Malin to Mizen Day 0: A Head Start
Finally the day arrived when the alarm clock woke me at 5am to get ready to get on a bus for the most northerly point in Ireland, Malin Head. The bus journey was long with brief stops in Sligo and just outside Bundoran, Co Donegal. Knowing that the bus journey was long and going to deaden our legs it was decided shortly before the trip to do the first 25 or so miles on that evening and cycle to Buncrana. This meant that we would get an opportunity to stretch our legs that evening as well as getting a good head start on the trip and shorten the road for Day 1 to 70 odd miles instead of 95.
Having gathered for photos, sorted out our gear and finished the usual good luck slaps on each others backs we set off late that afternoon from Malin Head to Buncrana. The road was tough. I put this down to tiredness from the day’s travelling but the roads were also narrow and the weather was a full on head wind with rain getting heavier by the mile. We ended up doing 32 miles, the length of the journey was extended to go around a fairly severe climb as advised by a local cyclist we met by chance.
This leg of the journey was short but very touh on tired bodies. It was an excellent idea to complete this on the same day as travelling up to Malin Head. It felt like we had made a good start, got some difficult road out of the way and most importantly that bit closer to home.