Dad has had a lovely day on the bike today. Weather has been great, just one small rain shower about 4.30 when Dad sheltered in the Law Courts ! He is in a place called Blackrock which is just south of Dundalk. He is in a B&B called the Keernaun House. He didn't make it to Clogherhead as he spent an hour and a half cycling out to Newry railway station to try and book a ferry/train book home only to be told "oh we can't do that" !
Dad had a good night in the three star Kilmorey Hotel last night. He had an evening meal in the hotel. Prawn cocktail, roast of the day and a Guinness for £13.00. Breakfast this morning was £6.00. So for just under £40.00 he had dinner, bed and breakfast.
He left this morning at around 9.30 and headed to Killowen (is that a statement or a place name !) and onto Rostrevor and Warrenpoint. Dad had a look around Warrenpoint, a nice sea-side town. Dad had been cycling along the Culingford Lough. He then headed into Newry and to hunt down the railway station. The road out of Newry was alongside the Newry ship canal which according to blurb Dad had been reading was built between 1731 - 1742. Dad then came to the Victoria Locks. It was then over the border and back into Southern Ireland and Dad head to Omeath for lunch. Dad found a pub only to find that they did not do food so Dad had a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and a packet of crisps. It was then onto Carlingford where Dad found a cafe so he had a soup. There were six mountain bikers in but they didn't speak to Dad (they aren't real cyclists !!!). Dad had a quick look around Carlingford which was a lovely village with lots of places selling oysters (apparently they come from Carlingford Lough). It was then onto The Bush (I can't find that on the map!) and into Dundalk. Dad decided he didn't want to stay the night in Dundalk so headed for Blackrock instead.
He is off out for a walk into town to find somewhere to eat tonight. Tomorrow he should be in Dublin. A good way to celebrate his 76th birthday!