You can go from Tralee
to Listowel by the N69, or slightly less directly by the R556 and
R557. Our route lay on minor roads between these two, over high
ground, the lower slopes of the Stack's Mountains, on the summit
ridge of which a line of windmills marched north with us.
From the racecourse we cut across northwest by Ballybeggan to Killeen,
and then took the minor road by Curravagh to the village of Kilflyn.
To the west flat land stretched to the coast at Ballyheige. North
we could see Knockanore Mountain, across the shoulder of which we
had cycled on our way to Ballybunion.
Our route dropped down to cross the Shanow River at Kilfyn, on
a bridge decorated with hanging baskets.
From Kilflyn the way took us up hill and down dale, through Knockburrane
Cross Roads. We passed a church where a wedding was iminent (there
was a man outside with a shotgun), and from there on many cars with
streamers, flags, and bunting passed us down the narrow road.
We joined the N69 for the final two miles into Listowel.