Spanish Point to Ballyvaughan

Day 117, 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.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Spanish Point to Ballyvaughan

  1. neilmca April 28, 2017 / 8:06 am

    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.

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  2. George April 28, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    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

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    • stevenmca May 7, 2017 / 5:48 am

      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.

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  3. stevenmca April 29, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Tanks big bro. Still planning to fly? You couldn’t do it in these conditions this weekend! S

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