Trip report, part 1, with references to Moby Dick
I'm in Galway, in a private room at the hostel here for a couple of nights. I planned ahead, and also have more than a few pence in hand, so I don't have to share a bed with a tattooed harpooner. BOUNTY is anchored out, and if I read the tide tables correctly, and have it figured out, will moor alongside the Dock Road quay about 10AM local time tomorrow.
I'll move on board Friday.
The trip over was long but easy- walk to BART, BART to SFO, Delta to JFK and then to Shannon (SNN), and a coach to Galway, plus a little walk to the hostel. The bar they used for directions doesn't seem to be there any more, so I missed one turn, but also had a map, so spotted the problem quickly. Both Delta aircraft had USB power ports even in the cheap seats, so after slapping together a Mintyboost to get auxiliary power for the PDA upon which I'm reading books, it turned out to be unnecessary (in fact, I didn't need the aircraft power, either).
A couple of quotes from Moby Dick:
'I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this:
"Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States."
"Whaling voyage by one Ishmael."
"Bloody battle in AFFGHANISTAN." '
I'm not Ishmael and I'm not whaling, but the rest fits today.
And the second: "With this once long lance, now wildly elbowed, fifty years ago did Nathan Swain kill fifteen whales between sunrise and sunset." The last DXpedition I did to a Pacific Island was to Swain's Island, so named because it was sold to a New England whaling captain for a coconut plantation. Some relative, I'm sure.