August 18 – Saturday - For some inexplicable reason I woke up around 0600 this morning and could not back to sleep. So I finally got up around 7:30 and went downstairs and did a little homework on the train trip to Belfast from Ballinasloe. The ticket will be €80 and the trip will take about about 3 ½ hours. It goes to Heuston Station. Then you have to unload all your stuff and catch the LUAS tram to Connolly Station where you get the northbound train to Belfast. The West-East trains should logically go to Connolly Station to link up with the North-South train routes but they don’t. You have to make your own way to Connolly Station from Heuston Station in Dublin to catch the North-South trains. I’m sure it has something to do with the Cab Companies demanding a share of the trip.
I took the bus to Athlone today and retrieved a hat and coat I had forgotten there. Then I walked over to a park by the Shannon River and walked up alongside the river to the Cathedral and Athlone Castle. It was a beautiful sunshiny day and a pleasure to be outside in.
When I got back to Ballinasloe I found and booked a hostel in Belfast for Monday night and found and booked a hostel in Liverpool, England for next Tuesday and Wednesday. So that will be the next leg of my journey for this trip.
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I am a sojourner, that is my occupation, that is what I do. I took Early Retirement in December 2010 and never looked back. I have taken several trips while on vacations around the US and to Europe while I was working but now can travel full time if I wish. Since I retired I have been visiting or revisiting many of my favorite locations in the US and then revisiting many of my favorite locations in Europe at a more leisurely pace, blogging all the ... full info