Monthly Archives: December 2014

Blowing away the Xmas calories

Posted: December 27, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

All about getting out and back into it! It's that time of the year when, dare I say, the average person has been dubbed into thinking that Christmas isn't Christmas unless they've eaten enough calories  to keep the whole of Lusaka burping into the New Year. Then come January our corporate big brother slaps us on the wrist and tells us the way to go is via weight watchers, 2 kg dumb bells, big rubber balls, skipping ropes and a list of gym membership offers, that would keep a young Arnold Schwartenegger drooling until June. [...]

Re-discovering Kerry by bike 2015

Posted: December 23, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

69 towns, villages and townlands.....My cycling target for 2015 With the New Year comes new ideas and new challenges. Sadly for myself it looks like I'll be back on the human scrapheap...opppsss...sorry..... live register come the middle of January. This isn't going to get me down! so between trying to find a job I plan to "get on my bike"....and reel off these wonderful places in Kerry. This is something similar to a project I did about 3 years ago. There are a few new places on the list as well as the more established. The simple rule [...]

The Pre-Christmas Spin

Posted: December 22, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Not to many willing participants, but we make the most of it. With this being the last weekend before Christmas and various club members tied up with this, that and the other, a total of 6 braved a "relaxed" spin out to Castleisland. With the promise of a coffee and mince pie in the excellent "Country Kitchen" how could we not go for it? Although having missed the last 2 Saturdays through different things and in all honesty doing very little cycling wise over the last fortnight, I was determined a fortnight wasn't going to become a month. It's [...]

Stradbally and the Wild Atlantic Spray

Posted: December 17, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Sometimes you ask yourself: Why do I do this? Christmas is closing in fast, it's threatening rain, the weather forecast is for strong winds. Not to mention the fact your rushing in from "work" gulping down your dinner and getting your gear ready. Suppose it's nothing I haven't already done before and I did miss last weeks walk, so full steam ahead. Fast forward to 7 pm and Stradbally, West Kerry. It's dark and rain is threatening. Off we trot, down a narrow road towards the sea. As we reach the beach the full force of a 50 mph wind hits us [...]

Walking in the Moonlight and under the Milkyway

Posted: December 4, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

One of the great advantages about living in this part of Ireland is the amount of great walks available throughout Kerry. I am quite fortunate that a good number of the Chain Gang CC club members are also experienced walkers. So when they are not cycling they love nothing better than a good stroll, hike and in some cases a gallop up and down mountains, along beaches or through the many trails and tracks criss-crossing the County. The catch to all this is that the walks are scheduled for a Tuesday night! In all honesty though, when 30 or so [...]