The Burren Ride
What a great time - wo man! I started and ended the ride in Lisdoonvarna. First the loop descended out of town and to the "Coastal Road". This road then took me east along the south shore of Galway Bay and to Ballyvaughn. What an awesome road to ride a bike on--the sun was out, the wind was cranking on my back and the views were unparalleled. From Ballyvaughn the road turned up climbing up Corkscrew Hill back towards Lisdoonvarna. The Hill was about a 6 km climb with a number of "Alpe d'Huez-like switchbacks". Oh it was good good times as the video, I think, portraits. You can see some spray painting on the road in the video that eludes to the fact that this road is often used in bike races over here.
Push play and ride up Corkscrew Hill with me!
One thing I should add about this ride. We maritimers are no longer allowed to use the phrase "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes." I'm telling you, here, it is not an exaggeration. As I left Lisdoonvarna, I got completely soaked in the first five minutes. Sufficiently saturated, the ride continued under idyllic conditions.
Read on ... part two of this epic is next.