Big day in the saddle – Fennagh to Cork @#%sem!!!

Not many photos today. Had to keep the pedals turning and at one stage thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. As the locals would say ” I am fried” which is the nice way to put it!!!!  Fennagh to Cork was 120 miles and I will leave the conversion to you.

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Surprise surprise – again an overcast morning and a little fresh. Set off for Cork at 7am to avoid some of the early morning traffic and headed through Banglestown for Kilkenny. Arrived in Kilkenny in the morning rush hour but did some sightseeing and discovered another Irish town steeped in history and I found the castle set on the river quite beautiful.

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Considering it was rush hour I still found that the drivers were very courteous giving cyclists a wide berth or stopping for me at the traffic circles. The next town I entered was Callan with as many beautiful buildings and churches but most surprising was the spotlessly clean public toilets on the main road. Also a statue honouring …. Price one of the founders of CBC.

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Then I headed for Carrick n Suir the home of Ireland’s greatest pro cyclist Sean Kelly. Unfortunately he was away at the Giro so I will look forward to seeing him again in future to remind him of the “sprint” he lost against Amongst others Haegyn in South Africa in ’96. I took a few photos of him on that were up in the square in Carrick as well a some in the pub next door.

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From Carrick up a@#&£% of a climb to Dungarvan on to Youghal, Middleton and into Cork  was a bit of a blur as the legs were screaming by this stage. But after a hot shower and a good meal I was already planning tomorrow’s ride.

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My view overlooking the Lee river in Cork at a decent enough hostel costs 20 euros – well spent tonight I’d say!!!

Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world