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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    dmcd, I enjoy the personal touches folks add, thank you again. I assume talking about potatoes in Ireland is like starting a thread about oil on here

    I'm in a coffee shop in Naran using wifi and saw on the menu 'mushy peas'. I went to the kitchen and got the full tale from the chef in her neat hat. I had a fresh bowl.

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    Tiffany, wow is it gonna be a fat load. Laphraiog(Scotland, Ho) turf, and a keg of Guinness. I'm gonna need a trailer

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  2. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I've noticed a lot of the new residential construction had a flat 'cap' on top of the gable. Can someone fill me in on the purpose or advantage?

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    In Portnoo, a collection of some nice work

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  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Martin, a lot of the hedges up here are covered with Gorse, looks like a tough cut. You have a picture of your rig? This is a bad pic but you get the idea

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  4. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    My "professional" guess :rofl :

    Some kind of ridge vent system for the roof/attic.
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  5. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Noooo, its loved by the planners, who having failed to get us into mud walled thatched cottages like a Disney theme park,, seem to think that specifying "barge" gables is somehow traditional. Which its definitely not:huh
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  6. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    Or heating stove-fireplace chimney,the cap breaks up any embers, and prevents rain from entering. any wind will also carry any embers away from the roof and helps in venting.
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  7. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    :freaky

    I'll tip a Guinness to you, later today. Well, actually it'll be a locally brewed ale, but served in a Guinness glass.

    Sorry, hope that's not too heretical...
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  8. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Not at all :slurp
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  9. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Waiting for a car ferry to an Isle off the coast(duh) from Burtonport. This guy having lunch with his family abandons them to surf the web showing me pics of his eighty 70's Hondas, cd175,etc I lost track. His 4 yr old kid grabs my helmet and runs out the door wearing it. HEY ! When I get to the Isle I can find out it's name. gotta pay for my Guiness, real thang, Dog, and run.

    Yesterday was a tent day, rainy on and off so I just went for some local sites. Tucked into the corner, managed to use up a lot of food

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    Few days ago I was thinking about golf, so I went to Malin Beg. Some folks in the parking lot actually thought they could hit that green, with a 100 knot trailing wind. The white spots are sheep, not golf balls

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    On the way there I talked to this guy stealing water from a small stream, more later

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  10. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Let me take a wild guess....................holy water from a holy well from a hole in the ground:D
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  11. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    For me who doesn't know much about these countries, this is just what I need. Thanks for the great RR....nice bikes too.....

    Gary
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  12. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    RockyDog....lovely report! Looking forward to more! Thanks much.
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  13. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    You want me to bring up my rig?

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  14. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Lovely! It reminds me of cutting turf with my gran-da. I so miss the scent of a nice turf fire.
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  15. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    was sampling water at different points on a lot of streams and rivers. I thought at first when I saw him he was reeling in a fish. He works for the aquatic version of something akin to our EPA. Monitoring the pollution levels and charting them over the years. The main problem is older septic systems and non-maintained slurry pits, not sure of the technical term.

    In my small town in Oklahoma the water table is polluted with fertilizers, years and years of heavy applications have made the water non potable. I had a great conversation with him.

    And somewhere down the line I saw this sign, oh, joy a ferry! A blue ferry

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    did a crisp u-turn and ended up here

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  16. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    The day started out kinda bent. In Dungloe at the Butter something Cafe I checked for wifi service and the above, in title, appeared as a server name, when I entered the password bozos(seemed to fit)everything froze. Good scones here, named after a schooner that sunk carrying 187 barrels of butter. I wanted to do a screen save but the server had disappeared when I got the IPad happy again

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    Walked around the town enjoying the posters in shop windows

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    Then grabbed a ticket from the blue boat folks, and we were off

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    rockydog just a guy

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    Before I got on the ferry, tho, I bopped up the road to a pub place that had this on the building

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    I walked in with my helmet and this guy vaulted out of a booth he was having lunch in with his family. He Googled every 70's Honda he owned and he had a gaggle of those suckers, like a cd175. And we got the color schemes too. I was running late and his 3-4 year old son grabbed my helmet, put it on his head and ran screaming out of the pub. Mother gives chase and when she hauls him in I show her a picture of some bike and tell her her husband just bought it. She grabbed a butter knife and waved it at him and said, 'buster, I'm gonna saw your balls off if you get another motorcycle'. Bliss, and this yahoo waved at me on the way out

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    The ferry had gone almost 100 yards and pulled up to this island, which I couldn't see cause the ramp was raised. When it plunked down we were at this rocky, bouldered beach with a bunch of folks waiting.

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    I look over my shoulder at the cars behind me and decide that they're going first, like an episode of Top Gear, but the folks were on a Gaelic speaking history tour of this tiny island, they boarded, and we finally arrived at Aran Island

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  18. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    A lovely, quaint, robust place. 2 pubs, one with food and a big venue for music. A tiny food shop and a school for teenagers learning Gaelic. I listened to a lot of fascinating history, one hearty breed here.

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    Rode around the scenic loop twice, counter and clockwise, lots of beauty and a lot of this,

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    The wind shifted and the spot I had picked out wasn't going to work, spot I ended up in the copy would read rustic with view

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    On the return trip the experts got to run the hydraulics, and the special passenger got to leave first

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    Turned north, through Dunfanaghy, Knockduff, turned back north on R245 to Ballymichael, eventually to camp on some estate grounds in Rathmullen. Ferry this morning to Buncrana
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  19. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Had breakfast on the deck behind The Beachcomber Pub on their deck. No one around but last night must've been a killer

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    Waiting, waiting

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    Cruising cruising

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  20. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I'm humbled by your amazing voyage in such a small country and, there is me, world traveled and have not even seen a fraction of my own country.
    Well done Steve. This ride report will set a standard for ADV riders in the future thinking that Ireland is not big enough to get the motor warmed up.
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