Day 22 – Days don’t come much better than this

Day 22 - Days don’t come much better than this

 

I stayed in Harbour View last night.  There are a couple of pubs in the village but it was easier to eat in.  The seafood chowder was good, lots of shellfish and white fish in a good broth and I followed it up with fish and chips - not the best but ok. A half bottle of wine washed it all down and I was in bed by 1030 worrying about the Conor Pass in the morning.

 

The morning dawned, as forecast, bright and sunny and the view over the bay was just what one would want for a day by the seaside.  Full Irish breakfast set me up for a ride that was scheduled to be 55 miles and about 3800 feet of climbing.  It was chilly as I set off, what wind there was, was in the north so, for a change, helping me.  As there was no alternative I returned to the main road by the same route I took last night, following what is locally known as the Back Beach, which, at about 8 miles, is, reputedly,  the longest beach in Ireland

 

The mountains of the Dingle peninsula loomed threateningly in the background but, at least it was calm and sunny.

 

About 12 miles in I was feeling good and the sun was still shining. The road ramped up but only to about 5% and the scenery changed from coast to mountain. There was little traffic on the road and I was really enjoying the climbing.  According to RidewithGPS I would be experiencing almost 20% pitches towards the top of the Conor Pass but Gary Garmin was barely showing 7 %.  I stopped in a layby about a mile from the top to take photos