Getting "things" WRONG can often be RIGHT!

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

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Thursday, September 18, 2008

And before I forget, Technology is Awesome! Yea! I know. It sucked yesterday.
Getting information from someone else you usually get their interpretation of things and then that can skew your expectations of things to come. I left this morning expecting lousy roads. There were 2 couples at the B&B last night from the US. They're travelling together. One is from Orlando and the other from Atlanta. They had just driven up from the south of Ireland and said the roads were horrible before you crossed into Northern Ireland from the Republic in the south. They also mentioned that things seemed a lot poorer in the Republic. They stated they hardly noticed any "high end" cars, which is something they noticed as soon as they arrived in the North. They told me to be careful of potholes and ruts in the highway.
My experience during  my ride wasn't as I had been forewarned. I didn't notice much difference between the roads. And as usual I was driving the shortest route. And since I wasn't driving between 2 major cities that meant that most roads are not much wider then for one vehicle. As to things being poorer? I noticed a lot of new houses, and housing developments in the Republic. I hadn't noticed any in Northern Ireland (probably because it was raining all the time) One house during my ride was quite particular. Driving along I noticed this fairly new stone fence on both sides of the road. Then I saw the house. Then I SAW the cars in the driveway. There was a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and then another Ferrari or Lamborghini. I'm quite sure someone there has been visited by a few leprechauns and their pots of gold. Talk about the Law of Attraction really working. I know. It's not ALL about the money.
All that to say that we all seem to see what we want to see, and we relate our experiences as we remember experiencing them, which may not be how someone else may experience them . The 2 couples from the US were driving this big van (by European standards) and I can see how the roads could have seemed bumpier and skinnier to them then they were to me riding a motorcycle. Two different experiences. Two different ways of relating them. I've also mentioned in my blog about all the rain and how the lousy weather has made for lousy pictures. I've gone back and looked at my pictures and there's a lot more blue sky in them then I've been relating.
The weather started off crappy and ended up STUPENDOUS! I sat outside on a patio soaking up the sun during supper. Actually, I was the only one on the patio soaking up the sun. I went for a walk around town and noticed this restaurant and checked out their menu. They didn't start serving supper until 5 which wasn't for another 15 minutes. So I continued walking. I came back and the only empty table was the one that would be the last one to have any sun as the sun went behind the building. It was perfect. The sun blinded me throughout my supper as I soaked up the rays. The last rays shone on the patio (actually it was shining in my eyes) as I took the last bite of my pizza. Beer and pizza. I really don't like beer. But I've been trying local beers out in each country I've been in. I still don't like beer. But you can't go to Ireland without drinking beer.
Ah yes! Why is technology awesome? My GPS is set to NOT take me down gravel roads. I guess there are different degrees of gravel depending on which country you are in. Why? Because my "shortest" route took me down this double track "road" (if you can even call it that). There was tall grass down the middle for a few kilometres and then I ended up on "my" definition of a gravel road. But it was AWESOME! The Irish are so friendly. They all wave as I ride by.
My current B&B is in the suburbs. Or maybe it's in a small town within commuting distance of the "big"  city. There's a name for that but I can't think of it now. The owners, Ann and Michael have two young daughters, Keira (11) and Amy (8). We've already had a long conversation about what I do. I gave Keira O-Hi-O to take care of when I'm here. There is a reason I had to come here. Some things I just can't document here. Sorry. It's my life, not theirs.
My walk around town was quite interesting. Yep. I walked around all these new housing developments. Well! I have seen all these old buildings. It was time I saw some new. The Irish sure love their stone walls.
Think It! Feel It! Live It!
PS. There's nothing to report from yesterday. In my mind it never existed.
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