I am not sure if I already told to but we have been lost a bit each day. And today wasn’t any different. Although it was only in the very beginning of the day when we were walking out of Glenbeigh. We had gone very far in the slight hailstorm and we turned around to get directions.
The reaction of the girl giving us the directions reminds me of the things that people have been saying to us when we meet them. Here are some of them.
For how many days?
Are you sure you wouldn’t like a ride from here?
How old are you?
I wish I was as fit as you are.
You two are an inspiration.
It was even more the expression on their faces than what they said.
Well back to today’s walk. The rain showers only lasted About 10 minutes each. But we put all our Rain regalia. The path through the woods was lovely. As you can see I am in the sunshine.
We came across these amazing tree roots. It is really hard to describe. The tree was above our trail and the roots were sticking out below the ground level. The ground must have eroded under the tree. The end of the roots turned into bulbus balls that looked like gourds. Here is a picture of me standing next to the roots.
The actual tree is above.
We were still relying on the yellow arrows in the views are beautiful.
There were times when we walked along the road. It looked like only a one way road, but cars go both ways. You can see how it is going uphill and uphill.
We started to get views of the ocean.
By the way the name of the yellow flowers are called Furz. It is a very spiky plant. Around Killarney they burn out the Furz so the sheep can feed on the grass. Here is a close up photo.
We were actually walking up a stream bed. Occasionally we had to pass through 9 gates that we had to open and close behind us.
The rains came intermittently and still lasted about 10 minutes each time. Then we came to a point where we saw we were going to be on the edge of the cliff. I walked ahead so Mary could take a photograph of me standing on the edge.
After she took the photo I looked down and saw how high it was.
I step back immediately. Little did I know that we were going to be walking along this total sheer drop off. The winds were howling and we were walking on the path that was about 3 feet wide. It seemed to go on forever. I asked Mary if she thought the winds were as strong as they had been on the way to Finisterre. She didn’t think so. I was so happy that it was not raining. But then the gusts of wind picked up and we were pelted with rain, sleet and hail depending on the moment. The winds were definitely gale strength.
The sun would come out, but the wind never seemed to stop. Sometimes we could see the rain coming towards us.
Finally we saw some woods in the distance. We were able to stop and eat the apple muffins that Mary had bought this morning. There was no place to sit.
We had burst of sunshine and again intermittent rain and hail. We went on and on and on climbing over stiles and even walking through mud.
Finally we came to a bench where we could sit down and share some almonds, dried fruit, and M&Ms while we rested for a bit. We really had no idea how much further we had to go.
In full disclosure, you may want to skip you may want to skip the next paragraph because it has a bit too much because it has a bit TMI.
I love wearing my Macabi skirt for several reasons. One of them is the rain just seems to slide off the bottom of it ( I had my rain kilt covering the top) and it dries very quickly. The other reason is when it is rainy and cold and I am wearing gloves and rain mittens, I don’t have to take anything off in order to pee. Life is great.
We passed several more decaying stone houses, beautiful views, and funky gates.
Then we walked through a long field of grass along the river and finally arrived at the football pitch (that means field) where we called the Strand’s End House and Eamon picked us up. It is a very lovely bed-and-breakfast and they served us chocolate cake and tea in the sun room. Mary and Eamon are extremely friendly and inviting couple. Eamon drove us to Frank’s bar where we had a delicious dinner and 3 scoops of ice cream for dessert.
I have to say that Mary and I are both certifiable because we would do this day all over again. It was really spectacular.