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I do like Frank!

I took the bike along the main road to Lidl - boy is CastleBlaney a busy place!! I had to walk half way back cos I kept bashing the bag that had my bruisable salad stuff. Must get some light-weight easily-stored panniers.

I'll add a photo of a lass I met yesterday - just my fave colours for hair!! It looked amazing. Think she was quite amazed that an old buddy would rave about it! Maybe that'll be my next adventure - I've done the purple after all!
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My sister says since an old buddy raved about it she's probably gone straight home to wash it out!!

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Castleblaney really was a lovely place with lovely welcoming people, lots going on at the lakeside, nice walks, busy wee town. I shall return!

Next stop was supposed to be on the marina at Carlingford which I understood to be a wee huckster of a place... Wrong! It was absolutely heaving with families trying to get a spot by the water (just where I wanted to be, to be exact!), the main street was a carpark and there was no mission of turning into the wee road I needed. So I ended up at parking by the Newry-Portadown canal (not navigable by craft but the walkway/cycle route goes all the way) via a very narrow, twisty road into a near-vertical estate in Newry which required a 3+point turn. I blame Louise - she definitely chose that road at the junction (I was stopped at lights n had time to check.) It was a pleasant stop with walks and again, nice people to chat to.

Then it was on to Banbridge where we lived for a few years, to catch up with some friends via a lovely art gallery right above the motorway.

I stopped the night in the Tesco carpark with a very busy road just behind me - but my Garmin tells me I had a pretty good night's sleep (I think it lies! - partly because I bought a pair of pj's to replace the ones where the top went missing in the laundry, but in fact I'd to take it off half way through the night as it was just too hot! Could have saved myself the money!)

And today I arrived home. I was supposed to call with a niece en route but just before getting to her turn-off there were lightning pyrotechnics n the rain came down in torrents - so no sitting out then!

At least my van got a good washing of the undercarriage! There were quite a few deep stands of water at dips in the road but I was behind a delivery van n reckoned if he could get through then so could I.

It was a great trip, mostly new places (in the MH at least) - nothing fancy or exciting but very enjoyable.

1. Castleblaney cakes to order - with a sense of humour!
2. Castleblaney parking - 2 dedicated bays
3. Parking by Newry canal
4. Romulus and Seamus - a humorous piece by John Kindness
5. One of a number of Women of Belfast pieces by FE McWilliam, a son of Banbridge. Inspired by the Abercorn Tea-Room bombing in which 2 people died and over 130 were injured. I found them very moving (the sign above does not refer to the statue)
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A programme about to start on more 4

Cycling the north Ireland coast by electric bike

A big women, no cycling expert

Really looking forward to it, but we have you Jean

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That programme didn't seem to be on the schedule here Sandra. What was it called?

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Jean it was at 8 o’clock on More 4 start this week , I’ll check when it’s advertised again on coming programmes

She’s travelling the coast of Ireland by electric bike

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I had my electric bike out on my trip for 1st time in probably a couple of years. It was good to be in the saddle again - tho I think I must find a mobile holder for the handlebars as I kept getting lost!

I remember one of the 1st times I went cycling with a satnav - the old TT, hanging in its case from my wrist but I could hear it OK.

She'd tell me Turn right, when there WAS no right turn, and all sorts of daft instructions including quite a lot of Turn around where possible.

I only realised much later that she'd have been birling around at the end of the wrist strap n the poor lass was probably extremely 'motion-sick'!
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