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Travel Blogs from Newcastle
... We also learnt about the violence that followed and the eventual peace-settlement that saw Northern Ireland remain part of the UK while the remainder of the island became the Republic we know.
The lead up to and violence between the Provisional IRA and the British Army of the 1970s was also interesting. The main problem seems to be that the conflicting sides (Protestant loyalists that want to remain part of Britain ...
... there is sun light from 5:50am - 10:00pm... it's really easy for it to get alot later than you think! And, it's rather cold... 50 - 55 degrees average.
The ride was fantastic and just whet our appetites for more!
We camped out at Tollymore Forest Park outside of Newcastle and cooked a light dinner over the light camp stove.
... yellow gorse surrounds the entirety of this hole.
14. Par 3 overlooking the countryside and an elevated view of #13 before, dropping off on all sides of the green.
15. Heather all around you and the fairway goes from what seems very generous to claustrophobic-ly small.
16. Slight dogleg right and a tricky green so you can't take too much advantage of the shorter length of this par 4.
17. Seems like ...
... applied liberally to my legs. This
approach seemed to have worked for the first 16 miles or so as I numbly
trotted round the undulating course. I even found myself seriously
discussing the possibility of signing up for a few more marathons during
2010 with a co-runner as we ran up the worst part of the course - a
two-ish mile, albeit gentle ascent, up Antrum
Road which took us just beyond the half way point in the race. After
that stretch, there ...
... had to offer. In the end we decided to just walk.... and walk we did. I've decided I don't want to walk all day again with my backpack of clothes, etc on my back, not that I had that much with me really.
I was surprised to find that I found the murals and peace line pretty interesting. I simply cannot believe the violence and civil unrest that occurred in Belfast and the fact that it was still happening not that long ago. I remember when I visited Ireland about 9 years ago, ...