I love bikes and biking. The freedom of movement. The feeling of power as you move yourself from point A to point B. I would love to bike around Ireland... I think it would be an amazing experience. Unfortunately I did not like reading about biking around Ireland... but I think that this is mostly a reaction to Newby's style of writing. He manages to write humorously at times, but most of the book is a dry list of historical moments. I wanted to like it, wanted to be charmed by his view of Ireland and his historical stories. Instead I felt as if I was sitting through a lecture by a teacher who could not seem to focus on one narrative.