Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 33 - Belfast

Well weather has been great today and Dad has made it to Belfast and is now in the Linen House Backpackers after failing to find the YHA (he should have asked me ... I've stayed there!).  He stopped to ask a policeman for directions to a hostel and the policeman was giving Dad directions ... pointing with his right hand and saying "turn left".  They must have been a right pair has Dad gets his left and right mixed up ! Anyway Dad made it to the hostel. Dad is in a private room ... it was £6.00 for a dorm and £20.00 for a private room.

Dad had a great night last night. Went out for a meal at Joe's Restaurant. It was curry night and Dad had soup, curry and a pint for £13.00. Very good food.  After the curry he went for a walk and then back to the pub below Joe's restaurant. The pub was split into four rooms and Dad found himself a corner and settled in with his pint. Over the next 20 minutes about 8 musicians turned up and Dad had the best seat in the house to watch.  By far the best night Dad has had. They finished off with a rendition Delilah and after they had finished Dad was telling them that the song was Stoke City football anthem.  Dad didn't get back to the B&B until midnight.

Dad had booked breakfast for 8.30. He got down there and all the tables were set but there was no one around. He waited awhile and then went back upstairs to pack up his stuff. He came back down and still there was no sign of anyone so Dad rang the B&;B and all he got was the answerphone !  Eventually a car pulled up outside and someone had turned up to do the breakfasts!  Dad didn't get away until 10.00.

Dad's route today took him along the coast road and through Glenariff and then the road had been closed so Dad had to take an 8 mile detour which wasn't quite as flat as the coast road ! Today has been "fly" day ... loads of flies about and Dad thinks they were attracted to his yellow jacket !  Dad stopped off for lunch in a KFC in Larne. He then picked up the busy A2 into Whitehead, Eden and onto Carrickfergus. Dad rode along the sea-front in Carrickfergus. He then picked up cycle routes nearly all the way into Belfast.

Tonight Dad is out and about in Belfast. I remember the Crown Liquor Saloon from when I visited but I think it's a bit far from the hostel for Dad.

Tomorrow Dad is heading for Portavogie.  He is hoping to be home probably on Thursday (his birthday !!!!).

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