Leaving from Scoil Mhuire, Clarinbridge, we will cycle through the village turning right at the water tower towards Athenry. We will pass through Casey's Cross and cross over the main road at the Green Briar. There is a little bit of uphill on this road bringing us over the railway tracks. When we get to the next junction, we will turn right towards Athenry, going under the motorway and over the railway. Arriving in Athenry, we will continue on through the town centre and stop at The Old Barrack's Restaurant for a coffee break. Don't forget to bring some money for coffee and cake!
Depending on the weather and the energy level of the group after the coffee break, we will either head back the way we came (for a total of 26km) or we will cycle back through Derrydonnell to add another 6km to the overall journey. When we get to the junction at Derrydonnell, we will turn right towards Oranmore, taking the next left to bring us back to Casey's Cross where we will turn right towards Clarinbridge and our starting point at Scoil Mhuire.
I've been cycling for over 20 years both individually and as part of a cycling club. I've really enjoyed cycling in a group, both the exercise and the social side. I'd like to help others in the locality to get out on their bikes and get that enjoyment as well. Nothing too strenuous and guaranteed to include some decent coffee stops along the way!
A good start to the New Year and a very pleasant day overall, given the time of the year. We cycled from Clarinbridge to Athenry stopping off at for coffee at a very busy Old Barracks restaurant in Athenry. With the excellent food and service we were in no hurry to leave - we will definitely return there again!
As we got back on our bikes to make the journey home, Athenry decided to live up to its reputation as the wettest town in Ireland by providing a decent shower just as we set on our way. However, it failed to dampen the spirits of the group and, with the sun reappearing, we took the long way home to add a few extra kilometres to the overall journey.
Average speed: 19km/hr
Duration: About 2.5 hours including an extended coffee break.
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