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Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!


No boring stats today. You will find our new friends, Chris and John, along with their “High Nellies” and advice for bicyclists much more interesting. With their permission I am sharing photos and video from our visit at the Meiteal Cafe in Dunlavin, a village in County Wicklow with a library at its center.

Michael and I were in search of a restroom (or “toilet” as they say here) when we spotted the colorful cafe while rolling through town. Rolling up to the entrance I was immediately captivated by the two antique bikes parked alongside the curb; black, heavy, old. 


“Those are our bikes …” was the beginning of an enlightening conversation with Chris and John, two gentlemen sitting at the table nearby. Curious and intrigued, we learned of these black beauties that date back to 1930. Both bikes are not just operational but also serve as reliable transportation for our new friends: ten miles every day!


Chris and John, happy to share their bicycling insights with “my girlfriends back home.”

Here is an unedited version of a three-minute interview, where the men share some bicycing advice for my girlfriends back home, how the “High Nellie” got its name and best of all – how to live a long life!

Inspired by our bicycle-centric conversation, Chris announced that we should have a bike ride, “old and new”. Like a director on a Hollywood set, he stands and begins assigning roles and instructions. “Give him [Michael] the camera and you two, get your bikes”, pointing to John, our fellow friend and cyclist from England, and me.

Ready for our 'round the library' ride, as suggested by Chris.

Ready for our ’round the library’ ride.

He places Michael in the center of the road, gives him filming instructions and directs the rest of us to circle the library. Staged two-by-two, we roll around the center of town, like a parade without an audience.

Of our entire coast-to-coast cycling tour, this fraction-of-a-mile was unquestionably the most delightful! Take a look:

Chris and John, thank you for sharing, educating and leading us. You transformed a random rest stop into a treasured memory. Happy Pedaling from your friends, Carolyn, Michael and John and “Ride Like A Girl”!

Read next post in the series:  Day 4 – Give Me a Steak and No One Gets Hurt

Ireland by Bike Series:


Dunlavin Libray: http://archiseek.com/2009/1743-dunlavin-market-house-co-wicklow/

Film, “Dancing with Lughnasa” with Meryl Streep http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120643/

Author: Carolyn @ RideLikeAGirlPortland.com

I am an avid cyclist, passionate about training and encouraging other women to discover the joys of cycling. I believe that if women have a learning environment that feels safe, is fun and includes the support of other women, they will naturally Learn, Laugh and Love it!

6 thoughts on “Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!

  1. It is these types of experiences that make traveling fun. Slainte!

  2. Great little video — interesting how Chris and John were stone-faced and unresponsive at first and then gradually started warming up and talking! (Probably wondering, who are these crazy Americans?)

  3. This is my favorite part of travel. Getting off the tourist route and interacting on a real level with the locals. Great interaction!!!

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