My boots aren't made for walking!

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2008

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Rainbow Hostel- camping

Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I'm alive and safe!  Don't let the map fool you.  I've walked to Dingle from Tralee (about 60km)... over 3 days... carrying my 55L backpack.  I've done 3 days of the Dingle Way and today am taking a break in the bustling tourist trap known as An Daignean (Dingle)!

I hope no one was worried but I was walking through tiny villages (like Matapedias) and had no internet access.  FYI:  I found hiking buddies:)  While in the bus station, I recognized 2 guys from my campground so I talked to them "Vous allez ou?".  They were shocked I spoke French, were 2 brothers from France (Simon and Jonathan).  They said they thought they'd go to Doolin and I said I was heading to Tralee to hike the Dingle Way (180km).  Then I walked away and read...

A few minutes later, they came to ask me about the trail etc and soon  decided to join me!  So far, it's been nice having company.  I'm speaking French but also teaching them English expressions and pronounciation (TH sound).  They say I should teach English in France....  I kinda teach English already to special needs kids in Mtl.

Anyways, the walk has been tough, mainly on the shoulders, glutes and feet.  My legs are taking the walking well.  They feel less used than when I run!  I'm finding that the first hopur or so of walking in the morning is the worst.  After that, my backpack becomes a part of me and I find a nice stride. It's like meditation!

I'm camping outside the Rainbow Hostel- if Critter ever owned a hostel it would be like this.  It is very chill.  There is no reception and when we arrived, the owner was in town to pick up people in his Rainbow Van.  We had to wait to check in.  It's pretty good 9 euro per night to camp on the grass and I can use the kitchen/showers/bathroom.  Feels luxurious compared to the previous night (camping behind a pub- South Pole Inn)!

Okay I have a lot to say but am running out of time.  The hike is beautiful so far and suppossed to get more scenic.  Dad, I think you'd really enjoy the walk!  Oh and I'm a pro when it comes to camping in the rain!  It's rained every night and my tent keeps me dry:)  My boots also have kept my feet dry though given me 2 blisters!

I probably won't write again for at least a week- we still have at least 5 days to go, more if we can't handle the 30km days.  Happy early B'day Jayne and Matt, have a pint for me!
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