#TAW2019 - Day 3
Day 3, the day when the body starts to rebel. The body is feeling stressed but the head is still strong. Cold sores and mouth ulcers take shape, its a message from the body 'if you want more then have some of this'!! In the darkness at 3am I'm on the road. Heading up Glengesh Pass I soon see a flashing red light, not to long after I pass my first rider, the leading lady. Stuffed full of cereals and milk I'm feeling good and push on. When your feeling good and feel the power you go with it whilst its available, trickle feeding. I'm then into an area of barren land with little services. Progress is slow, its hilly with a stiff headwind, a full 5 hours later I pass Steve Abraham heading towards the town of Donegal. But I need to eat, I can feel myself flagging so I stop at a Spar in town. I eat a full Irish breafast as I watch Steve roll on by. I didnt see him again for another couple of days. After eating I lost all momentum, I just couldnt get going. When this happens you just have to wait it out, keep turning the pedals, its a lull while the body recovers. It comes back eventually it just takes a little time. Occasionally the rainclouds opened and I'm hit with biblical rainfall for short spells, but I soon dry out once the Gortex is off, its warm under the clouds. Its a day of gortex on then gortex off. I bump into Pat Coyle and we ride together. Our places change as we cover the miles sometimes out of sight sometimes just up the road. We never seem to be to far apart though. The day turns dark and dreary, it continues to rain and the wind never gets weary. Around 10pm after 18hrs on the bike I spot an hostel and leave Pat to continue on his way. I managed to get a bed amongst 7 other travelers. Not ideal but at least it was shelter, I was able to dry out and recharge batteries. I had little food but that was a worry for the next day...for now I needed sleep! I havnt checked trackleaders, I dont know my position, but 200 miles is a good third day distance, I should be there or thereabouts. Thats something to worry about tomorrow though.