Day 9 – The Road to Galway

21 Jun

Got up and got out of Belfast and on the road north to the Antrim Coast. A popular vacation spot on the northern coast of Ireland.Our first stop was Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.  After about a 3/4 mile hike out above the cliffs with breathtaking views we came to the actual rope bridge.  The weather, while not spectacular was dry and relatively clear so we could see way out to the Isle of Man in Scotland and the south of Ireland.  The bridge was just as it sounds, a rope bridge over I’d guess a 150 feet chasm, but I have no idea, and don’t remember seeing any literature about it.  Anyways, a little wobbly, a little shaky, and all was going well until I looked down.  WOW!  It’s a long way onto the water and rocks below.  The good news is I made it, as we all did, and wound up on one of about 4 outcroppings of rock that lead out into the sea.  The view from that rock was even better than along the hike out.  It was really awesome and we all loved it.

The girls on the bridge.  Don't look down!

The girls on the bridge. Don’t look down!

There's Brentallica's woman.  Those are the outcroppings that we walked the bridge out to.

There’s Brentallica’s woman. Those are the outcroppings that we walked the bridge out to.  The outcroppings in Jenny’s shirt, I also enjoyed last night.

Next, just up the coast came the Giant’s Causeway. About the coolest volcanic rock formations I’ve ever seen. Skip that. It is the coolest rock formation I’ve ever seen. Google it and check it out because it’s wild. The way the lava cooled millions of years ago and then cracked. All these cracks joined each other to form these wonderful stone pillars will 3-6 sides. It’s pretty awesome and I recognized it as the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. We toured a few of the bays, walked out all over the causeway, and heard a few tall tales about Ireland’s folk hero, Finn McCool. This was another winner site and Michelle was sad we couldn’t stay all day as she wanted to keep playing on the rocks. By this time it was about 3pm and we had a long way to go yet.

Isn't that cool?  There are literally thosands of stacks and you can climb all over them!

Isn’t that cool? There are literally thosands of stacks and you can climb all over them!

On the rocks!

On the rocks!

Fat Stacks!  \m/

Fat Stacks! \m/

Got on the road to Galway and pressed on through wind and rain and finally got in here about 9:20pm. As it’s the longest day of the year, it’s still completely light out even at 10:20pm as I type this. (Hey, last year I was partying in Iceland with Todd McDougall and Michelle until about 5am! I remember it clearly! It NEVER got dark that night!) The road trip was long, but beautiful and I think I’ve really settled into my driving roll now. Had no problems at all today and even passed a few cars as I gain my confidence. Sometimes you’re flying and sometimes you’re stuck behind a farm tractor. Gotta love Ireland.

That’s about it for tonight. Doing well and having fun seeing this great country! I love it!




2 Responses to “Day 9 – The Road to Galway”

  1. Anonymous June 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    All I can say is WOW! Fantastic updates Brent.

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