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CaptainVertigo
2008-11-30 00:19:20
"Jim the Antrim Gully Man" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
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Mourne Traffic Chaos
I spent over an hour and a half sitting in an almost stationary car on the M1 just before the border this morning on my way to the Mournes. When movement came it was a miserable crawl.
I phoned Dundalk Garda station and was cheerfully informed that this was a regular occurrence due to a combination of road works near Newry and the massive influx of southern shoppers looking for bargains. I was a bit incensed to discover that by the time one came to an EXPECT DELAYS sign, one had already been trapped for ages, and that there was no possible escape..I have no doubt that there were thousands of cars stuck in that jam. Surely we should have been seeing warnings all the way along the road, thus alowing one to exit the M1 and head for Crossmaglen ( although the very name strikes terror in my heart) or some such place. Imagine if a woman had gone into labour! Anyway I eventually got through Newry and out to the Mournes. It was almost midday, instead of half nine. (SUGGESTION http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/254215)But conditions were awesome. Heavy frost, bright sunshine and wisps of fog. I intend to write up my trip to Doan and Crom, but meanwhile may I simply say that I met two other lone walkers at different times. Jim from Antrim emerged onto the summit of Doan as I was having my lunch on that exceptional peak in perfect conditions. We got chatting and walked over to Ben Crom. That's Jim in the photo. He casually mentioned that he had ascended the gully just to the left of the Crom summit previously. Later, when he had moved on, I peeped over the edge of the gully and almost defecated immediately. It was TERRIFYING. How could a human being subject themselves to such a horror? Here's to you Jim and I hope you followed my advice and looked up this site. Later I met David Gordon (originally from Cavan) at the saddle between Carn and S.Loughshannagh. We had a great chat as we descended the dangerously icy path towards the Ott Car Park in the gathering gloom. The company, in both cases, was most enjoyable. David proved a great help when I couldn't open my car door because the key wouldn't turn the frozen lock. He simply poured hot tea from his flask onto the unyielding metal!!
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