I used the Garmin to get to Ballymena. It took me, possibly, the hilliest way. But, the roads were quiet. I went up high, then would come down to a village. Here's some photos.
A bit of going down.
A view of the Irish Sea
I finally came into Ballymena. Just before, a rain squall came through. I put on my rain gear, only to take it off about 3 miles later.
Since it's Saturday (or at least I think that's why), the towns are very busy. Traffic through the center of town was very slow. Since the roads are narrow, and cars are parked everywhere, it makes for slow going.
From Ballymena to Maghera I stayed on the "A" road. But it wasn't the super busy A Road. It went across the valley, so not too challenging. Once again, it started raining pretty heavy, so rain gear on. Then the sun came out...rain gear off.
After Maghera, I started to go on A6, but it was too busy, and no shoulder, and a long uphill climb. I knew the Garmin would find a different way. Sure enough...much less traffic, but no less (in fact, probably more) hills. The Sperrin Mountains to be exact.
So, raingear came off...again. I came to Dungiven in sunshine. I found the campsite. Mervin is the owner. I arrived at about 7:45. He showed me everything, and when I asked him what I owed him, he said don't worry about it. Very nice man. Except that the hot water had run out for the showers, this place is great. There is even wifi. Mervin took me into his house so I could get the password off the router! When I was getting ready to do this post, he came into this little sitting room. We had a great conversation, and I learned some interesting things about Northern Ireland. I could understand most of what he said, but when he talked about place names, and things like that, I had no clue.
This is a short post, but it is late and I've ridden 67 miles today.