Driving around Ireland's famed Ring of Kerry, I was challenged to put to use all of my past driving experiences...
from praying my way along snaky Highway 1 on a teenage solo venture to Stinson Beach...
|Thanks for the pic, Cindy Adkins|
|Toyota vs. Hoveround: There can be only 1 Master of the Hedgerow|
(spoiler--it was the old guy)
On the other hand, every agony of the road was rewarded with an image (and now a memory) like no other.
One lane highway dead-ends at this ruined keep at the tip of a finger of rock.
|"I am the LORD of all I see! Oh, uh, well, you should see it on a sunny day."|
|The protocol when the car comes at you from the other direction? |
Back up until you can get out of the other's way. (I panicked and made the Irishman back up instead)
|Neolithic stone structure, just to the left of the endless lane above, and therefore worth exiting the highway.|
|A good way to release tension while driving the N70? |
Pull over and yell "BAAAA!" at the tiny dots of sheep in the distance until you relax.
|I cannot emphasize enough how glad I was to drive the Ring of Kerry during Low Tourist Season.|
We had this beach all to ourselves.
|The most honest road signs in the world can be found on the Ring of Kerry|
|But just look where the road took us: The Cliffs of Kerry.|
|Another view of the Cliffs of Kerry|
|This is totally reasonable advice|
|This stone structure is just hanging out at the side of a parking lot.|
|Staigue Ring Fort, in Sneem (bless you!)|
|Inside Staigue Fort: staircases in the walls...leading to what?|
|I have no idea what the name of this park is, but it's feckin brilliant! |
Pictured here, a model of an ancient Crannog, or artificial island home. Looks like it's elevating, right?
|Same brilliant park...the sign says what it does; does what it says|
The Ring of Kerry wiped me out, but the drive was absolutely worthwhile. And in the end, I got used to the steps of driving on the wrong side of the road (on the wrong side of the car, with a stick shift in the wrong hand), just like Ginger Rogers got used to doing the same steps as Fred Astaire--only backward and in heels.
|Sure, she's smiling here, but imagine the rehearsals.|
Copyright 2015, Tanya Monier