1,800 Mile Motorcycle Pilgrimage 2023

By Dale Curson

My Activity Tracking


My target 1800 mi

24th May - 4th June 2023 - I am raising vital funds for life-changing mental health treatment for veterans.

I am undertaking an 1,800-mile motorcycle ride which will see me travel around the Republic of Ireland in 12 days whilst visiting various sites of significance each day. 

As a former member of the armed forces, I have encountered many people who have experienced difficulties because of their service.

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For over a century, they've helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict.

I’m taking on vital steps towards ensuring veterans can get the support they need.

Please would you kindly consider supporting the event by donating via this page.

Thank you so much for your support.

My Achievements

My Updates

Day 12 - Home Safe and Sound

Sunday 4th Jun
So I am writing this one a bit later than recently. Has been a long hot day heading home. The traffic from Wales heading east was pretty bad. After the last 11 days of not seeing much traffic, today certainly made up for that. After a lovely smooth cruise on the ferry I found a delightful 6 mile queue around Cardiff, followed by an 11 mile queue towards Bristol as the Almondsbury junction and to M32 is being dug up again. Lots of hectic filtering and jealous car drivers actively trying to block my progress led me to once again and already long for those open, yet twisty roads in Ireland. In terms of miles I have exceeded the target set so please everyone be grateful you pledged a fixed amount and not per mile. Ha ha. But honestly, thank you so so much to everyone who has donated to this event and Combat Stress. I really appreciate how kind and generous everyone has been. Thank you so much. I will try and upload some other pictures in the week. Thanks once again. Truly amazing. 

Day 11 - Bank Holiday Mayhem

Saturday 3rd Jun
Well to start todays update a word of advice……. On a bank holiday weekend don’t get within 30 miles of Dublin. Certainly don’t try to enter Dublin as you won’t get in…….why???……. Because everyone is trying to leave and either go on holiday or visit the local attraction and visitor centres in the North East of the Republic. I have literally been in traffic jams not realising why only to find these are queues to get into these attractions. The Fun Park I passed looked anything but as at 1000hrs a long queue of cats were on the main road with people out of their cars due to the wait and that was just to enter the car park. Lol. I guess it doesn’t help the fact that some of the school years have also started their 3 month summer holidays!!! Yes 3 months. Anyway, I escape the mayhem and found some awesome twisty and quiet roads in County Wicklow and through Wicklow Gap. I stopped at Ferns where there is the remains of a 7th century monastery. Continuing on my journey back to Rosslare Harbour I went via Wexford (in the County of the same name), and took some shots of Wexford Harbour. I am now back at Rosslare where I got off the Ferry 11 days ago. I have already surpassed the 1,800 mile target. But as I mentioned before there were so many places to see and so the odd detour adding extra miles were worth it every time. One thing I have learned about this trip is that I have have got just as much out of those opportune moments and places that have presented themselves on the trip as i have from all of the planning I did beforehand. Spontaneity should not be ignored; there are so many brown (tourist/attraction) signs and well worth following them sometime. You will be amazed what you are presented with. There is so much out there to see, experience and explore!!

Day 10 - ‘Whiskey in the Jar’

Friday 2nd Jun

Well this morning started at 0500hrs. ‘What does the O stand for?…….Oh my God it’s early!’ (bonus point for anyone who can name the film the quote comes from - lol). Anyway got up at that time so that I could try and get some pictures of Knock 1. With the sun coming up and 2. Before people were around and getting in the way. Lol. I will upload some pictures as usual. On todays route I decided to have a change and stop off at the Tullamore Distillery and yes there certainly was whiskey in the jar, (but as it was County Offaly there wasn’t any sign of the Kerry Mountains or Captain Farrell). There was such a strong smell of alcohol and whiskey even before I had pulled into the grounds. Outside the building in the open air was the very unmistakable smell inviting the visitors in. Sadly, no more room left on the bike to purchase anything, too many gifts on board. Lol.

