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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    Finding a wifi spot is spotty, sometimes. But, here we go...caught the ferry to Bruncanna, calm and beautiful weather. I asked a woman on the sidewalk walking her dog where a coffee shop was and she pointed over my shoulder at this huge sign reading COFFEE SHOP. Uh huh. One of the servers was singing traditional Irish songs and she called them country. I straightened her out on the country and western aspect of our stuff in the states. Told her I needed a picture for proof, she said 'sure thing, cowboy'

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    Down the street was a carnival

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    Up the road to Dunree and the small coastie roads

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    Then I swung over to the sidewalk outside The Persian Pub in Carndonagh to ask a pack of rogues where can I find Wifi in this burg? They said 'right here laddie'. And it was a great stop. The owner, Marion, is continuing the tradition her Mum did for 50 years, run the pub. Her Mum passed away 3 months ago and we sat in a booth talking about loss, sweet memories and the celebration called life. Marion cheering on the troops. Name comes from the original owner, 60 years ago returned from the Suez conflict and opened the joint.

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    The decor was very eclectic and cool, if anyone reading this is stumbling around the triangle in Carndonagh, please stop in and wish her well.

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  2. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Up the road to Malin and continue left along the coast. This small area is fantastic, every turn offers something new and the families were out on a sunny Sunday, lotta waves and honking at kids

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    I paralleled this ridge for awhile

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    Wondered if 2 bunkbeds In the parlor qualifies

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    Midway down the road before it starts climbing there is a left turn up over the ridge

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    The other side is steep and fun, I stopped by a bicyclist walking his bike the last few yards and he said, 'savage climb, savage'

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    On down the little roads always heading north until I reached the northernmost point in Ireland, Malin head where I met these folks. They are threatening to head to the USA next year

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    I encouraged them by inviting the clan waving flags and hooting for their lads finishing a marathon bicycle ride to wave them on their journey back south

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  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Camped just down the road from Malin Head. Long day and was knackered. Returned the next morning with fresh coffee, just me, no flag wavers.

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    Continued along the coast East, enjoying the North Sea. just an ol'bike and rider on the Irish coast

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    The little speck off the pier across the water is my ferry to Northern Irelnd. I'll be the little blue pointy boat

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    Down to Moville for breakfast supplies. Town was jammed, cars lined up way outside the town center. There should be more Susie's Bars around, it was closed, but still...

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    On the way to the ferry found the breakfast spot, the sun was wunnerful, 84 degrees

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    Then moved to the veranda to enjoy the shade

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    The speck across the water turned into this

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    Found some little roads through the Binevanagh Forest and headed to Coleraine to chart next move. Stopped in some shade and a little ol man walked up and said, 'Honda!', I said, 'Howdy'. And he was off into Joeyland, the guy knew his bikes, his racers, his facts and I was off to the Museum in Ballymoney, then to Joey's bar for the wifi. No pics cause ya'll just gonna have to visit to appreciate the fervor this country has for road racing. Today I do the North West 200 route cause I can. Alright, one pic in the museum but just cause she absolutely refused to buy a Motobike, even a red scooter, and I tried

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  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Great stuff RD:clap Really like how it turned out with the good deal on the ole Honda with WheatWhacker doing a nice part:clap

    You going to keep it and tour the rest of Europe or are you just staying in the Isles:ear

    Good to see a fellow Oklahoman making tracks:freaky
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  5. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Hehe, are you staying in Northern Ireland for the silly season? With this weather a bit of rioting on Friday is pretty much guaranteed ;-)

    My wife and kids are on holiday until Friday night, so you are welcome to call in any afternoon/evening for any sleep/laundry/mechanical requirements.
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  6. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Throttlemeister, thanks much. Enjoyed your jaunts south, will look you up when back in the flatlands. I don't know what the weather is there, but after last summer 89 Celsius over here is balmy. The beaches are packed(I know the pic is crooked, but the zoom shots arn't).

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    And schedule wise, depends on how many guys I meet. I asked the older gent, as he eyed my bike, 'what color is your bike?', he paused then started with, 'well, in 1945...'.

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    That was in Ballintoy Harbor, where they shot King of Thrones. The guy on the yellow Beemer had spent 2 weeks at the TT. It just never ends. Proof that I do equal oportunity shots of dudes and dudettes.

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    Spent the day on the Coast Road heading south. Jeez, I just didn't want to stop. Until it started getting cityish and I darted back inland. This guy was blatting, 'Hey look at the gumby with his glove over the lens'. I commented to a pub owner, as I was searching for wifi, 'the beaches are packed today', he said 'that's cause that's where the water is'. I found another spot

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    Dmcd, u gots a PM
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  7. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I just asked the owners of the pub if there was anywhere to pitch a tent...how about behind the pub? Oh yeah. Outside I was messing with the bike and a posse of kids walked by giving me the bike sounds and laughing. I said you know what I need? A picture if ya'll on the bike. The guys said no way but this lass was ready to go

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    Then the rush was on, is this not fun?

