Last Saturday Kevin and myself went to the Galtee mountains for a run. We started from the car park at Glengarry Wood and ran up Greenane and along past O'Loughlans Castle and down to the col under GalteeBeg. Man the ground was boggy. We have been having a miserable summer weather wise and this was reflected in the ground underfoot. The Galtees are pretty boggy at the best of times but this day it was more akin to skating through muck and water. At O'Loughlans Castle we came to a wide bog hole and Kevin opted to try and cross the right side of it and jumped and sank a foot into the muck. Me being really clever opted for the other side and jumped into the muck and sank to above my waist. The smell was less than wholesome and the remains of several fleeces meant that I was anxious to get out as soon as possible. I wallowed to the edge and got out easily enough and continued on the run.
From the col we opted to head down and slipped and spluttered down to a conjunction of three streams where I took the opportunity to give myself a plunge in a nice pool and clean some of the muck off me. This was as you would expect pretty cold but I was glad to be rid of most of the muck and I soon warmed up when we ran on down the forestry track back to the car. Kevin put in a spurt of speed over the last few kilometers and finished a few minutes ahead but I was well happy with our outing. 17 kilometers and almost 800metres of ascent made for a good workout. Getting out and about with Kevin is always fun if a little exhausting.
Sunday 15th July,
|Frank looking keen|
|Bennaunmore looking lush|
|Clear evidence of the volcanic history of the area|
|Where the little folk live??|