Hedges, sheep, and endless green
Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
8Trip End May 07, 2006
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The morning breeze was chilly, but the sun was out in full force. The ride through the country was splendid with fields of herd animals the entire way. Along with this pastoral living come the pleasant scents of manure and drying grass which could be described as earthy. The climbs were gradual all the way to Castlemaine and through to Inch Strand
From Inch Strand the climbs got gradually steeper and got my puffing at points. The cars were even fairly kind enough to pass around me and not side swipe me as is common practice back home. Not one honk of anger was heard by me even when cars had to wait to pass me at times there was upcoming traffic. This was a pleasant surprise and allowed me to enjoy the ride more. The kilometers breezed and the sheep would occasionally raise their heads to eye me from the side of the road.
Finally, I arrived in Dingle at 3PM which was much earlier than I anticipated. I found a decent hostel although not cheap at $25 but it does include breakfast. After checking out the room I set out to clean the gritty, sandy parts of my bike and realign the derailleurs. The proprietor's daughter found all this quite curious and came out to investigate. She was 6 years old and very brash and curious. She supervised the entire time and I even got a chance to give her bike a tune-up. She was quite grateful and decided that I should take her around town on my bike. I didn't know the reaction this would illicit with her father so I declined
This later afternoon and early evening has been spent wandering around town in search of decently affordable food. I did locate a pub with meat pies and cod and chips. I tried the mutton pie despite my vegetarian tendencies and listened in on the local conversation. Now I am spent from a long day and even suntanned. Thankfully I put on sunscreen this afternoon otherwise I'd be nursing sunburn. Tomorrow a long day waits.
Kilometers Biked: 75.8