Rory Whelan

Joined April 2018Living in: Carrigaline, Ireland
  • Day11

    'tis over

    September 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Elvis had a song of a similar title but somebody wrote it for him .. Paddy and I write our own lyrics .. it’s how we roll !

    No surprise to find a flat back tyre 😥 this morning , given what’s happening in the UK with Brexit I’m not convinced they have this deity thing sorted so so ill do a straw poll .. should I go back to JC and go tubeless ?

    We rocked on with Paddy as TGB... s bit surreal as he has NO maps on his Garmin , Twas like Columbus following a compass .. it told him he was off course but it was difficult to find where we should have gone . Mine was on also so I was able to be my usual supportive self 😇

    We got to Spain .. yes Anita Spain .. at about 13:00
    Our adventure over . It was great to do it , we didn’t row once .. he’s very patient ... we share a luv of craft beer and life balance though I think Paddy has a lot to teach me in that space

    I do feel for Anita cos she has to endure the snoring , But not all of us can be perfect 😇

    This type of cycling isn’t for everyone , avg pace about 20kph , weight of bike loaded about 35k
    Multiple stops , off-road segments , punctures .. don’t even talk about punctures ...

    But it’s savage Craic and I’ve no doubt Paddy lived in the moment many a time as he slowed to wait for me ...

    ... and living in de Moment is what mindfulness is all about #justsaying

    Mission accomplished 😊

    FFF tomorrow .. bring it on

    TTFN
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  • Day8

    The border ... the arrival

    September 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well we did it ... super cycle and some great roads the cycle apps keep u off the main roads. Cycling through market gardens ... orange groves, olives ... the smell of mint drove us on too ! This place has it all ... my garmin was used today no maps but of no real use to me as I can’t see them ! So my compass worked fine ... 76km all in ! Thanks to my very good travel companion who only snores sometimes...Read more

  • Day7

    Pump it pump it

    September 25, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Another super day for cycling ... gravel, tarmac whatever baby ! We had a slow puncture to start and one to finish ... but himself did loads of pumping ! Garmin issues again today ...TG for tour guide Barbie on google maps, she is spot on ! Maybe a new garmin required for himself one needs to have reliability on these trips ! Inspector gadget needs an upgrade !Read more

  • Day10

    allahu akbar

    September 25, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    I’ve converted ..
    fixed the slow puncture this morning .. front tyre
    Had a fresh one in the back inside the hour ..
    So only one solution .. switch sides !

    We followed Komoot all the way until Paddy’s patience finally ran out just before we went on another “unpaved road” not sure what the problem was I was the one with the puncture epidemic 😊

    Twas a good call , great breakfast caramel apple pie TB no low cal option available so don’t judge

    Garmin died just about 3 k from home . Paddy used google maps to get us the rest of the way !
    So he lead for 3k or so #justsaying

    Went for a swim in the SEA 🥶

    I’ll be fine don’t worry

    Paddy and I had a romantic last dinner .. it’s nearly over but we will still be friends 👨‍❤️‍👨

    TTFN
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  • Day9

    Oh Jesus

    September 24, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    We cut our spin short cos A, Paddy loves Alvor and wanted to get there quick and B cos we knocked 50k off it by doing so and C Paddy loves Alvor

    First 5 k went down then up for 20 odd .. not just up but spiking at 10/11/14 % 8/9 are not note worthy

    I’d to stop as I was melting and had no more gears and didn’t want to see Autopause again ... it still hurts

    We got over the hill then the Donkey sped for home , I forced him to stop for a coffee and then to allow me pump my front tyre .. again , another slow puncture

    So we got to Alvor about 12:30 . B2 thought it wasn’t much of a cycle .. easy to say that from rain soaked UCC ! 32deg here I’m now like Kanye W I’m that dark 😎

    Went for a walk to the beach .. then walked along the beach .. no hand holding , sand and sea yada yada .. but v long !

    Visited the Mullen’s favourite pubs and restaurants, well most of them , well some of them
    Met most of Clon who are over for a golf week ..

    Now paddy is sleeping on his mattress on the ground .. we have a double with two mattresses
    Quaint !

    I thought it was 22;45 and was so impressed I’d stayed awake having endured Paddy’s snoring last night ... I’ve stuff to throw later , TG

    TTFN
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  • Day6

    De shortest route is not always the ...

    September 24, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Savage cycling today ... never saw climbs like it... having a pannier did not help but u just get on with it ! Kinda like life really ... but boy the views ! So happy we took the short term pain ... great day in Alvor ...

  • Day5

    Twas a day for the sun

    September 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Super day on the bike ... started with a visit to contente for the water wipes... very refreshing on a hot day ! Once again komoot had us on the backroads .. if I only had a gravel .. so on the tarmac for most of it ... lunch in villa nova de milfontes .... made it to rogil .. found a super restaurant 1:20 a bottle of beer ..Read more

  • Day8

    I did have to taunt him ..

    September 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Ok , my sins my not be minor , but no need to rub it in by giving me a flat this morning .. taking the Piss or what !

    For the record Paddy didn’t snore last night , but he did flick the remote on at some stage and scared the bejasus out of me .. he then woke as I tried to pry it from his hand

    Me in boxers , Anita I’ll pay for the therapy ..

    Magic spin, Komoot challenged us to go off-road
    We took the challenge once .. we were a bit nervous .. but Tis all good , Pdiddy wasn’t happy , went to Google , may have captured the pic ☺️

    Coastal route was amazing , sea sun and surfers . In my mtb gear I fitted right in , casual nods , virtual high fives ..(none really ) Paddy looked like an elite athlete so stuck out ..

    Lunch was great , we declined the 10% down gradient after cos we knew we’d have to come back up as would our lunch

    It was v hot and I may have got a tad burnt both by Paddy on the road and the sun .. long sleeves for me tomorrow , 🥵

    Savage climb to our hotel , my garmin died at 87k like me really , at the start of the hills .. there were great descents too but you know what goes down must come up , talking cycling here potty minds 🙄

    Dinner was fab as were the deserts , even Paddy had one !!

    So sore and stuffed . Watching hits of 1984 on the TV , hard to believe George Michael was gay , he was giving it holly in Careless Whisper .. Beyoncé was hot back then .. but weren’t we all 😎😂🕺

    Got to go and soften my earplugs .. hilly tomorrow but Paddy reckons he will be like Niall’s donkey coming back off the Gap of Donloe ... mad for road for his spiritual home ... Alvor

    He can feck off I’ll see him there 🤷‍♂️
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  • Day7

    Day 1 Fecking punctures

    September 22, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    To set the record straight .. he snores .. big time and no drink on board so earplugs tonight

    But he was punished cos his bike had a puncture when we got it , life balance 😇

    I got a slow puncture later so though I sin , mine are not nearly as serious as Paddies

    Niall would have luved today
    Started @ 9.05 , 111k finished @ 17:25 .. blue pace 🤣

    Garmin is the king of lost travellers and we need to chip together to get Paddy laser surgery so he can see when we are off course

    My garmin died, twice but is back and working(ish)

    So we Are tired and having a beer , may have two cos P hates uneven numbers

    Towels in room are fab , and we have both done our first wash 😇😇

    So I’m been rude and have to go
    TTFN
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  • Day4

    De day of 2's

    September 22, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    The days of 2’s ... 2 punctures...2 ferry rides ... 2 crap sat Nav’s ... 2 over 50’s .. if Carl berg did cycling ... 111 km all day long in fine weather ! I mean ya baby ... de odd couple of things ...

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