This year the lovely folk at Cycling Safaris came up with a new trip to The Secret West.
The immediate attraction of this was it covered some key locations on the Cavan & Leitrim Railway
The downside, you might have guessed, is that it involved stupid amounts of miles up stupid hills in the stupid rain.
As a group cycling holiday it also made it difficult to go off-piste to explore the C&L as much as I would have liked. For instance travelling by train with heavy luggage meant I missed Nancy in steam at Dromod on the train from and to Dublin. And I also forgot to check the links I had to historic maps showing the route of the line, meaning on at least one occasion I cycled along it for a few miles without realising. Anyway here are a few photos.
|The coal mine at Argina were the main source of traffic on the C&L.|
|Which is why the museum includes a model of a train|
|And elsewhere you find odd reminders|
|Few as poignant as this|
|Though the nearby station remains well preserved|
|Just waiting for trains to return.|
|Elsewhere the Marble Arch Caves are an incredible tourist attraction|
|As a student, a book of his poems was always in my pocket|
|Train services are improving|
|It is always good to meet up with The Enterpises|
|The famine ship replica is haunting, even though they chose to model it on an original with an exemplary record|
|But we should never forget|
|And I ended the trip with an Azuma experience that did not match my expectations|