Day of Terror

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 17, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Sunday, September 6, 2009

We decided to leave Dublin early as we had had enough of the city. So we went to sleep with the intention of getting up at a decent hour and then making our way to the Budget rental car where we had our car waiting. It was a 20 min walk from the hostel where we were so we were not worried at all about that however we did wake up late more to that story later. And it turns out it is the first day that it is raining since we have arrived. We got a strong cup of coffee in us and away we went through the streets of Dublin ready to get a car that we were not even sure we could drive without getting into an accident.

Turns out we were not able to go to the Hurling Match as originally planned because it is like our Super Bowl and if you get tickets you are very lucky. So along the walk we ran into all the fans standing along the streets waiting for the pubs to open and flying there team color. This year in the finals it was Tipperary versus Kilkenny. We finally located the Budget where anxiety was high because now there was real cause to be worried as we were going to be let loose on the roads of Ireland in a stick shift that is on the wrong side of the car and also driving and the left side of the road.

When we arrived two chaps helped us with our paper work and without further instruction led us to our car and let us loose on the roads. Our car of course is American made and just happens to be a Ford Focus. I was the first to drive and very nervous about the whole ordeal. So much in fact that I studied the maps the night before in order to make sure I knew the quickest and easiest way out of the city without incident. Getting out of the city was not a big deal very nerve racking but at the end of it that was definitely not the worst of what happened today. You will here more later.

After we got out of the city we were off to the Irish National Stud. Which was originally owned by the son of Johnny Walker, Colonel William Hall-Walker. The Scottish whiskey maker that we know today. He is more known in his breeding of Thoroughbred Horses as being Inspired, Preposterous and Eccentric. He then owned and Started the Irish National Stub until 1945 when it was then handed over to the state with an interest in promoting the Irish Bloodstock Industry which it continues to do today. Among the horses that we saw today two particular ones stood out. One being there leading Stud called Invincible Spirit with the stud fee alone in more than 65,000 Euro, and is worth more that $65,000,000. This was passed up when a Stud farm out of Kentucky offered and they turned it down. This horse has also surpassed records by producing 35 winning horses in one year! Alone last stud season he sired 176 foals. There is a misconception that these mares are artificially inseminated, this is not so. Other wise the market would be flooded and shares would go down. I am pretty sure this is boring to you so I will cut it short.

Trish will fill you in with the rest!

So back to Dublin and a little about our room mates. We had two gals out of Germany that were party girls. They would come in around 3-4am , very polite but would giggle about everything. They slept for some hours in the evening, get up and then sleep again in the afternoon. Very interesting when we just wanted to come in and get something. There was always someone sleeping.

We then had a group of two Australian gals that had already been traveling for three weeks. They were extremely nice, however, our last night in Dublin will forever scar our memory of them. We were sound asleep by 10:30-11:00pm with, as Rachael said, the intention of waking up early. Around one am we were awakened by a terrifying scream!!!!! Not just a, “ oh, I woke up and it was a scary dream”, scream. It was right out of a terror movie…… was quite for a moment and then, I said…..”You alright?”. With which the cute Australian chick replies, “yes….”. You would think that we would go back to sleep. However, I will speak for myself , was sooooo stricken with fear, I could have sworn that the movies where true. I thought that gremlins were eating her and that they were just waiting for us to go back to sleep in order to continue.

I think I stayed there staring at the ceiling, that I couldn’t see, because it was pitch black, for at the very least an hour, thinking that I was seeing black ghosts flying around the room…….Rachael and I laugh hysterically now about it but last night…….not so good.

We decided that we were out, that morning when we woke up. It didn’t matter that those gals were leaving

the same day we had had enough!!!!

We did then begin to travel across the country to the west side and boy oh boy was that an adventure! It is one thing to be the driver on a stressful trip but then a completely different one to be the passenger. Constantly being the one that was saying, “Oh Rachael, what a great job you are doing when inside, I was thinking, how happy I was that I finished my will. There were many times when I could have sworn that we were going to slam into the car parked on the left because Rachael was hugging the left too tight. She would say other words……but I feared for my life, as I know it.

There were many close calls but the most memorable one would be, when the clutch got stuck down and we didn’t think we were going to stop on a downward slope, in the rain, with a car in front of us. It was making a very unusual sound and we were frightened again…..theme for the day.

We did finally make it to our destination after a VERY wet trip to the National Stud. Definitely interesting, if you make it to Ireland…..however, I would recommend printing a couple of pages called the Heritage Island, off the internet, and get it two for the price of one. MUCH better deal. J Gardens were beautiful and the horses were amazing, even in the rain.

We are both quite frazzled and would love to get a good night sleep and are both looking forward to the beautiful sights we are going to be seeing tomorrow.

On another note we will not be able to update current day stories as now that we have traveled to the more remote parts of Ireland there is very limited internet access. But will update when we can!

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