6.25 h to 16.45 h
N 52.56262 W 06.19401
behind Cahore Point
Still north-westerly wind, still just beaches to paddle along with more or less steep cliffs or dunes besides me, giving more or less wind shelter after the tide turned and I was paddling close in again to find some eddy. I paddled around a second Mizen Head, but different to the one on the south-western most point, this one was really harmless with just some low clay cliffs.
Across Arklow, I was at least able to find some mobile phone reception to check the weather again, as the last days I seemed to tend to camp behind steep cliffs to have no reception – or no peace to write and update like in Howth. As this trip is not as perfectly documented (yet) as my South American tour was, I’m feeling a bit “guilty” if I can’t post as usual and am so many days behind, and if I can post, only briefly on face book with no map connected. Will do again better the next BIG trip, I promise! 🙂 This trip was not really planned, I just decided to go one day as a test, not knowing if my elbows and finger will make it around, no real preparation… But I will again carry a sat phone, not to sometimes have to climb the cliffs in possibly ugly weather just to find annoying slowest internet…
At some places at the beaches, one could see broken off house wrecks when the cliffs were washed the odd bit too much away from some huge seas, and people try to prevent this eventually by piling up long ugly artificial rocky walls upfront the cliffs. Interesting construction work going on here and there, but in general I guess let the sea take its toll, keep the cliffs natural and just build not too close to the sea front! Sea view is not always in need… This reminds me to a hotelier in Venezuela, asking me very friendly if the room I was going to get given was supposed to be one with “sea view”? He got ever so confused about me and my escorting friends almost lying on the floor from laughter…just had enough “sea view” all days!
At Courtown, some interesting floating huge inflated kid’s toy with slide and trampoline was amusing a few youngsters, and I was almost tempted to join in – in my dry suit 🙂 Some supervisor complained about me taking pictures, as this obviously new toy was supposed to be still “top secret”! Caught in the act…
Nearing Cahore Point was not really showing exciting remote campsites, and I decided to push around the point in good pushing conditions, my map showing “sandy” on the backside of the point. Perfect decision! I put up camp on some higher fluffy sandy ledge just in the shelter of the rocky corner, and had my privacy. The tidal difference is close to nothing between Dublin and Wexford and beaches mostly shallow, but the current going relatively strong. Different to the other places with slow current and a large tidal difference, obviously related.