DAY39 Glanworth-44km East of Killarney(Ireland)

Late start after nice Irish breakfast, with Dutch couple Cindy and Leon.

Leon said he had walked along Camino De Santiago before. I got useful information from him.

At 8:50, saying goodbye to all, I started to run.

Today I may finish where there’s no accommodation.

Killarney is just 90km west. Traveling in Ireland will soon be over.

There were some hills I had to climb.

At 7:30, I found a nice campsite at farming area, which was quiet and no ones seemed to come around.

Free camping is good because I don’t have to pay.

I ate some food that I bought yesterday.

It will be chilly in the morning, I got to get ready for it.

*Today’s Distance: 52,3 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1319.8km

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DAY38 Cashel-Glanworth 55.1km (Ireland)

Leaving Cashel 7:40, my room mate Michael saw me off.

Followed R639 with a wide shoulder, enjoying a nice run under the sunny blue sky. Warm enough.

To my surprise, just 1 km before the goal Glanworth, a car driving at the same speed as me and said hello from the car.

As soon as I finished running at the entrance of Riverside Glanworth B&B, the owner Liam and his family welcomed me with a big smile.

He knew well about me because he searched my full name on the internet.

He said, “We have already know you are Adventure Runner running around the world!”

It was amazing!

He asked me too many questions.

Later a couple from Holland joined us.

It was fun to share the stories and experiences about traveling.

And Liam called a local newspaper company.

This is B&B but they treated me dinner as well.

This is what is called D&B&B(Dinner and Bed and Breakfast), isn’t it?

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*Today’s Distance: 55.1 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1267.5km

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DAY37 Day-Off in Cashel(Ireland)

Woke up at 7am but felt something dull on my hipbone.

It might have come from camping for 2 nights in a row.

I decided to take a day-off today.

There’s still a long way to go, 2500km from Hamburg to Lisbon.

When I opened a message box of Facebook, I was surprised to see a message from a lady. Kristen Docherty is her name.

I met her when she was 2 years old in Edmonton, Canada while I was biking across Alaska and Canada in 1994.

I had met her parents Terry and Michael in Idaho, USA while I was biking across USA in 1991. Then we had promised to meet up again in Canada and I made it come true.

When I was running yesterday, it occurred to me what had become of them.

In her reply, she said she remembered me and still had the article of a local paper.

Hope we’ll meet someday in Canada.

I enjoyed horse carriage riding tour for the first time today.

The horse carriage went around Cashel watching historical architecture taking about half an hour.

Cashel is a nice place from which I can taste the flavor of medieval Europe.

Walked around Cashel in One-Tooth Geta late afternoon.

Quiet Sunday…yes, it’s the final Sunday of August.

Kids have to get back to school when September starts.

Tonight I am invited to beer party with some staff of this hostel.

*Today’s Distance: 0 km

*Total Distance in UK: 1009.0 km

*Total Distance in Ireland: 168.7 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1177.7km

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DAY36 Templemore-Cashel 34.7km(Ireland)

Chilly morning 11 degrees in my tent.

When it’s chilly, I wake up even in the middle of the night.

I hid myself totally in my sleeping bag.

Conor was a nice guy who takes good care of me in many ways.

Early in the morning he said to me while I was getting ready, “Good morning. You can use kitchen and bathroom.”

When I left, he often said,”Is there anything you need?”

I knew he wanted to help as much as possible.

He gave me a free ticket of Rock of Cashel.

We shook hands and hug each other.

I’ll never forget Templemore B&B(or T&B).

In eastern Ireland, there are lots of historical architecture here and there.

Castle is also an interesting place, they say it’s a popular tourist spot because Rock of Cashel stands in the town.

As soon as I checked in at Cashel Holiday Hostel, I visited Rock of Cashel.

It’s on the hill where I can enjoy the great view of the city.

If you like European history, it’s worth visiting.

On the way back I did some shopping for dinner.

The town is clean and tidy. Small and compact but it is convenient for tourists.

At hostel, I enjoyed talking to staff and other guests.

Killarney is almost there but I guess I don’t have to hurry.

*Today’s Distance: 34.7 km

*Total Distance in UK: 1009.0 km

*Total Distance in Ireland: 203.4 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1212.4km

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DAY35 Swan-Templemore 55.5km(Ireland)

Temperature 11 degrees in my tent was chilly.

