Tuesday 29th January 2019
Day 3 Adrigole to Castletownbere
Terrain,track, boggy wet mountain, some road.
Moderate to tough in places.
Stamp, John Murphy's Restaurant
A quiet long restful night was had. We arose at 7.30 to a dark morning. We were advised by John Murphy to start early and take our time as the going would be tough.
After the porridge we took Penny to Peg's Shop in Adrigole, where we had arranged with Maureen, Pegs daughter to park up for the day. It was just getting bright as set off along the main road and then a further 2km on the mountain road. Looking ahead there was snow, snow and more snow.
It had been raining heavily as we set off but now it's dry as the sun rises. There were greeting calls from above and in the distance, the morning bird song, especially mister Blackbird was in full swing. The Crows were competing with the call of the Gulls overhead and the Cockrell below in the valley. The babbling Brook too was singing it's morning song. Camilias are in full flower and a joy to behold at this time of year.
As we turned on to the mountain it was apparent we we're in for a tough climb. The ground underfoot was very wet and soft. At times we had to pull ourselves upwards with the aid of clumps of grass's. We are envious of the mountain sheep that are leaping over streams and heading up the mountain so sure footed. When we reached the snowline the Sun shone on us,and the snow now pink was a sight to behold.
We we're glad to have reached the top as this was a tough start to the day. Now we are looking across the Bay to Schull , the view was amazing and we soon forgot all about the climb. There were fishing boats, a car ferry docking from Berea Island and a fish farm visable below.
A big black ram came into view and just ahead a wild black horse appeared.
The going was easy for a while and then we began to climb again. It didn't, seem so difficult now as had become accustomed to the climb. There were three more ridges ahead to negotiate through snow showers, rain, and Summer sunshine with blue skies. Coats and hats discarded as we began the long descent into Castletownbere for our reward of Lapsang Souchong Tea and Lemon Heaven cake in the Tea Rooms. Afterwards we headed for Peg's shop to pick up Penny, have the passport stamped there and stock up with tomorrow's essentials.
Penny's heater became the drier for the very wet boots, insoles, gloves, socks, despite the goretex boots and gaitors there was no way to stay dry.
Tonight we are in Glengarriff resting up.