Today’s ride to the village of Leenane was surprisingly short. But beautiful. Our ride took us along the Killary Harboura fjard, which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. To quote our tour information, “While it is often advertised as a fjord, it is actually a fjard which has a shorter, shallower, and broader profile than that of a fjord. Here, you will find some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland.” I’m not sure it was dramatic, but it was definitely picturesque. As an added bonus, the rhododendrons are everywhere and really doing their thing.
I’ve also included a 9 second video of today’s cycle obstacles: sheep in the road. Click on the photo image below to start the video.
Becoming Pros at Pubs
Over the past month Joy and I have gained a lot of first-hand Irish pub experience. We’ve been in a pub almost every day. Sometimes, twice in one day. As far as expertise, I’d say we’re now at “Pub Level 15.” Here are some of things we’ve learned about pubs, and about ourselves:
- No matter how early it is in the day, there’s always at least one guy in there already drinking.
- Joy greatly prefers Murphys stout to Guinness, while I’m happy either way.
- Even in Ireland, good Irish whiskey is very expensive.
- We prefer Orchards Thieves cider to Bulmers cider.
- Pub tables are frequently really short (too short to slide your knees underneath). Are they stealing work tables from local grammar schools?
- You can always order a pot of tea in a pub and no one blinks an eye.
- Latest favorite snippet heard in a pub: He’s got the memory of a fookin’ goldfish.
- The Irish almost universally think the US president is an idiot. (not related to the point above)
- You don’t get free chips/nuts/pretzels, but you can almost always buy Pringles. And sometimes pubs have Pringles dispensers – big cylinders with a series of plastic tubes filled with Pringles containers stacked on top of each other. Tubes of Pringles inside of tubes of Pringles. It’s Pringles all the way down. My head is exploding!
Keeping Track of Where We Are
You can see our progress at: Joy and Tony’s Ireland Wild Atlantic Way 2017