A Biking Adventure

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Beautiful scenery, great friends, cute villages, hard work, meditation, and exploration: That sums up the day I had. A group of girls and I decided that today would be the day for a big biking trip through Ireland- I cannot tell you- this was THE BEST part of my trip thus far. It was so great in every way.

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We went to the City Center around 9 this morning and rented bikes from a shop on the West Side. The owner gave us a great discount on our deposit and also “threw in” the helmets- After that we made a quick stop back at Corrib Village, and then we were on our way. We had a map to follow (which ended up being useless at the end of the journey:)) and it lead us in a bit of a triangle.

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We journeyed up some really steep hills, and rode along the land of Western Ireland. Everyone we passed was friendly (except on the main roads- we got honked at a few times for being in the way of traffic) and the scenery was unbelievable! We saw cows, stray dogs, and well-endowed horses 😉 :

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Travelling along the coast was amazing. We journeyed through many little towns and right before we got to Spiddal, we stopped at the beach along the North Atlantic :

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 We spent a lot of time at this beach- it was gorgeous…

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We tried to spell out I-R-E-L-A-N-D…

I even found a four-leaf clover 😉

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Then we settled in Spiddal for lunch. It reminded me a lot of Door County with many little shops and cafe’s.

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The weather for our trip was mild- its starting to cool down now and it was a bit breezy as well. Somewhere around 60 degrees I think? With probably 10-15 mph winds.

Before I show the next picture, I should explain something. For my Women’s Health class we have been learning a lot about meditation. Two types in particular, mindful walking and meditative walking, are something that the class will do on a regular basis. Mindful walking is just as it seems- silently taking in the moments around you with nobody but yourself. Reflecting on the moment. Meditative walking is a bit different. You walk heel to toe, and pause in between each step. You can recite something to yourself on each step. The more “popular” saying is, “I am here (on step one), I am present (on step two), I am here (on step three), I have arrived (on step four).” This type of meditative practice is again, done alone, and silently. You can do Meditative walking in the privacy of your own home, or on a labyrinth…which is what leads me to the next part of our biking journey. We were treking along when we saw a sign for a labyrinth. Lindsey decided that we should stop and we all agreed. It was a fabulous idea:

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So we did some Meditative Walking on a Christian Labyrinth in the West of Ireland- true peace and tranquility.

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Then we started to get a little lost here and there, and tired as well….Finally we made it back and relaxed for the night. It was the most amazing thing so far (as I have said like 6 times now.)

I am so glad I am here…

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Peace out.

“It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become”

Coldplay: Viva La Vida

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7 Responses

  1. WOW. Sounds like a great day. I love the meditaton part, that looked really cool. So glad your having a great time. I love you!

  2. Hey there! SO we are moved in and it’s great!! One question though, I totally forgot what room you wanted because I thought they were set up differently. I remembered thinking I was going to be on the other side of the bathrooms so I took the room that was off to the left. Yours was straight back. If that’s not right I’m sorry! I was soo confused when I got in there!! So people just started putting stuff in the rooms and that’s where stuff was put. Let me know if you want me to switch the rooms because I wanna start making mine look a little homey 🙂 Well I miss ya and I can’t wait for you to come home to the new place!!!!!! Also, sweet helmet! and….I’m thinking about trying that walking things…seems peaceful!

    LOVE YA

  3. Wow, looks like a fun time! I LOVE the pic where you spelled out Ireland…so cute, you should get that framed! Glad you are having fun, hope you are feeling better!

  4. every time i look at the picture of the horse i can’t help but laugh out loud. Immature? Maybe. But that’s ok.

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