Ireland, October 2014
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I have a new adventure planned for October... I leave home on October 2, and return home on October 14.
For my friends and family who wish to follow along, I am sitting up this page to help you do just that.. I tried
this model for tracking before, it seemed to work, so I am continuing it...

If everything works according to my plan, the following steps should let you share the trip with me.

1. While traveling, I will be carrying a SPOT satellite reciever/transmitter which will collect GPS signals,
calculate my position , then share my position on a webpage, via the SPOT network. For the techies in the
group, the website for SPOT is
www.findmespot.com.

2. I am sharing the daily itinerary that was provided to me by my travel company,
www.smartours.com . This
is my third trip with this company. First trip was to China and it was great.. So, now I am off to try a third
adventure with them. The link for this trip is:
http://www.smartours.com/tour/magical-ireland/#itinerary
You may have to select "Itinerary" to see their listing...

3. By checking their map and looking at the itinerary, provided below, you should have a fair idea of what I am
doing at any given time.

4. I am not sure how the map will show the date and the time while I am in Ireland, so, a quick search of the
internet will bring you up to date...My info says that noon in Chicago is 6:00 PM in Dublin, Ireland!!!!!!
For a map of my last seven days of travel, click this link: Travel 2014
Note: This trip officially starts and ends in New York.
Note... I do not think I will have any way to share images from the trip as it happens, but I plan to do my usual
trip report when I get back, so, watch for that later!!! ..... I should have some email service while gone!!!!
Note: The map will only
share the most current
seven days of information.
After a point has been on
the map for seven days, it
is then deleted.

You may have to adjust
the ZOOM  to view the
map. Use the slider on the
left side to do this..

To check the date, time,
and GPS coords, for any
given MARKER on the
map, click on the little
balloon at the point, or
click the little "+" sign to
the left of the point, in the
list, called messages.

Also, in the message list,
you can click on the little
orange ball, and the
system will take you to
that MARKER, on the
map.
Remember Mark Twain's Quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-
mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad,
wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
This trip is now complete!!!! Had fun, and I got back home safe and sound!!! I took a lot
of photos.
They are now ready for viewing.. See files at bottom of this page.

The little note below is what I sent to friends and family before I left!

Click the link
"Ireland Home" for enlargements of the images on the home page
Original Message, sent to family and friends, before heading out on the adventure
The trip is complete and all the shared images are now ready for viewing... Use the links below!!!
Oct 02... Today I leave the USA and fly towards Dublin, Ireland.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651299230187/show/with/17035640375/


Oct 03... Arrive in Dublin, go to hotel, go to a church, have our Welcome Dinner.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157648520849443/show/with/16508234936/


Oct 04... Dublin, Book of Kells, Guinness Tour, Museum, St Stephen's Green
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157650632370810/show/with/16463165198/


Oct 05... Move from Dublin to Belfast.
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157650699939648/show/with/16497884210/

Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157650704687728/show/with/16480542077/


Oct 06...  Today, we go to the Titanic Museum, and we visit City Hall, then I do a little exploring.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157648904808893/show/with/16561581640/


Oct 07... Today we leave Belfast, visit the Giant's Causeway, do a tour in Londonderry.
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651749767195/show/with/16838775198/
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651738891752/show/with/16405607024/
Part 3...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651347506708/show/with/17032976605/


Oct 08... Today we travel from Londonderry to Galway, with stops along the way.
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651778752341/show/with/17036543191/
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157649451520594/show/with/17037116801/


Oct 09... Today: Crystal factory, Kylemore Abbey and Garden, Rathbaun Farm with sheep and scones,
Killary Fjord Cruise, Gaynor Bar where The Fields movie was made, Vina Mara restaurant for dinner.
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157649602319414/show/with/17132660271/
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651538884728/show/with/17134369575/
Part 3...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651490858277/show/with/17140367151/
Part 4...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651946148252/show/with/16956635269/
Part 5...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157649639402853/show/with/17148366975/

Oct 10... Today we visit the Cliffs of Moher
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651580395658/show/with/16947049837/
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651976670762/show/with/17155018691/
Part 3...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651532077317/show/with/17138220696/
Part 4...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651587955159/show/with/17164628545/


Oct 11... Today we start with a wagon ride, then drive the Ring of Kerry
Part 1...   
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157652102554945/show/with/17218581852
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157649774380573/show/with/17197916936
Part 3...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651689133379/show/with/17225189335
Part 4...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651701858488/show/with/17228860732


Oct 12... Today we tour the Dingle Peninsula
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157652137645371/show/with/17215972086
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157649810217684/show/with/17244838721

Oct 13... Today we visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
Part 1...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157652164072181/show/with/17054357747
Part 2...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651758166449/show/with/16641552584

Oct 14... Today, we leave Limerick, travel to Dublin, fly to New York, then on home.. Great trip...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10908506@N03/sets/72157651718962757/show/with/17060171177