217km, 1,806m elevation.
After leaving the hotel I thought I’d skip breakfast at the local garage and wait for the next opportunity to build up an appetite. The next opportunity wasn’t for 70kms, when a mini supermarket sprang up like an oasis.
It rained for about 30 mins during the morning.. other than that a mostly cloudy day, with a headwind which proved great for drying out my clothes on the way round (the b and b’s radiators has switched themselves off in the night!).
Bumped into a tourer, Patrick from Gap in the French Alps, on a six week trip wild-camping. Patrick has now been convinced to buy a Brompton 😉 Where’s my commission for this stuff?
County Mayo sure is beautiful! A rolling landscape of rich green interspersed with abundant pink rhododendron blooms and yellow gorse. Oh and the Atlantic coast!
I saw the course looped back on itself so booked into a B and B at the neck of the loop before heading out on the loop around Achill Island at 7pm.
I hadn’t checked the route and was expecting more or less flat, but what I got was more or less hilly. It was a tough evening and I got to bed about 12:30/1.
It isn’t easy and lots of things are hurting – I won’t bore you with the details but will press on. Next stop.. Check point 2!