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Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Flag of Ireland  , County Westmeath,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Awoke this morning and did my usual go to the washroom routine.  Slipping on my left shoe I felt my toes squished into something.  Hopping around on one foot, I frantically tried to get my sandal off again only to find my toes covered in slime!  Shaking out my shoe I found a sticky, wet, super slug that had snuggled into the toe of my shoe leaving it’s industrial strength goo everywhere for reminder.  Later I found little traces of slime over our panniers, on the water bottles, and in our cycle helmets!

Leaving the slugs behind at the very wet campground, I had a difficult time cycling. Although it wasn’t raining, the air was so heavy with humidity it was hard to breathe.  It also makes me feel uncomfortable and I find it hard to exurt myself.  Even breath on my glasses was turning to vapor and fogging them up.  It took us almost as long to cycle 60km as it did 90km yesterday. 

Trying to find a campsite was also difficult.  Town was a spider web of ‘main’ streets all connecting together with one way streets and construction block-offs around the River Shannon.  After cycling around in circles, we eventually found the castle and tourist information office to gain the happy knowledge that the 2 campgrounds we were counting on were closed down, and the only available one was about 4 km out of town - the way we had just come!

On arrival at the campsite it started to rain.  Seems that we never quite arrive in time to have our tent up BEFORE the rain!  It looks like afternoon rains may be the norm - after a day of humidity building.  But this rain has not been bad, just a light sprinkle.  On the positive side, we were able to set up our tent right beside a lovely gurgling stream so we can listen to that while we sleep. 

To reward ourselves for a job well done we went around the corner (fortuitously placed) to the pub for some well deserved medicine.  The Dog and Duck had just what we needed:  Guinness for Brian, and a Bullmar’s cider or me!

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Where I stayed
Lough Rea Campground

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