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  8. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Rockydog leaving for Sligo, about 10 minutes ago. A true Gentleman.


    See you in the Isle of Man!
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  9. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Not only a gentleman, but a wise gentleman:D Sligo should be a bit quieter all right:eek1
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  10. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Sitting in The Cozy Corner Bar in Gulladuff ready to grab my tent(owners are super friendly),when an email from dmcd/Mr K pops up, meet me by the side of such and such road in 15. 30 minutes later we're at the kitchen table pouring the good stuff and he's talking all things Mann. Next morning breakfast for us and the critters

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    He headed to work and I ended up atop Slieve Gallion looking through the haze over Lough Neagh, where I started out.

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    Had a lovely evening meal with his parents telling me about visits to Australia. His father makes these boxwood flutes, among a lot of other projects

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    He's playing with these guys. You want loud? And this is only 4 playing

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    I'll post a short video Mr K shot, and some more old Brit Bike gusto, but first a big Thank You, dmcd, for the hospitality , etc etc., cheers.
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  11. dmcd

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    Glad you enjoyed/endured the drums, turns out that not everything is bigger in the states ;-)
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  12. rockydog

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    I've asked dmcd to post a link to the video he shot of the drums and flutes. I didn't know they were breaking in new lads and the concise group rhymn pattern would drift a bit. Alright it'd drift a lot so I asked one of the drummers how many parts were they playing. The guy just looked at me and dmcd cracked up cause it was supposed be a unison group effort.

    BUT, here's the good stuff, his restored to riding condition(his words)BSA, with the original dealer brass plate. This one's a jewel

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  13. conchscooter

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    Great stuff. Right mixture of pictures, stories and self deprecating humor. Looking forward to the next installment.
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  14. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Thanks much conchscooter, just read your fantastic blog about Asheland, North Carolina. Smooth editing, mouth watering pics and the kind of personal slant that makes me want to visit. Ya'll want a good, better than the travel mags article, hit his Keywest link.
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  15. dmcd

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  16. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I'll pick up this thread by enjoying a Guiness in Ballyconnell, in the Crow's Nest. Left the Irish HUBB and hour or so ago and I have to thank everybody there who made it a great weekend, the organizers, the presenters, the riders who were there, the chefs, bartenders, dogs, log ripping snorers, dancers and musicians. It felt like slipping into some long lost family member's parlor and having a lark with folks you havn't seen for ages. Jolly good show

    Before I got there, tho, I abandoned DMcD and his cool collection of BSA shirts and headed back to Sligo get into proper mood for the event

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    Back to Maggie and Anne's vacationland castle for an evening cocktail, a castle/hotel outside of Collooney. It has been in the same family for 800 years. We walked the grounds as twilight hit, enjoying the art, horses, beautiful evening and the fact that we don't have to foot the bill for the maintenance.


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  17. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Before the Irish Hubb meet, tho, at the castle where we were stumbling around were a few elegant pieces from a friend of Maggies,

    http://www.bettinaseitz.eu/biography.html

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    I rolled into the meet following the sophisticated map, only 3 little arrow signs on the road

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    the usual bribes, fourplicate forms, badge to keep track of you etc. Then they said if I had preregistered they would just give me my name tag and I could start enjoying the festivities, quit your whining

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    I initially thought these were bikes they had confiscated

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    The schedule of presenters

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    A pitch to pitch the tents

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    More later, but this weekend's event was a hoot. A bunch of friendlier folks would be hard to find, linked by our bike travel gusto and quest for info from hands on riders.
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  18. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    You know at this kind of meet up it's the usual sitting, talking and exchanging past experiences, opinions and wisdom. Kinda low key..

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    Until it's chow time. These two women provided a 6 star series of meals and caused some instant lines out the door, good, good food. Vegetarian included.

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  19. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I find having a camera off your shoulder most of the time eases out hidden slices of personalities and tastes. Some are natural posers at heart

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    Some reveal long term plans as they chomp on a sandwich, like riding this bike around the world next year

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    Starting in Belgium, fueled by her favorite peanut butter and M&Ms combination. I shared my bread and butter pickles on peanut butter fix and got a long Ewwwwww

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  20. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    See this gentleman if you want to ride Enfield Bullets in the mountains.

    http://www.freespiritadventure.com/

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    He does have a very cool logo, great guy.

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    These two combined for a presentation, Travels in Tibet and India, with a graphic account of altitude sickness, riding Bullets on a frespiritadventure tour

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