Day 4: Clonmel to Cork

Tuesday July 15, 2008, 107 km (66 miles) – Total so far: 355 km (221 miles)

It was a late start today – we didn’t get away until after 10am. Straight up a 1-in-3 hill. The rest of the morning was spent rolling up and down some good hills, generally into a headwind whilst enjoying a sunny/cloudy mix of weather.

After an hour or so we stopped for coffee in Ballymacarby. After which it was back to the hills and the headwind. Hills, hills so many hills! Before coming out we knew Ireland was hilly and windy, though not to this extent. The hills are a lot longer than we’re used to; 4-8km grinds up at around 5-10%. They are followed by equally long sweet descents though.

We stopped in Cappoquin for Fish and Chips for lunch and then off again South West to Cork. The headwind had got worse by now and we were riding directly into it, it was simply a case of putting our heads down and grinding away. Fortunately I (Darren) was able to draft behind a Horsebox stuck behind a Tractor for 5km – Bliss!

We arrived in Cork in the early evening and asked a Taxi Driver of the campsite’s whereabouts. It turned out to be over 5 miles away, he also informed us that a Youth Hostel was less than a mile away and gave us directions. That’ll do for tonight.

Once checked in we strolled down the road to one of the pubs for our usual liquid refreshment and also sampled some Irish stew – it was delicious but we’re not sure how authentic it was because the chef was a Polish lady.

These are the Comeragh Mountains

These are the Comeragh Mountains

We took a couple of wrong turns this morning, the road signs were a bit thin on the ground. Lovely cottage in this pic

We took a couple of wrong turns this morning, the road signs were a bit thin on the ground. Lovely cottage in this pic

Our morning coffee stop in Ballymacarbry

Our morning coffee stop in Ballymacarbry

These were the Knockmealdown Mountains

These were the Knockmealdown Mountains

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