Day 4 saw a later than normal start as we left Murphy’s hotel (where we had been looked after so well and no request had been too great) at 10am. This hotel sums up the fantastic Irish hospitality we have encountered throughout this trip and again we’d like to thank them for going the extra mile for us. 

We followed main roads and headed north from Mayo to Sligo  By the time we finished our 1st leg at 35K and took a break in a (toiletless) petrol station in Sligo town, we were wet as an otters pocket and with no break in the rain in sight – off we headed for the Donegal border. 

The rain subsided briefly for the brief spin through Leitrim (where someone commented that we briefly doubled the population) and into the county of Donegal. 

The last few KM’s before lunch was quite spectacular as we got our first glimpse of the ocean in a few days and enjoyed the scenic run in to Bundoran where we tucked in to an excellent feed in Maddens Bridge Bar and Restaurant. 

There was no avoiding the rain so off we headed north past Donegal town up over the Blue Stack Mountains where the weather finally broke as we rolled into Ballybofey. 

After a quick wash, we found a one-in-a-million snug that could a accommodate a group of 9 with a fire and some pints- exactly what this weary group needed. Another excellent feed followed in Kees Hotel and a nightcap or two and off to bed for the final day .

Today is the final run in. North through Letterkenny and on to Malin Head. Nearly there!

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