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Monthly Archives: March 2014
Today’s a Big Day- Crossing the Channel to France
We have been in Dover now for two days waiting on the crew to assemble. Neil came on Wednesday by bus, wheeling the second Strida bike. Michael and Bill arrived on Thursday by plane and then three different trains. It’s now … Continue reading
Posted in C'est La Vie - The Boat, On the Journey Tagged C'est la Vie, Dover, Dover Castle 6 Comments
The Gap Year Journey has Started! Day 0
After two years of planning, the journey has finally started. Early this morning, Jonathan and Glen of Kennedy Haulage met me at the Texaco Station on the N4 at 5.30 am and we drove the truck to Albert Lock to load the … Continue reading
Posted in C'est La Vie - The Boat, On the Journey Tagged Albert Lock, Kennedy Haulage, Michael Burke Leave a comment
Boat arrives in Dover!
Arrived safely in Dover at 8am this morning. Up all night travelling through England. gone to bed, full blog later tonight…
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Presentation to my Rotary Club – Tomorrow is the Departure Day
Today, the day before the Gap Year begins, I gave a presentation on our plans to my Rotary Club, Dublin Fingal. This is rather like explaining to your family what you have decided to go and do… I have been a member … Continue reading
Derek Mooney Show
Yesterday, Nuala and I were on the Derek Mooney Show to talk about our Gap Year. It was an interesting experience as neither of us had ever been interviewed on live National Radio before. So our Gap Year has brought … Continue reading
The Bicycle Comes full Circle
You may remember a blog I wrote on 24th February about a train journey to Sligo. I recalled the story of meeting a man from Carrick on Shannon and his strange folding bike. He had bought it on the Internet … Continue reading
First Visitors to C est la Vie – 7 days to go!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day especially to our overseas readers. As the boat is ready we decided to invite friends and family onto the boat last Saturday and Sunday. We had a total of 16 people over the two days. We … Continue reading
Posted in Visitors to C est la Vie Tagged Aine Brady, Matthais Rudel, Noel Collins, Pat & Helen Mc Gonagle, Sean Sheehan, Shelly Brady 2 Comments
Registering the Boat as a Ship of the Irish Nation– We Got It with 11 days to Go!
The Boat is now named C’est la Vie. As I mentioned in an earlier blogs, it is much better if the boat is officially registered before we take it to France and Germany. European waterways police apparently love official paperwork … Continue reading
The Dover – Calais Delivery Team have a Practice Day – 13 days to go.
The boat has been dewinterised. The Topaz Truck came last Friday and filled up the fuel tank. So the boat can again do what it’s designed to do, cruise on the water. I have asked Bill Kee, Michael Eustace and Neil … Continue reading
Thursday & Friday – Not Good Days
In case you all think I am currently having a great life with nothing to do, let me tell you about last Thursday & Friday. As you know the inverter (the brain on the boat that manages the electricity) failed on the … Continue reading