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Successful day today! Weâ€™d had such a great day before with the schools and the pub in
Orla just got notice today that she was accepted to a 10-day
We then gave hugs goodbye, took a deep breath, and headed down the left side of the highway, about 30 miles north to the Camac Valley Campground. We felt victorious when we pulled into the reception parking spot!
As long as I remember to keep to the curb (in a left-hand steering wheeled vehicle, like our German-born motorhome, Sugar), all is well. Sugar rides really smoothly and the manual shifting is coming back to me.
Trevor, at the campground, was very helpful and we have water, electric, and grey water dump at the campsite. We couldnâ€™t figure out how to get the grey water (from shower and sink) into the sewer drain, which looks just like our
I asked about this to the woman who pulled her rig into the spot a few down from us and she said to just try to position the rig over it. But that put us slightly on the grass on this nice paved site. And to get the water to dump directly into the hole required precision backing accuracy.
Well, we managed to get aligned and later confirmed the process with Trevor. Some folks use a hose (which is what Iâ€™d wanted to run buy), but to just back up and dump it before you leave. It is very unusual, he said, to have grey-water at each individual site. Weâ€™re not complaining, it was just a different technique and weâ€™re happy to have the convenience of on-site dumping since weâ€™re here at least two nights.
Since everyone is so tired and the weather is very cold and blustery today, we decided to go tomorrow into
The roads can be a bit complicated because of the many signs (in Irish and English) and road markings. For instance, there are yellow hash marks painted on the road whenever there is a driveway or road entrance near my lane, so that I will not stop there and block the intersection should traffic halt. There are many speed bumps for pedestrian crossings or beside schools to slow traffic. The tiny cars around here can buzz right over them, but Iâ€™m much slower in Sugar.
Jazy noticed the funniest driving thing at a four-way intersection today: she counted 42 traffic lights there! Forty-two! At just ONE intersection! There were separate, 3-light units for every lane (my lane had one and the one beside me, turning right, had their own). Each of the four-ways had a full-size street light on its own pole for pedestrians going both directions across each road. There were no big cantilevered overhead poles or multi-lane overhead wires holding lights, so every light had its own 6-foot high pole. Weâ€™re not sure why there were so many - we hadnâ€™t time to count them when our light changed. I must say that individual lights make the driving very clear â€“ I just watch my light for an arrow when itâ€™s time to turn.
The lanes here ARE really skinny, you guys were right! Fortunately Sugar is the perfect width at 7â€™, so no troubles. The drivers are very sprightly, zipping by in their lane, sometimes in mine, completely unfazed by the closeness. It is hard not to get intimidated by the long car lines following me as I drive slowly, but I try to considerately pass. Thereâ€™s not much else I can do and still be safe until I get the hang of it all. I did run at 90 kph on the 100 kph highway, so I simply stay in the Left lane (which is the slow lane). Also, all exits and entrances to the interstate are from the left lane. Interesting driving and not as hard as Iâ€™d feared. Itâ€™s all part of the adventure!
We notice that walking down the sidewalk, people approaching will walk on the left side, just as they drive.
So we are relaxing, playing with the GPS, reading travel books, having an early dinner of pasta and salad. Kieran and Orla were so kind and stocked many food items for us: cashews, crackers, sugar, salt, peanuts, tomato sauce, pasta, tuna, pepper, soups, orange juice, granola bars, etc. How thoughtful is that!? I think they should write the â€śhospitality adviceâ€ť column for the Motorhome exchange site.
Did I mention that their kind families brought by books for each of us to borrow? Bikes were secured from them too- wow! They let me borrow about 30 travel books for all the countries in which weâ€™ll be traveling. You donâ€™t get that when you rent an RV.
And the supplies that we have to make everything comfy and homey are really appreciated. I have to say that so far, Iâ€™m a huge fan of RV exchanging! Weâ€™re very lucky we hooked up with such a wonderful family and that we really like each other. I think compatibility is a real blessing.
This morning Orla gave me a little gift bag with three wonderful items: a humorous book about
Oh, another thing: this morning I talked more with Orla about her dryer, which impressed upon me the differences in where we live. She had a dryer that was never used and finally moved it out of the house to her back storage- they have a line under the storage roof and love the freshness from hanging clothes outside. A â€śdrying roomâ€ť in the house uses the heat from the water heater system (geo-thermal) to keep linens and items fresh and protected from moisture. I was jealous of their clean air- sadly items hung outside in
Did you know that when
We practiced leveling the rig today- it took fast footwork to keep from rolling back down the chock while I was on the clutch. But we did it- another first. Every first is like an adventure- an â€śin the momentâ€ť experience that makes us more aware of life. I think that is what I love most about travel- being â€śin the momentâ€ť, even if the firsts can add tweaks of stress. But that is how we stretch and grow too. As we said in
Thereâ€™s wi-fi at the campground in the office so I may run up there to upload this and chat with Ned. Iâ€™ve yet to get a phone card and reports of cell phone domination and difficulty in finding public phones means that internet chats are most convenient. But weâ€™ll eventually figure it out. Every country is different and thatâ€™s part of the cultural learning.
The kids are having a jolly good time with the delightful Irish slang and accents â€“ Jazy enjoyed discussing the lads with her new school chums yesterday. Charles loves getting into the â€śgaâ€™rageâ€ť, the large storage area in Sugar that we would call a garage. Lia is working on her accent and is quite cheeky with it. Itâ€™s a wonderful, fun time.
The wind is really blowing outside! Weâ€™re snug in Sugar though, a strong and beautiful rig. We enjoy comparing the things we like in Sugar and Ciao. Each has her strengths and we appreciate them both.