06/23 With rain clouds overhead and a strong wind pushing me along I set off from Cashel. The plan was just to ride down toward the ferry at Rosslare but at the last minute I cut over to see the touristy town of Kilkenny.
Kilkenny has, of course, a medieval cathedral, a castle and many shops and pubs. Walking would have been a better way to see the central area because the roads are very narrow and traffic is heavy but it worked out OK.
There was a bike path that ran along the river from the town center almost all the way to the CG. As with every pathway people love taking their stupid dogs out without keeping them on a leash which means I get to have some stupid rat dog try to bite at my legs when I’m going by. Then the people look at me like I’m the one with the problem. I’m not the one following along behind some stupid animal waiting for it to take a crap so I can scoop it up and walk around with it.
The CG near Kilkenny where I stayed was called Tree Grove Camping Park (€7.50). Wifi was €3 so I skipped it. The showers were actually pretty decent. Rode 46 miles with 1795 feet of climbing.
My next stop was to the coast to a CG called St. Margaret’s Beach. Nice enough place it seems. Good shower and a very nice sitting room with wifi (horribly slow unfortunately) and tables/chairs to sit at. There are even free electrical outlets so I can charge my laptop. A plug is a bit of a rarity so kudos to the owners. It started raining as soon as I got here and hasn’t stopped since. I just hope it’s not raining in the morning for the 8km ride to the ferry that leaves at 9am.
The only excitement today was getting chased by another dog. This time there was a young kid standing there pleading with the stupid dog to stop chasing me so I couldn’t even unleash my usual profanity laced tirade. When you have 6 hours of riding with nothing to do it’s not healthy to keep things bottled up inside. Covered 60 miles with a lot of freaking climbing (3460 feet).