There’s been a lot of really cool questions that have been asked about #AroundIrelandOnAPushie and I thought it would be really neat to field any random questions you may have about this adventure and answer them in a bit of a longer format… So, this is what I put out to the social media universe and this is what I’ve got in return… with my answers below! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Hi Ronan! At the moment, no. Though, I once dreamt that I had a radio interview at midnight and couldn’t find my phone…. that was pretty scary until I asked myself, why didn’t the phone ring first and why the heck would I have an interview at midnight without setting an alarm… #deepthoughts
Ah. Moped… Yes. It would totally be easier. I actually once thought it would be amazing to moped the entire circumference of Australia (see there’s been a theme) on a 50cc moped. However, Brendan, there’s a slight problem – ya see… there’s a good reason why I picked a bicycle – and that is to have the best looking legs in the entire country (and, why I picked a smaller country than Australia, smaller population means a much better chance at having the best legs in a country). If I rode a moped around Ireland I would be lessening my daily allowance of caloric intake and thus after a system of mathematical equations that I simply do not understand would mean I would have to eat a variable of less rashers of bacon to less pints of Guinness.. this does not make Tara a happy camper because Math is involved (and why I decided to become a TV producer rather than a Rocket Scientist)… so, I opted out of the scooter option and went for the pushie instead – (I’ll introduce you to Pixie the PCX one day – she lives in Sydney with me and gets taken to Bondi beach and to the gym on the weekends – she’s a real beaut!)
This is an interesting one and I reckon this will change over time. I can tell you that last week, I was a bit anxious because I didn’t think I had enough warm clothes and enough ‘storage’ – but then I went out and got a very small backpack and a badass jacket that can be used in Antarctica and now I’m not anxious anymore. Thanks super warm jacket for your inspiration!
I do have one day that is 60k’s – that’s my biggest day. It’ll take me about 4 hours to get to my destination, but I reckon if I leave super early (and don’t get cranky with Spotify replaying some of my tunes for a few hours) I can still have a nice midday lunch at the pub. I’ve also pre-planned with a few places that if I need to call in a favour because I somehow lost the wheel of my bicycle (I dunno but these things CAN happen, right) that they’d do a rescue mission and deliver me to my chosen destination!
Hi James! Thanks for writing about two words I totally can’t pronounce.. for the past twenty minutes I’ve been attempting to say them out loud with no luck. From what the internet is telling me about Sliabhlahahoweveryousayit… it is some sort of magical place with faeries, leprechauns and pots of gold. THIS SOUNDS AMAZING. Like…. DOUBLE RAINBOW AHHHHHMAAAAZING!
It is also the highest cliff in Europe but unfortunately that’s not as amazing whilst your only mode of transportation is a bicycle… however, by the time I reach Donegal, I reckon I’ll have the legs of an Olympic Russian powerlifter’s right arm.. so we might be onto some kind of conquering of Europe’s highest cliff!
Now, it seems that Glencolmcille speaks a completely crazy sounding language – though after being in Ireland for at least a month, I should have brushed up on my Gaelic skills enough to order a beer. This is all we really need in life, right? Looks like I’m in for both destinations!
G’Day Andy! When I first looked up ‘craic’ on google, it said crack… and here in Australia ‘crack’ means something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAT INVOLVES COPS AND GUNS AND SCARY THINGS… But after a little bit more investigating, thanks to Wikipedia, “a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland” I totally understood what you were talking about!
So the short answer: No. The longer answer : I have no frickin idea. But, if it’s anything to the lead up to #AroundIrelandOnAPushie – it’s gonna be frickin amazeballs… (that’s Aussie strine for amazing).
Hey Paddy. I start in Dublin and I’ll be taking the route that heads south toward Wexford. I’m pretty much winging it, so that’s all I got. I’ll do announcements where I am and when so I’m not the sad, lonely girl sitting at the bar slowly nursing her Guinness…
Ok. I totes dont wanna pull a Richard Branson. However, anyone who is gonna ROCK a cup of tea though a straw and own it like the boss of Virgin, it would be him.
It’s a good testament that you need to be super weary on a bike because it’s basically just you and the bike… So, i’ve been brushing up on my research…. and luckily we live in an age where you can pretty much find ANYTHING on the internet… so here’s a true-blue Aussie bloke with advice on stuff and things and stuff (and avoiding dead things, because, you know… Straya)
Oh and swimming – you know i’m Aussie, right? I literally live around the corner from this little beach of paradise.
(HOT IRISH TIP whilst at Bondi: Be sure to wear sunscreen or you’ll turn into a lobster – no seriously – it’s not sexy being red. It really frickin hurts – we are seriously THAT close to the sun!)
Hi Vei! Ok, Ireland… There’s a few reasons. Firstly, I’ve never met an Irishman I didn’t like. They’re all pretty fun, witty and will banter back no worries. They also have a song for every occasion.
Ireland is a country that has an immense amount of history. There’s castles on every corner and I find them absolutely amazing. I think it would be really cool to immerse myself in such an ancient culture and throughly enjoy it.
I also like the fact that Ireland is a pretty safe country. I do need to be super careful that my bicycle doesn’t get stolen because, well.. it’s my only form of transport, but aside from that, I think I’ll absolutely love it.
Hi Ignacio! Thanks for your question – This is interesting because you’re not the first person to ask me this. Yes, I will be writing about my travels along the way and yes, I will posting updates of where I am – as for a book, it could be to early to tell. What if this trip just completely fizzes out and absolutely NOTHING happens. I mean like no flat tyres, no rain.. no pots of gold… It could be the worst possible adventure in the history of adventures. So, I’m gonna sit on this book thingo for a while and wait and see what happens – but if it does happen, you’ll be the first to know 🙂
Thanks everyone for your questions – it was a lot of fun!
A girl gone walkabout in the great big world!