Today was awesome. Today rocked. It was much more like we expected things would be, walking in Ireland. First of all, just for scale here is a map. The coin at the upper right hand corner shows where we started yesterday. The coin at the bottom left shows where we walked to today.
So we have essentially traversed across the Dingle Peninsula at an angle. We lost sight of Tralee Bay as we climbed waaaaaaaaaaaay up into the mountains, from an elevation of 40 feet above sea level to an elevation of 235 feet by the time we got to a spot in the road called Knockbrack.
See that water in the background? That is our last view of Tralee Bay. Did we walk all that way? You bet your bippy we did. After a while of walking the trail slowly descends to 40 feet above sea level again near a wondrous place known as Inch Beach. We left the Way and went down to the beach to eat our lunch. After a quick shopping break at the beach, we returned to the Way, climbing back up to 160 feet. There was a lot of uphill today!
And we did get rained on some, but we had our rain gear. Plus the rain here is a fine mist, especially up in the mountains. We saw lots of sheep, some cows and some horses.
Flowers bloom riotously here.
This foxglove was growing in a stone wall of an abandoned house.
Finally, after walking a bit more than 17 km today, we strolled down, down, down, back to 40 feet above sea level into Annascaul.
All together, we walked about 5 hours today. We are ensconced at The Old Anchor Inn, where our hostess, Bea, has already made us feel welcome. Tomorrow we are opting for a short day, as approximately a fourth of our walk would take us into more bogs. We instead are walking halfway (11 km), where they will pick us up and drive us the rest of the way to Dingle; which will be nice as it will give us more time to shop some of the artisan’s shops tomorrow. Stay tuned for more Ireland walking adventures!