West Coast Begins

The highlight of our route today as we made our way out of the Dingle Peninsula was Connor Pass, the highest pass in Ireland. Despite this claim to fame, the pass only gets to 1200 feet, lower than all of the climbs up to Skyline Boulevard at home.

Carrie chugs up Connor Pass, leaving dramatic Dingle in the background.
Carrie chugs up Connor Pass, leaving dramatic Dingle in the background.

The views at the top though were fantastic. With no trees to speak of, the landscape is wide open for view.

During the ride I was looking forward to staying at a caravan park again. While the hostel in Dingle was very nice, some of the guests were more than happy to party in the campground until 4:30am. Caravan parks by contrast usually contain older couples, who tuck into their RVs after dinner and don’t make a peep until 8am.

The caravan park we stayed at that evening met this description. We were the only people in a tent. The nearest RV was probably 50 yards away. It was going to be a peaceful night of sleep again.

Alas, at maybe 2am, a neighborhood dog started barking. The barking woke me up. The dog decided it wanted to bark for about two hours non stop. Even with ear plugs the barking made its way to my brain.

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