After completing a Circumnavigation of Anglesey in June with Jonny (Click here ) in 13hr 14mins, I had resigned myself to the fact that my paddling adventures may have been over for the summer…. Until, I saw a perfect window in the forecast… which lined up with my next day off. A thought that had been at the back of my mind came popping to the forefront.
Could I do it solo?
Steve, Pete, Keith and Me setting off on Day 29
It’s now been a few months since my last post…So much has happened since I’ve been back and we have had such a fantastic response from everyone. If I’m honest the magnitude of what myself and Steve have achieved hasn’t fully sunk in yet. I’m hoping that this post will help….
Mountains are the means, the man is the end.
The goal is not to reach the top of mountains, but to improve the man.
Walter Bonatti – Italian Climber
It’s safe to say that a lot has happened since my last post from Clare Island. The weather was beginning to turn, and the nights where drawing in, so we just got our heads down and paddled.
I can proudly say that today at 1300 on the 25th of September, Myself and Steve landed in Bullock Harbour, South of Dublin. Completing our circumnavigation of Ireland.
Its been windy…
I am currently perched in a comfortable, but dark bar in Kilkee Co. Clare, just north of Loop Head. The trip so far has lived up to every expectation and then some. Since my last post we really got stuck in and have managed to work our way around to the west coast.Ticking off a number of our crux points, and making the most of the reasonable weather we had.
Its now day seven, and after a few days off the water we are getting going again. The plan is to head over from Carne Beach to Hook Head. Its been a good few days at Carne Beach Holiday Park, thanks again to Ronnie and June for the warm welcome. Weather for this coming week is looking good, so the potential for making up ground is there.
Big Steve and a big sky
We are off!
After meeting up with my parents in Dublin on the 23rd, we headed over to Bullock Harbour. The tide was running south, so instead of waiting until the 24th we decided to depart that evening. After a long time packing of boats (in torrential rain) we where ready to go. Once we had shoveled down some of my birthday cake we set off. Thank you to everyone that has helped myself and Steve reach this point, and to my parents for dinner in The Magpie and my lovely Birthday Cake.
“Ideas are like rabbits.
You get a couple and learn how to care for them,
and pretty soon you have a dozen
– John Steinbeck”