Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 31 - Portstewart

Well Dad has had a much better day weather-wise than here. He's had a bit of rain for probably about an hour.  Cycled with a tailwind and was in Portstewart by 3.00 pm. He is staying at the Causeway Coast independent hostel and it's good value at £12.00 a night.

Dad had a good night last night. He found the Weatherspoons and had a couple of burgers and a pint for less than a fiver ! Afterward he went and found the Guild Hall and the free music event. It was actually a recording of a lunchtime concert for Radio 3 (to be broadcast on 16th and 19th November). Dad said you'll be able to hear him ... he was the one clapping in the wrong place ! Following the concert there was free tea and biscuits.  Once that had finished Dad headed off for a pint of Guinness. This morning he got chatting to a Canadian from Banff who was touring Ireland tracing his family ancestors.

This morning Dad headed out of town and managed to get out in about 5 minutes on the cycle route. He then picked up the A2 (which had a good hard shoulder) and headed to Ballykelly. He thought it was taking along to get there but then remembered it wasn't 20km or the sign but 20 miles ! Dad then followed the coast road and headed into a place called Downhill which wasn't and it took Dad 20 minutes to push his bike uphill ! He then headed onto Castlerock, Articlave and into Coleraine.  Dad didn't stop in Coleraine as it was a busy town. It was then onto Portstewart.

Tonight on the menu is Fish & Chips ... well it is Friday.

He's found lots of cycle routes and he is going to be following Sustrans Route 93 along the coast. Tomorrow he is heading for Cashendell and will pass by the Giants Causeway.


  1. "and headed into a place called Downhill which wasn't" Brilliant!

  2. Maybe it is if you come from the other direction?