Rockydog woofs the Isles, British Isles

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

  1. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Very high energy guy, Liam McCabe, gave a presentation of his travels on his Africa Queen, which was at the meet. Great clips and story telling

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    I gotta get my mug in here, too. Sitting next to me is my friend from Malin Head, on tour with a serious hangover

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    These folks always had a smile

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    I'm heading south of Dublin now, heading to a slice of the coast she recommended, thanks again for the tips

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  2. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    One of the gents there started a free form photo thang site,

    http://irishphotorally.com/year/2013

    An excuse to bop around with a camera for kicks and giggles. Ok, gent is stretching it a bit, no pics of him cause there has to be a limit somewhere.

    Hi, Ken
  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    No heavy lifting

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    Made a u-turn and came back for the texture of the pallets. Guy pulls up and asks, as I shoot the pic, 'can I help you?', I tell him I like the texture of his pallets and he says 'ahhhhh, I thought you were the competition', and drives off

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    Ireland has great gas nozzles, no accordion emission junk, super slow pumping for that final top off. Thanks, ya'll

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    Wouldn't want to lose track of Irish Pam

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    This shop has it all, if you filter out the reflections, fish lures, watches, jewelry. There has to be a story there

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    And these thatch roofs, I love em', but not sure if I'd want a fireplace

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  4. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    On the way to Dublin on the M-something road(which got me thinking of Lee Marvin's M Squad), I calculated that these appeared every 1.4 Km. but I could be wrong

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    This was the completely stopped traffic in Dublin, I pulled into a post office parking lot to cool the bike off and get my New York driving habits under control

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  5. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I've noticed as I travel the mid sized towns are bustling with cars and people, lots of activity. Smaller towns seem to have more vacant storefronts, especially those relying on tourism. These were shot in Mullingar, it was packed

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  6. rockydog

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    I needed some info/assistance from the visa folks at the Registration Office on Burgh Quay. Pronounced key, not with a long a like quaint. No wonder people look at me with this blank look when I ask for directions. Actually got explicit directions at the HU meet, thanks, and parked on the triangle with the other bikes at Hawkins and Townsend. Grabbed the unlockable stuff and was done in 15 minutes. Window 14, please.

    More directions from a biker to the coast road and not too far down the coast took a nap in a park, then a longer nap in a pub. Woops. In a very posh neighborhood with no chance of a small road and remote camp, and didn't feel like more riding. Strolled around until about 10 then pushed my bike next to the old vicar's cottage in a church yard, climbed in the sleeping bag with a tarp and slept great. At 6 the next morning I wake up to the sound of whistling and there is a small elderly man with wild white wispy hair standing on the sidewalk smiling at me. He was dressed impeccably in a suit and tie and said, 'when you wake up I have the water heated for a cuppa and the door is open to the loo'. I said, 'top of the morn, thank you'.

    He told me about riding bikes in the Mideast looong time ago as we had tea. He opens up the office and church every morning, last guy that did the morning gig lasted 50 years. These kinds of interactions are magic to me, and I love passing it on, just as all the folks on this site do so well.
  7. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    Down the coast enjoying this run of the mill weather

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    Here's some classic rock and roll heat tunes, don't forget Martha and the Vandellas, or add your own. The out of date map below shows only 103 degrees in OKcity, a mere piffle.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/top-heat-wave-songs/

    His and hers?

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    A quick waterfront break in Arklow, too early for the G tho

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    I ride through more gorgeous countryside

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    Out of the soft tunnel and instantly I'm next to the water

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    Doing the usual U-turns for farm implements, super sales, curvy thatch roofs, and fresh strawberries for my cereal

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    Another ferry to cap the morning

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    We just get off the ferry in this tiny port and a woman sitting in front of the pub waves madly to friends in the shiny Jag in front of me, I have my flip up helmet up and yell at her as I ride by, 'Hey, what about me?', she stands up and gives me a double handed kiss and wave. It's these kinds of reactions, etc.
  8. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Great stuff Steve as always,glad you are having a ball. Keep it coming, I need my daily fix:D
  9. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Sounds like you're really roughing it. I imagine you had to drink tea that morning,
    instead of coffee.

    The things you're having to endure...



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  10. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    If he drank my coffee I'd have to stick around for his Memorial service, I've found some nasty Ristretto Expresso coffee, puts Peets to shame. I found it in a garden center/coffee shop.
  11. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Lovely photo of Arklow, my birthtown.
  12. rockydog

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    Thanks, Irish J, coming across the bridge gave me a good take on the flavor of the town, nice. I parked in the Bridge's lot, climbed the fence and had coffee on the quay down to the right.
  13. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    I've more or less completed my circumnavigation of the Irelands, and am back at Martins near Belgooley and Kinsale, where I began. Helping him out with his riders and bike stuff, motofeirme.com while he does the day jobs, this time an Aussie, Terry, severely jet/ferry/bus lagged so of course we went out for a pint.

    Headed back to my fav breakfast joint down here, Divas in Ballenspittle. Remember the pancakes? It gets better. Had a warm scone with their strawberry sauce and coffee then around the corner for a haircut at Enas. Note the distinctive color of Divas sign

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    I could've stopped in here, cause they use the same shears set to summer cut

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    Ballinspittle is a tiny little place, been here, what?, 6 times or so and right across the street from Divas is this place, which I never computed as being the same business. Note color(and name), then note my brainnumbness. This is where they bake and bake and bake

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  14. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Your photos sure make a poor Irish lad homesick! Grand ride report. Where to next?

    I tried the motofierme.com address, seems broken. Would you mind posting a link to Martin's webpage.
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    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Lovely color composition in your photos.
  16. rockydog

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    http://motofeirme.com/

    He's on Facebook, too, with pics of the 2007 Transalp the Aussie, Terry, bought today in Cork

    I spelled it wrong. Thanks, Irish J, next is up the coast, grab a ferry and turn right
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    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Lead on McDuff!!
  18. rockydog

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    I've been going to Koko's, in Kinsale, for a quick expresso since day one in Ireland, talked with the owners and most of the folks who work there, friendly bunch and always good coffee and choco. Thanks, ya'll

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    It's located right by the parking lot on the water and this box usually has some fans lined up

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    Yesterday there were fresh faces in the store, the gentleman was adjusting the expresso machine, good lad, and we talked of motorcycles and his upcoming European trip on his bike. He punched in Advrider on his IPad and will be joining and searching for some route info. That would be my expresso by the IPad.

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    My ace expresso barista was more interested in wrangling horses than bikes so I told her about Chico the donkey on seaside donkey and lickyty split we were reading that great blog. If anybody in the States has a horse wrangling gig she's ready to go.

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    Since I was fueled up I explored the town a bit, filling up with tourists, like me, enjoying the day

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    I learned the origin of the coffee drink 'Americano' at Koko's, guesses or input welcome
  19. 1Man2Wheels

    1Man2Wheels Been here awhile

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    I'm really enjoying this report on my homeland, keep it coming!. Great to see you are getting good weather too. It makes me regret that I didn't ride when I lived there.

    Are you planning to head further afield on this trip?
  20. R-W

    R-W Been here awhile

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    Great RR RockyDog. Makes me smile every time I read it.

    Cheers! :freaky (Guinness of course)