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Dave B
29-06-2012, 08:17 PM
Sorry but...
For this 5 night trip, at the very last minute I decided not to take a camera. I figure I spend half of any trip/ride looking around for what would make a good pic as opposed to just soaking it all up. (I will go back to taking a camera but will try to halve the number of photos taken)

Anyhow, last Thursday we rode to Holyhead, caught a ferry to Dublin, rode to the 'hostel' (look at the apartments, they are superb ! http://www.kingfisherdublin.com/) then went into Temple Bar to eat and drink. Dublin is brilliant.!! We were there with another couple, them on a nice Ducati Multistrada thingy....went fast whatever it is called...and us on the agricultural GS :karl:

Next day we rode South in ever better weather to a town called Clonakilty.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/clon9.jpg

Lovely and typical Irish town with loads of pubs and eateries...and Rory made one in for a meal with us. :thumb:
A week later and this is how the town looked on Wednesday evening. :sad:

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Friday night at a very good and bike friendly (like all of Eire to be honest) B and B and we rode West along the SW coast to Killarney via a rather wet and windy 'Molls Gap'

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Yet another Hostel in Killarney for two nights. Another great evening meal of pizza and beer in an Italian place. Sunday meant a day off travelling between places...so we rode the Ring Of Kerry and then the Ring of Beara for good measure...including the absolutely awesome Healey Pass.

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http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/HealyPassRoad.jpg

Yet another awesome meal in a local hostelry accompanied by the odd pint of Murphys......
Monday morning meant we had to get across the south of Ireland to Rosslare for an early ferry on Tuesday. The route took us on deserted well surfaced A roads with wonderful sweeping bends passing through some nice small towns.
We arrived at the B and B in Rosslare mid afternoon, went and sussed out the port for the crack of dawn ferry so we didn't screw up and have to wait 12 hours.....and then had a butchers at Wexford. BIG disappointment !
Anyhow, a fruitless search for a decent 'last night restaurant' meant we ambled back to the tiny village where the B and B was...and went into the non descript looking local. Turned out to be ''Egor Someone'' quality and the food was brilliant for the 5th night on the bounce.
Early breakfast with the great B and B owners and then off for the Stena ferry and 3 1/2 hr crossing to Fishguard. We'd paid a few quid extra for the stena plus and boy was it worth it. No scrotes, complementary this, that and t'other and a really relaxed crossing.
We rode through Wales, it is full of the Welsh, we got out the other side in one piece and were soon back in Yorkshire.....aaahhh
Apparently it had rained, a lot. We seem to have missed it.

Ireland is brilliant. The people are ALL brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble. It is a huge shame they have been hit hard by the economy crisis. For riding and driving, it is great. Well surfaced roads, well...quiet well surfaced roads with amazing views.
If you haven't visited the place, do yourself a favour and head West and cross the Oirish Sea. It is worth it

Rory
29-06-2012, 09:05 PM
Nice one Dave, really glad you guys enjoyed your time here. :thumb:

It was great to meet up with you all in Clonakilty on Friday night.
Jim & Marilyn are lovely people and fellow petrolheads which is always good.
I really enjoyed the night in top-notch company.

Delighted that you took my advice and incorporated Moll's Gap and the Healy Pass in your route.
They really are worth experiencing and not surprising that they're classic Rally stages here.
Just a pity I didn't get a chance to show you the West Cork 'Ring'.

As I'm sure you noticed on the GS, the Healy Pass is particularly fun as the corners and hairpins are so well cambered. At speed, they just hook you in and spit you out the other side... huge fun downhill on a road-bike, believe me -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMG_1025.jpg

Nice report, see you soon mate. :thumb:

Dave B
29-06-2012, 09:25 PM
I'd love it downhill on a pushbike but thankfully i went up the hairpin side which was way easier on the motorbike! Amazing toad and views and absolutely deserted. Enjoyed Beara more than the Ring of Kerry to be honest. Fancy coming back over with the push bikes now!!!

Emmet
29-06-2012, 09:46 PM
Good to hear the hospitality you received was warm :thumb:

Having spent a long weekend down that direction a few years ago I can confirm Rory lives in a particularly scenic spot, damned if I know how found anything remotely 'well surfaced' though :lol:

Dave B
29-06-2012, 10:00 PM
Hey, I live in the Bradford/Leeds conurbation where the roads have had 2.78 spent on them in the last 5 years. They are shoite! Yours rock

Dave G
02-07-2012, 08:45 PM
Potato

Screacher
02-07-2012, 09:01 PM
Delighted that you took my advice and incorporated Moll's Gap and the Healy Pass in your route.
They really are worth experiencing and not surprising that they're classic Rally stages here.
Just a pity I didn't get a chance to show you the West Cork 'Ring'.

As I'm sure you noticed on the GS, the Healy Pass is particularly fun as the corners and hairpins are so well cambered. At speed, they just hook you in and spit you out the other side... huge fun downhill on a road-bike, believe me -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMG_1025.jpg


I was based out that way for a few days with work about 10 years ago. Stayed in some place where daft folks seem to think kissing a stone that some other mad bugger has kissed (and a million before them) is a good idea. I decided to take my hire car and do the Healy. Sadly, didn't have time to head further north to some of the other classics. One day!