Day 1: I had some wheel trouble the first day, with a blown tire between Maynooth & Heuston station (a 30 km spin), followed by a blow on the same tire just after arriving in Cork! Got a new tire at a shop in Cork city, and had no troubles getting to Blarney.
Day 2: Had a beautiful days ride along some undulating terrain into Inchigeelah. A bit of highway riding was necessary, but it was the only time during the whole trip that we saw more than 2 vehicles back to back!
Day 3: An amazing day! But we paid for it... Emillie was close to breaking, as the roads were horridly slow and we had gale force headwinds (> 90km/h). The countryside was pristine though, and our 'shortcut' to Glengarriff was well worth it.
Day 4: Allihies was simply pretty. Colorful cottages on a hill, with colorful pubs and colorful hills. The hills were still around, but not as painful as the first day on account of the ashphault roads. Having a beach at the end of the day was a nice touch too.
Day 5: To make up for the headwind of the last two days, we were given a steady tailwind. Much to the chagrin of the Ras contenders... we made way (the Gardai made sure of that).
Day 6: Some wind, but the Southern hills of Kerry gave good shelter. You could tell we were in the tourist area now...
Day 7: Windy and cloudy all day. Many nice stops along the way, but we skipped them all except for Valentia Island near Cahersiveen (recommended trip via the 2Euro ferry).
Day 8: A last push along with a light tailwind for our last day. Very pleasant ride up until we hit Killorglin (which was a nice town), where we had to join the M72 into Kilarney (heavy traffic).