I think it’s Tuesday…. It’s all getting a bit blurry. I can’t imagine what’s going through Tucker mind. It’s an awesome thing to witness.
We started off again last night, Wednesday, at 22.30/ Team B following, team going ahead to Dronmore West in the auxiliary. A cruel start after barely 90 minutes sleep for Tucker. And almost immediately a long hill, in drizzle. But he pushes on he does, and after a couple of hours we met up with Jon and Morgan where the latter worked some therapeutic magic, we force fed him some of Chantal’s magic soup and he was off again shortly after, headed for TS07 At Castlebar. Roddy and I went ahead, the former getting some Z’s, myself maybe a few lying down across the front seats. Great stop though and well served with a big 24hr shop, and, opening at 7, a McDonalds in which Tucker expressed interest via Morgan.
The team arrived at about 6.45 (X kms achieved) – Tucker immediately retiring to the back of the auxiliary van with Morgan doing his magic. A longer stop at 50 minutes than planned, but a McD bacon roll inside and more soup, technical comms issues attended to, replacement light sorted and he was away, Team B in slow pursuit. Once the big roads with lots of traffic queuing behind that had to be made way for, and in persistent drizzle, we headed up and towards Sheeffry Pass. A sort (1.4km) sharp up into the mist, but descending into a spectacular pass towards a big sea inlet, then further on to TS08 at Letterfrack. Under instructions from team leader Paul Harrison, we ‘processed’ our rider in just over 10 minutes and he was off again, Team C in follow vehicle.
Roddy and have gone ahead to Oughterard where a launderette has been located to wash and dry some kit, I’ve had a shower courtesy of the Connemara Lake Hotel and an sitting now writing this. I think Roddy is asleep…. I heard 5 minutes ago Tucker 16kms out. That’ll be about 270 kms so far – I might be under-estimating as I don’t have the figures in front of me; but we’re going for a further 2 stages today, about another 180kms if memory serves. Apologies if these blogs seem a bit hasty – they are.