Drinking and Driving in Ireland... Not at the same time

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BRUTSQD, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    aye i remember you mentioning that in that other thread! im in portadown, like 10 mile from loughgall im sure you were here at some point. i could literally go to these places every weekend it only takes like 1 to 1.5 hours to ride to bushmills from my house depending on traffic. but i dont. i need to get out more!
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  2. kevinsinvegas

    kevinsinvegas Been here awhile

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    Enjoying your RR, thanks for posting up! :freaky
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  3. Forde

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    your RR has inspired me to not be so lazy next weekend and get up to the north coast! i have let things slide, havent been out for a few weeks
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  4. BRUTSQD

    BRUTSQD 2 scoops of stupid

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    Forde- I totally agree with finding it difficult to get excited about local stuff, I take quite a bit for granted where I live. I think even if you live near spectacular landscapes, it's still stuff you've seen before so there's no adventure of sense of discovery. Kinda kills the motivation. As for the North coast, I'm a little embarrassed to say I missed out on quite a bit of the landmarks you mentioned. The only things I did was grab a few beers in the town of Bushmills, hit the giant's causeway and wander around in Dunluce Castle. Made it to the rope bridge parking lot but didn't feel like hiking dressed like a spaceman with a backpack. Plus I was kind of pushing the pace the first two days until I fell into a more relaxed groove of riding and finally took time to see more stuff. I already have my dad on board to ride Ireland again with me next year so I'll get another chance at what I missed. As for Joey Dunlop, yes, now I finally I do know who he is but I honestly hadn't heard of him before hand. My only excuse is I don't watch tv plus I even if I did I don't think they give bike racing much airtime in the states unfortunately. But yeah, I do explain where I got my Dunlop education later in the trip, it all comes full circle :D

    FootDragger- Good to hear from a local!! I love Chico, been thrown out of a few bars there in my younger years. It was indeed good to get out and ride elsewhere, Ireland is a new favorite. Although, it's still tough to beat highway 1 going north or Mosquito Ridge road in Foresthill. We have some good stuff in our backyard.

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  5. 99sleepyhollow

    99sleepyhollow JOEY DUNLOP 26 TT WINS

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    You have inspired me too to get off my lazy ass , get the big KTM outta the garage and head off round Ireland with my gear strapped to the back of the bike .
    Joey Dunlop is without doubt the greatest ever road racer of all time with 26 TT wins and a true gent .
    If your coming back this way you might want to try and take in a road race , there's nothing like , superbikes doing up to 200mph on country roads and your only a few feet away as they fly past . The North West 200 is the biggest road race here and is ran in May every year .
    I am looking forward to hear the rest of your trip .
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  6. McRuss

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    Argg! I am incredibly jealous of your trip. My grandmother came from County Kerry and last year I became an Irish citizen (just because I could) in anticipation of traveling there in 2013. Well we all know about "best laid schemes" and how they can "gang aft agley." So it is off to Alaska instead, maybe Ireland in 2014!

    Looking forward to more pictures, especially from the Kerry area.
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  7. live2ridetahoe

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    I have never heard of Joey Dunlop until this thread. Of course that is probably because I have never followed motorcycle racing...

    I did do a bit of reading about him last night. Quite an accomplished rider!

    I love learning new things on this site....

    JG
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  8. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Great RR! Any chance of your take on the bike? How does it compare to the Beemer you ended up buying?

    Cheers.
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  9. BRUTSQD

    BRUTSQD 2 scoops of stupid

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    McRuss - Kerry County is coming up, probably the most beautiful views from the Dingle peninsula and all the way down and around the ring. Love Kerry County even if the people there talk waaay too fast

    Live2ridetahoe - Good to see another male RN, our profession needs all the testosterone we can get...

