Today, The Ring of Kerry
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Up for a tour called the Ring of Kerry. A hundred mile loop of the south-western most section of the island. We were just getting dressed when the hotels' fire alam sounded. Wow, did that get our attention! Turned out it was a false alarm, but sure did better than the cafeine in coffee in getting us awake.
Cold items only on the breakfast menu this morning. We thought it strange, but accepted it. Decent cereal, orange juice, and coffee (which by then we really didn't need). It wasn't until we were nearly finished that they brought out the hot plates with two poached eggs, two suasages, a piece of bacon, and tomatoe half.
It's rainy today. This is only the second day of rain we've had since beginning our tours in Los Angeles.
The road around the "ring" is a tight, twisting narrow two lane load much of the time and in need of repair. Bumpy left and right leaning nearly made me sick and of course today we were only two rows up from the rear of the bus. A couple of stops at Pubs for snacks and toilets. With the rain and mist we didn't have many chances for good pictures.
We passed through Sneem, the winner of the "cleanest town" in 1987. All of the houses were freshly painted and all gardens and lawns had been trimmed and kept immaculate. The towns people were serious about keeping up appearances.
The Killarney National Park road got even narrower than the Ring of Kerry, and the turns got tighter to where oncoming traffic stopped at the sight of our bus.
At the "Ladies View" where we stopped to take a few pictures, there were about a dozen sheep outside the fence together, laying near the road on rocks and grass. Naturally a few people from the bus got too close for the sheep, so they started moving away or up along the road where one ewe and her lamb nearly got hit by a car.
We spent the afternoon relaxing and updating our journals.
The evening meal at the hotel was quite good. Again a three course meal of appetizers, main course, and dessert. I had a cream of mushroom soup and my wife tried the warm bacon salad. We both had Chicken breast with sauce, and for dessert Irish Cream Cheesecake. We ate with a nice lady and her 18yr old daughter from only about a hundred and thirty miles north of our home. She is a talented artist and journal writer combined. Her daughter had just graduated high school.