Tuesday 29th January 2019.
Day2 Castletownbere to Allihies
Passport stamp John Murphy's Bar
We spent a quiet night in Allihies, it's a pleasent morning as we drove Jack the Lad to Castletownbere, where we had the porridge during a hail shower. It was dry as we set off on our hike up the mountain road.
We watched the white flurry approach from over the mountain, the sharpness of the hailstones bit into our faces. The terrain is slusshy and sloppy underfoot, 7km later the sun shone and the view from the top was worth the climb as we look down onto Bantry bay and watch the activity below.
The wind today was again like the push pull accordion, so the walking sticks came into use.
On our descent we took shelter in a forest for our picnic. Further down the forest two wild white goats silently pass close by. And just as we got close to the bottom of the valley the only way was up, and just like The Grand Old Duke of York...up we went. At times visibility was limited by the snow showers, but looking up into the falling flakes and the feel of them landing on our faces and eyelids was magical.
The long descent to the village of Allihies was a pleasure and appeared easy after the days climb.
On the recommendation of a friend for the best Chowder in the South, we headed for the Copper Mines Museum and Cafe, but although the sign said open, there was nobody home.
Soon Penny Panda is in our sights and we are very happy to see her .
Back to Castletown here for the night where we enjoyed some home cooked food and cakes in the tearooms...wonderful.
It's time to look for the Passport Stamp ,but where. Practically going door to door but it proved elusive. Eventually with the help of a friendly staff assistant in Supervalue we located it from John Murphy's Restaurant.
John has walked every inch of the Bearabreifne Way as he is one of the organisers and advised us to travel light on the next two days walk as they are the toughest of the walk.
So here we are back in Jack snuggled up for the night.