    Squonker - A quick impression of the tiger vs the gs.. I would say the tiger is faster(I think), smoother throttle and has suspension that really likes tarmac. The GS is a little snappier w the throttle at low speeds, lower center of gravity and feels to me more like my xr650l with the low speed balancing and suspension. Only complaint is the style of buttons they used for the horn and turn indicators, not ergonomically friendly, practically have to look down every time to use, not a natural location or action. The biggest reasons why I went with the gs were it's an older design that theoretically has most of the bugs worked out, they already had a helluva track record for longevity and of course who can beat the esthetics of the triple black :evil

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    Ok, sorry, got sidetracked.
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  10. BRUTSQD

    BRUTSQD 2 scoops of stupid

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    Day Three
    Donegal to Westport.
    In hindsight I wished I had done a little better job taking pictures of the towns I stayed in. Seems like every time I finally arrived at where I was going to stay, I got completely focused on wandering around town and looking for food and beer. I absolutely loved Donegal, it was a small but absolutely beautiful little town that had it's own heartbeat at night. The downtown area had tons of bars and restaurants to match any taste. A river ran around the outside that I didn't even know what there as I rolled into town after sunset. Cool place, wish I had better pictures to show for it. :(:


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    The more I stay at bed and breakfasts here the more I never want to stay in a hotel again. My B&B experience, particularly here in Ireland, has been a wonderful and intimate experience with the culture. Hotels seem sterile and quite cold by comparison. Each place I stayed throughout the trip was more like staying at a relative's house where you're hanging out and eating with a family then simply renting a room for the night. Great way to get a feel for the people. I'd much rather give my cash to a family then reward best western for building a turd of a hotel in an otherwise beautiful town.

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    This morning in particular felt very liberating, I think it simply took me a few days to forget about home and stress enough to relax and fully appreciate where I was and what I was doing. Having spent many a nights reading ride reports, I've noticed it seems like everyone gets a little philosophical when you're isolated with your brain locked inside a helmet for a few days straight. Today I could feel myself getting a little weird and being very at peace with being so. Tarmac.

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    May and Pat

    Not long at all after jumping on the N15 South I noticed over my right shoulder a rather large castle off in the distance that looked reasonably intact. I had just began my day and was excited to put some miles behind me but felt that subtle feeling in my gut like this might be worth investigating. Hung a right at the next road and got lost, as per usual.
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    I was making progress on getting closer to the castle but still felt like I was missing a road somewhere, keep exploring. Came to an intersection with 3 roads, a driveway and a couple of people on the side of the road digging holes and planting flowers. The driveway gate was locked, hung a left to try to get closer to the castle, waved at the couple and rolled the throttle. Found myself driving out on the finger of a small peninsula with the castle disappearing in my mirror. Eventually the road curved around the peninsula and I found myself back at the intersection where the couple were working on the flowerbeds. I passed them one more time disappointed with not being able to get to the castle and started back towards the highway. Wait, what the heck. Flipped a u-turn, killed the engine and rolled up next to the couple. "Hi there! What's the story with the castle over there?" What followed was one of my favorite experiences on the trip. May and Pat walked up, put down their shovels and told me all about the castle, the peninsula and the Tidytown project they were working on for the Tidytown competition that was going on in Ireland.
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    The history was fascinating, especially for someone coming from a town where a victorian house is a big deal. After talking a while, they took a break from working on the tidytown project and invited me to their house for coffee and toast. May is a retired teach and Pat is a retired cop. I would be willing to move to Ireland just to have them as neighbors, absolutely wonderful people. As it turns out May and her sister went over to the UK to dig in the libraries to research the history of the castle, peninsula and harbor. With the info they found a book was written on the history which she gave me a copy of :D Amazing people and beautiful house. May and Pat, thanks again![​IMG]




    Ok, sorry about all the writing, today meant a lot to me. Back to pictures.

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    Didn't make it far before I saw another shiny object and went chasing butterflies. Hey a waterfall! I love getting lost...

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    Holy crap it's getting late, check out a map, Westport it is.


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    Lunchies

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    Finally rolled into town. Apply the formula: Get a beer and ask the bartender if they have a room. Success.
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    Happiness is a Guiness after a long days ride. :1drink

    Next: Wide open places, nature showing off and my favorite picture of the trip.

