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    • Day15

      Rush Hour

      July 3, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Nach einer regnerischen, stürmischen Nacht und einem guten Frühstück mit gekochtem Ei vom irischen Huhn kommt kurz die Sonne durch und wir starten Richtung Glencolombkill zu einem Besuch im Folk Village Museum. Ein nettes kleines Museum, dass die Geschichte und dass Leben in dem alten Fischerdorf erzählt. Der Pfarrer, der aus diesem Ort stammt und in den 50er und 60er Jahren dort tätig war, hat viele Dinge im dörflichen Leben angestoßen und besondere Freude hatte er daran, dieses Museumsdorf ins Leben zu rufen. Ein gemeinschaftliches Projekt. Es war nett anzusehen.
      Danach ging es wieder Richtung Adara, zur Entsorgung. Dafür gibt es hier nicht so zahlreiche Möglichkeiten. Also direkter Weg, keine Abkürzung, aber irgendwie geht es doch schon wieder steil Berg auf. Und dann noch Rush Hour🐏🐏🐑🐑🐑🐕🚜. Eine Schafherde von ihrem Hund getrieben stürmt auf uns zu. 🚐 🐑 Wir halten besser an machen ein Foto und warten ab😅.
      Ziemlich viel los hier, nicht mal einen Fotostopp kann man in Ruhe machen.
      Oben auf der Höhe, ein kleiner Cafe Anhänger🥯🍩☕. Der Trecker macht Platz und lässt uns vorbei. Und vor uns Haarnadelkurven. Es geht steil den Berg runter. Moment mal🤔, der Glengesch Pass. Den kenne ich, ich kann mich gut erinnern. Vor 30 Jahren ( oder doch erst vorgestern?🤔😆) bin ich, Andrea, hier mit einer Freundin den Pass mit dem Fahrrad🚵‍♀️🚵 raufgefahren, naja, vielleicht eher stundenlang raufgeschoben🙄🤫🌞🌞 und und in ein paar Minuten runter gerollt, bzw gebremst🤣... Naja, ich habs zwar erst beim runterfahren wiedererkannt, aber ich weiß noch genau, wie es sich anfühlte😳und einen Cafestand gab es auch noch nicht😂.
      Nach erfolgreicher Entsorgung sind wir zu unserem geplanten Stellplatz gefahren.
      St. Johns Point. Blick auf Strand und Meer. Besuch vom Seehunde, aber stürmisch und kalt. Also Heizung an und Tee trinken.
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    • Day17

      The Wild Atlantic Way to Sleive Cliffs

      May 18, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

      Despite the late night/early morning, we had the tandem out and were on the road by 10.30 am. The first part of the route was down to the coast on a small road with grass growing in the middle, a few houses, rural and scenic. We continued mainly along the coast, saw sandy bays and a dramatic coast line. We passed through Kilcar and Carrick until we reached Teelin where the Sleive Cliff Visitors Centre was located. We stopped for coffee and scones before continuing up hill (again!) to the lower car park. We decided it was best to walk the 1.5 km to the cliffs rather than cycle as it had been a very hilly route and we were keen to save the battery. It was a very scenic walk with dramatic views of the coast line and we also spotted one of the war time markings in the cliffs which helped returning pilots know where they were and that they were flying over neutral territory. As we arrived at the cliffs there were 3 vans, one selling drinks, another souvenirs and a tweed clothes van. We walked along to the viewing platform to see the cliffs and take a photo. The wind started increasing and all the selling vans rapidly shut up shop and headed off. We headed back to the bike and hoped rain wasn’t setting in. We made it to Kilcar and found a seat in a ruined church to have our picnic. We had a quick look in the tweed shop before continuing. We had one last windy stop at a coffee van for a cuppa overlooking the ocean and took the direct route this time back to the site. A 34 mile ride including 3 km of walking and 3,259 feet of climbing and stunning scenery. We battled against the wind to pack the bike back into the van. We then retreated inside into the warm and within minutes the rain finally started lashing down - how lucky was that!Read more

    • Day10

      Abstecher zum St. Patrick Point

      June 28, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Upps. Das Schild zu spät gesehen und auf der Straße umgedreht. Immer wieder spannend bei Linksverkehr...😅

      Sind jedoch nicht ganz rausgefahren zur Spitze. Wir haben einen Schotterweg entdeckt, der uns zu einer ruhigen Aus geführt hat und wir die Aussicht im Ruhe genossen haben.

