Ireland Bicycle Tour 15th-July-2019

Garry McGivern’s bicycle tour of Ireland, Monday 15th-July-2019 Tramore to Carrigtohill. 64 miles. I knew that campsite was familiar last night. I did stay there before. I remembered all the children running around, although maybe not the same ones as in 2009! They were a right pain in the arse and were still running around, screaming and shouting at ten o’clock. And I really could have done with an early night last night.

My late night last night didn’t help this morning. I woke up and fell back asleep. But I was still on the road by seven-thirty. And, of course, I was very quiet when packing away so as not to wake any of the little darlings. Not!

Old mine
An old copper mine

It was a lovely ride this morning along the picturesque Copper Coast, a UNESCO Global Geopark. There were some pretty steep hills, but the roads were nice and quiet. I spent quite a bit of time looking around an old copper mine.

I couldn’t find any shops or cafes along the Copper Coast, so I was forced to stop at a pub! The only trouble was they weren’t serving beer, just scones and jam! So I had a scone with jam and a cup of coffee! What’s the matter with me? I think I might need to get checked out by a doctor! A scone and coffee, and at a pub. What is the world coming to!?!

Cycle path
The pleasant Greenway
Disaster

While eating my scone, I spotted a Greenway across the road, which ran from Waterford to Dungarvan, I was only on it for ten kilometres, but it was still good. Unfortunately, when I arrived in Dungarvan, my saddle broke! And it was the same bolt that snapped last year! (I think Brooks could be getting an email!) After spotting the Greenway, stopping at the pub was quite lucky in the end. Although I’m still not impressed with stopping at a pub and not having a pint.

Shop bike
The cycle shop in Dungarvan

On the bright side, my saddle couldn’t have broken in a better place. Dungarvan had plenty of bike shops. I chose O’Mahony, and what a good choice that was. Although the man couldn’t fix my saddle, he gave me another saddle so I could continue! Which feels just fine. I’ll sort my Brooks out when I get home.

Cows fields
My second to last big hill of the day

I’ve stopped at another familiar campsite tonight, and it’s the same lady running it that was here ten years ago. And it’s a lot more peaceful than last night’s stop. There’s only one other tent here.

I’ve also made a YouTube video of today’s ride, which you can watch on my YouTube channel.

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2 Replies to “Ireland Bicycle Tour 15th-July-2019”

  1. Hi Garry! What a bummer with all those kids. I expect the traffic has increased since I was over there but that was a lovely greenway. I check up on the map now. I’m enjoying the tour as much as you. That privacy logo still blocks the screen.

    1. It probably has, but the roads are still quiet. Glad your enjoying it as well.
      You might have to accept or change your settings, other than that I don’t really know!

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