Wednesday, 22 May 2013
My 7h morning spin, yesterday
First part: from Bray to Glenmalure
Yesterday morning was quite dull, but I still wanted to go for a spin. So, I left home at 7am, and drove to Glenmalure.
It was too cold to dip my toes in the water..
I needed a "maintenance break".. (Read: bush pee.. lol..)
My car snack box.. I'd made a sambo at home =) I ate a half of it here, then forgot to eat the other half until later, when I was back home already!
Second part: from Glenmalure to Sally Gap (and some)
Some idiot attempted to kill me and themself, by driving some SUV type thing, really fast on the wrong side of the road, soon after Laragh (I was heading to Glenmacnass). It wasn't a tourist..
Glenmacnass was sunny and cold, but the mountains looked kind of depressing, weatherwise! I was thinking, do I really want to drive into that, or should I just turn back to Laragh.. But I decided to go on..
Well.. For most of the old military road between Glenmacnass and Sally Gap, the clouds were hanging really low, but not too low to ruin visibility. However, getting closer to Sally Gap, things changed, and I could hardly see the road anymore. I knew there was a place to stop, soon after Sally Gap (I was heading to Glencree), so I made it there, and just parked there for a while. It was already clearing a bit, when I took these snaps.
I also made the first of my little videos there - I'm posting it below, but I've combined all my videos from yesterday, so if you'd rather want to read about it first, keep scrolling down, and then come back to watch the video =) I'll remind you about it, in the end of this entry!
I had a cappuccino and chocolate cake, at my favourite coffee shop - Armoury Cafe, in Glencree.
That used to be my favourite chocolate cake, but unfortunately, it's too chocolaty for me now =/ I had to leave some as I just couldn't eat it. (Nothing wrong with the cake, I just went off chocolate in 2011.. If anyone likes chocolate, I'm pretty sure that they will love that cake!) I can eat chocolate in some cakes, but it seems that my previous favourite is too rich now.
I drove back to Sally Gap as I didn't want to go home yet, and there's nothing interesting in the other direction..
Above, two pictures of the same spot where I waited for the clouds to clear, earlier on. It had already cleared a lot, but as you can see, the clouds were still quite low.
Just a quick stop at Lough Tay..
Third part: Sally Gap - Glencree - Sally Gap - Roundwood Reservoir
(almost forgot to post this route map..)
I really meant to just stop at Roundwood Reservoir for a moment, to think about where to go next, but the weather had improved so much, that I just had to go for a little walk..
Although it was sunny and gorgeous, it was still quite cold in any breezy spots, and I definitely needed my coat.. However, this meadow near the overflow hole, is usually sheltered from breeze, and I felt so SUMMERY! =D I just wanted to take a nap right there, enjoying the sun, but I didn't as then it would have been a pain to get up and drive home..
I love the coconut scent of the gorse flowers.. I actually use coconut oil for moisturiser, and smelling it always reminds me of gorse flowers!
Esmeralda was parked behind that gate wall, above..
Might have photoshopped that, just a little bit ;)
Fourth part: from Roundwood Reservoir to Newtownmountkennedy, Newcastle, Kilcoole, Delgany, Greystones (shopping), and Bray
I'd actually meant to sit in the car for a while (at Roundwood Reservoir), trying to think of some other places where I might still go, but someone was just arriving, and sort of waited for my spot as he could see I was just returning to my car. So, I couldn't really stay as there's not much room there for parking. I just drove to Newtownmountkennedy and Newcastle, then drove to Greystones through Kilcoole and Delgany as I'd decided to do my shopping as well.
I bought three Schleich kitties at the arts & crafts shop, a pretty sympathy card at the newsagents (my late dad's second cousin has died - he was the only relative in my dad's funeral in 2008, other than myself), and LIDL foodies. Then I drove home. It was 2pm when I came home.
(PS, if you didn't watch that video yet, don't forget to scroll up and watch it now..)
I'm still sort of avoiding the handbrake, except when parking.....