    Westport to Galway
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  11. McRuss

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    I love Guiness! I did some research on B&Bs there in preparation for my (delayed) trip and I think you hit the nail. I've stayed in a few in the States and for the most part it was like being with family (but without the Guiness!)
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  12. SloLife

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    :1drinkThis trip really makes me miss my Ireland vacation. Not nearly as much fun as what you have already shown us, now I'm looking at flights back to the island!!! Keep up the awesome journey!!! :freaky
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  13. Forde

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    nice work mate!

    you should arrange to meet a few of the local adv inmates next time you come over! also give the north more of a chance next time theres good stuff up here too xD
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  14. timmie415

    timmie415 n00b poster but not rider

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    Great photos and story so far, keep it up!

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  15. DOD

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    OK, I'm moving Ireland to the top of the list.

    Nice RR. Thanks.



    -dod
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  16. BRUTSQD

    BRUTSQD 2 scoops of stupid

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    Westport to Galway.

    Thank god for a noon checkout time and 600mg of ibuprofen and a greasy breakfast.

    Got a later start today as I didn't quite pop out of bed like I have been on previous mornings... The last thing i clearly remember was nearly blowing guiness out my nose when I realized the irish band at the pub was playing George Michael's father figure. After taking a little extra time in town to clear the cobwebs I embarked on what should have been a 2 to 2.5 hour drive to drive through Galway on my way to the South. 7 hours later I find myself finally arriving in Galway after spending the day slowly driving through some pretty incredible landscape with frequent pitstops to wander around and soak up the views. Along the way...



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    This part of the drive oddly enough soaked up most of my time today. Driving through this section, an hour or two could pass easily without a single soul to be seen. The landscape was different then anything else I've seen on the island thus far, the air was still and had an almost loud silence to it if that makes sense. Complete solitude. Looking at these pictures still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Next time I come back to Ireland, I'm camping here.

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    A little civilization.
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    Saw some cars parked on the side of the road so I followed some hikers down a trail..
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    Kept cruising to the coast where I shot my favorite pictures from the trip..
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    Oddly enough, today was by far my lowest mileage day and still felt like I drove the furthest. Scenery overload. I pull into Galway hangover-free and quite thirsty. Back in the saddle.

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    Love Galway, cool college town.

    Up next: Galway to Dingle. That's right, Dingle.
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  17. SloLife

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    Aren't the people there awesome!!! I met some of the coolest people on my Ireland getaway, great stories and great company!!! :freaky
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  18. live2ridetahoe

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    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893&page=29

    See post 434...

    That being said, and in my experience, there are amazing people everywhere. It's the work of a few bad eggs that ruin it for the rest.

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  19. SloLife

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    That's too bad that happened to him, Dublin doesn't equate to the backwoods hill-jack towns you come across in your travels "off the beaten path" though. I consider Dublin the international hub for Ireland where you'll find all walks of life there. Galway and Cork and the others mentioned in this thread are where you find the universal "Southern Hospitality" I was referring to when it comes to the actual genuine friendships you make with strangers from different countries. I agree about the bad eggs mentioned though!!! SOB's need to be purged from the system!!! :freaky
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  20. Irishrover63

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    Great ride report my friend, makes me very ashamed that I have a place in Donegal that all my family come from and was born and live here in Scotland and at the age of 49 have still yet to tour both. It was only recently on one of my many trips over to Ireland that I decided to make a detour from Larne around the Antrim coast to Derry, then onto Donegal. It was a fantastic day and we enjoyed the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and the Giants Causeway. I will explore the North in greater detail sometime soon.
    As for Donegal, most riders tend to visit Letterkenny or Donegal town and miss the real Donegal which to me is the Rosses area, Bloody Foreland and the west coast, next trip you should visit Glenveagh National Park, you could also set a day free to climb Errigal mountain, Donegal's highest mountain.
    Sligo, Mayo and Galway I visited back in the eighties and the Conemara coast is as stunning as Donegal.
    Your RR has now inspired me to concentrate on a tour of Ireland and Scotland as both are on my doorstep instead of Europe next year. Look forward to the rest of your report.
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