Sunday, 1 May 2016

Day 7 Sligo to Carrick on Shannon

After a great night in Sligo last night Geraldine has taken me into the college for the start of the next leg of my trip. There is a good buzz about the place. Lots of cyclists milling around . We get a visit from the coastguard helicopter which lands in the grounds and we all pile over to have a close look. The inside is amazing . We have a huge group photo around the helicopter before heading off for Carrick.
The morning is really nice and sunny and it feels like it will be a good day.
Its a short day with 45km to Lough Kee forest park . It's an uneventful morning cycling until we stop for a roast pig lunch. We are here for a  couple of hours. Had my food then head into the interpretive center to have a look. Got an ice cream and sit I the sun relaxing with a couple of lads.
Such a lovely place here. Sun is shining and out of the breeze is deliciously warm. It's all finally called to a halt and at 4 o clock we head out on the last 14km to Carrick and our homestay. Our homestay is Scregg House . A lovely country house run by Paul and Meryl and their 2 boys.
We are in a cottage, all together, 4 of us. Martin, Barney, and Gerard. 2 bedrooms a sitting room with a stove fire and a bathroom. They are a lovely couple who look after us well. At dinner time we are 'summoned' by their 2 boys ringing a huge school bell. They love it.
Very comfortable a homely.  We all have a lovely  dinner,  10 around the table and the craic is good. After dinner the lads want to go for pints but I'm tired and want to be fit for tomorrow's trip to Ballinasloe. Great nights sleep in my bed with an electric blanket.
Boys come  in at some point and are very quiet.
Up for breakfast when we get 'the call'
Another hearty breakfast then it's back in the car for the return trip to the start line. Where we head out about 10.30 heading for Roscommon and on to Ballinasloe

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