September 24th, 2008

Morris Minor, Fenchurch

AIR 2008 video: Sunset and puppies at Dun Chaoin

After arriving at Dun Chaoin Youth Hostel on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland we decided to take a walk down to the sea. Two puppies (both with collars, so I don't think they were strays) ran up to us and followed us around until we got back to the hostel again. About five minutes walk away we found a lovely little bay at the mouth of a small river. The sun was just starting to set and had turned a gorgeous shade of orange (my video camera didn't really capture it very well - hopefully the_magician's still camera did better).

Here is the video.

PS. Yes, I was hoping to get a shot of wibble_puppy being soaked by a wave! ;)
Morris Minor, Fenchurch

Route rambling

I've drawn the AIR route onto a big paper map with alternating days in red and yellow highlighter (the only two colours I had to hand). It looks OK to the naked eye but a decent digital photo of it has so far proved elusive. Here's my best attempt:



I've been thinking about the route today and where improvements could be made. I reckon it actually worked out better than I could have expected within the parameters available. My plan was to learn from this first visit to Ireland and then go back again another year, spending more time in areas that we liked the first time round. We could have done with at least a couple more days in the west, for example, and there are some interesting-looking areas we missed out altogether due to time constraints. One thing that has occurred to me is that I don't think any of us were bothered by the cancellation of the Kilbroney classic car show. The reason I worked it into the itinerary was because I thought it would attract more participants to the rally (yeah, that certainly worked!), and it caused me a bit of a route-planning headache. If I hadn't had to fit the show in I could have skipped Belfast and cut a day off the route from the Giant's Causeway to Dublin, freeing up time to more thoroughly explore Kerry or Mayo. It's made me think again about the Norway trip too: which would I rather do; explore the west fjords or trek several days inland to attend a car rally?

I feel like taking a weekend away on my own to defragment my brain a bit. Maybe I should make that happen.
Morris Minor, Fenchurch

AIR 2008 video: Conor Pass

At the start of the third day of the Around Ireland Rally, we crossed over the mountain range in the middle of the Dingle Peninsula via the R560, also known as Conor Pass. It's very scenic, and some of it is a single track road with passing-places. This video was recorded at a viewpoint right after the most interesting part of the road. The car in front of us didn't understand how to use passing places and just kept on driving forwards really slowly, forcing the cars coming the other way to drive off the road and under a waterfall!

The couple travelling in the other car on the AIR had already done the pass the previous day on their way to Dingle, and they said they didn't want to do it again so went by a different (less scenic) way and met up with us on the other side. Personally I would have jumped at the chance to turn around and do it again in the opposite direction! :)

Here is the video.