A BALLINDERRY woman has completed a challenging
bike ride around Ireland. Aisling Shannon, 25, recently cycled
for three and a half weeks, taking in the four compass points
and travelling through all the coastal counties, clocking up
approximately 1200 miles.
The architectural graduate spent nine months
in New Zealand and thought because she had the chance to see so
much of that wonderful country, it was only right that she saw
more of her home land.
Speaking about her challenge Aisling said: "I
utilised a wide network of friends and family to stay with in my
three and a half week trip, staying in hostels when no friends
or family were nearby.
"I went through 18 counties and I had four
rest days, in Wexford, Cork, Castlegregory and Ballintoy. I did
the cycle as a challenge, a holiday and a way to get to know my
country. It was a fantastic experience."
The weather was far from ideal for cycling
but local girl battled against lashing head- winds and pouring
rain, with scarcely a sight of the sun.
"The rain didn't put me off at all. I soon
dried off. I enjoyed the challenge and I would recommend it.
" It really is not as hard as it seems. I met
a couple of ladies in their 60's and they were cycling around
Ireland too - they were an inspiration," Aisling added.