Happy St. Paddy’s Day


On a day when we pretend we’re Irish, even if we’re not, I offer a few Irish blessings and sayings that seem to apply to long-distance cyclists:

“May the roads rise to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade your every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”

“The longest road out is the shortest road home.”

And if, God forbid, you should happen to meet misfortune: “May you get to heaven a half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead.”

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