A few times a year I try and get away from it all and pick a location in Ireland to ride to, stay over and ride back from. After a great trip down in the Irish midlands last year, I decided to head towards Athlone again, no small part down to the fantastic greenway that links the town with Mullingar. I had booked my b&b in Athlone months ago and put the trip planning on the back burner. When I came back to putting everything together I ended up adding in a trip to a certain parochial house to give this ride a little more interest than just doing the same thing as last year. If you're still with me and interested, here's how I rolled.. Monday 29th May 2017 Craggy Island Parochial House 5:30am alarm Drove from Ballyclare to Belfast and parked my car in work and rode across to the train station. 6:45am - 9am Belfast to Dublin Connolly train - train arrived in a few minutes late, panic stations! Connolly and Heuston stations 2.1miles apart 9:25 - 11:30am Dublin Heuston to Athenry train - caught this train with >1 minute to spare Cycle 2 hours Athenry to Fr Ted's for afternoon tea and photos Cycle 4/5 hours from Fr Teds to Athlone and checked into pre-booked b&b Did the usual, washed the kit, got cleaned up, bath, something to eat etc 2 ciders and I was out for the count. Day 1 - 105 miles Athlone Skyline Tuesday 30th May 2017 Ate like a horse at breakfast in the b&b and set off at check out time 11:30am Straight onto the Athlone to Mullingar greenway - 27 miles of the flattest, smoothest, straightest asphalt Lunch in Mullingar and on my way again I had booked a train from Dundalk to Belfast for 19:55 and I arrived in Dundalk with around 92 miles for that day, so of course another ton had to be done! I did 2 loops of the town and made the train again with no time to spare. The train arrived back in Belfast about 21:30 and it was back to work, load the bike in and get home. Day 2 - 104 miles It was my first ever consecutive 100+ mile days and I can't imagine how Amanda Coker et al can do serious mileage day after day. As I type this I still have a reminder of those harsh hours in the saddle. I'm hoping I'm feeling a little fresher for the Gran Fondo this Sunday. All in all, it was a great 2 days and I already have most of my next trip planned for just over a months time.