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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    Went in this marvelous place for some food, they bake everything they sell and I got to have the last of the vegetable soup and my very first......

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    Cornish Pasty. The sign said Almost Cornish Pasty and I asked her why it was an almost and she said 'Pasties are made with meat and this is vegetarian', I said Gimme that thang and enjoyed with a huge smile
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  2. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you are well stocked up with carrots Steve, you never know when you may have to bribe a donkey.:lol3
    The county council run the cable car across to Dursey Island and they recently clamped down on farmers carrying cows in it. These days its reserved for bipeds and the odd canine.
    Nice pics as usual, glad your having a ball.
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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Great stuff, enjoying this.:freaky
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  4. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Another "pesky American" turned up yesterday :) and picked up ANOTHER transalp.
    Hope the trip is going well.
    We all miss you in Kinsale. The barmaid in the huntsman bar was asking for you, again.
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  5. Dillard

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    This would be on the East side of the Bay? Pretty sure I had more than a few pints there in 1997 with a sexy young blonde who I later married, and then she divorced me. Ah, good times....

    I love Ireland.
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  6. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Steve, thanks for a fantastic report with equally great photos. I already have a deep fascination with the British Isles and you are certainly making it stronger. This area is on the list of places to visit and I think I should do more to make it happen. Keep the report coming.
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  7. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Sure looks like you are having a great time, especially with the girls. :rofl.. Thanks for the great pic's and report. Looking forward to more!
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  8. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    He is good with donkeys too, which is very important. :clap:clap
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  9. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Here's a link to 'ride report' of a different sort. 1000 mile trek around Wales with Chico the donkey. A cheeky young woman with her donkey living her dream

    http://seasidedonkey.co.uk/

    As for drab little ol me, I'm drying out in a hostel(blue dot on 2nd map) just outside of Donegal, nice place, nice owners.

    Yesterday stopped for lunch on the pier in Mullaghmore. Right under the letter E

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    2 folks and their dog on the left

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    A lobster fisherman said he wasn't going out cause it was too sloppy, I told him I hadn't heard that term since I worked on shrimp and salmon boats out of Coos Bay oregon. We swapped all kinds of lies and he told me of a great camping spot up the road. Behind the Donegal golf course on the little pointy peninsula, right on the beach, no road shown. down the road from Laghy.

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    I rolled in and hadn't stopped when 2 women started asking about touring on a Motobike, saying they camped here all the time. Of course they had the primo spot. I just had the tent up down the road and three English thugs roared in on sports bikes and bribed me with beer to share my spot. SOLD. We eventually all had a dandy fire by the women's Taj Mahal tents and rec center. Car camping has rewards. One woman is buying a cheap Honda Hornet to do France. Her father bought her a motorcycle on her 16th birthday and she's in training to be a pro bodyguard. I got yelled at for messing with the bonfire.

    The English guys regaled me with Isle of Mann tales and details of where to go. I've got the Gran Prix pencilled in. It rained and stormed all night, packed up lazy and late in the horizontal mist and am looking forward to my first ever turf fire tonight.
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  10. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    On the small roads before a school are GO SLOW signs and big yellow stripes on the road, and as I drive by it's always the kids leaning against the fence, not the kids playing ball, who wave and yell at me. They're the kids thinking anywhere but here. On the beaches learning how to surf or paddle they look like goslings with the mother hen as they head to the water.

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    I think I know what these are for but could use help

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    Front yard gusto

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  11. rockydog

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    TOTim, thanks and com'on over

    Mcgee, it's truly a blast

    Eyore/Kim, gotta keep the critters happy! Even if they can't ride the tram? You been following Seaside Donkey's travels. Her latest blog cracks me up

    England-Key, great pics of bikes thanks for sharing those, something about old Brit bikes

    Pirate, that's the one, sweet memories no matter the final draw

    Martin, nother satisfied client
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  12. HardWorkingDog

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    Nice! Happened to find this in my random search this morning...

    Would love to moto-tour the British Isles, especially after reading your report.
    The pub seems like an incredible invention, too bad it just doesn't translate well
    to the EastBay Meet and Eat society.

    Carry on!
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  13. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Hey, I'll settle for sunshine.

    Dog, good hearing from you, enjoyed your Mexico trip and say hi to the crew for me. Left Donegal this morning all clean and shiny, lingering warm from the turf fire last night. Turf or peet, ready to go

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    Cut into small cylinders, stacked into footies, cause the stacks are separated by a foot(think boot)

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    Sometimes loaded into bags

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    Sometimes stacked in piles and covered, but this house is gonna be a wee bit cool, no windows? Aged for a year or so.

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  14. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    My Dad still cuts turf, although we call it peats. This is a video of him last year when I was mucking around with the GoPro. He makes it look easy, I can assure that it is not!

    http://youtu.be/VMUpb-29awc
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  15. rockydog

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    Headed for a harbor , out of the wind for an easy bite, south of Carrick, blue arrow is me

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    I discovered avocados are about half the price of my grocery store at home. Good crossants too

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    Looked over my shoulder and thought this guy hadn't paid his moorage fees

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    But it wasn't the Boston boot, his own security system

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    It was all calm and quiet, listening to sheep on the hill

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    Then these guys appeared and exploded down the water, fast and grunting. Carried over the water

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    Up the road this gent stopped to take pics of the fishermen and we talked cameras. His little boxy thing is worth 6 or 7 times what my bike is worth, or more

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    These guys were having fun

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  16. rockydog

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    I'm down little 2 lane tracks as often as possible, with signs appearing randomly in Gaelic, mostly just exploring. But occasionally I need to find out just where the hell am I? The maps you've seen are from an IPad app, MapsWithMe. All it does is give me my location, crudely tells me where gas, pubs, etc are. I download the maps I need and always have a whiz bang quiz program going trying to figure out just how I got there.....

    My photo editor, email, movie theater, etc....iPad 1

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  17. rockydog

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    That man just won't stop, and all the cuts are the same, thank you. Muchly. I was calling it peet, cause of Peets Coffee, prolly, super strong coffee like your Dad.

    Thanks, bud
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  18. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Wow! An (almost) lost art, no doubt...
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  19. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Thanks chaps, here's another angle

    http://youtu.be/npsEc9FvLK0


    He's 67 and really takes a lot of pride in cutting something that is going to be burned!


    Sorry for the hijack rockydog, it's just that you can't tour ireland without talking about turf and potatoes ;-)
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  20. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    Love the turf cutting video, I always wondered about the shape of it, and don't worry about hijacking Stephen's thread, he does it to others!

    By the way Rockydog, friends usually bring me some turf over when they've been to Ireland, because I love the smell of a turf fire - how many can you fit on your bike?!:D
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