July 4, 2000

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Northern Ireland
Cycling in N. Ireland

4th of July - 2000 * * * * (#25) Belfast, Northern Ireland

Happy Fourth of July! to you in the USA celebrating Independence from England.  (It's a different story here, where the Protestant majority are "Loyalists" to the Crown.)
Biking into Belfast was Bucolic & Beautiful, for the most part.  Bad News: it is "Marching Season," tensions are high - a woman Odyssey rider was assumed to be "the enemy" and was assaulted & slammed to the ground; her helmet saved her from injury.  -AC