Monday 4th February
Day 7 Gougane Barra to Ballingeary
Terrain, gravel and mountain track, some road.
Track .easy moderate.
Stamp . The mills Inn.
We awoke to a clear sky in Ballingeary, and set out just as the Sun appeared over the mountain.
We passed public toilets, which were open at this early hour, they are basic but spotless.
We left the town and turned uphill along a narrow mountain road.
The weather and our surroundings are perfect in equal measure.
After an uphill walk of about 2km. we turned off road and crossed a bridge and onto the mountain. It was a steady rise, but feels more like a hill than a mountain compared to yesterday.
We crossed the River Lee before rejoining the road. 3 farm Dogs came barking towards us, followed closely by the Farmer who chatted with us and told stories of atrocities that took place here in the surrounding hillside at the hands of the Black and Tans in the 1920's.
From here it was a gentle walk down to Gougane Barra, passing a flock of Chough having breakfast. Once again crossing the River Lee before rounding the Lake. We greeted Mr.Swan who was too busy having breakfast to chat, but suggested that we talk to the tail.
The day was beautiful and we were not ready to throw in the towel just yet. We parked on Cahernacaha mountain.The day was beautiful and we were not ready to throw in the towel just yet. We parked on Cahernacaha mountain.
We parked on Cahernacaha mountain. We walked downhill through farmland and old green mountain roads no longer in use. We arrived at Eachros - Timpeallain where O'Sullivan and his followers spent their first night, having marched 20miles from Glengarriff. We spent some time here allowing mixed emotions, of fear, grief and loss to be absorbed.
We passed through a field of sheep that seemed very interested in the contents of our bags.
There was a new born, who was being cleaned and welcomed into this world by it's maaaaa.
Back in Ballingeary it was now time to call it a day.