Weather, sunny and warm (are we in Ireland?)
First and largest national park
Big beautiful lakes
Big beautiful mountains
Fast moving water
Lots of bike paths
Lots, lots of history
Rode a couple miles to base of Ross castle and beginning of lakes.
Got on motorboats (20 foot long wooden outboard with room for bikes and 15 people)
Rode the boats upstream through three lakes with fairly hairy rivers between them. Finally to base of some of the biggest mts in Ireland.
On bikes, no gear, they feel like feathers. Up the mountain to the gap of Dunloe.
Shepherd on the way up, working dog. “NED!”. Ned chasing sheep at 90 miles per hour.
Me walking bike up mountain. Old man likes to walk up, and go down slow...see you at the bottom.
Met people on the way, and reconvened with them at the pub at the bottom.
“Katie’s cottage”....Brendan and Sheila, retired couple, electric assist bikes, navy man, pipe smoker. Had to get back to Mallow and the Bridge house pub, to continue saving the world with his buddies.
Kevin and Dierdre:. Young couple, both beautiful; she was pregnant (walked 5 miles over mountain pass!). He a perfectly fit young man; Gaelic football interest. We had questions about rules. Seems like a mix of rugby and soccer. She had dancing happy eyes...I embarrassed her a little by telling her I liked the smell of pregnant women. Oops. They walked dog...half pug half jack russell. “Minch”. He must've made a million steps on that hike.