Day 5: Cork to Timoleague

Wednesday July 16, 2008, 69 km (43 miles) – Total so far: 424 km (263 miles)

We breakfasted on sausage’n’beans on toast at the hostel and were back on the road for 9.30, heading south out of Cork. The weather was fine again as we coasted up and down the hills including a particularly steep 1-in-4 grade.

We reached the south coast town of Kinsale at lunchtime and bought some giant burgers and chips from the hot counter in the local supermarket. After lunch, we turned south-west, riding the coast road around the harbour and onto Old Head of Kinsale.

Once we’d completed a lap of the peninsula we carried on west – directly into the strong head wind which kept the output high, yet speeds low. Reaching Timoleague a campsite sign was spotted, 3km the over side of town. We stocked up on some Polish meatballs, bread and wine for dinner and carried on.

The campsite arrived, at the top of a hill, and the usual evening duties were performed. We hadn’t bought enough wine – so the male contingent (Darren & Justin) bravely volunteered to ride back into town for some more (we snuck in a cheeky pint too). It was the first time we had ridden the bikes unloaded for nearly a week and we found ourselves coasting down the road at over 25mph with ease.

Another sunny morning

Another sunny morning

Some old road signs south of Cork. Ireland completed its metrication of road signs back in 2005. They missed this one, the distances were still in miles.

Some old road signs south of Cork. Ireland completed its metrication of road signs back in 2005. They missed this one, the distances were still in miles.

Brightly painted buildings in the seaside town of Kinsale

Brightly painted buildings in the seaside town of Kinsale

Kinsale Harbour - a traditional commercial port with a long history

Kinsale Harbour – a traditional commercial port with a long history

It's a virtually land locked natural harbour on the estuary of the Bandon River

It’s a virtually land locked natural harbour on the estuary of the Bandon River

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