Night 6 and Day 7: The Kerry Way

The best really does come last. I left Kenmare in a fairly disheveled state and began a 3-km ascent toward the windy gap. My aim was to reach wilderness and camp immediately. However, it was a beautiful evening and my one foot in front of the other began to carry me further and further. I also knew that every step taken today was one less taken tomorrow on my final leg of the journey. I became reflective on the journey that had been and nature became reflective with me.

With the windy gap in sight and the sun still shining brightly past 9-pm in the mountains I decided I would continue on to reach the gap and camp just on the other side of it, facing for home the next morning. It was here that I would be greeted by God, the Universe, Spirit or whatever you prefer to call it.

I didn’t take many videos on this trip because I was focused on de-cluttering my mind rather than working on new ideas for the world I had left behind, but I recommend you watch the videos at the bottom of this post of nightfall over the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range).

The next morning I had a pep in my step after one of the most awe inspiring nights of my life. I also had last day of the trail syndrome, the combination meaning I set off at lightning speed before eventually slowing down and finding a rhythm. I was blessed with some more deer watching, including this one of a mother and baby.

As per usual I was suffering by the time I reached Killarney but suffering to the tune in my head of David Bowie’s Heroes (just for one day). It felt like a hero’s journey and I am reminded of a T.S. Eliot quote that sums up the experience “And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time.”

Please donate HERE

p.s. I will write a deeper reflection on what I learned personally and some of the life lessons I picked up. I will also write about what it is like to return home from such a disconnected (or connected depending on your point of view) experience. I will charge €10 for these reflections, with all money being donated to the charity.