UK + Ireland 2013

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  1. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    OK, its not some exotic destination (depends to the fact if you think riding on the left lane is exotic...) but the next 3 weeks we (me and my friend Michiel on his GS1150) will be doing the UK and Ireland.

    Starting off at the Tan Hill Inn (highest pub in England, google on it)

    I'll try to keep you posted on the progress.

    We really had a great time here in Yorshire and the Lake District. The passes and the landscape we have done yesterday, really exceeded all my expectations... Its a crossover between Norway, the Alps and the Pyrenees mountains; steep climbs up to 30% are no exceptions!

    The Tan Hill Inn (Google on it) really is the place you need to visit when touring the UK. Great place, great hospitality and great value for money. Its the 2nd time I have stayed here, and the third time is already booked in advance.

    Just a few snapshots... more will follow later.
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  2. Two Plugs

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  3. Steve canyon

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    I must admit I wasn't expecting that... Beautiful..

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    I knew about the Guinness...:D
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  4. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    Lovely pics, I shall be following your trip and look forward to your Irish bit . Are there four of you?
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  5. Two Plugs

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    It caught me too, Steve. It really did. :evil

    Just arrived with the 19:00 ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. And celebrated with Irish Coffee as a starter... :freaky

    2morrow its off to visit the ancient archaeologic sites of Newgrange (apr 40 miles north of Dublin) and from there, straight on to the west coast (Galway). Ill keep you guys posted.
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  6. BSTT

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    I'm in! A trip to Ireland is always something interesting, we will see. :clap
    Ciao Gero
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  7. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to more. I always enjoy ride reports from the UK and Ireland; something about a different perspective I suppose.
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  8. two trackin fool

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    Sweet !

    Thanks for the heads up .

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  9. Two Plugs

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    Finally ended up in Castleisland. Tomorrow its of to the peninsula of Dingle and the Ring of Kerry. Updates to come soon. Today we did the Burren (from Galway). Stunning landscape, out of this world.

    Forget about the Cliffs of Moher. They are for tourists, not for travellers. In stead, turn left to the R480 right after you have passed the town of Ballyvaughan (Coming from Galway via N67 and turn left to the R480) its one of the most beautiful patches of road I have seen World Wide.

    Finally some time to sort pics out. Maybe a few doubles, they are from the start of the journey. And finally... Some rain.

    Tonight a nice meet-up and diner with ADV-member Trey Hall from TX. You meet the nicest people when travelling by motorcycle... :evil


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  10. mka

    mka Been here awhile

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    Hello Two Plugs


    welcome and failte to Ireland.............!!!

    Are you coming up Donegal way by chance ?

    In any case have a mighty time.......................!!!!

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  11. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    I see you have just been to the Burren , nice :clap
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  12. Two Plugs

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    Sorry, Donegal (Northern Ireland) is not on our tight schedule this time. Have been there though, 6 years ago!

    Yes, the Burren... 2nd time I was here (today) and the landscape caught me again! Stunning, rough beauty and great roads to ride (as long as you won't be travelling on a stiff-suspensioned sportsbike... :rofl)
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  13. Bendernz

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    Died of a viagra overdose?

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    Familiar territory this and I am looking forward to following the rest of your report.
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  14. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    :rofl:rofl
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  15. Two Plugs

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    don't tell them (about the Viagra....) :1drink

    Today we did the Dingle Peninsula. What a joy that was! Forget about the Ring of Kerry which every tourist wants to do. The Slea Head Drive is the way to go (post-signed, google on it). The Dingle Peninsula and the Slea Head Drive is 200% more pure and to enjoy!

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    Highest pass of Ireland, the Conor Pass but unfortunately closed due to a land slide today :( )

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    Today its a relaxed day. We will have an easy start and ride to our next accommodation in Kenmare. Michiels rear suspension is more or less bashed (I'm not allowed to make any more BMW related jokes in his presence... ;D ). Tonight (or tomorrow) we will meet up with a local offroad rider which we met in a pub last night. Having a look if we can reach Windy Gap from Kenmare; which should be more or less unpaved. But chances are that the road (or what has been left of it) is badly damaged due to the rainstorm which caused the landslide on Conor's Pass two days ago.

    Will be staying in Kenmare for two nights, so if we can ride, the luggage will be left at the B&B.
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    Despite the heavy Catholicism in Ireland on Sunday all supermarkets are open. Where in the Netherlands politicians are debating endless on Sunday openings for shops, you can just pick up a fresh roll or do shopping across Europe. Would almost emigrate to a country where secular actually is explained ... as secular if it wasn’t for the fact that living in The Netherlands is so amusing and pleasant... : P

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  18. P@vlos.B

    P@vlos.B Stuck in an Island

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Oddometer:
    84
    Location:
    Somewhere in the Mediterranean
    Really nice pics! :clap
    Keep them coming!
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  19. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2013
    Oddometer:
    131
    Location:
    Ireland
    Good for you, glad you are enjoying your trip here and no bothered by a bit of rain. It does stop sometimes....................I promise:D
    Looking forward to more pics.
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  20. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,435
    Location:
    Groningen Province - Top of Holland
    Well... here you are (with pics and even some blue skies! :evil
    Enjoy. A shortcut in pics over the last 3 days ;D

    Ladiesview, Killarney Lakes:
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    Have a nice coffee stop at Ladiesview and make some snapshots. Than continue for 100 meters and enjoy the same view, with no boundaries and (almost) no tourists.... ;D

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    Dromquinna Manor just outside Kenmare at the Ring of Kerry. Just ride up the premises untill you reach the shore and the former (converted) boathouse. We enjoyed one of the best lunches ever here for a very reasonable prise:

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    Beare peninsula, south of the peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located. Better, smaller, more beautiful and (far) less tourists. Hotspots: road R573 and the Healy Pass:

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    Besides the R573, the Healy Pass can't be missed on the Beare Peninsula. Its like riding memory lane if you have ever done the Norwegian Trollstiggen. With less tourist coaches and more sheep... ;D

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    And after another day of pure riding pleasure, enjoying a sundowner on the private balcony of our B&B in Kinsale... plotting the route for next day, where the accurate (online) GPS data of my Dutch engineered and build TomTom Urban Rider SatNav proves to be a most valuable contribution to the in-complete data of Garmin based Mapsource... >:D

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