Down to the start in Carrick, there is a welcome for us with tea and biscuits and cereal if we want it. There is no school today so we have no presentation to pupils but we have our own craic. Sometimes I forget that some , if not all the cyclists like to hear stuff as well.
In the hall we get a quick lesson in sean nos dancing which gets the blood pumping before we head out. A lot of new people are joining us today which will make for some difficult cycling. A light drizzly rain is falling and looks down for the day.
Flat route today with a few easy drags to keep us honest. The wind is following around behind us and it's hot because we are sheltered.
We stop in Roscommon for lunch at a hotel in a marquis. And there we have pasta and tea and coffee in abundance.
With the the weekend upon us Colm Hayes from 2 FM comes back to entertain us with Rob Carley. Rob is a very funny man with stories of grief and hard times from his own life. A truely inspirational man. A bit of face painting and a Nice lunch before heading off again. Easy trip into Ballinasloe with a lot cheering for us on our way . With some new enthusiastic people on the road this afternoon you need to be vigilant for some erratic movements on the road. Soon we are there about 8pm . Bit late for everyone.
Tidying our bikes away and getting our bags from the vans we all go in search of our homestay which is always an adventure.
Gerry arrives and takes me to his home to meet his wife Carol and their two boys. They have a lovely dinner and a beer ready for me when I have had a very welcome shower. Nice chats and retire to watch the snooker and then a welcome bed.