Saturday, 11 May 2013

Arrival in Ireland

Up at 7, breakfast of toast, honey and a banana. Then up to Justine & Barry's to pick them up and then back down to pick up Craig, who had kindly driven across to help with the drive? Into Holyhead with lots of time to spare, and a helpful Stena Line ferry staff, the process of checking in was very smooth. Big thanks to Craig (the one on the right) for then driving my van back home, so Sonja has it.

It felt great to be on the way and seeing North Stack from another perspective. Soon the mountains of Ireland were coming into view, and the coastline beginning to shape up. It's been a windy day, with rain and showers of hail ... With some super sunny periods.

We were welcomed by two friends of Des and Sonja's (another one), helped with all the kit and where able to the kayaks and food in a lock up, right close to a slip way. Then taken back to Des and Sonja's place to settle in.

I'm nervous and excited .. I've done as much as I can to prepare and feel both
physically and physiological strong. And it will be interesting to see how I manage the next few weeks and months, which I'm looking forward to.

Hungry now and we are soon to be off to the local pub, for food, a pint of the dark stuff and Justine has a presentation to deliver ... Early to bed, maybe?!? But at least we have a gentle start and hope to be on the water for 1100. Winds have improved although gone initially into a head wind before going westerly. Westerly is good, NW would be great ....


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