Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day 32 - Cushendell

Dad has had a great day on the bike - good weather, great views but a few too many hills ! He is now in Cushendell staying in a B&B. Cup of coffee and biscuits on arrival, ensuite and TV in the room. Luxury compared to camping !

Dad had his fish and chips and a pint last night and then headed back to the hostel.  Mixed nationalities in the hostel so Dad had a good evening chatting to people.

This morning he headed off into Portrush and was glad he'd stayed in Portstewart last night. Portrush was full of pubs and clubs, amusement arcades and reminded Dad a bit of Blackpool ! He then headed into Dunluce where Dad had views of the castle.  Today Dad has been cycling along the coastal road. It was then onto Portballintrae where there was a marathon/half marathon/extreme marathon taking place. The runners ran along the cliffs and along the beaches. Dad stopped to watch for awhile. It was then onto Bushmills and Dad cycled past the distillery ... well he didn't want to drink and ride ! From there it was onto the Giants Causeway where entry was free for cyclists.  Dad wandered down to the Causeway, had coffee and a scone and then walked back up to his bike. He continued onto Dunseverick and Ballintoy where Dad could view the rope bridge to Carrick Island.  Dad then cycled down into the village and walked back out !  Dad also stopped at a view point and could see Ruthin Island and also across to the Mull of Kintyre.  From there Dad headed into Ballycastle where he stopped for a late lunch. 

After lunch Dad headed onto the A2 as he'd been advised the coastal road was very up and down. However Dad cycled uphill along the A2 for 1 hour 10 minutes. It was then downhill all the way to Cushendell !

Tonight Dad is going out into town to find a restaurant and then find a pub with some Irish music but I think Dad will be back in the B&B by 10.30 as he asked what time Match of the Day was on !

Tomorrow he is heading for topside of Belfast !

1 comment:

  1. saw a cyclist with paniers today and for a moment wondered if it was jack , but was in wrong place. I thought of him and wondered where he was.