Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 3, 2014

Four countries tour – day 8

Monday 2 June 2014
It rained most of the night but we were snug and dry and it did stop while we packed up, should that be struck camp?
Anyway, we weren’t quite as early but were away by 8.00am and it was easy to cross the road onto the cycle path opposite the Carrick Dhu campsite.
We rode along the sweeping bay of golden sands in to Portrush and “detoured” up onto Raime head, the site of an ancient hill fort. Then when it became obvious that the road led nowhere we wanted, it was turn around and back down the hill. We found NCN93 and began following it ,as it rose and fell along the coast to Bushmills. Here there is an old railway track with a path alongside it ,but no trains today and we followed it up to the visitors centre at the giants causeway.
You can see the stones for free but a visit until the centre is £8.50 each. We just went to see the stones and began the. Kilometre walk down as the first drenching occurred .

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We met young German couple touring south to go over to Troon ,in Scotland,  before going to  Iceland and then to Scandinavia. They had 29″ mountain bikes pulling large trailers. We compared  gear notes and they have a helinox table and chairs and exped mats to sleep on. They were probably about 40 years younger than us but we did pass them on the road later.
The rain stopped and for while we rode in our tops with bare arms but it didn’t last too long. We pulled up in a bus shelter near Ballintoy, where the 1st stage of the Giro D’Italia started a couple of weeks back. We had 2nd breakfast before the run down into Ballycastle. This is a nice small town and we picked up some food for lunch. Continuing on we had a long climb which was used in the Giro. So,I can say I rode the first stage of the Giro but not as fast. But hey, I did it.
There’s a run down to Cushendun but we stopped about half way for lunch but the rain came so we started moving quickly. We were chilling off and hypothermia isn’t something I want, thank you.
The next climb was very doable and as we approached Cushendall, I asked about campsite and are happily ensconced in a warm cozy pod. Can a girl want more?
Approx 43 miles today

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