06/15 The towering Cliffs of Moher. Rising almost 700 feet at their highest point, they were quite a sight stretching out along the Atlantic Ocean. I stopped to see them yesterday after having to only ride a few miles to them. Lot’s of birds live on the edge of the cliffs (20 species) and dolphins, seals and even sharks can sometimes be seen in the water. Later that night I was supposed to pay someone 6 euros for access to the visitor center and for the “Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience”. Well at no point did I see anything about having to pay someone so I don’t feel too bad about the whole thing. Besides, they got 7 euro out of me to look at a wall of rocks the other day.
The weather was miserable with light rain and strong winds all day. The wind (and a touch of stupidity) nearly cost me my baseball cap and Oakley sunglasses. While I was taking a picture a gust of wind blew my hat off and sent it and my sunglasses flying toward the edge of the cliff. I let out a quick, “Oh sh*t!” and reached out to grab them before they went over. Luckily I got them back with less than a foot to spare.
Stayed at a hostel in the town of Ennis called Rowan Tree. It kind of reminded me of a hospital with the institutional-looking rooms, push button sink and the not-quite-hot-enough low pressure shower. I did like that the toilet had a big button for big jobs and a little button for little jobs. Hoping to take a rest day I paid for 2 nights but after thinking about it I went back down and told them I was only staying the one night. I’ll just take a short day tomorrow and spend it in Limerick. If I’m paying 35 euro for something it may as well be a B&B so I can get some breakfast and have internet in the room. This was another failed attempt to find a place via a tourist information center.
More nasty weather the next day with heavier rain and strong winds. It’s so hard to believe this is the middle of June. It feels exactly the same as April–cold and wet. The ride was very short into Limerick. This time I went with the old ride around till I find something technique. It worked out amazingly well. The 2nd B&B I tried, which was right next to the first one, had a room available for 2 nights. It was 40 euro a night but it has a great shower, breakfast, a heater in the room, a TV (not that I’ll ever turn it on), wifi, a bed with no foot board and a closet. I love that when you arrive at a B&B they even bring you up some hot coffee and a snack. All things the hostel last night lacked. It’s called the Irish House.