A night on the townVick
2012/08/11, Quay Street, Galway
We have been so good about eating meals on the boat, but we took the evening off to celebrate the good weather and getting the boat back together. We ate at the Quay Street Restaurant. Little Bo Peep's sheep tasted real good!
And the weather is glorious!Vicki
We are doing well, even having some nice evening walks. Yesterday the weather was glorious, so sunny, tons of people out and about enjoying the weather. Gallway at its best.
Life is getting betterVicki
The picture is of a swan on the canal off the River Corrib that we pass each day on the way to the dorm rooms. The first load of clothes out of the dryer were so warm and dry, I clutched them in my arms, held them up to my face and laughed/groaned with pleasure. The poor Italian young women waiting to use the dryer had a look of fear on her face - was I over the edge? So twenty loads and four trips later and all is clean. We slept on the boat last night on a dry bed with dry sheets and blankets. It was heaven. And the boat is getting more and more livable every day. Today we even took a stroll in the dining/shopping/tourist area. And did I mention, three days in a row without rain? Today is even sunny, hot and we are in our shorts.
2012/08/07, Galway Bay
Wow, thank you for all the wonderful comments and support. Right now I need it. I am not sure what was/is the hardest, the actual passage or recovery from the passage. But life is slowly coming back together. The best part is Paul and I are being so kind to each other, nothing like shared misery! For three nights we are sleeping at the local college dormitory, which is helping immensely with the recovery.
Galway - day twoVicki
2012/08/03, Galway, Ireland
Day two, getting used to land legs. We climbed some stairs and almost fell down laughing, it felt so wierd. Irish flag is up. No self-serve laundries in western half of Ireland, what is up with that? I have a boat full of wet clothes, towels and seat cushions. I could rent a room for the night in the local college dorm to use their washer/dryer (5 euro a load). Or I could throw away half of my clothes and hand-wash, or pay 10 euro per load to have the laundry wash for me. We finally got into a slip, instead of the wall, which means we have fresh water and will have electrical, plus it is a secure area.
Shower, beer, hamburgerVicki
2012/08/02, Galway, Ireland
Well, we did make it. Similar to a marathon run, we hit a wall that was very hard and then the end of it came oh so quickly. In two days the three frontal storms that blew through were quite an ordeal. I am not too proud to admit that I buckled during the second one and hid in the quarterberth sobbing. The three guys had to hand steer through it. When the weather cleared between the second and third storm I got up, dusted myself off and made banana muffins (thanks for the advice Judy) and stayed up in the cockpit for the third storm. I was steering in up to 44 knots of wind and then I did not have the strength to control the boat. Paul steered for over half an hour and did a fantastic job. Slowly the winds came back down and we had a downhill ride past the Aran Islands. Our Scan Strut support for the radar gave way and we had the Oh, shit moment as we tried to get it secure. Then we had to time it for the high tide at Galway, they open the gates to the marina 2 hours before high tide and then close them. So we slowed down the boat and made it to the gate at 4:00 a.m., circled around for a while, and then had a smooth landing at the dock. Paul showered and got ready for customs. The marina itself doesn't have a shower, we have to pay $5 at the local hotel. The good news is the hot tub and steam room. We may even spring for a massage. Beth (Al's wife) joined us and off we went for Guinness and food. Today is Lady's Day during the Galway Race Week (horses). Quite exciting in town. The women dress up like trollops and wear the fancy hats. Beth and Al took off this afternoon in the rental car and Gibbs took the train to Dublin, a ferry to Wales and then a train to Liverpool. Something about work. Now we have a messy, salty boat to clean and boat repairs to face. My daugher, Heather and her family join us August 13 for several days of cruising. The library is closing, I have to finish, but tomorrow I promise to update all and add pictures.