My route took me through 6 counties today: Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly and Kildare. Oh and as I got here too early for the B&B, I quickly popped into County Wicklow as well (so 7, I just can’t count). As you would expect from the inland counties the scenery has changed to countryside with lakes and rivers. Some parts resembled English countryside apart from the road markings, signs and house designs, (there are a lot of bungalows and 1 1/2 storey houses over here). Tomorrow when I travel more into Wicklow I plan to go through the mountains on my way to Glendalough, but I already miss the Wild Atlantic Way and indeed those Kerry Mountains!! 😉

Day 9 - Rest & Reflection

Thursday 1st Jun
Well I arrived at Knock in County Mayo last night. I was kindly given 2 nights Bed, Breakfast and Dinner at St Mary’s Accommodation which is part of Knock Shrine. So I have only covered 2 miles today and that has been on foot as Day 9 has been a period of rest and reflection. A mini retreat you could call it. It has meant the buzzing in my ears from engine and wind noise has had a chance to pass. Lol. So whilst walking around I have had the benefit of peace and quiet and explored the grounds and buildings. I will upload some pictures and identify them in the titles. I have also been shopping in the local area, (well it’s only a street really - lol) and picked up a couple more gifts to take home. Now wondering whether I have enough space in my top box and panniers to accommodate them. Well, after the tranquility of today, tomorrow it’s back on the bike for another 200ish miles. Oh and it’s ok to use ish over here as most shops work on ish for opening times. They open at 9-ish. Ha ha.

Day 8 Supplemental - Route Recalculating

Wednesday 31st May
Just been reviewing miles completed so far and distance yet to still travel. Essentially, I have so far covered more miles than planned to end of Day 8. This can be put down to passing places of interest and detouring and then heading back to pick up original route where I left it. I also (confession time) rode the Ring of Kerry twice and two additional unplanned passes whilst in Kerry.
I have just recalculated and new estimate for distance covered by the time I reach home will be…………. (Drum Roll Please?)………….. 2,100 miles approximately. For those who work in metric that’s almost 3,400km.

Day 8 - Farewell Wild Atlantic Way

Wednesday 31st May
As a little bit of information: The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. It winds its way all along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. So I have effectively been following this route in the northern direction since day 2 of my trip when I joined it in Kinsale County Cork. Sadly today I left this wonderful, twisting and turning road with its lakes, mountains, cliffs, seas, bays and beaches and rugged terrain. I left it when I reached Westport in County Mayo to begin my journey East towards Dublin. I thoroughly recommend everyone travelling the Wild Atlantic Way at least once. However, according to the information via Google you should allow 3 weeks+ to travel it and do it justice. But then they were probably in a car or motorhome……. Bikes are more progressive. 😉 Cars and Motorhomes just can’t get round these twisty bends as well. 🏍

Day 7 - Feeling Crafty

Tuesday 30th May
Well firstly, I was in two minds whether to title todays update as either ‘feeling crafty’ or ‘relentlessly HOT!!’. Thought positivity was the way ahead! Lol. So as you probably now have guessed it has been hot, sorry; HOT with peak of 29 degrees and with having done many miles at between 30 and 50mph I almost got off the bike to do a rain dance. So left Glenstal Abbey this morning (best room ever for blocking out the light - little things please little minds etc but it made a real difference after several nights of rooms being lit still at 2130hrs. Humour me as have added a picture or two, was that good). From Glenstal Abbey headed back to join the Wild Atlantic Way and head north. So have been in 3 counties today: Limerick, Clare and Galway. Stops today have included St Brigid’s Well and also randomly for me a craft village (oh and between those stops another place but can’t give anything away as picked up gifts for two special girls). Now at room for night and cooling down before dinner. Did I mention it was 29 degrees today? Lol 🥵

Day 6 - Half Way Through

Monday 29th May
Well this morning started reasonably early and it was a nice cool ride from Valentia Island to Gallarus Oratory as it was 16 degrees most of the way. On the way passed through Dingle which is very picturesque and relaxed as everyone will tell you. Visited Gallarus Oratory and took some shots and one person there on a bicycle riding along the Wild Atlantic Way asked for a drone shot with them waving in the picture. I obliged before heading out of County Kerry riding along the Shannon to Limerick. Vespers and supper at Glenstal Abbey shortly. Despite the cooler start has turned into another scorcher of peak of 25 degrees. 

Day 5 - I think I’ll Pass

Sunday 28th May
Well today started with Mass at Cahersiveen after which Mary and her family kindly bought me a coffee and had a chat. Thank you so much.
I then rode the Ring of Kerry as well as riding two very exciting twisty and narrow mountain passes, Ballaghisheen and Ballaghbeama. Really stunning views all round and directly below over the edges. Lol. No cyclists this time just sheep in the middle of the road along the passes. On the way to the B&B for tonight I caught up to a motorcyclist and we then rode together for some 30 miles until we needed to go our separate ways. No discussion had about riding together but didn’t need to it just naturally happened and tooted horns as we parted.

