Saturday, June 10
We leave Waterford very early on the longest cycling day (124 kilometers) in Ireland, traveling west along the southern coast. The first 42 kilometers will be on the new Waterford Greenway, a bike and walking lane built on the old railway line that connected Waterford with Cork. We will have to move along at a good clip to reach the Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal just before Cork in order to board before the 4:00 P.M. departure of our 14-hour ferry for Roscoff, France. Britannia Ferries runs the route once a week on a luxury ferry (see here) so we know everyone will get a good night's sleep in 4-berth cabins prior to arrival in Roscoff at 7:00 A.M. the following morning. To download a route map of the day's cycle, click here.
Sunday, June 11
We will ride our bikes off the ferry at 7:00 A.M. and stop for breakfast in Roscoff. Brittany, in northwest France, is a fiercely proud region with many houses decorated with flowers. In Roscoff we will begin following the Velodyssey Cycle Route, a 1,200 kilometer route along the Atlantic (Western) coast of France. This should take us off the beaten track into the interior of Brittania. We will end our ride in the small town of Carhaix, 80 kilometers later, where we will stay at the interestingly named Hotel Noz Vad. To download a route map of the day's cycle, click here.