Rockydog woofs the Isles, British Isles

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rockydog, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    The quest for art continues, sometimes tempered by common sense before tramping through fields

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    This is an artist's 1993 site specific work using stones from the hill.

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    I'm a fan of artists like Andy Goldsworthy who use existing materials to create. Used to help with installs at Stormking above West Point, NY. Best part was thrashing my Norton Commando up there with my girlfriend, for picnics, uh huh.

    Working on more info about pieces scattered around north Mayo.

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    Eyore, you know gentlemen don't tell
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  2. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Stopped in Ballina for some wifi, then headed back north to the back roads for an open gate and quiet spot. Often wonder how many quiet travelers pass unknown through our environs without our knowledge. Listened to a man and woman have a row, car doors slamming and roaring off, kids playing sports, weed eaters, laughter, bicylists right over the hedge, then called it a night

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    Watched these little yellow flowers open in the morning. Waited for the sun to dry the dew.

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    Up the coast towards Enniscrone I ran into this. Didn't read the little sign thing cause I didn't really want to know

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    In the harbor was a forgotten dream

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    And towards Easly I saw this, reminded me of my sweet mint Julie, time for a pub later maybe

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    Shaken, not stirred

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  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Staying at Maggie's house for a couple of days. She graciously welcomes fellow moto travelers into her home. Thank you Maggie!! Her bike is currently at Tiffany's house in Cornwall so instead of a bike tour, Maggie, her housemate, Ann, and I walked for a bit. The village we started from is behind us. Lots of folks on bicycles, walking and running. After having my butt planted on the bike seat for a bunch of days it felt wonderful.

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    A beautiful night overlooking the harbor

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    An inviting tree on the return

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    The day before we were out and about

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    Everybody seems to enjoy laughing with me when I hand them the camera, and they get great shots

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    I had been sent on a mission to deliver a birthday present to one of Maggie's friends a ways out in the countryside and she said the house was kind of hard to see from the road, right you are, I drove past this tiny red gate countless times before I asked a neighbor. the red Spot is the lower half of his front door

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    Had a cuppa with Dereck, English chap living in the country with dogs, cat, rabbits, goats, chickens, ducks and a never ending supple of sustainable living.

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  4. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Couple days or so ago I wanted to go early to a good sunrise spot outside Letterfrack for some pics. Woke up at 5:30 and went to the bike to get my coffee mug/maker and the door slammed shut behind me. Frack! Flip flops, long underwear, light jacket, no key and no coffee. Locked solid. So I cased the joint. Found a rear door to a stairwell then an inside door with a 'come on in lock'. Grabbed a shovel and popped the door, no harm no foul. I was talking to the owner, told him about the easy in door and he said for the past 11 years he had no lock and no trouble then the reviews online of hostels started with the security column. So he put the lock on. Headed up the hill with fresh coffee. The antenna on the hill is to the right of the road

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    And these little suckers wanted to race

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    Down the road I see this and think fold up bike and go

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    Anybody know what this is? Owner did a frame up restoration, good job. It's a 1954 something and the rear boot reminds me of a 51 Plymouth I had.

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    Eventually found the Sky road outside Clifden. This whole area is stunning, more so in the mist and rain

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  5. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Just south of Sligo is a bird sanctuary for raptors, birds that hunt. I've never seen any of these critters close up or witnessed their majesty like yesterday. The presentation was stunning, with the birds literally beating their wings on my head as they flew from handler to handler. This is a post with bird pics, lotsa bird pics.

    The owner with his look alike favorite bird he travels with for presentations

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    Vulture, 10 kilos with 3 meter wingspan

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    For the kill

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    Bogie 12 o'clock

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    In the stands

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  6. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Bid so long to Maggie's hospitality, nights of playing music, getting trounced at rummy and having an all around great time. Thanks ya'll. Kim had sent me a heads up about an event in Enniskellen, the Enniskillen 100. Vintage bikes doing laps on a race track at the local airfield.

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    Kim shows up in her demure raingear,

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    Which gets the same reaction to seeing her in a rear view mirror as these guys...Los Gardi

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    The bikes were stunning

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    A lot of the owners were there to ride, not just show the bikes

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    Dave Hailwood, son of Mike Hailwood

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    My favs, Nortons and Matchless and Triumph

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  7. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Some rally cars showed up ready to go

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    And a side car

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    Almost forgot Kitty

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  8. R-W

    R-W Been here awhile

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    Looks like a major fun outing. Great pics!

