Our ninth day in Ireland called for another lazy day, but little did we know how lazy it would end up being!
We slept in and decided that we would grab some lunch, head to Mallow to see their castle, and then take a long walk in a nearby park.
The sun was streaming into our little apartment, what could go wrong?
Our rental car had other ideas, it would seem. We climbed in to find that the right rear tire had a slow leak in it. A couple of days ago it warned us of low tire pressure, so we filled it up. Today it was very low indeed, so it was clear we needed to do something about it.
We headed to the park, and then called the rental company to ask what they’d like us to do. We were hoping they’d tell us to go to the nearest office and swap out our car for another. They didn’t. They did, however, offer to send out roadside assistance to fix the issue for us. They told us it would take 2 hours to get there, which is enough time for a good walk. We gave them our number and headed to the tea room for lunch.
The Doneraile Wildlife Park is a very nice park to wander about:
We even got a little cutesy:
And then Marisa became one with a tree:
After 2.5 hours we hadn’t heard from the rental company and no one showed up to fix our time. Marisa gave them a call and they said, “We’ve been trying to call you for 2 hours! We keep getting a busy signal.” Turn outs they wrote our number down incorrectly, which was a bummer. They promised they’d send someone out right away and a few minutes later I got a call from a man with a heavy Irish accent who told me he would be at the park in either 15 minutes or an hour and 15 minutes.
Luckily, he showed up in 15 minutes and fixed the tire in 10 minutes. He also said to us that most people would have just ignored the issue and kept putting air in the tire.
By this point we were done with our day out, so we went back to our apartment to eat dinner, read, and watch more Great British Bake-off.
All in all, not a bad day.
I didn’t take a huge amount of pictures this day, but I did take several more than appear in this post.