Ireland illustrated with pen and pencil

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ... pass between the Toomies and the McGillicuddy Reeks, up which any but the feeblest walkers can go with the utmost ease, from the point where the cars always stop. The River Loe traverses the Gap, expanding at intervals into five lakes. A good road winds up the valley, crossing the stream by bridges in two places. The mountains rise very steeply to a height of over two thousand feet, and the scenery is very wild. The narrowness of the defile, combined with the height of the mountains, gives it a somber and awe-inspiring influence. At one point the ravine narrows, and a huge mass of rock has fallen and split into two irregular portions. The road runs between these enormous stones, which have the semblance of a rude gateway. The spot is known as The Pike. The impression of wildness and desolation is considerably weakened, not only by the troops of beggars, but more legitimately by the number of little farms in the valley, and by the numerous traces of fairly prosperous agriculture. As the ascent is made, very good views to the north are obtained, but by far the finest is enjoyed when the summit of the pass is reached, and the traveler stands with the beautiful Owenreach Valley at his feet, the many-islanded Upper Lake to his left, the Kenmare Road and the Police Barracks directly opposite, and the Black Valley to the right, over which tower the rugged pinnacles of the Reeks. Occasionally one meets with absurdly over-drawn descriptions of this Black Valley. When the writer saw it, under a bright April sun, it failed signally to harmonize with its name, since it lay smilingly at his feet, looking most attractive in its beauty. By an easy road the descent into the valley is made, Lord Brandon's cottage is passed,--a toll of one shilling being levied on every vis...

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Richard A. Lovett has published more than 2,000 articles on travel, science, and cycling for such publications as the "Economist, Backpacker, " and "Travel & Leisure". The coauthor of "Freewheelin': A Solo Journey Across America", he has bicycled more than 50,000 miles, including a 5,400-mile trek from California to Maine. He is also coauthor of "The Essential Cross-Country Skier: A Step-by-Step Guide" and "Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running".

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