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August 12th 2022
Published: August 12th 2022
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Mist over the sea
Ireland the North. Larne

Today was a wonderful run from Ballintoy to Larne starting in the mist and climbing into the sun above Ballycastle. The first big climb took us to Tor Head from where you can see Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre nearby. We were above the mist, which gave the scene a mystical air. The route was very tough with several severe climbs and descents all the way to Cushenden where a coffee and cake was required for further progress to be made without the legs making a transition to floppy rubber. Another hill with appropriate views before a descent to Cushendall and the Folly at the crossroads. After this and a small climb out of the town we were on a flattish route all the way to the port of Larne. Many villages/ small towns were passed heading south and a stop at the Twilight Cafe in Carnlough for lunch. Here we met a lady cyclist who lived just down the coast and was on a circular ride and told us that she had not ridden up to Tor Head, apparently not knowing the pure enjoyment that can be obtained from hill climbing. I must admit
to a bit of sadism amongst cyclists.
The road hugging the coast reminds me of Japan with its rocky outcrops and steep hills inland. We saw the usual gulls and several cormorants, some taking in the sun and others ducking underwater for unsuspecting fish. Another sight, which I have not seen before, was about 20 oyster catchers together in pairs side by side on a rock slab by the sea. I have seen pairs and maybe 4 at a time but never this many. Eventually we rolled into Larne in 30 degree heat to the Seaview House B & B after a wonderful day on the bike. Born lucky.

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