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Be very careful when wildcamping in Carraroe, Co Galway.
I wildcamped, as I always do, about 2 miles outside the village at a most scenic spot about 5 weeks ago. We were towing a motorbike trailer with 2 large touring bikes, parked next to the trailer.
To a casual onlooker, there must have been at least 2 men camping there, & perhaps 4 people, it would have been imposssible for anyone to know exactly.
We walked to the pub, 2miles away in the village, had 2 pints & walked back to the camper & went to bed.
Half an hour later, I heard the engine of a car & some voices outside that were way too close 4 comfort so I dressed myself as my friend slept soundly!
I suddenly heard a tearing noise, the camper was being attacked...
I woke my pal, grabbed a knife, turned on the outer light & was out the door in a flash
The cowardly bastards wisely ran
Retrospectively, I should not have parked there, it was dark & rural.
I am always so very careful & park in well lit areas in small villages.
Nor should I have dashed out there as I didn't know how many of them were actually out there. Had I driven away, I would've gotten their number plate etc. As for the knife, that was silly but we were trapped & do you simply wait 4 them to break & enter, I don't think so
We called the guards, they told us another family, with kids had been attacked there only a few weeks previously but the guards caught the attackers. 5 weeks later, I have heard nothing from the guards.
They did hundreds of euro of damage in seconds, its lucky for me in some ways that I was actually there otherwise its likely it would've been much more costly
It hasnt stopped me wildcamping but it has reminded me that 4 once, I let my guard down & chose unwisely