41ml. Left campsite and decided to take a gravel road short cut to Lake Mavora road. After lots of climbing but a very quiet road I came to a gateway, no access, private property, you are under surveillance. Oh no, if I go all way back I won’t make lake movara campground. I ask a lad on a tractor, tell him my predicament and he says go back. I’m just having a sandwich when a pickup comes through the gate. I flag him down and ask if he’s the farmer. No he says I’m a fisherman, well you just came through I say. Well I ring the station manager for permission. So he gives me the number and I ring, tell him I’m just an old man on a bike who’s dropped a bollock. He gives me permission. Phew. I make beautiful lake Mavora for camping and met an American called Mike who’s also touring on a Surly.
20ml.Woke up expecting heavy rain but it fined up and the sun came out so I packed up and set off. 20mins later and a full on head wind and all waterproofs on. Sheltered in a garage due to the heavy rain and the owner and I had a good old chin wag. I set off again in the rain as I didn’t think it would stop and called it a day at Clifden suspension bridge campsite.
32ml. Left Tim UK cyclist at campsite as he developed a bad back and wanted to rest it. Wanted to make Clifden but had 2 punctures and the wind was bad. 1 of the punctures was caused by a burr on the rim where it joins together, so I had to file it down and put a rubber patch over just to be on the safe side. Made it to lovely little campsite 20ml short of Clifden.