Day 118, Weds 26 April
Another day with no Lifeboat Station visit. They’re getting further apart, especially by way of the coast roads. With tomorrow a scheduled rest day I won’t reach the next one until late afternoon on Friday. Just a few landmarks to pass on my way around the Clare coastline to today’s destination at Ballyvaughan. Talking of Clare, the namesake of my good wife Claire, with one-too-many vowels and another Irish County (Monaghan) for a maiden name, joined me here at Spanish Point last night, along with our old friend Rae. The latter-day Thelma & Louise have turned up on a road trip to explore the west coast of Ireland. Good job they’re not driving an open top convertible today. But they do have room for my panniers!
So, on a Full-Irish/Spanish Point breakfast (the best yet, thanks to our lovely hosts Phil and Sean at Cois Na Tra, highly recommended B&B), off we set. We three things were going quite far, one on a bicycle, two in a car. Northward leading, still proceeding, meeting later at Monk’s Bar.
Another wonderful, scenic ride. This time around the dramatic coast of County Clare, via the gigantic, over-populated Cliffs of Moher and around the seaward edge of The Burren. A hare and tortoise affair. The ladies in the sporty Golf were beaten by the old guy on a bicycle.
Geologically speaking, the Burren really is a strange but fascinating place. A day off with the ladies tomorrow then back on the road on Friday, when it will be time to head inland for the Lifeboats on two very big Loughs.
Cliffs of Moher – setting for some scenes in the film ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ (used to be our eldest sister’s favourite film). Wonderful stuff, Steve.
Staying positive Steve you’re doing a great job for a good cause I’m sure you’ll find the next station soon. reading your post and looking at your pictures remind me of the race Around Ireland i did but only backwards . At least the weather is holding up for you to enjoy the rest of the spin, take care George
Thanks George. You deserve a medal for being able to cycle around Ireland backwards. I get dizzy if I try to go anti clockwise. I can only navigate by keeping the sea on my left.
Tanks big bro. Still planning to fly? You couldn’t do it in these conditions this weekend! S