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Via Francigena Facts

Total Distance travelled 2065 kms

Total cycled 1500kms

Trains 565kms

Highest point 8200ft

Longest stage 107kms

No of planes 2

No of Ferries 1

No of trains 4

No of Roman roads cycled 4

No of countries 5 England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Vatican City (!)

No of walled cities visited 5 – Laon, Langres, Lucca, San Gimignano, Sienna

No of punctures 5

No of spokes broken 1

No of eagles spotted 10

No of deer 6

No of lizards accidentally killed while cycling 2!

Bradleys Cross – good hill training!

Bradleys Cross

A good test for hills is to cycle out to Bradleys Cross Roads which is located on the top of the Nurney Plateau. It’s about 15 kms from Carlow Town, out through Tinryland, Ballyloo Cross and Nurney.

It’s worth it for the views. The Nurney Plateau provides a 360 degree vista of the entire County and on a fine day is a class little cycle.

The good news is that it’s downhill all the way home!!

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