These will make your mind numb!
Basically this is the deal. You drive to the bottom of a hill and turn off the engine of your car. You slip the car into neutral and let off the brakes and….. your car rolls gently up the hill. Impossible, yet you can feel it happening and see it happening with your own eyes!
Of course it is impossible to roll uphill and the truth is that the upward slope of the road is an optical illusion, albeit a totally convincing one, and you are rolling down a hill. Still, it’s a weird feeling.
Where to find a Magic Road
There are two very well known ones, there may be more and if so I would love to hear about them!
Comeragh Mountains, Co Wateford
This is a bit tricky to find, but the Comeragh Mountains are incredibly beautiful and you will enjoy the search!
From Clonmel in Tipperary, head for Dungarvan and look out for the village of Rathgormack. From there follow the signs for the Comeragh Drive. Follow signs to Mahon Falls, turning right at Power’s Foodstore. A little further along is another signpost for Mahon Falls, turn right here and soon the road starts to descend. At the bottom of the hill there is a single tree – stop here and let the car roll!
If you get lost ask in Power’s store – they know where it is.
Near Dundalk, Co Louth
From the town of Dundalk take the R173 towards Carlingford for about 6-7 miles. Just after a Texaco petrol station take a left turn. Continue until you come to a T junction, turn right, then immediately left. You will be going uphill at this point – go to the top of the hill, then down the other side until you reach a hut by the side of the road. Stop here, let off the brakes and back up the hill you will go!
One man’s experience of a magic road is well worth reading for a first hand account of how truly weird the feeling of rolling uphill can be.