On that last trip, John, David and I rode over the shoulder of Mt Leinster, but did not ride up the brutally steep road to the tower. This time, David and John decided to take in the same route, while Daphne and I planned to drive out and meet them at the gate, where we could park and walk up to the top and back. Poor Daphne had broken her wrist the week before and her arm was in plaster, but she was a real trooper, walking with me all the way up to the mast. The lads decided to pass on riding up, citing a long ride still to go and minimal daylight hours in December. They missed a screaming tailwind for the journey up, and a howling headwind for the trip down!
|It was windy and chilly, but sunny when we arrived at the gate, at almost precisely the same time as John and David.|
|Clouds started to close in as we hiked up the road|
|Looking out at the sunny landscape below|
|Arriving at the tower as the clouds settled in|
It actually cleared again as we walked back down, but Daphne passed on returning to the summit for a second shot at a sunny picture there. On our way back home, we did stop at a nice café with a roaring fire, where we showed ample appreciation for the warmth it provided.
The next day, we decided on a longer walk along the path by the River Barrow from Milford Park to Leighlinbridge.
|The obligatory photo of Irish sheep|
|More glorious Irish sunshine|
We had lunch at the Arboretum lifestyle and Garden Center known for its fancy sinks and urinals. Maybe I'll order one of these for home!
|Photo borrowed from website, since I didn't actually barge in to the men's room with my own camera!|
|There's always a black sheep!|
We followed this up with a very dangerous side trip to the Chocolate Garden before finishing off the day by checking out the Christmas market at Duckett's Grove.
|Daphne wasn't really threatening me with her plaster cast!|
|No trip to Carlow is complete without a visit to Duckett's Grove.|