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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    Thanks. 2 more days of photos to come - trying to fit it in between work.
    Sorry to interrupt
    Hope you don’t mind ?
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Absolutely not, no apology necessary.
    Post away, the more the merrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    Absolutely not, no apology necessary.
    Post away, the more the merrier.
    Thanks
    You mentioned Cong earlier in the thread and as we were in the area, we thought we would go for lunch and we weren’t disappointed
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBoxer View Post
    Thanks
    You mentioned Cong earlier in the thread and as we were in the area, we thought we would go for lunch and we weren’t disappointed
    Excellent
    Isn't it just a fabulous place? Looks like you're following a similar route to me but with much better weather.
    Top tip: Avoid Galway City at rush hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    Excellent
    Isn't it just a fabulous place? Looks like you're following a similar route to me but with much better weather.
    Top tip: Avoid Galway City at rush hour.
    I will avoid Galway town
    The weather this week is absolutely stunning and not a drop of rain, very unusual
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Wednesday dawned and the weather was marginally better. Singularly the finest breakfast of wheaten bread and marmalade to start the day, followed by another quick walk around the fabulous village (town?) of Cong maintained the high spirits of yesterday and it was time to retrace my steps to Leenane. I love wheaten bread and potato bread but the former was noticeable by it's absence on this trip.
    Forging an intrepid path for JB I headed past Killary Harbour and more fables, sad history and interesting and amusing facts.
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    Within a few hundred yards I turned right and headed towards the coast. Roads and scenery like this are the reason I make such slow progress in Ireland. I'm not going to tear through (not that I ever tear anywhere) and I stop regularly to soak it in, give thanks to God for the joy life brings me and take the time to enjoy the moment - something I've only learnt to do recently.
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    I wasn't the only one determined to seize the moment, regardless of the weather.
    "We're on our holidays so we WILL sit on the beach.".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    Within a few hundred yards I turned right and headed towards the coast. Roads and scenery like this are the reason I make such slow progress in Ireland. I'm not going to tear through (not that I ever tear anywhere) and I stop regularly to soak it in, give thanks to God for the joy life brings me and take the time to enjoy the moment - something I've only learnt to do recently.
    Enjoying this Bill and good to read those comments
    One of the Discontented.

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    A great tip I've picked up from one of the young kids on this site (PMVern) is the joy of a flask. I'd brought one with me which I topped up each morning from the facilities in the room and along with stolen biscuits they give you the licence to A) Save a few euros and B) Stop when you feel like a drink and have a nice vista. Thanks Pablo - you da man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by att View Post
    Enjoying this Bill and good to read those comments
    Thank you, that's very kind.

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    There was an interesting looking island along the way that could be reached via a tidal road. I was urged to do it by a young couple from Belfast though she didn't inspire confidence when she told me her brother had destroyed his brand new Jaguar when he timed it wrong and got stuck halfway back last September. It looked a little too damp this time, but next time definitely. Maybe.
    And from sea crossing by bike (or not) and car it was on to sea crossing by cable and aeroplane.
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    Time was closing in again and a combination of backtracking and ridiculous optimism about mileage I could cover in a day meant that my bed for the evening was a ridiculous distance away so I passed through another fabulous coastal village, Roundstone(?), which provided me with something else for the bucket list* before heading inland to Cashel House and ending this year's leg of the WAW.

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    https://www.connemaraireland.com/events/tourdebog/
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    I set the Sat Nav to 'Fastest Route', quite brilliantly getting caught up in Galway City's rush hour traffic takung time out to enjoy one final meal of traditional Irish fare.....(sorry Andres).
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    My bed for the night was at the excellent Carrygerry Country House, a place steeped in local history having been built 3 years before the United Irishmen and Wolfe Tone's attempts to free Ireland from British rule.
    If walls could talk. (More about Wolfe Tone tomorrow).

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soci...nited_Irishmen

    https://www.carrygerryhouse.com/

    This is an excellent place to stay if you're in the area, great value for money, terrific hosts and only 10 minutes from Shannon airport. I was warned in advance that no evening meal would be available (hence the dirty McD's) but a French family who were there must have been on a DBB rate as they were eating and the food looked fantastic. Next time.
    The host were kind enough to bring me a pot of tea and the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever had as I sat outside and reflected on the wonderful trip I'd had.
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    A quick look across the river over the hills to Kerry before turning in, listening to the dulcet tones of Ireland's greatest wordsmith.

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