Based in Dublin, I felt that we had to secure the boat in Mountshannon for the winter. The cover needed to be put on, the dehumidifier set up and bedding taken home. Cushions are left on the boat, because the dehumidifier really works well and keeps everything dry.
We filled up with fuel, brought lunch and headed off today knowing that we had a full tank and would have no contact with anyone from the time we left to the time we returned.
Half way down the Naas Road, we came upon the first checkpoint, but were not stopped - they were talking to someone else. At Birdhill, heading for Killaloe, we had been warned of a checkpoint, so we headed back towards Nenagh on the old Dublin Road and cut into Killaloe (Ballina) close to the town. Spent a few hours in Mountshannon, got all jobs done and headed home just after 2.00. Feeling safe we headed the shortest way to the motorway from Killaloe. The flashing blue lights put a halt to our gallop, a checkpoint. "What is the purpose of your journey ?" I told the truth and added that he was the first person that we had contact with that day. All concerned, he said "What did you do for lunch" "We brought it with us" "Right so, 100% off you go". No more checkpoints on the way home - Except on the other side of the Naas Road at the same point as this morning - a huge tailback for miles back towards Dublin - all those poor people heading home after work .