Phenomenal scenery in the Sun & I drove!!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Barely double track, teeny roads, stick shift, hilly and the "wrong side" of the road - drove for over an hour never able to get out of second gear!! and a lot of times stuck in first! GREEN, gorgeous brilliant sun, Irish sea glistening, massive cliffs; hike of 2 km +; Are we having fun or what??

 So glad we did the wee road as described by Roger in Belfast. Had tea in Cushendun at Arthur's - tea with milk and sugar and a cherry scone.  2 groups of ladies having their morning tea together, laughing and carrying on until just before noon when they headed off probably to cook lunch for their menfolk :). 

 Stopped at Torr Head to climb up and look across the North Channel to Scotland- wonderful scenery and just no people at this time of year.  We are soooo blessed with the weather - crisp sunny day!

 Next stop, lunch!  it was almost 2:30!  and of course, the Pubs in Ballintoy? one closed for the day and the other full of a busload of tour folk with a waiter who simply wasn't into his job - quite funny.  So did the 2 km walk out to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge - short wee bridge but fabulous walk there and back - would have been closed if it had rained, so again, so lucky!  

Whitepark Inn was next B and B - upmarket and full of Indian and Thai souvenirs.  Bob the Innkeeper quite the strongly opinionated bloke and therefore hilarious.  Greeted us with greasy hands from changing a flat tire on his wife's car :).  Bathed, R snoozed etc in preparation of a gourmet meal at the Bushmills Inn down the street.

 Sat in the adorable Pub at front of Inn and I had a White Lady!!!!  couldn't believe they had them but then again, they originated at The Savoy in London and we are in the UK - keep forgetting.  R had his "usual" - a Guinness.  And then THE dinner - amazing meal - scallop and bacon (must do it - serve a slab of thick cut bacon with 2 grilled scallops) and yummy yummy lamb.  Rich tried their salmon - not really much different and interestingly, they cannot get enough wild salmon to have on the menu!!  Beautiful Italian Pinot Grigio.  Dessert to share - bread pudding made with a croissant!!  Taxi chap picked us up - wouldn't let us pay after trip to the Inn - he said he'd just wait for our call and come and fetch us and we could settle up then - such warmth in these folks - always laughing and teasing!
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