Well I am in Galway!!! WOOHOO! so much has happened, one of them being i cant find a computer in this city where i can upload photos or even make a link!! so here is a semi link to a picture i drew of who i am most thankful for on this trip!
Get it? a letter “U”!!! I am thankful for anyone and everyone reading this blog!
Here is an update…in Galway, so far minus my little trainride to killarney I have biked 561km! (349 miles) wowza!! that is an average of 35 miles each day i have biked! I am also about halfway through with my trip, a little over…i have biked 10 days and I am planning on being back in Dublin Oct 10.
I have visited 6 bogs!
1. Bog of Allen
2. Fenor Bog
3. Gristin Bog
4. Kerry Bog Village
5. Killarney National Park
6. Boghill Centre
All have been different, wonderful, beautiful, friendly, creative, and inspiring. I have 6 checkmarks on my bog passport and am planning on about 4 more!
I left killarney to go through the most challenging part of my journey…in kilrush as you know i thought of taking the bus, and had a horrible night sleep (someone left a fridge door open in the kitchen and there was a beeping all night, which would be fine but it was identical to my alarm! they were sorry and i couldnt be too mad…they were making desserts…) and i woke up not wanting to bike the wind, not wanting to do this anymore and just wanting to stop. i made a few phone calls, crying, “im at a low! i need to be talked down!” and the kindness of my friends did the trick…i got talked into biking the 55km to Boghill Centre along the west coast…and let me say this, BEST DAY OF MY TRIP! so nice, i did an extra 10km to go to the cliffs of moher! the ocean breeze was in my favor, the sun was shinning through the clouds, the smells of the sea and the rolling hills made me wonder if i ever wanted to be anywhere else. it was great! the Boghill Centre was just as wonderful. A generous staff, wonderful room, and the space they created is peaceful, thoughtful and like being home. i will show more pics and details when i can.
The night was a storm, rain wind, trouble, but my high from the day before and a talk with their staff about the joys of adventure made me brave it. hill after hill (i had to walk up 1/4 or one), wind sweet, again, beautiful views, and coming into Galway about 15km out i got dumped on with wind and rain…but i was laughing the whole time. the end was kind of unexciting, i was in the zone, biking in the rain and, Oh, look to my left and there the hostel is. haha. i drop off my stuff, take a shower, run to the Galway Oyster Festival and enjoy oysters, and then to a pub for some salmon and to watch the finals of hurling, galway vs kilkenny…did not end well, but my day was wonderful
today is a rest day, oct 1, and i will get my bike tuned, had the chain come off a couple times, and maybe take in a movie!! i wanted to ride a boat, but they all close oct 1…darn the world
Tomorrow on to Roundstone Bog, and then to Westport to talk to some Green Schools about my project and then start heading east…I have 4 more bogs to go to, and then ill fill this blog with info when I am back in Dublin. I have seen more than I am able to write, and Im noticing so many connections between the bogs as well as differences..I cant wait to share them with you!
Thanks again for all your support…I am doing well, sore knees, fingers still numb, but my spirit is back!
take care and talk soon!