Day 11: Doolin to Galway

Tuesday July 22, 2008, 78 km (48 miles) – Total so far: 875 km (544 miles)

It was a late grey start to the day, with a hint of rain still in the air. The rain cleared up a little and left us with a generally cloudy sky and hints of sunshine here and there.

Today we were following the coast road around the bay towards Galway. The scenery was fantastic; unusual rock formations and the bay to our left and gorgeous rolling, green countryside to the right. The ride was made even sweeter by a tailwind pushing us along.

Lunch arrived in Ballyvaughan, where we got some tasty hot snacks from the Spar supermarket and ate at the picnic tables they’d thoughtfully provided outside. After lunch, we carried on around the coast road, stopping for a photo opportunity at Dungaire Castle where we met some German cycle tourists heading in the opposite direction.

After chatting for a while, we turned west heading along the north side of Galway Bay. This meant that our old friend the headwind was back. As we powered through, riding in formation, Darren was leading us out when he suffered a puncture. We swapped the tube over and carried on. We’d only gone another kilometre or so when the puncture gremlins struck again. We hadn’t been able to find the cause the first time round, but this time we did – a very small piece of flint.

Back on the road and we were doing fine again. We popped into Bodkins Bar for a vitamin G stop and a quick map check; then on to the campsite on the outskirts of Galway.

We adopted the usual camp routine and got some food from the local supermarket for dinner and spent the evening chatting to a couple of girls, Sophie and her cousin Claire, we had met a few days earlier in Killarney. There were touring Ireland too – but by car.

The Aille River in Doolin

The Aille River in Doolin

The weather wasn't so good but The Burren region had a great bit of coast road

The weather wasn’t so good but The Burren region had a great bit of coast road

The harbour in Kinvarra

The harbour in Kinvarra

Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520

Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520

The view from Dunguaire Castle

The view from Dunguaire Castle

The coastline south of Galway

The coastline south of Galway

Darren fixing his second puncture of the day

Darren fixing his second puncture of the day

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