Rained a bit during the night but wind kept the tent dry.

Started at 7am following a local highway with no shoulders and sidewalk.

Got to be nervous caring about the traffic.

Only in the town there was sidewalk.

Mostly sunny and warm in the afternoon.

Passed some towns and villages.

Last night I tried to book a single room at Templemore B&B and Hostel but I couldn’t for a technical reason.

So as I set the town as a goal, I decided to visit the B&B.

About 5pm I arrived at the B&B. Templemore was a bit large town.

Unfortunately the sign said, “NO VACANCY.”

First a lady who I thought owner’s wife showed up and said that the owner would be back in ten minutes. So I waited.

After the owner came back I told about my travel and I needed a space for my tent.

He said OK and he allowed me to use shower&toilet, kitchen and free Wi-Fi, too!

This is not B&B to me but T&B(Tent&Breakfast)!

Conor was his name. He seemed to like talking.

He said he had graduated from university twice to get qualification.

He runs B&B and owns his business as well.

He told me about recent Europe and how we could change the world.

Yes, all we need is a strong leader. And we got to be active doing our very best.

And we need life in peace…health first and good relationship with our people, especially our family.

Money is not always all we need.

We need discipline and education to keep our world in peace.

In poor countries, people do their best but it’s hard for them
to take good education which makes it hard for them to get a good job.

In western Europe, people make their effort to take higher education and get a better job.

They work hard and make enough money to own their cars and houses.

But for people in poor countries it is just like a dream.

Living in developed countries, people are busy working under lots of pressure.

They work hard to make money but they cannot make more free time.

They don’t have enough time to spend free time with their families. It’s too sad.

What’s happiness to human beings?

Some people are rich but they are not happy.

Some people are not rich but they are happy.

Which is better?

We were talking for a while. There are so many thing to think about…

*Today’s Distance: 55.5 km

*Total Distance in UK: 1009.0 km

*Total Distance in Ireland: 168.7 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1177.7km

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DAY34 Kicullen-Picnic Area 5km West of The Swan 46.1km(Ireland)

Had a wonderful breakfast Hillary served.

Homemade bread and jam. I loved them.

She joins local charity events regularly and she’s trying to do what she can do to make her life more active.

She enjoys cycling too. She isn’t interested in tourist spots many people visit. She just want to enjoy moving and traveling.

Yes, that’s what I do now.

She gave me an Irish flag and I put it on my buggy.

At 8am I left Kilcullen for the Swan.

Anne stopped just before me on the highway.

She got out of her car and said “I’m just curious.”

I told her about my PEACE RUN and she seemed happy to know why I was running alone on the highway.

“Yes, Europe used to be happier before. Many things are happening but I think I have to do something more I can do.”

Followed a country road to the Swan. Very quiet and calm with little traffic.

There’s a pub named Swan Inn at the corner of the village.

It was just when the owner was getting ready for the opening.

I asked him if there’s a camp site around there.

He told me there was a picnic area 4 or 5km west.

And I found the place which was really nice picnic are where I can enjoy the view from the hill.

There are many small villages and towns in Ireland.

Most of the population live in the city area such as Dublin and Galway.

But I love small towns and villages where there have never been a Japanese tourist coming around.

*Today’s Distance: 46.1 km

*Total Distance in UK: 1009.0 km

*Total Distance in Ireland: 113.2 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1122.2km

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DAY33 Dublin-Kilcullen 51.0km(Ireland)

Left Dublin at 7am. Sun came up again. 9 degrees, kind of chilly.

There was a sidewalk in the city of Dublin but as soon as I got out of the city, it’s gone.

In City West, Google Map told me to get into motor way N7 where there was no sidewalk and all the cars were driving faster than 100 km/h.

I was at a loss where to go, so I asked a man at roadwork.

He was kind enough to draw a map for me, and then I followed a back road and side road of N7.

All the road I took was zig zag route, which was 8km longer than direct N7 route.

About 5:30 I finished running in Kilcullen.

Checked in at B&B.

It’s going to be a bit hard to find accommodation in small towns or villages in Ireland.

I may have more chances to camp out.

Anyway I’ll always be flexible as for route and accommodation.

All I got to do is have fun!

*Today’s Distance: 51.0 km

*Total Distance in UK: 1009.0 km

*Total Distance in Ireland: 67.1 km

*Total Distance in Europe: 1076.1

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