"When Piggies Fly" : Me & Mrs Trip Cross the Pond

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  1. Rhode trip

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  2. Passim

    Passim Still here

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    Thank you for responding, my goodness you have covered a lot of ground there, I appreciate your efforts on this ride report, it has been a wonderful experience following along, thank you again.
    Hope your foot, ankle, is getting better, have a safe trip Mr. and Mrs. Trip. :thumb
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    Pleased you liked!! We love it down here
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    You certainly have been busy. No moss under your wheels
    Enjoyed it all so far
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    Ah goan, goan, goan, goan, goan, goan!
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    I think the stone fences (walls) are cool looking. Wouldn't want to have an issue and run into one of them on the TW or in a car though.

    Just like back here in the home country, lots of old grand houses going unused and deteriorating. Cool looking for sure.
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  7. Rhode trip

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    ha, ha. Saw a couple of these fellows the other day, Admiral, and they made me think of you. These are highly intelligent Irish donkeys who have disguised themselves as cows to fool the farmers. They get to hang out in the fields all day and avoid the usual donkey jobs like pulling little carts. They just make themselves scarce when milking time comes around, and the rest is all clover!

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    he he. A Holstein Donkey. I guess this is where the Holstein Horse came from too.
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    Both Guernsey and Jersey dairy cows are breeds which come from Isles over yonder.
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  9. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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  10. Rhode trip

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    Yes, indeed. We are now just off the coast of Labrador, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology can access the internet in flight....for free...thanks, Norwegian Air!
    We had a great time hanging out with Martin yesterday, and left our bikes in his capable hands this morning. Too bad we didn't get to say goodbye today, but he was off whacking wheat or whatever it is he and his friends do on those giant tractors. We were comparing big tires yesterday and generally just hanging out trading stories. He is a very entertaining guy and he has a great set up and an awesome area for storing bikes....
    Thanks, Martin... we're planning our return already!
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  11. Rhode trip

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    July 22nd. Saturday. I lean out the second story window of our B&B. A big pointy mountain is swaddled in clouds.

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    Croagh Patrick rises over the town of Westport, on Clew Bay where the Atlantic pushes its way into County Mayo. Looks to me like we can ride around the base of the mountain... so off we go along the shore of the Bay.

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    Low tide, leaving a sailboat high and dry.

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    Croagh Partick shrugs off its clouds, and shows its pointy head.

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    When the distance between the mountain's flanks and the muddy bay narrows,

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    we turn inland and ride up over a low shoulder of the hills...

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    and head east again along the backside of the mountain.

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    It's a beautiful day in Ireland.... only a few dark clouds threaten rain...

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    "Are you coming?"

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    I chase Mrs Trip down the narrow lanes...

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    ...and into the village of Aghagower...

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    There's a round tower built in the 10th century in the old church yard.

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    and ruins of an old church said to have been built in the time of Saint Patrick himself.

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    A cottage from pre-famine days...

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    Through the countryside, around the head of the bay...

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    Seven Arches Bridge.

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    ...and the little town of Newport.

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    We followed a road up into the hills...

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    Bengorm and Buckoogh and a series of small loughs, Feeagh and Furnace....

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    Then back down towards the north shore of the bay.

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    Another boat left stranded...there'll be no fishing today....

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    Past Gubacarrigan and a view out over Clew Bay...

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    Rocky shores beside the sea....

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    Then inland...north and east...

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    Signs in Gaelic... I have no clue what it says....

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    A threatening sky... but the rain held off....

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    Saturday night... we ended our day in the decidedly non-touristy town of Crossmolina, well inland from the sea (though nicely located on the shore of Lough Conn). Sometimes where we could find a room dictated where we rode... and we're OK with that.

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    We had fun in Crossmolina... it was game night in the pubs... County Mayo versus County Clare, and everyone was wearing their Team Mayo jerseys...
    a lot of excitement...though we don't even know the rules of Irish football!
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    I think that sign indicates some public works carried out by a government department. It mentions Gaeltacht suggesting an agency focused on public works in rural regions. Gaeltacht means an area where Gaelic is still spoken as the common, everyday language of the people there. And a beautiful, melodious language it is. It's been since San Fran in the 80's that I've seen a football match, but the basic idea is to propel the ball either into the goal or over the crossbar between the uprights. Both score points. Goals are worth more. Three, I think, versus 1. You can only carry the ball for 5 steps before you have to either pass it, dribble, or play it with your foot. And no picking the ball up off the ground with your hands.....it has to be popped up into the air by your foot, then grabbed. That's all I've got. One of our Irish riders can, I'm sure, give a better, more accurate description. Love the report! Boy, I miss that emerald isle! Do I ever! Thanks for sharing your ride with us!
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  13. Rhode trip

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    Sunday Morning. We cruised through a sleepy Crossmolina.