    Cheers! :freaky
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  9. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    That's nice, used to go to Ian Waddells house after school (many years ago ahem), I believe he also has an immaculate RC30.
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  10. rockydog

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    Mid afternoon Kim and her 2 mates took off on their fast bikes and left me to plod along to the Beach Bar west of Sligo. We all got some heavy rain and then caught a break to set up our tents in the field next to the pub.

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    A blustery night but we were toasty in the pub as I got schooled on Irish moto racing. We parted ways early next day, great day, ya'll, and I headed south to Kinsale to do some bike maintenance. And park some stuff I don't need to carry.

    Martin was out about breaking equipment

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    Thinking of all the folks crammed into an office.

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    I returned to Divas in Ballinspittle for another great breakfast, buttermilk pancakes with hot maple syrup

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  11. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    dmcd, found this online, Ian Waddell and Billy Bamber at their motorcycle club meeting, these racers never get it out of their system

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  12. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Aye its a small country, bought my R1 off Billy many years ago, nice guy, was chatting to him on the ferry coming over to the manx gp last year, he remembered me which was nice.
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  13. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Rockydog, waiting with bated breath for your arrival here at Lands End.
    Really enjoying your pictures and descriptions, and glad you enjoyed your stay with Maggie- tell her to get her arse over here to collect her 650GS!

    Ride Safe, the roads are very different from Oklahoma:D
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  14. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I used all the above on my jiffy pop panniers and spit parts across Ireland. More pop, less jiffy this time. Did I pack the welder? This pic is before I added the I-beams and trusses but after cleaning up the bike so I could work on it

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    Some sustenance after doing an idiot check for tools and parts left behind

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    I decided to head to the pub on the tight u-turn, expensive cars go slow and wide, beaters do a 4 wheel drift.

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    Just down the road is this pub/restaurant on the bay where folks enjoy the good life

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    And just up the road are these vistas and audiences

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    And since I was in my Sunday best I strolled through the spiffy Carlton Hotel. I was in my best of the week, month, etc......moto gear. They even let you on airplanes :)

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    This beautiful critter had the best view of all

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  15. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    I see you are finding it hard to leave the delights of Kinsale :D
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  16. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    Great report. The G8 didn't do that much up here. Just made everybody stay away. Plenty of space to wobble about.
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  17. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Kim, I hung around to help Martin out a bit. This is grass cutting/silage time and he was working 16 hour days. And these pesky chaps from America kept showing up for motorcycles-Martin's Motofierme business. Like Wade, he and his wife will be off for 5 weeks, but the airline kept his riding gear for 2 or 3 days and we finally delivered the bike to his B&B. He got to sit on it and go Varrooom.

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    Tiffany, got my analog GPS set for Land's End, but first the Irish Hubb. Thank you for the compliments, high praise from the RR Champ.

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    Frey Bentos, I'm headed back that way if you want to show me some of your wandering room
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  18. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Loving the fact that Jelly and Ice Cream is listed as a pudding option on the menu. Rural eating at its best!
    But it has to be red or orange jelly :D
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  19. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Found my beach as I headed west, adjacent to some waterfront property

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    Stepped back in time to 800-1100 BC near Glandore

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    Breakfast at the city park in Schull, lasting proof of the Celtic Tiger

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    Got stopped in a traffic jam broken truck bottleneck and watched this line form, bus pick up the waiting passengers twice while I sat on the sidewalk next to bike. Cities

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    I rode the Mizzen Head drive to end up in solid fog, glad the end sign was there. Also rode the Sheeps Head Way. I'll drag out a map and mark it up cues I'm criss crossing every peninsula I missed last time out.

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    Sitting in a post office/coffee shop in Ardgroom, stayed last night in a funky cool little campground in Allihies, met some great folks outside the pubs and am completing the Ring of Beara today. The road from Allihies to Eyeries is fun, but the little coast road from there to Ardgroom is spectacular.
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  20. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Propped up in the corner of a pub, refugeed from the room that a team just off the road overwhelmed. Loud and how cool was it to be a 20 something?

    Left Allihies and checked out the lift to Dursey Island. The little carriage fits through the tower, and there was a line until August even tho it was early Sunday morn.

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    So I headed down to this little harbour for some breakfast

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    Saw these beasties on the way down, but they were kinda snobbish

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    On the way out I was ready for action and they became my best buds.

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    On the way to the Healy Pass I stopped and thought how cool is it to be able to bob around Ireland on an old bike?

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    Rode south to north then came back over cause I could

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    Eventually found a neglected field for the night

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