Myles was going on tour with the Ivel Barbarians RFC U15s, staying just outside Cork and about 20 miles away from Tricia's home town the week before Easter. Tricia and I decided that we'd travel out in parallel with the tour so we could watch the games but visit family and friends. The final weather forecast for the weekend was cloudy but dry so the car decision (Westfield v Tin Top) was made and the Westfield packed.
Checking the final travel details I realised that we we're travelling from Fishguard, not Pembroke as I'd though, and we'd be on the same ferry as the tour. Myles was dropped at the club at 08:30 and I was back home by 09:00 with Tricia and I departing half an hour later and having 4 hrs to get to Fishguard ~200 miles away.
We caught up with the coach at the Severn Crossing, then met them again at the services near Cardiff as we stopped for coffee and a refuel. After a final refuel just outside Fishguard and we boarded the ferry on schedule.
Boarding the ferry - no problems with grounding as I took the ramps slowly.
Getting out of docks at Rosslare was interesting due to the over application of oversize speed bumps but once on the roads they were reasonably clear for a Friday night.
The final 30 miles or so were on the N72 from Dungarvan to Fermoy - very enjoyable with lots of linked curves and even a hairpin bend. It was just getting dark as we arrived at Fermoy and with the roof off it was getting a tad chilly. The car was unpacked and the cover put on for the night.
Parked up at Garryvoe just before a cream tea in the hotel - half hood on because it had just rained. Note to self - keep to the main-ish roads as some of the tarmac on the back roads is a little uneven/pot holed.......
As for the rugby - the U15s won both tournaments - Myles with the trophies, the medal from day two and his godfather Ronan.
The return to the UK was a reverse of the outbound journey with the adult tourists not being quite so enthusiastic at the bar. We eventually got home having covered over 750 miles with 5 fuel stops and averaging ~150 mpt (miles per tank).