Day 30 - coastal challenge
St Anthony’s B&B stands about half a mile from the town centre of Dungarvan but is an easy stroll on the flat. My hostess, Kay, has been offering accommodation for more years than she cares to remember and, indeed, my fellow guests last night, from Edinburgh, have been coming to her for 18 years. My room was a small single, indeed it would be difficult to see how you could fit a loo and a shower into any smaller space, but it sufficed and I was able to get things washed and dried overnight.
My flat stroll into town and back was to the Raj Balti. I fancied an Indian and it was not until I sat down and ordered that I realised they had no licence so I popped over the road for a bottle of red wine. They made no corkage charge so I had a nice set meal of onion bhaji and rogan josh with pilau rice and some poppadums for 16.95 plus 12.99 for a bottle of wine
This morning an excellent FIB set me up for a ride along the Waterford Greenway which runs from Dungarvan to Waterford along an old railway line. Unfortunately the Greenway followed the coast for about 6 miles before it carved inland and I intended to follow the coast as far as possible.
The greenway was pristine tarmac with few gates but it climbed all the way from Dungarvan until I left it. Unfortunately I missed a cue and stayed on for too long, going over the Ballyvoyle viaduct and through the Ballyvoyle tunnel before emerging at the Durrow carpark which was full of people who were being shouted at by an instructor. I’m not sure what they were up to but it looked like some sort of exercise class. It took me three miles to get back on course at Stradbally but once there I followed the coast up and down like a yo yo. At Bunmahon I descended to sea level and a nice little cove and further on a strange little park that traced the
History and geology of the area with piles of stones and carvings