We recently returned from 8 great days in Ireland. We covered the southern portion of the country and had a great time. Beautiful country and the weather was ultra cooperative!
The challenge for me was that the trip required quite a bit of walking on certain days. Other times we were on a bus. Overall, I walked more than I have in over a year. I was determined not to let it interfere with the trip. We traveled with another couple and I did not want them to miss anything because of me.
The only thing I decided not to attempt was the trip up the Blarney Castle. It was steep and a pretty good climb. In retrospect, good decision as I was not really into kissing the stone anyway and it would have been really hard on my knees.
Overall I did pretty well but I would be lying to say it was not a challenge. Most days were pretty painful and I found myself lagging behind the group most of the time. I just kept pushing and was able to get thru the trip without missing anything but kissing the Blarney Stone and I am okay with that!
I am back in the routine of the infrared sauna and hot tub which provides temporary relief but the root cause of the joint pain remains an elusive target.