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    ...and north into the countryside.

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    Quiet lanes and rolling hills.

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    Clear blue skies overhead... aahh!

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    An old castle house... given over to greenery....

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    Hit the ocean near Downpatrick Head, and turned along the shore to Killala Bay...

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    Followed the shore road.

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    ...through green fields that stretched down to the sea.....

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    A sandy strand on Rathfran Bay

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    ...an ancient sea-side church....

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    ...sacked by Vikings a millennium ago?...

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    Through the town of Killala, with its old round tower... and a road race in progress....

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    Then past the ruins of Moyne Abbey... once a rich home to generations of monks...

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    Once through Ballina at the head of the bay, we headed inland towards Slieve Gamph... The Ox Mountains....

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    Past Lough Talt, cool and deep....

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    Then up past Largan....

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    A high moor opened up, wide and green....

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    Along the shore of Easky Lough

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    They're harvesting peat up there... here strips are laid out in small piles to dry....

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    Old trenches where it's been cut before... who knows how long ago?

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    Dried peat collected and piled alongside the road... waiting for transport....

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    We headed down from the mountains, back towards the sea and the mouth of Sligo Bay. There's another old castle at Carrickadda Point.

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    wending our way along the shore...

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    Split Rock....

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    "In the townland of Kileenduff, about a mile and a half west of Easky in County Sligo, there is an enormous boulder on the south side of the road called the Split Rock, which skeptics say was dropped there by a glacier. Legend, however, has another explanation.
    Everyone has heard of Finn Mac Cumail (sometimes McCool) and his legendary band that wandered around Ireland performing great deeds and combating evil. One day the Fianna, as the band was called, took a break from hunting on top of Sligo’s Ox Mountains. The site was surrounded by large boulders, and one of group challenged Finn to a rock-throwing contest to see who could throw a stone into the sea, some 20 miles away. The challenger selected a small boulder, threw it, and it landed just short of the ocean near the mouth of the Easky River.

    Finn started to pick up a large stone, but then spotted an enormous boulder that no other member of the Fianna could even pick up. He hoisted it, reared back, and threw it as hard as he could. The boulder landed a great distance away, but it fell short of the sea.
    Finn was not one to take failure gracefully. Enraged by the laughter of the others, he leaped off the mountain and raced down to the boulder. He pulled out his sword, gave the rock a mighty whack, and split it in two.

    It is said that one can safely walk through the gap two times, but if one attempts a third passage the gap will close and squish the person flat."

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    you can see the mischievous glint in this old girl's eye... "no bikes on my road" she mooed....

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    She tried to head me off...but I slipped by...Mrs Trip... not quite so lucky...

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    ...finally, she relented..... we rode around the head of Sligo Bay, avoiding most of the city...

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    I'd gotten a good deal on a fancy hotel... so we treated ourselves. This hotel had air conditioning... highly unusual in Ireland and the only place we stayed with it... they made a big deal of having it.

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  14. Blader54

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    Turfing by hand is quite a skill. Special spade and some knowledge and coordination needed to get nice turves. What a fine day of riding you had! How did you find the food?
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    Thanks, Blader54.
    The food is great. You notice right away... the beef is ALWAYS 100% Irish... grass-fed and fresh. Each town has multiple small butcher shops.... and they know precisely where their meat comes from. Vegetables...fresh and locally grown. Even the fast food...chip shops and pubs...use fresh ingredients. I think it is a result of the emphasis on buying Irish goods... we noticed in the grocery stores your receipt shows the percentage of Irish goods you purchased. Great idea we should emulate. And I have a new obsession...Cashel Blue Cheese. :dukegirl
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    Ah yes!! Cashel Blue!! Grand stuff! Very glad to hear the local producers are benefitting. And I agree whole-heartedly....we should do the like here.
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    Wonderful pics. Nice report. Thanks for taking us along.
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    Did you get a chance to have a look inside any of those old castles?
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  19. Rhode trip

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    Not just any old castle.

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    One once owned (briefly) by a distant namesake of Mrs Trip!
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    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I've wanted to experience life in an old castle since I was a child, climbing the stone stairs, sleeping in a huge chamber, looking out over a valley with a river, wondering the halls with highly adorned stone walls at night, wondering around the green grounds through the day. I know I have a romanticized idea in my head.
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