Monday, June 29, 2015

Wicklow Way - Day 1: Marlay Park to Knockree Hostel

No energy to write last night, so I will make brief entry this morning before heading out to Roundwood.  The walk began in a park on the south edge of Dublin, so the first 30 minutes was spent walking along lovely paths and lanes: all very magical.  Then the walk suddenly became a trek & 90% of the day was hiking in the Wicklow Moutains.  Not high altitude, but long steady climbs followed at times by very steep descents.  The weather was great, but highly changeable: one moment very cool and windy, and then back to just a t-shirt.  The walk was reported to be 21 kms., but actually somewhat farther (my Fitbit said 27 kilometers & 101 flights of stairs.). Today I woke up with both sore arms (trekking poles) and legs, and I am told today is even more challenging. Fortunately, some other residents at the hostel provided me with additional food as none was available either along the Way or nearby.  They will pack a lunch however.

Not a lot of walkers on the Way: yesterday lots of day walkers in the morning, but only a few trekkers later on.  It is quite a bit more challenging than the Camino Francés & and without the support structure.  However, it is quite exhilarating to be walking all alone out in the mountains with vast scenic views: just not the place to get lost or fall. However, thus far the markings are good & I have had cellular reception!

                                             Fairy castle tree.

         This is what it looks like when I do not try to "travel light."  Too much stuff.

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