Asia 1990 a Six month mainly overland trip to OZ

Just spent 36 hours with my father, he gave me a plastic bag full of photos of Nadette and my first trip to Asia in 1990. Asia was a very different place back then and travel was long and some times arduous. No phones, no Internet, no digital devices, it was great. If you wanted to ring back to Europe you’d have to book the call the day before and it would cost about 5 quid for a few minutes. No whatsap skype etc. The only way to get mail was to give people a rough idea where you might be on a month by month basis and go to the post office in the town in question and check out the “Poste restante”. Of course cameras all used film and we carried our 25 rolls of film with us until the end and got them developed once we got home. So photography was a careful business of composing the shot as you only got one go at it.

See some of the photos here below, also on instagram…. (I know)

New Delhi Paharganj
New Delhi Paharganj
Recycling unit
Recycling unit
Vegetarian Thali
Vegetarian Thali
Boat Maker Varanasi
Boat Maker Varanasi
Nose piercing Udaipur Rajasthan
Nose piercing Udaipur Rajasthan
Udaipur
Udaipur
Metal Work
Metal Work
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Steam Train Jodphur Rajasthan
Rajasthani Men, great beards
Rajasthani Men, great beards
Close shave
Close shave
Jaiselmer
Jaiselmer
Agra Eye.... Big Wheel
Agra Eye…. Big Wheel

 

Nadette
Nadette
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Hotel Lotus, all time favourite, Pushkar
Bath Time,Hotel Lotus, Pushkar
Bath Time,Hotel Lotus, Pushkar
Mount Abu, Roti man, relaxes
Mount Abu, Roti man, relaxes
Camel safari, Jaiselmer
Camel safari, Jaiselmer
Girl in desert village
Girl in desert village
Tailor, Jaiselmer
Tailor, Jaiselmer
Ganges Swimming, Rishikesh
Ganges Swimming, Rishikesh
John, Nepal
John, Nepal
Little boy, Kathmandu
Little boy, Kathmandu
wedding, Kathmandu
wedding, Kathmandu
Boy at Chai stall, Kathmandu
Boy at Chai stall, Kathmandu
Bus Journey, on the roof
Bus Journey, on the roof
Moto Golden Triangle, Thailand
Moto Golden Triangle, Thailand
Tribal boy, Golden Triangle, Thailand
Tribal boy, Golden Triangle, Thailand
Floating market
Floating market
Shady Shack, Koh Samui, (not like this anymore AT ALL
Shady Shack, Koh Samui, (not like this anymore AT ALL
Somewhere on the way to Malaysia, photo by Dale Spoonley
Somewhere on the way to Malaysia, photo by Dale Spoonley
Dale Spoonley, the swimmer, Malaysia
Dale Spoonley, the swimmer, Malaysia
Malaysia
Malaysia
Beach Monkey, Java, Indonesia
Beach Monkey, Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Old man with his prize fighting cock, Ubud, Bali
Old man with his prize fighting cock, Ubud, Bali
Gili Meno, heaven, not at all like this anymore
Gili Meno, heaven, not at all like this anymore
Bus Journey, Flores, Indonesia
Bus Journey, Flores, Indonesia
Komodo
Komodo
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Road Trains , Northern Territory, Australia
Wrecks , Queensland, Australia
Wrecks , Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Nice old fella, Camooweal, Queensland, Australia
Mac, Brisbane Harcourt Street, nice guy not seen or heard from him since
Mac, Brisbane Harcourt Street, nice guy not seen or heard from him since

Asia 1990 a Six month mainly overland trip to OZ

We have been back many times to Asia over the years, the biggest change is India, our favourite country and much easier to travel in these days, “Incredible India”

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Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music

Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music was a great success last night for the fourth and last performance. It was the fifth Panto in five years, written by Bill Griffin and Carina Mc Nally with all the cast adding a few lines here and there also. Behind the scenes were Bernie organising the whole show and tickets, Billy Murry who painted the sets and Sarah O’Connor who was prompting and doing the sounds.

Watch the Lehanmore “Sound of Music” Back Stage here

The kids had their own show “Tír Na nÓg” which was fantastic.

Watch the kids doing “Tír Na nÓg”

Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music

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3 Peaks Cyclo Cross Race

A week has gone since the race that I had been training for for the last eleven months. That’s 11000 KM of training for a race that was supposed to take me four hours. In the end mostly due to me being very careful on the descents I got 4h26 mins which put me at 248th overall of a field of 650 and 38th in the male fifty category out of 150. That is 60 KM of tough uphill climbs and savage down hills.

Its a race not an adventure, although there is a bit of that too

The picture below shows why sometimes it is best to play safe and get off the bike.

3 peaks cyclo cross race
Picture by andrewnward copyright is his alone

The race has been going since the 1950’s way before mountain bikes were ever thought up. Which is why it is a cyclo cross bike event. Cyclo cross bikes were the original off road bike with drop handle bars. These days they are commonly sorted with disc brakes and frames often made out of carbon fibre. Which is good as in the race there is about 8KM of carrying the bike, which is not too bad when they weigh around 9KG a bit lighter than most mountain bikes.

three peaks cyclo cross race
Picture by bradshaws @ sportsunday copyright is his

Of course the tyres being much narrower means that care should be taken down some of the rocky descents. Some riders in the event would have gone down the hills a full 8 minutes quicker than me though. So next year it is on the down hill sections that I intend to make up my lost time….

Picture by Michael Kenyon of Racing snakes, copyright is his

So next year is only 358 days away and I fully intend to get back to the race and hope to bring Neil too, we could have a go at the father and son category, but I will have to get quicker…

Many thanks to my godson Ben Houlihan who cycled around the circuit using the roads to meet me twice and hand me food and drink, he also had a spare pair of wheels for his father and myself in case we punctured.

Watch a Video of the Bike with Neil riding it

Our way of life