Day 7 Ring of Kerry-Waterville. Whilst the forecast was for lots of rain this morning we got off lightly with blue sky and sun. Peter took us on a very scenic route back to Castlemaine, which was relatively flat luckily as one of our group was having problems. At Killorglin we stopped to take a photo of the statue of Puck the goat at the bridge. There is some folklore attached to this and each year a live goat is brought into town for three days and a local fair ensues with drinking and merriment until 3am. A coffe stop followed and yet another at Glenbeigh with sandwiches made at the fuel station/deli. I am always amazed at the great quality of the sandwiches they create for us. After lunch we dropped to the bay and then up a vicious hill of up to 15% after which we encountered our first five minute deluge where capes were in order for those seasoned travellers. We had several more of these during the afternoon, which were just as sharp and heavy. Our route took us alongside the N70 along some very quiet, picturesque roads. At Cahersiveen we had yet another cake stop and
another downpour before the last leg to the Smugglers Inn at Waterville. The sculpture as you enter town is of Four Monks in a boat, alongside a garden full of model animals. The inn in Waterville overlooks the sea in a beautiful spot with great staff and great food, as usual. As we travel around the coast of Ireland we get to see such a pleasant variety of landscapes and unique towns and villages with very few large store chains with perhaps the exception of LIDL. Today we have seen many baskets of flowers on the roadside and on bridge parapets, making for a very pleasant feel to the place. A sculpture at Cloughmor amused us, which was a pair of legs wearing wellingtons sticking out of an old barrel. Perhaps we should do more of this on the UK.
I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Cicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a gr... full info