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  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Ardmore House B&B

    Every person I talked to on my way to Kenmare in County Kerry said the same thing, "Did you hear about the storm heading our way?" So heaving rain and lightning were on my mind as I walked into Kenmare at sunset.

    Kenmare was the first decent-sized town on my route, so it was also my first resupply. I needed groceries and some pills to help me sleep with nightly leg and foot pain. Kenmare is a tourist town with pubs packed with people late into the night. Finding a place to stealth camp may have been difficult, and there was still the matter of the storm.

    I decided to book a room for the night. Thanks to a donation from James from Illinois, I was able to fit this into my budget. James picked up Red and I when we were hitchhiking across the US in May.

    When I arrived, the owner Thomas immediately brought me a tray of coffee and biscuits. I grabbed the skeleton key out of my door and sipped my coffee in the living room while talking to Thomas about my trip and Ireland. He was great! That night, thunder cracked closely overhead and it poured harder than I've seen it pour in Ireland, so far. I was very thankful to be under a roof.

    Thank you for your donation James!

    Spotted some rowers when crossing Kenmare Bay on a suspension bridge,
    which claims to be the first suspension bridge built in Ireland. 
    You know how amazing this looks after living outdoors for a while?

    Kenmare Town Centre

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    The Beara Way Trail

    It was a hot day, especially for Ireland. Back on the road, while climbing to this spot, a man on a four wheeler stopped to offer me some water or tea. Since all I had was sun-brewed warm creek water, I happily accepted his offer.

    Now that I'm beyond the Beara Peninsula, I miss all of these treeless views.

    Although narrow and often quite dangerous, I love walking down the country roads in Ireland. You're always surrounded by wildflowers and thick green foliage. 

    A cottage near the Northern Atlantic coast. Whether it's a small modest home or an expensive beautifully
    landscaped home, you can be sure every house in Western Ireland will have a few sheep
    or some cows hanging around.

    The view from that same cottage.

    Heading back into the hills (aka Irish mountains). The sheep seem to enjoy the views as much as me.

    What the sheep was staring at.

    Lamb and ram posing for the camera.

    Another fantastic campsite!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Guinness Number Two

    Thanks Jess from North Carolina for buying me Guinness number two!

    A great pub in Kenmare. The best place I have eaten so far. I had the cottage pie.