Day 4 - ‘General Failure’!??

Saturday 27th May

Today has been one of riding to the extremes of the West Coast going around the Peninsulas. Leaving Bantry this morning I took a clockwise route from Glengariff along the Ring of Beara stopping at Kilcatherine (as usual some pictures have been added). However, on the northern coast of Beara I encountered Kerry’s version of the Tour de France which left me in a video game of avoid the cyclist coming head on on the wrong side of the road on blind bends. (Will try to upload a video and provide a link when back home). I arrived at Kenmare only to find Henry Street and High Street closed off to traffic due to the race. Henry Street was the finish line. I then left Kenmare and again going clockwise went on the Ring of Kerry to Waterville. Whilst there it was suggested that I head around the Skellig Ring which I did and again wonderful scenery. I must have been miles from any sort of Motorcycle Mechanic when the bike came up with a message on the screen: ‘General Failure’. The bike was still running but a caution symbol came up as well. I stopped and scrolled through the info on the dash and under warnings it said again ‘General Failure’ with absolutely nothing else and certainly no suggestion of where on the bike the fault could be. So I turned to Google and that was no help as again lots of comments about how general, ‘General’ was!! Ranging from too hot (yes 25 degrees here again today and had done som me challenging roads) to traction control failure or my favourite, no fault found! So I did what anyone would do who hadn’t a clue and switched the bike off completely including the electronics. Waited for 5 mins and then switched it on again and started it up. I was a genius and had fixed it. I then went on to Portmagee and from there Valencia Island.

Day 3 - P.S.

Friday 26th May
As I parked up at my first destination at Drombeg Circle a Robin came to visit me and landed on my knee as I was locking up the bike. He sat there with me for quite some time and we had a chat. 😉

Day 3 - The Wild Atlantic Way

Friday 26th May
Firstly, wow what a hot day. A peak of 25 degrees centrigrade from midday to the end of todays ride. The ride itself started from Clonakilty and first stop was Drombeg Stone Circle (added a picture), then to Reen, Baltimore, Toomore and finally to Bantry. The road is so awesome and twisty and the views are brilliant. It’s hard to work out when to stop to take pictures as there is a new view around every corner! Have added some pics from today to the gallery.

Day 2 - Offroad Setting

Thursday 25th May
Well I set off early this morning around 0730hrs and first stop was Our Lady’s Island, was very calm and peaceful there with the wild birds on and around the lake as well as the Pilgrimage Centre. I have added a couple of pictures.
I also visited Kilmore Quay which was lovely but not too much open yet, Waterford, Admore and Clonakilty. Another 206 miles covered today in a max temp of 22 degrees. Some of the roads today compared to small B roads but were at time extremely bumpy, (to the point I changed the damping on the bike to ‘Offroad’ setting). A good day of riding though with some fun twisty roads and of course what better weather to do it in.

Day 1 - 9 hours Travelling

Wednesday 24th May
Well I have made it to the Republic of Ireland. After 9 hours of travel and 260 miles (ok so some of those were on the ferry) I have made it to my first destination for the night.

Couldn’t have asked for better weather with a peak of 22 degrees centigrade. Blues skies and sunshine all of the way. Looks like that will be the trend for my entire journey! Glad I left the laminated goretex outfit at home. Lol. 

Day 1 - Start

Wednesday 24th May
I will add more later today but just to confirm I did indeed start this journey today. I was kindly sent on my way so thank you very much for that everyone. Really appreciate it. Just now on the ferry waiting to depart for Ireland.
Thanks again everyone for all of your support and kindness.

Send off pictures added to the Gallery!

One day to go .............

Tuesday 23rd May
So tomorrow is the big day and I embark on this challenge. It has come around very quickly. Still got to finish packing. lol. But all is in hand. I think. Ha Ha Ha.

Thank you so very much to everyone who has kindly supported my fundraiser. So appreciated. Thank you.

Remember updates will be posted and will add some pictures on the way.

Bike Service

Wednesday 17th May
Well getting the bike serviced today brought it home regarding how close this trip and event really is now. Everyone I know must have heard about this for ages what with the planning and everything. 

Well after today at least the bike is ready even if I am not quite there yet. Ha Ha Ha.

Significant Milestone Reached......

