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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Tuesday, July 10th
 Phoned 3 about our account and after being put on hold for 10 minutes while the call went all the way to an Indian call centre it was explained that our contract was for the UK only and not for Europe. The 13GB was issued once we entered southern Ireland and because we had watched loads of Netflix we used all our data and more in the two weeks of use. Consequently, we have been charged £45 for going over the allowance and because we were reluctant to pay £5 a day to keep our internet going,  a deal was made that we pay  £15 for a further 5GB for the remaining 17 days. So as you may have gathered because I managed to post yesterday, we are once more back on line but from now on we are checking every megabit we use.

As mentioned yesterday we went South first and the plan then was to go over the top and take the Connor Pass (R road) back to Tralee.  Best laid plans and all that! Turned onto the road drove a further couple of mile and then a huge sign stating that no large vehicles over 2 Ton should travel along the pass.  Now, why on earth didn't they put that sign on at the start of the road.  The Beast is well over 2 ton, more like 3.7 ton and the dilemma... how to turn around? One and a half width road, no side roads and no passing places. Hmmm....What to do....continue to drive and hope for a solution. That was forthcoming when a house with a drive appeared. Either side of the drive was some very nice planters in full bloom.  Nothing for it but reverse into their drive and hope we don't flatten those planters by doing it. Hats off to Ian. He's getting a dab hand at this reversing malarkey and got the Beast round without incident.

Back then the way we came, the long way round and passing Tralee we reached a place called  Ardfert.  Driving past the Cathedral we decided to stop for a look. Although we could have looked inside the newer part of the Cathedral, the ruins were more of an interest to us.

Continuing on our journey we came across  Carrigafoyle Castle next to the River Shannon. Another short stop for a look.

Ian wanted to see the Flying Boat Museum so instead of taking the ferry across from Tarbert to Carrigaholt and so continuing our route on the Wild Atlantic Way, another 10km further on we reached Foynes and the museum.  Not really my thing aviation, but I found it fascinating nevertheless.

Emptying the cassette was a major headache as places are few and far between. For once a short journey to Askeaton and the council had actually put in facilities for drinking water, emptying grey water and discharging the loo at special facilities in a car park by the local swimming pool. Stayed the night in yet another car park but right by the River Deel so all in all we couldn't complain.

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