The Airport Wait

Today is the day we head off for an adventure in Ireland. This will be the longest trip we have ever taken, nearly a month. We’ve got our bike along (yes just one which we share) for the first half of the time away. We hope to roll out 1000km, but the cool wet weather in the forecast may keep us under cover.

The second half of our journey is something of a reunion. We will be travelling with the same folks we walked in Spain with in 2011. We’ve stayed in touch over the last two years and are looking forward to renewing our relationships as we explore churches, monasteries, and “high crosses” in the land of the Blarney Stone.

The last two days have seemed stressful with last minute tasks to be done, rations to be balanced, and endless lists to be dealt with, each item dutifully crossed off. We’re in the airport now enjoying the “Option Plus” service from the airline. We normally would not have this luxury, but it was the cheapest way to get the extra weight of the bike, in its big box, on the plane. We could get used to the priority service.

The tension of the past days is passing. We do still have the uncertainty of getting across Ireland tomorrow with little or no sleep to help us through, but that’s all part of the adventure isn’t it?

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