Continued from Dingle Day 2.
Today started with another plan B. Originally when we woke up, we were going to leave as late as possible this morning and then head into Killarney late enough to check into our hotel. After that, we were going to spend the day just hiking around Killarney. Instead, once we got packed we decided instead to drive the Ring of Kerry today. Get all the driving out of the way today so that we can take it easy and hike around Killarney tomorrow. Our travel energy is waning.
In about an hour, we’ve reached Killarney. Our hotel is located here, but it’s a bit before noon and too early to check in. We’ll just stock up at the convenience store for some quick lunch and then head straight to the Ring of Kerry.
Eeeeekkk!!! Look at how far that bus drives over the center lane. All the buses drive counter clockwise around the Ring of Kerry because in many places, two buses cannot pass each other due to the roads being so narrow.
Despite the occasional bus, the drive actually isn’t too crowded. Not sure if it’s because we showed up in the afternoon or if it’s because it’s the shoulder season. We were expected to be crawling about stuck behind a lot of slow cars, but that was mostly not the case today.
We are getting really exhausted from this drive. The roads are bumpy, curving and narrow and I’ve been speeding through them because it’s so fun. It’s taking a toll on our bodies and we are starting to feel a lot of driving fatigue.
Past the halfway point now. The Southern drive of Ring of Kerry is much more scenic than the Northern part of the loop. We are both so tired at this point, all we want to do is just make it to our hotel and rest.
Parts of Ring of Kerry are really beautiful, but we’ve seen so much beauty here in Ireland already that the Ring of Kerry is a little bit underwhelming. I still think Dingle is the most beautiful part of Ireland that we’ve visited thus far.
Pass!!! At one point, I was the last car in a train of like 8 cars and NO ONE WOULD PASS! Eventually, I had to go for it and passed all the cars ahead in one go. Seriously people, pass when a car in front of you is driving at half of the speed limit!
Finally made it to our hotel after a very long exhausting day. So tired. Those stains on my shirt, yeah those are from the the lilies in RL’s birthday bouquet. The pollen got everywhere when I tried to put the flowers in the back seat. The flowers are still going strong, by the way!
Giant room, small bathroom. Seriously, I’d like to have the restroom be bigger. Also, they must be really confident in their toilet mechanism as everything is behind permanent tiles and not serviceable….speaking of Irish toilet…they have a different flush mechanism than American toilet. I lifted the lid at the hotel in Galway to check it out. It doesn’t have a flap to trap the water in the tank, but instead has this kind of complicated plumbing so that when you push the lever, it elevates water in this chamber and it creates a siphon effect that pulls all the water out. I guess it’s better in that it won’t leak because it doesn’t have a rubber flap…that’s the best I can explain it anyhow without drawing it out.
The UK style power sockets in this hotel does not like our plug adapters. The sockets here have too much spring effect and keep overpowering the prongs on my adapter so I had to borrow one from the hotel desk. However, the charger for my laptop had a hard time staying put inside the hotel’s plug adapter.
After unpacking a little, I put my head down on the bed and immediately fell into deep sleep for 2 hours. Woke up still mentally exhausted, but it’s time to eat.
So tired. Spent the night feeling tired and bored, but too mentally exhausted to want to do anything. I finally figured out the one thing that would be the best right now, deep tissue massage for my tired body!!! Yes, that sounds awesome…but RL said no…I guess I’ll just finish this blog then…
To be continued at Killarney Day 2.