Day 1: Kinsale – Mizen Head – 185km – Pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick
Day 2: Mizen Head – Kenmare – 100km – Pilot: Paddy Griffin
Day 3: Kenmare- Portmagee – 120km – Pilot: Eddie Byrne
The legend TK Tom Kennedy and his young assistant Eddie Byrne appeared in Waterville today and then headed off on the Skellig Ring including the challenge of Coomaneaspaig (Hell Mountain) today. Currently rehydrating in Moorings in Portmagee.
Day 5: Dingle –Killimer – 140km – Pilot: Eddie Byrne
“after 3 days of climbing in Kerry in finally dawned on Eddie Byrne and tk as to why spiders have eight legs!!! and how inadequate we are with only two.” -tom kennedy. 140km covered today.
Day 6: Killimer – Doolin – 130km – Pilot: Padraig McCluskey
Day 6 of TK’s Wild Atlantic Way Odyssey saw him cycle 130km from sun kissed Killimer out to Loop Head and up the coast of Clare finishing in Doolin in a deluge of rain and wind. On the spin out to Loop Head there were great views of North Kerry and of the mountains down as far as the Dingle Peninsula. The coastal villages of Carigaholt, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Lahinch, Liscannor etc were gorgeous in the sunshine. The weather closed in around Miltown Malbay and for the last 30km or so it lashed. Needless to say this did not dampen the spirits of our intrepid hero who went directly to O’Connors of Doolin with good friend & fellow Ballycallan man Micheal H. and unsurprisingly they forgot to go home. We look forward to teaming up with Bamford men Lar & Thomas tomorrow night, hopefully west of Galway. Tom is flying, hopefully the weather will clear for tomorrow!
Day 7: Doolin – Spiddal – – Pilot: Padraig McCluskey
Day 7 of TK’s WAA saw him head on from Doolin north through Ballyvaughan and up through the Burren passing Black Head Lighthouse on the way. We had a quick lunch stop in Kinvarra before heading for Oranmore. Progress was stifled by a fierce head wind for a lot of the day particularly from Oranmore on. Friday evening rush hour traffic in Galway is not conducive to tandem riding but needless to say, we handled the stopping and starting with all the grace of a new born foal. TK celebrated the official Wild Atlantic half way mark in Salthill and we jumped around like lunatics.
From there we slogged it out to Spiddal in the rain against more head winds. Big shout out to Jim Fitz, main organiser of this trip. It is ten years tomorrow since himself & TK completed the Irish Sea crossing – another epic journey.
Day 8: Spiddal – Clifden – 130km– Pilot: Padraig McCluskey
Day 8 of TK’s wild Atlantic way cycle brought us 130km from Spiddal to the lovely town of Clifden via Carraroe, Kilkieran, roundstone and Ballyconneelly. The weather was great from early morning. We were joined by Lar & Thomas McGrath – fantastic company for the day. Happy birthday Lar & Tim! With the fine weather, the coastline & scenery looked unreal. Some change from the misery of wind & traffic yesterday. I’ll stick up a few photos – they tell their own story. Connemara is beautiful. Great feed tonight in Mannions of Clifden. Tomorrow we are heading on to Westport & Mulranny where TK is picking up pilot #5, Martina for the next few legs of the trip. TK is flying it. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes & texts to him.
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