DAY 2 – KILLARNEY TO LIMERICK
A pensive peek out of the curtains lifted the spirits of the noble End to End riders, not only was it not raining, if you craned your neck due east there was actually a hint of blue sky…….something which is spoken about in Ireland but very rarely witnessed……
Following a hearty feed of porridge and the mandatory ‘full Irish’ we were off on our first and most challenging leg of the day as the two most significant climbs came in the first 25 miles. The first climb of the day was conquered without much difficulty other than a couple of people revisiting their breakfast choice, especially those who went for the full Irish!!. We then had a brief respite before the second climb loomed…….as expected, everyone took this in their stride and we were all ready for the first tuck stop which was ready and waiting at 25 miles. The spread was as glorious alas ever although Steve and Roger were ever hopeful of there being a malt whiskey to pour into their coffee……..sorry to disappoint chaps, we could never endorse cycling under the influence!!
The second 25 miles was very enjoyable with the wind behind us and the sun on our faces……we did have a couple of issues with technical malfunctions (thanks to Davy for being on hand with technical guidance) and untethered dog challenges……. Why do they want to bite tyres so desperately?????
Anyway, the second van stop was on the horizon and we were treated to fresh egg rolls, a definite favourite with all the riders……. Perhaps too much of a favourite as the chaps had to be restrained from third helpings!!
The third leg beckoned which would see us end up at our home for the night, The Pier Hotel which we rode into in glorious sunshine. Dinner was a wonderful experience with many subject matters discussed, unfortunately none can be discussed on the blog as too much would be lost in translation but, man at bar, dead horses, and man crushes are a few of the items on the agenda.
The group voted for an early breakfast tomorrow as they are so keen to get back in the saddle…….given the tail winds that are forecast we can expect to be in Galway by lunchtime!!!