M2M - DAY 2 & 3 - INTO THE BEAUTIFUL WEST
DAY 3 - Claremorris to Lahinch
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DONIE'S DIARY – DAY 3 - CLAREMORRIS TO LAHINCH
What a beautiful, beautiful day!! looked out the window when I woke at 7:30... clear blue sky...YES!!!
Mark is still rolled up in the onesey, but it looks like the colour is returning to his cheeks. Not a single snort out of him again last night (good old bamboo), but unfortunately the teeth chattering didn't stop 'til 4:00 am. I ran him a warm bath just to be sure.
Today we're joined by Ciarán Gowing, who came down yesterday to complete the last three days. Only 130km today so no need for an early start. Plan was to leave at 9:30. But when Ciarán took his bike from the van something was wrong with his front derailler, we fiddled around with it for half an hour, and got it partially going but a bike shop was needed. The local Garda Seargent (Pat Cunningham's brother in law) who was helping to escort us out to the dual carriageway, recommended a good one in Tuam. Now I'm not paranoid but this really smells of the boys from Sherwood who've fecked off early again.
So off we headed, group of eight today, hit the bike shop in Tuam an hour later. Repair guy had it repaired in 5 mins. We whizzed on through Claregalway and into Oranmore Lodge Hotel for lunch. Lunch was booked for 12:30, when we got there it was a bit early and who was sitting outside gloating about how long they'd been there? Yep, the forest dwellers. I bit my lip and said nothing. By 12:30 the whole gang arrived and we had a great laugh over soup and sandwiches. Robbie Kelleher joined us here for the rest of the spin to Lahinch.
Bomber and the chairman are now getting on great and I think a few other "bro-mances" are developing. Three nights sharing with the same person, no female company, and enduring the same level of tortuous pain, can only lead to one thing........attraction!!! Handshakes after completing the first day have turned to hugs after day three. Apparently those cryogenic baths were taken in pairs!!
Sorry'¦'¦. I'm getting distracted..........we all rolled out of Oranmore together, 32 cyclists in single file, down to Clarinbridge and on to Kilcolgan........quite a sight to behold!! From Kilcolgan we turned on to the N17. From here the pace picked up dramatically and the Merry Men had to join us because they didn't get a chance to feck off. We burned up the road through Kinvara, along the beautiful coastline basked in glorious sunshine and into Ballyvaughan to regroup. Fair play to the boys, they stuck the pace!! Special mention to Dave "Bradley" Byrne who also stuck the pace, testament to all the hard training he's done, and a marker laid down for others to follow.
The whole group set off again towards Corkscrew Hill which was to be the biggest challenge of the day. By the time the lead group reached the bottom of the hill only one of the merry men remained and when the summit was conquered he hadn't featured in the placings. Hee..Hee.. Hee ! Welcome to cycling girls !!
The 8 lads then carried on into Lisdoonvarna. Thank God the matchmaking festival wasn't on when the main group arrived. God knows what would have happened after those fecking baths !!
The lead group took a diversion up to the cliffs of Moher, and I have to say it was absolutely spectacular in the glorious sunshine. So the final part of todays spin went through Ennistymon and down to Lahinch for the night. Staying in Sancta Maria hotel. It was still really warm and sunny when we had all finally arrived safely and we all headed for a swim in the sea (I hadn't the heart to try to hit them for the 15euro). This was really good for the now tired legs and a lot more manly than what went on last night.
Tomorrow is another big one,160 km down through the rest of Clare, ferry to The Kingdom and down to Kenmare.
Nice little hotel this.......have my own room...........hope Mark's ok.......