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Published: September 21st 2016
Set out this morning after a nice red sky had disappeared. This was a bad sign for rain, which according to the Met Office, was due at 12 o'clock.
I followed the rugged coast road from Dungarvan through to Bonmahon which is on the Copper Coast Drive. This coastal area was the centre of copper mining in the 19th century and there were several steam pumping engines on the cliff tops bringing out the ore, which was then shipped across to Swansea in Wales. The business was short lived and they were abandoned around 1870 after 30 years of production. The coastal part of the town itself looks rather weary with several abandoned homes and businesses. Eventually I arrived at Tramore with a ferocious wind blowing off the sea and was looking at a town almost closed for winter with many of the businesses shuttered up. As I was looking for somewhere for a coffee about eight cyclists whizzed past me and I thought, 'these guys are heading for a cafe', and I was spot on as they rode on to Moe's Cafe on the sea front with waves splashing over the wall. I had my brew and asked
for a chicken, salad sandwich to take away. They came with a polystyrene box which I didn't open until outside and found it to be the most enormous salad you have ever seen. I stopped to eat it later but still have loads left. It was great leaving Tramore with the wind behind me which certainly helped on the hills. I headed for the ferry at Passage East and landed at Arthurstown. The tide was running out very quickly and we had to sail across heading upstream at 45 degrees just to keep it from washing out to sea. There is a bit of history here about this channel related here;
The saying, By Hook Or By Crook.
This saying is reputed to have originated when during the Norman invasion in 1170 their leader Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke stated that he would "Take Waterford by Hook or by Crooke" He was referring to Hook Head on the Wexford side and Crooke Castle on the Waterford side of the Suir estuary. And history recalls that Strongbow did take Waterford.
Once east of Waterford I took the R733 towards Wexford before dropping down past the Agricultural museum near Murntown and to
the Farmers Kitchen at Drinagh for the night. As I was 5 km away it started spitting and this was the midday rain which was luckily 4 hrs late, so gave it some welly and just made it before it really started. With a bit of luck it will clear up by morning and I should then complete the week with dry weather. I am now at Wexford in the far south east corner of Ireland and two days away from Dublin. Tomorrow just creeping into County Wicklow and then on Friday, the MOUNTAINS.
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