Road Blocked means “Do Not Cycle Here”

29 05 2013

Today we cycled the “Burren”. An environmentally sensitive area of Ireland, filled with a wide variety of plant life (they look delicate, but can’t be if they manage to survive), all kinds of stone formations (think Niagara Escarpment on a grander scale), and even a few cattle and sheep. All with the ocean as a backdrop. Our camera can not do justice to the scenery, but we took pictures anyway.

On the Burren, by the Atlantic.

On the Burren, by the Atlantic.

Again we are grateful to Wilma and her written instructions. She suggested we do the loop clock-wise. All of the tour buses go counter clockwise, this meant we met the tour buses and never had to deal with one passing us. Very much appreciated on the winding, narrow road!

Besides the scenery, we again met some interesting people. The owner of the Berner, with whom we shared dog stories. The Scottish couple at the tea shop, whose daughter lives in British Columbia, and the beef farmer who was happy to talk to us about Irish agriculture (doesn’t sound any better in Ireland, both he and his dad have off farm jobs). We also appreciated his advice of how to detour around the road construction. A apparently we should pay attention to “road blocked” signs.

Saying hello to a Berner. I miss Liia!

Saying hello to a Berner. I miss Liia!

I haven’t said much about the food, maybe one day I’ll say more, but at this point I will say, I’ve been enjoying the various kinds of fish and Ken is enjoying the lamb. I’ve also found a new favourite drink. Cider, anyone?

Tasty!

Tasty!

We are staying a second night in Lisdoonvarna, at the Wild Honey Inn. Lisdoonvarna is known for its matchmaking festival, held every September. We’ve been told it’s an exciting time! And the owner of this inn? He’s an award winning chef. Yes, supper was excellent!

The statue in the centre of the village, inspired by the matchmaking festival.

The statue in the centre of the village, inspired by the matchmaking festival.

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29 05 2013
Claudia

Hi: we spent 2 nights in Lisdoonvarna so we could be foot [passengers on the ferry to the smallest of the Aran Islands. We loved it there. Afterwards we went to Clifton and did a 20 km coastal walk. This is Joyce country and saw the name of law offices and stores.

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