Dunmanay to Killarney 28th May

Again we missed the target but entered through the back door, just maybe tomorrow we will hit the target!!!

Had a brilliant stay at the Galvin on the Green and a hearty breakfast supplied by our hostess, Mary. I will highly recommend their B&B if you are in West Cork and looking for a place to stay then make sure it is in Dunmanay. She posed for a pic with Henri who was most pleased with the fare supplied.
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We again left a little later than intended but soon started on the work for the day. A few locals had warned of a big climb en route to Macroom however this was a very tame one in the end. It did climb steadily for 10km but then it was mainly downhill into Macroom. We crossed the Lee river several times. At one of these crossings was an old pub with beautiful gardens an a gnome that I quite fancied but again my earlier dilemma of how to carry it around for two more months!
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Just after passing through Toonsbrige we were treated to the exquisite view of the River Lee that is so wide I thought it was a lake.
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Again we were greeted at the entrance to Macroom by the magnificent statues that tell so much of the history of the towns in Ireland. The inscription says it all!!
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Macroom was a busy town and we located the Lidl store to buy some rolls for lunch. We still had cheese compliments of Curberry that we washed down with a pint of Guiness at a local pub on the town square. We then bought some postcards to send home but at a cost of 10 euros (roughly R130) we decided that we did not trust the SA postal services enough that they would be delivered.

At this stage the rot had set in and with 60km to go for the day I  was coerced into a four wheel ride to Killarney. So we ended up on a Bus Eire with our bikes and forty minutes later we were in Killarney.

We did then have the afternoon to spend exploring Killarney which proved to be a real treat as there is plenty to see. Killarney is known as one of the must see places when visiting Ireland and it proved to be true. In fact I could easily spend a few more days here so will definetly plan to come back. I took several photos of some of the sites around town.
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The picture of the cathedral was taken at 21h00 and it is still daylight even though overcast and raining.
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This little bike shop had more stock in it than most  large shops back home  Road cycling dominates here and there was only 15 mountain bikes in the entire shop with 140 road bikes. They also supply hire bikes and stock 300 road and city bikes. I was sure I saw at least 90 percent of them on the roads as well as many more commuters. Cycles are used as a mode of transport all over Ireland and I have encountered many parents taking their children to school by bike. Biking is BIG!!!

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Tomorrow we head for Tralee, Listowel then Tarbet to get a ferry across the Shannon to Killimer ultimately heading for Ennis Gallway Bay. Hopefully the weather holds out while we’re on the bikes.

Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world