There’s so much that surprised me during my trip to Ireland last October from the people (extraordinarily friendly souls who have a penchant for going out of their way to help others) to the vistas (there’s a reason people call it the Emerald Isle) to the music (celebrating humanity’s full range of emotions from sadness and tragedy to joy and passion) to the food (sustainably sourced by necessity and simply delicious) that it’s hard to pick out a moment that stood out above all!
But, I can and that moment was during an e-biking trip along the Wild Atlantic Way.
As I’ve mentioned before, an e-biking excursion manages to combine the best of both worlds for families in that riders who want a more serious calorie-burning excursion can set their bikes to “eco” mode while other riders who want more assistance can set their bikes to “standard” or “high” mode accordingly. In the end, e-bikes allow grandparents, parents and grandchildren to all take the same route without any concern that “granddad is slowing us down“.
The Greenway is Ireland’s longest off-road hiking, walking and biking trail consisting of 42 kilometers (26 miles) of well-marked sign posts with services available at each major village. Our route ran along part of Westport to Achill section of the Greenway was stunning!
I felt as though I could think and relax and be grateful for seeing these spectacular colors! And, if that wasn’t enough, the moment that I most enjoyed was when our small group was lead to a beach area where in the distance, there was a gentleman fully dressed as a chef shucking oysters and preparing mussels over an open pit fire just for us! It was AWESOME and perhaps the moment defining moment our little group went from colleagues to good friends.
You cannot ask more from a travel experience!