"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo
We’ve been lying low in 2010, so we thought it was time we hit some peaks with the bikes. Hence the challenge of the Mourne 500 was born... Every point in the Mournes above 500m, unsupported (no help from others, with supplies or anything), and of course in the company of our singlespeed bikes. We identified 35 points to be visited, and we set our route to try and nail it on 5 June 2010, with the intention of leaving a Tango and Cash calling card at each point.
How we got on
Distance we travelled: 67 km
A quick chicken and chips in Newcastle nearly didn’t happen, as chippy staff were concerned that we were a couple of near-comatose drunks! The drive home to Antrim via Belfast was completed at about 27 miles per hour, and on a number of occasions on the M2 we were very thankful for the invention of rumble strips!
- Coming down off Eagle Mountain to Windy Gap – deadly steep
- Descending Donard to Crossone – 300m very steep descent through thick vegetation and rocks
- Finlieve to Shanlieve – peat hags, clambering them up and down, up and down, endlessly (until it ended)
- From Doan to Ben Crom and back to under Meelbeg – more peat hags, long grass, real heavy going
- Descending one of the Meels - can't remember which one, but it was hellish steep and tricky going from rock to rock