Sun is breaking through the cracks in the curtains. Michael lies motionless like a sleeping gentle giant. My iPhone tells me I’ve got another hour to rest but I have loads of anticipation rousing me.
We are in Bushmills, Northern Ireland along the north coast. Today is “Go Day” for our coast to coast bike tour. Day one we pedal our way back to Belfast, 60 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation gain. A moderate ride by NW Butts on Bikes standards, one of the Meetup groups I train with back home in Portland, Oregon.
The next four days we tour by saddle. I think my mother is the only one that may be more excited than me, ” I can’t believe you’re biking on Irish soil!” Born and raised in Belfast, my parents met, married and immigrated to America in 1962. I think my mum may be Ride Like A Girl’s most enthusiastic member.
While my friend, Diana Koegler, may get the credit for getting me back on a bike and Paul Johnston for teaching me to love hill climbing it’s my Mum that modeled a “Can do” spirit and filled our lives with loads of Irish love and laughter. It is her greatest gift to our family and all who meet and fall in love with her.
I dedicate this ride to you, Mum! Erin go bragh!
Read next post in the series: Day 1 Done!
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