Getting lost can be a Good Thing!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
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Trip End Oct 08, 2008


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Monday, September 15, 2008

It's raining, again!
 
Off to the ferry and it's raining. I'm a little late and so they've already started boarding. That means I'm not one of the first ones on as they have a special place to attach the motorcycles. The workers seem a little distracted at this time and don't seem to be paying attention to me. This ferry is different from the others I've been on in that it's set up like a parking garage ramp. Cars are parked in an upwards spiral on this ramp. I follow the car in front of me as the workers on the main level are not directing me off to the side as I expected them to. The ramp is metal...and wet. A bad combination. The back tire on my motorcycle spins a few times as I'm climbing the incline. My boots also have no traction on this wet metal.  I get to the first corner and the worker there stops me and says to stay. He lets a few cars pass and then says I have to go back down the wet...slippery, ramp. Thanks guys!
 
Well, I finally parked the bike in its proper spot, where I figured I should have gone, without slipping and falling over. At least I would have had a lot of help picking the bike up if I had. The 2 hour ferry ride was the roughest I've had to endure. The ship was swaying back and forth considerably. People definitely had difficulties walking. You often heard loud crashes from the kitchen of things getting thrown around. We arrive in Ireland and it's quite windy and rainy. Great!
 
Shortly after leaving the ferry I stop for some lunch and to put on my pants liner. Yep! I got changed right in the middle of a restaurant. I do wear shorts under my cycling pants. I also got served by 2 pretty young waitresses. Not too sure why the 2 of them served me my food, but they were smiling and quite flirtatious. Or maybe it's all in my imagination and it's just the Irish hospitality.
 
Once I killed some time at the diner and had only about 2 hours to ride to the B&B, I would still be early. This B&B had provided an actual street address near the town of Omagh even though it was a farm. The GPS actually had found this road listed. I'm almost at Omagh and just a little ahead of schedule. I pass through town and school is just finishing. This extra traffic slows me down. I head back out of town and after riding 5 or 6 miles turn down a street the GPS tells me to. It a winding, single lane road that's going up and up. The countryside is extremely beautiful. Then I turn down another street that's even narrower then the last. Then the GPS tells me to turn down Greenmount Road, the one the B&B is on.
 
I have a slight problem. Actually it's a very big problem. There's a gate. And the road on the other side of the gate isn't actually a road but a cow pasture. There might have been a road there, but the tall grass was hiding it. It definitely was a "Green" "Mount". Due to the elevation change I had an awesome view of the surrounding area. The sun had also peaked out, briefly. It was a sight to behold. But no B&B. So I pull out the B&B directions. I'm on the wrong side of town. Guess there's a Greenmount Road somewhere else.
 
I pass back through town and follow the B&B directions as the GPS is of no use. It can't locate another Greenmount Road south of the town of Omagh. Doesn't technology suck! Finally I find a marked road. The directions state that they are located about 1 mile from the turn off. Two miles down and still no B&B. I'm about to make a u-turn when I finally find it.
 
I ring the bell and the lady of the house comes and shows me some rooms. She indicates that the single bed I've reserved is in a small room and that I'm also a little tall for the bed. She'll show me another room with a double bed and charge me an extra 15 pounds instead of the 5 pounds extra she was going to charge me for the single supplement. I don't know if I've mentioned this yet but because I'm staying single I've had to pay an extra 10 pounds($20) per night over what I've prepaid. In Ireland it's an extra 15 pounds. Guess what? I took the larger room for what I had already planned on paying. Plus they have wi-fi. Bonus.
 
So, I got lost on my way to the B&B but ended up in an extremely beautiful place. The reason I think I ended up there is because I keep on writing that the roads I'm on keep on getting narrower and narrower that it "seemed" like I was going to end up in a cow pasture. Well. Ask and you shall received. Also be careful what you ask for, for the same reason. I finally DID end up in a cow pasture and this wasn't by exploring but by actually inputting the data into my GPS.
 
Isn't the Law of Attraction awesome! But be careful how you use it.

PS. I've been watching some music videos on TV and the Pussycat Dolls have this song & video out called, "When I grow up." They talk about being careful what you wish for and dream about. I think they've been reading Law of Attraction material.

PPS. Since I don't know when I'll have wifi again here is where I'm planning on being for the next week. I'll be in Omagh for 2 nights then I'll be heading to the west coast by Galway for a couple of nights. Then I'm heading further south towards Cork, in Blarney, for a night then to the east coast in Rosslare Harbour for a final night in Ireland before grabbing a ferry back to England where I'll be heading to Glouchester for a night and then on the south coast in Torquay for my last night in the U.K. Then I grab a ferry in Poole and head to France to Cherbourg. I'm planning on staying in a hotel there and so should have internet access. I'm sure I'll have numerous entries at that time to say what I've seen and to post some photos.

So don't worry. I live an awesome life. Kat and Nick will be getting text messages with updates on my progress for those of you who worry.
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