      Nach dem Abstecher zum ‚St. Patricks Point’ wird’s Zeit für eine Pause bei Appel Juice, Sandwiches and Mussels.

      Eigentlich ist es zu heiß zum fahren. Momentan wieder 32 Grad. ☀️☀️😅😅
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    • Day7

      Gutes Essen und Musik im Pub

      June 13, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      In Killybegs gab‘s am Hafen leckeren Fish‘n Chips und ein nettes Beisammensein mit Blick auf den Hafen
      Ann hat uns am Abend noch mit nach Donegal ins The Reel Inn genommen. Es war ein toller Abend mit super irischer Live MusikRead more

    • Day41

      The fish is fresh in Killybegs.

      July 3, 2021 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      We had arranged for Jim to deposit Paddy ashore this morning and we going to make an early start but not this early!
      I was woken by the alarm at 07.00 and was about to call paddy when I went to get my phone which had been charging I the saloon.
      The time on my phone 05.15! Someone had set the clock incorrectly, back to bed and on the second time I got up at the correct time.

      Jim arrived t 08.00 and deposited Paddy ashore next morning and we departed Killala Bay soon after and had a great sail across Donegal Bay.
      We were slightly off the wind and had to reef the main as the wind increased and later had to reef the genoa a little. I hardly slowed and was doing 6 to 7 knts consistently, leading ‘Second Chance’ by a short head.
      As we neared the Donegal coast we were able to take the reefs out as the wind eased and the seas flattened but I was still doing 6.2 knts when I entered McSwyne’s Bay.
      By the time we had tied up in Killybegs both Jim and I had awarded the best sail of the trip to today’s exhilarating leg. Seven hours of an ideal steady wind in almost ideal conditions.

      Paddy was waiting for us at when we tied up at 16.00.
      Another East ferry boat ‘Thunder Child II’ was tied up close to us while waiting for suitable weather for its latest record attempt.
      Killybegs Marina is another tax payer’s marina and a great addition to this part of the coast.

      We explored Killybegs with Paddy and had plenty of laughs with his great personality.
      He lifts the atmosphere wherever he is.

      We had dinner at the 'Fish Shack', a trailer which produced meals better than many restaurants I've been to.
      We found a pub where we could have a pint or two which sitting outside.

      We were fairly tired after our sail so before too long Paddy and I found ourselves back onboard Eureka and watched the England v. Ukraine match before having an early night.
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    • Day42

      Rain drops keep falling. . . . .

      July 4, 2021 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      The 4th of July. The Americans are on holidays.

      Paddy left this morning just before it started to rain.
      I had to spend the day putting the engine back together. Yes, a mishap.
      Despite having tested the engine including a run on full throttle and everything looking good with my previous repair, one of the heat exchanger boots came off on my way into Killybegs yesterday.
      I had to start again and flush out the engine only this time I didn't need the instruction manual to do it.

      I tightened up everything tighter than the last time and got Jim, being an engineer to check everything before I began testing again.
      Basically I think what happened was that I was afraid to over tighten the clips on the rubber boots and one came off as a result.
      Strange though that it stayed on and there were no leaks during my testing even when I had it running at full revs and yet it came off on the way into Killybegs when I only had the engine running at much lower speed.
      We'll blame the gremlins.

      I got talking to a couple on another boat and discovered that they had bought their previous boat 'Stella Maris' from a Cobh man, Mick Coleman who keeps his present boat 'Ré Nua' at East Ferry.
      It was a pity that I hadn't known that when Paddy was still here as he had sailed on the 'Stella Maris' to Newfoundland with Mick many years ago.

      We got a takeaway and ate aboard 'Second Chance' before having an early night.
      Unfortunally the heavy rain and wind meant we are staying put tomorrow.
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    • Day43

      A lazy Monday in Killybegs.

      July 5, 2021 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We had a lazy morning and the rain stayed away. The sun even threatened to come out.

      We went for a walk to the harbour office to pay our fees and to have a look at a large chandlery there.
      I thing each of us came away with something we thought we'd need.

      In the morning I got my appointment for me second Covid jab next Sunday.
      It looked like I'd be in Buncrana that weekend and tried to get it changed to have it in Donegal but couldn't. Crazy!
      I'd have to go back to Cork or postpone getting it.
      Finally decided to organise the trip back on the bus on Saturday and return on the Monday.

      We went back to the boats for lunch and then had a beer or two in the afternoon before returning to 'Second Chance' for dinner.
      The O' Meara's supplied the food and I supplied the wine.

      I returned to 'Eureka' and watched some tv before a reasonable early night.
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