Report on Malin to Mizen Cycle 2013-09-05 22:47:00

Malin Head to Mizen Head Cycle 2013.
On Wednesday 28th August a group of 13 cyclists and 2 logistics men began their journey to Malin Head in Co Donegal to cycle from there to Mizen Head in Co Cork to raise funds for the new development at River Street. The group were taken to Malin by Egan Coaches who very gratefully supplied his bus free of charge.

Day 1 saw us head from Malin to Bundoran a distance of 145km,a very difficult start to the trip with a strong head wind to deal with from the outset. We also now know why the song "The Hills of Donegal" was penned. Usually at the end of a long climb there is payback in the form of a de-scent but not in Donegal where the hills plateaued out then rose again. It was 13 tired men that rolled into the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran but after a swim, Jacuzzi, grub and a few pints we hit the sack full of enthusiasm for the day ahead.

Day 2's route was from Bundoran to Oranmore in Co Galway a distance of 170km.This was a flatter route than day 1 but was made more difficult by a strong head wind all day long.The journey began in Co Donegal and rolled down through Sligo,Leitrim,Roscommon,Mayo and in to Galway.
Being creatures of habit we enjoyed the facilities of the Oranmore Lodge Hotel and after the swim, Jacuzzi, grub and pints we rested up for the longest leg of the journey to come.

Day 3 from Oranmore to Killarney was a leg of 195km and took in Clarinbridge,Gort,Ennis before heading to Killimor to catch the ferry to Tarbert.Once on Kerry soil we completed the journey through Listowel,Tralee, Faranfore and on to Killarney where we were met by the Mayor of Killarney Michael"Manky"McCarthy as he escorted us to our base at the Castlerosse Hotel on his Harley Davidson.The facilities at the hotel were once again sampled and despite Manky's efforts to get us into Mustang Sally's we headed to bed with the last leg to come.

Day 4 in Killarney was a beautiful sunny morning and the trip out passed Muckross House; Torc Waterfall and passed the lakes was a spectacular one. The pull up to Moll's Gap passed Ladies View wasn't long in wiping the smile of our faces and following a stop at the top we descended in to Kenmare. On leaving Kenmare we were faced with the Caha Pass a climb that made Moll's Gap seem like a slight incline but when we gathered at the top we were greeted by the "Welcome to Co.Cork "sign a sign that our journey was nearing its end. The view at the top nearly made the climb worthwhile and we descended into beautiful Glengariff where we stopped to refuel.
With our bodies energised by the soup and sandwiches we headed on the last leg through Bantry,Durrus Goleen,Crookhaven and Barleycove before reaching the holy grail of Mizen Head.

Thanks to everyone who sponsored a kilometre and to Dermy and Conor who looked after our every whim and without whom a difficult undertaking would have been an awful lot harder.
To the Garda bus drivers that brought us from Mizen to Cloyne,and also the people of Cloyne who turned out in great numbers to welcome us home.
Pictures of the event can be seen in the photo gallery on our website

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