the gears fixed on my bike was followed by a hectic day’s travelling from London to Dublin (Barnet to Dublin 2016 Day 46)

Today's photo shows the departure board at Euston train station in London. After a weekend in London getting my bike fixed, it was time to get the train back to Ireland on Monday morning. Having been away for 7 weeks, I was looking forward to getting back to the old sod. My train was due … Continue reading A hectic weekend trying to get the gears fixed on my bike was followed by a hectic day’s travelling from London to Dublin (Barnet to Dublin 2016 Day 46)

After 6 weeks touring round Europe, I almost met my Waterloo after mangling the gears on my bike (Quineville to London 2016 Day 43)

Today's photo shows the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth harbor, which at a height of 170 m is one of the tallest structures in England outside of London. The tower has 3 observation decks one of which has a glass floor 100 m above the sea. It was opened in 2005 after 5 years construction work … Continue reading After 6 weeks touring round Europe, I almost met my Waterloo after mangling the gears on my bike (Quineville to London 2016 Day 43)

A day cycling past all 5 D-Day beaches left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings (Ouistreham to Quineville 2016 Day 40)

Today's photo shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings.The sculpture was only intended to be temporary but it has remained here ever since. Nowhere else during D-Day did … Continue reading A day cycling past all 5 D-Day beaches left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings (Ouistreham to Quineville 2016 Day 40)

In June 1944, battle raged here in Normandy and also in Saipan in the Pacific, where in 2002 another battle was waged that split Ireland in two (Honfleur to Ouistreham 2016 Day 39)

Today's photo shows Pegasus Bridge near Ouistreham which was the first bridge captured by Allied forces during the D-Day landings in 1944. The capture of the bridge was crucial to protect the troops landing on the Normandy Beaches from a German counter-attack. It was captured by about 150 British paratroopers who landed in 5 gliders … Continue reading In June 1944, battle raged here in Normandy and also in Saipan in the Pacific, where in 2002 another battle was waged that split Ireland in two (Honfleur to Ouistreham 2016 Day 39)