This was the day for me to meet a passel of sweet, amazing people. First we enjoyed a yummy Bfast & lovely conversation with Pat who embodied the warmth & charm that we've experienced over & over in Ireland. Then we headed on an N road & made our fastest time so far. We went through several villages with ruins, beautiful churches & even saw a bride and her wedding party at the entrance of one.
Charlie spied a bike store in a classic old Irish building. (Mark & Charlie can speak to that-all the bike stores are amazing in their on way) Outside, a customer was admiring the tandem bike, struck up a conversation & once again, like so many other folks have been, was only too glad to help. For you see, we were in the middle of the "June bank holiday weekend" (the Irish have bank holidays spaced similar to our Mon. off holiday weekends like Memorial Day) & therefore our attempt at finding a camping area or B&B had come to naught. Brendan offered his yard or home, even though he was getting ready for a Charity Cycle ride that evening that his own organization, which supports families of critically ill children, was sponsoring. He also told me about a pub near our destination & when we arrived, the waitress, with the help of a customer found us Grange Farm House B&B just up the road. The food was fabulous too.
On the way, we passed The Great Stone Circle of Grange, an amazing circle of 113 large stones up against a circular berm dating back to thousands of years BC (supposedly the earliest discovered circle of stone). As we were leaving, I had heard the cattle lowing across the street & the farmer called me over. Tim was also the caretaker of the area and told us about a smaller stone circle & very large standing stone (used as a highway marker) in the next field. He, like so many folks we had met, had a child in the states in Albany NY. He had us sign his guest book & before we left gave me a postcard with his address with the request for an Albany GA postcard in return.
A short way, but up a steep hill, we met Elizabeth at the B&B who offered us tea & we enjoyed yet another warm conversation with she and her husband. I think the days here just can't get any better, but each one has it's own delightful surprises.