Coasts are wonderful for there walks on the beach and splendid views of old lighthouses. They are not as ideal for camping near with increased exposure to the wind and cold. Even though our warmshowers host provided a yard sheltered with hedges, everyone slept cold. This had the greatest effect on the ladies as it caused them restless/less sleep.
Though there was some general discussion and complaint of the sleeplessness in the morning, everyone started their day in high spirits enjoying warm tea and scones provided by our hosts, Ed and Noirin. Warmed with tea and filled with sugar, we began our short day to the town of Camp located on the Dingle Peninsula. We planned a short day in order to be in better position to climb Connor Pass the next day.
The cold night sleep, motivated the group to choose a B&B so we stopped and enjoyed some pints along with lunch at a pub a kilometer outside of Camp, where the owner assisted us in finding a B&B that was not booked. (This was the first time we had had issues finding vacancies, and the causes to this will be brought up in a later blog...we didn't know at this point of the story so neither do you :P). The B&B was named Finglas House and our host was Kathleen. I replaced my worn front brakes in preparation for the pass the next day along with some general brake tuning.
Once settled in, we headed to Ashes Bar across the street. It was a lovely 200 year old 'dry stone' building which provided a wonderful northern view down rolling hills onto the lighthouse we had stayed near the night before. We stayed there for hours catching up on journaling, enjoying a meal, and sucking up the natural warmth from their wood lit hearth.
With full bellies and warm hands we mosied back across the street to catch the Z's.