UK + Ireland 2013

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Two Plugs, May 6, 2013.

  1. Two Plugs

    Two Plugs Long timer

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    Hi all

    Shook hands today with a mummy in St Michans Church in Dublin, read the Book of Kells in the Trinity University and enjoyed a nice PURE Irish Pint in the oldest pub of Ireland. Brilliant day of sight seeing in this stunning city, can recommend a visit to the lot of you!

    No riding today, but did enough of riding the last couple of days. Tomorrow its on the first ferry from Dublin back to Holyhead, to head to the 15th anniversary Varadero & Crosstourer International Meeting (VCIM 15) in Wales and to meet up with my lovely Mrs!

    Ireland is STUNNING. You must be mad to ride here with a (cheap) rental car like all US tourists do. Its is PURE MOTORCYCLING COUNTRY here. After Norway I now have discovered a 2nd nation which is even beautiful when it's raining. Well... Judge on the pics. Not that much raining at all.

    Last gathering of Ireland pics below:

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  2. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

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    What a pity you are leaving Ireland, I will miss your wonderful pictures.:cry
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  3. Two Plugs

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    No worries, the pleasure was mine... Next year June, Norway is on our program. Pictures and report will follow! And the next week... Wales, back to the Lake District and Tan Hill before we board the ferry from Newcastle back to Amsterdam!

    Some of the pics will be published in the Dutch motorcycle magazine 'ProMotor', together with a full travel report from my BMW- colleague Michiel. Who needed to top up his oil again... :1drink
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  4. The Blue Kazoo

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    Great pics and nice RR.
    It's always a nice feeling to see our country through the eyes of a fellow ADVrider. I sometimes take these roads and the wild Atlantic coast for granted, and moan about the pissy weather. But after reading your report I can't wait for a few days off to explore the familiar again.
    Safe trip home.
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  5. Roadinator

    Roadinator Been here awhile

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    Wowzers. Great pics and looks like a great ride!
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  6. zadaleko

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    Great pictures boys!!!!!!!
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  7. Two Plugs

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    We are currently in south Wales and finally the weather is really improving too!
    Snowdonia was awesome, South Wales ís AWESOME. We will be riding around here for one more day, than its off to Ironbridge and Blackpool to finally end up at the Tan Hill Inn again for catching the North Sea ferry from Newcastle back to Amsterdam - that would be next Thursday, May 23.

    Will give it a best shot to post the latest pics here.
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  8. Clansters

    Clansters Tour Aegea

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    Great scenery and photography! Ride safe.
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  9. Two Plugs

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  10. Frey Bentos

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    Lovely. great to see how others find us. And it doesn't always rain here. To do the roads you done, in warm sunshine in an open faced lid is one of the greatest things you can do here.
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  11. Two Plugs

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    10:00 AM, May 23rd, Tan Hill Inn. -2 Celsius. Greenhouse Effect? ???
    Its going to be an exciting sliding way downhill to the Newcastle ferry...
    Finally the new Conti Trail Attacks II will get a chance to prove them selves! ;D

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  12. ebel

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    Great photos! I'm irish and it's great to see what other people think. I've not yet been to Wales or Northern England, it's on my to-do list. It's just too close to home for now.

    Technically County Donegal is not part of "Northern Ireland". NI is part of the UK. Donegal is not part of the UK and is part of the Republic of Ireland. Confusingly it is quite far north, and is more northely than most of "Northern Ireland".

    Totally agree. Ring of Kerry is full of big coaches of tourists. Though you can find some back roads across the middle of the ring of kerry, they are quite fun. Don't do it on a sports bike. Dingle & Béara are great. Shame you couldn't do conner's pass.

    Ireland's getting less Catholic now (though you were in the rural west :p ). Long ago when catholicism was power popular (the 80s!), all the shops would have closest on sunday. But that would have been a cultural norm, so they didn't pass a law about sunday opening. But now Ireland's securalising, so there's no law stopping shops from opening all day.
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  13. Frey Bentos

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    I wouldn't say miss out the Ring of Kerry. It's busy because it is fecking lovely. Pick your time to avoid the coaches. Anywhere you go in tourist season is going to be busy. Try some of the west coast of Scotland in summer, plagued with bloody coaches. Still a must see on a bike.
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  14. Two Plugs

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    @ Ebel: thx for the additional info's.

    @ Bentos: Early start is always good... same in the Alps or f.e. Trollstiggen in Norway. Tourist coaches normally start around 10:00AM from the Hotel... :evil
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  15. ebel

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    All the buses/coaches have to go anti-clockwise around the driving route, because it's too narrow in some places for buses to pass each other. If you're going on a bike, go clockwise, and you won't get stuck behind a bus.
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  16. Frey Bentos

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    That's clever. I never actually noticed that phenomenon. Bee do bee do do.:rofl
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