Continued from Galway Day 2.
We were not attacked by over sized spiders last night. Thanks god! But, after that scare last night, neither of us slept well again this night. We skipped breakfast today, got a long day of driving ahead of us and we wanted to get a head start.
We tried to go around the outer loops of the city to bypass the busy city center, but of course, we were rewarded with a intersection where we were not allowed to turn onto the road leading us out of town….which led us to this place. An large office park where on our maps shows that we can cut through and get back on the road….or so we thought…
Oh shit, it really is the starting line of an organized run that’s about to happen!!! SHIT!!!! How the hell did we end up here? There were no signs indicating that we can’t drive this way and no one told us to turn around. Fuck…how do we get out of here now…We asked some of the people working the course, and no one seems to have any clue on what’s happening or how we can get out of here. We are trapped!!!!
Then some organizer guy came and told us that the race is starting in 5 minutes and we need to get out. Yeah, I know, but where do we go? He didn’t know either, just told us to follow another car that seemed as clueless as us.
Freedom!!!!!(In Mel Gibson Braveheart voice). We finally made it out after they removed a temporary fence so that we could leave the running course….Seriously, who the fuck organizes a race that allows cars to drive past the starting line within 5 minutes of the race starting?!?!…I feel like some sort of joke was played on us and we’ve been recorded on video as the dumb clueless American drivers.
Galway being the hub for many tourists visiting Cliffs of Moher, soon after getting out of the city, we get stuck going slowly behind many big tour buses. Ugh!! I miss the more secluded roads of Northern Ireland.
Parked the car in the parking lot for Cliffs of Moher and was charged 6 Euros a person for entry. The attendant charged us for 3 people instead of 2…I had to go back and get a refund for the extra ticket. Wonder if he was trying to skim at his job, I bet a lot of people don’t notice if he charges them an extra ticket and then if they do he just gives the money back like it was an honest mistake…he just seemed like that kinda guy for some reason.
The cliffs are just up ahead. All the tourists are here, but despite that, it’s still not too many people. Love traveling in the shoulder season. And of course, it was sunny for most of the morning until we got close to here, and it’s drizzling just a tiny bit. Not an issue except that the rain drops annoyingly gets on the camera lens.
Ireland has been so consistently beautiful and after climbing the sea cliffs of Slieve League, which are almost three times as tall, Cliffs of Moher seemed a little bit underwhelming. We both felt like we had to fight the tour buses a little to come here just to check it off of our list, and not much more.
There are many of these speeding camera signs here in Ireland…I wonder if I’ve gotten caught, or maybe I should ask myself how many times I’ve been caught. Most of the time, on the small roads, I can’t even drive to the speed limit without flying off the road, but then in the few bigger roads, there are so few cars that it’s just so easy to speed. Sigh.
Giant room, decent sized bathroom, but still tiny shower. Our room also has one of those electric showers that are so popular here in Ireland. It says Mira Sport as the brand and model…What’s so Sport about it, that I don’t know…
We were really pooped after such a long 6 hour day on the road. Unpacked our stuff a little and both of us laid down on the bed and immediately fell asleep. Couple hours of sleep later, we decided to head out for some dinner.
To be continued at Dingle Day 2.