After shopping in Athlone including at James McBride butcher's we go through the lock. The weir is measured by two people supported by a rib.
Going through the Shannon Callows we spot again a few waders including Black-tailed Godwits (Uferschnepfe) and Lapwings (Kiebitz).
We moor at Clonmacnoise and dawdle away the rest of this mild day. A young couple comes along with bicycles. They spontaneously decide to go for a swim and we lend them a towel.
Later the jetty becomes quiet and we again watch Lapwings and a Redshank on the shore.
Towards evening a hire boat from the Erne arrives with Lisa and Wolfgang from Germany on board. What a nice surprise! We know Wolfgang for years from a German internet forum (Shannon-Forum) but we have never met before. Later in the evening they come on board for an hour or so.
Shannon Airport Max 16.6°C Min 9.5°C Rainfall 0.3 mm Sun hours 2.1
Length of the trip: 5 hours
Thursday 21/04/2011 Clonmacnoise - Banagher - Meelick Lock - Terryglass
Motto of the day: Summer on the Shannon
A cuckoo calls while the sun is breaking through a low layer of clouds. Morning fog covers the scenery and coats the Callows with a magic light. The fishes are busy and the birds too.
We say good-bye to Lisa and Wolfgang and start early today.