Les Miserables Part Deux

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Sligo,
Saturday, July 11, 2009

I encouraged Brian to press on a little further today even though we were kindof tired from yesterday.  But at this point, I just want to keep on moving.  The weather is getting to me and I want to be in a new place.  Brian's been getting sick (thanks Dillany and Steph :) ) and we need a good place to stay and recoup.

Sligo was going to be around 90-100 to get to - which we’ve done before.  We had all day, so I wasn’t too concerned.  The point was to get there and then take the whole next day to relax. 

Riding started out well to Ballina, but after that we were heading straight east - straight into a wicked headwind.  Terrible when you’ve only gone a 1/3 of your journey for the day so far. 

I couldn’t believe how difficult this made things.  I was getting so tired and making almost no headway.  I would stop for breaks only to find that we had just gone 5km since the last break.  At one point I was pedaling in my lowest gears along the flat sections!  After struggling up hills into a wind you’re looking forward to the easy coast down (God given right as a cyclist), but the wind was so strong we had to pedal these too!  Stopping for breaks was of little help as my muscles screamed in protest upon starting up again.  Although my butt didn't like it, continuing cycling seemed to be the best. 

But the one consoling fact through all of this was that there was no rain - no sun, but at least no rain.  For the time being…

About 30 km to go, the rain began.  At one point I was ready to shell out the extra $ to stay at a B&B, but none were to be found.  No choice but to press on to Strandhill.

Finally we reached our turn off towards the penninsula where our campground was to be situated.  That meant that the road turned and we were heading in a westerly direction and the wind was with us.  Usually the last 10km of the day are the hardest for me, but today they were the easiest!  We were finally almost there and the riding was a bit easier!  The wind had picked up even more, but it was with us now and pushing us up the last remaining hills. 

Out on a point we were excited about the beach and the ocean, but nothing could be seen today with the wind whipping the waves into a mist. 

They had some great little tent spots dipping down between the sand dunes that they reserve for hikers and cyclists.  It’s supposed to protect you from the wind, but there's just no stopping the wind this evening.  It was odd to be on the water and have the wind blowing towards the ocean. 

Now we’re huddled in the tent trying to stay warm and dry and I can hear little Irish children playing outside in the wind and the rain!  You know you’re in Ireland when…Although, they haven’t been out like us today, and they have nice warm trailers to run into...but still!

Brian’s passed out from exhaustion, sickness (and too much cider) so I guess we’re not making dinner tonight.  I don’t even know if I’ll be ale to sleep as the sound of the screeching wind, and the sides of the tent hitting me as I write is practically driving me to distraction!  Praying for sun tomorrow…
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Strandhill Caravan and Camping Park Sligo
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