Tuesday 16th May
Today we have manged to tip over the £3,000 raised milestone. This is a wonderful achievement so far and I thank everyone for the kind and generous support and donations.

The charity event is due to commence next week so there is still time for anyone to make a donation or sponsor me if they wish.

Thank you once again everyone, it's amazing.

Thank you to MBNL

Tuesday 2nd May
Thank you to MBNL who kindly donated £200 to my event. It is greatly appreciated.

Feature in Catena this Month.

Thursday 30th Mar
Thank you very much to Catena for producing a feature in this months magazine helping to publicise my event. I really appreciate it. 

April Edition of Catena

Friday 17th Mar
I have just been sent the draft for the article to be published in April's edition of Catena magazine. Hopefully people will like reading this and it help raise awareness of this event and the services and support available from Combat Stress. Picture to be uploaded once the edition is released. ;o)

RAF News - Thank you

Friday 10th Mar
Thank you to Tracey at RAF News for kindly adding a piece about my event in their latest publication. Its really important to reach their readers to help raise the awareness that there are charities and support services out there who can help if and when help is needed.

Thank you

Magazine Interview

Sunday 26th Feb
Beginning to think of all of the things I now need to start prepping and covering off including publicity. I have been fortunate enough to be offered an interview with 'Catena' a national magazine. This is due to take place on Tuesday 28th Feb. So more details to follow. 

Route Planning

Wednesday 24th Aug
Initial planning of the route completed today. 1,800+ miles with various places to stop and activities to undertake on the way. Something different to do every day. Even walking up a mountain or two. lol.

Route Planning

Friday 19th Aug
Thought I would start route planning with plenty of time. Yes the red line is the route. All I need to do now is work out how to get this onto a digital platform. lol.

Thank you TierOnePhotos

Friday 19th Aug
Thank you to TierOnePhotos.co.uk for the awesome pictures.

Thank you to my Sponsors


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Liz Barrett

Such a good cause! Good luck ... stay safe.


Anne & Phil Dorning

Good Luck Dale xx


Christopher John Parker

Good luck Dale and thanks from all the veterans you are inspiring by your efforts. Stay safe.


Eric Holliday

Safe travels bro’


Roger Stroud

Dale, Good Luck on your ride and I hope the weather is good for you. Roger S


Dale Curson


Lisa And Terry Dixon

Good Luck and Best Wishes on your pilgrimage. But most importantly - STAY SAFE!



Very good cause. Good luck, Dale!


Vanessa Larsson

Hi Dale, Combat Stress is a wonderful charity to support. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip around Ireland. Take care. All the best - the Larssons


John Murphy

Dale Good luck on your challenge. It is a very worthwhile cause and I hope you reach your target. God bless and safe travels.


Clare-marie Burchall

Good luck Dale. You can say a prayer for me at each holy place!


Julia & Keith Curson

Good luck Dale we will be thinking of you.


Corinium Rifle Range

Wishing you a safe & soulful journey Dale!


Jo Watters

Good Luck Dale! From all at Dalcour Maclaren


Julian Oliver


Amy Kelley

Good luck Dale. Love from Amy, Ned & Maxwell xx


Martina Haugh




Marc Kiamtia


Chris Hryb

Good luck Dale



You’re going to smash this…


Chris Evans

Great work Dale & Good luck - will be expecting regular teams updates ;-)


John G Pearson


Kevin Burchall

Good luck Dale


Geoff And Anne Clark


Chris Stevens

Good luck Dale !


Claire Mcbean

Good luck Dale amazing cause.


Beverley Bacon

Good luck Dale!!! Great cause From Bev, Dave, Flo and Juliette


Sarah Oguamanam

God bless!


Rachel, Josef And Sam

Ride safe!


Mike Corrigall

Good luck Dale


Mr Jay M Mcdonald

Good luck


Matt Bewers

A scintillating way to raise funds for a vital cause, I only wish that I could be riding with you. Safe travels Dale and very well done on you


David Tillson



Great work.


Emma Hipkiss

Good Luck Dale, what a trip for a great cause. Enjoy the Ride!


James Allerton

Dale hope you have a great time and don’t get too saddle sore


Steven Jebb


Sabrina & Vernon

Good luck! Safe journey!


Margaret Duffield

Good luck Dale. Hope the weather will be kind for you


Kristy Holland

All the best Dale - great cause




Gina Gibbins

Good luck Dale!