travels through Connemara
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Along the coast of Lar Connaught on the North Sound of Galway Bay, I parked my car by a small beach and river inlet and got out for a look. Through a clear sky, the sun shone brightly over land and sea. The water appeared a glistening ultramarine and the sandy beach a smooth, soft beige. Turning off the road a few other times to stretch my legs and take in the scenery, I found small white shed standing alone by a lake. Down R336, rocky hills, stone walls, and peat bogs decorated the landscape. N59 took me past goats grazing by the roadside, flowing mountain rivers, several lakes, and rocky, treeless mountains.
Through the town of Clifden, traffic slowed, the curbs were lined with parked cars, and a large mass of people had gathered from near and far, so I asked a pedestrian what was going on.
Excusing my trespass by asking directions, I wandered behind the lovely Rosleague Manor Hotel in Letterfrack for the best view of Ballinakill Bay. Another few minutes down N59, I got out of my again to gazed across the lake to Kylemore Abbey on one side and a weathered green ben on the other. Resuming my course, I was careful to avoid the fluffy white sheep grazing by the road’s edge. The free ranging bovids prefer the salty curbside grass that grows in the soil seasoned with deicing salt each winter. Farther down N59, I passed through the sleepy town of Westport and turned right (east) onto N5 toward County Mayo.