Coast of Ireland: Day Two

Cork to Kenmare. 108 miles

You couldn’t get two more different days. Where yesterday was relatively easy in terms of climbs and the weather was warm and dry, today was wet all day and every ten miles was punctuated by climbs including the highest point on the tour. Leaving Cork we followed the N71 all day passing through Clonakilty and then to Skibereen and Ballydehob. From there we turned north into the Caha hills and climbed a 1000 ft in 5 miles taking 45 minutes to do so. Reaching the top we passed through the tunnel and then descended into Kenmare our finishing point. The rain was blowing into our faces so hard that it stung our yes and made it difficult to maintain a good speed as you needed to keep closing your yes to clear the rain away. I have cycled in the wet before but I have never been so wet in all the time that I have been cycling. Now for the ring of Kerry. More tomorrow

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