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

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  1. Rhode trip

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    Hey Ben,
    Check out this Air B&B listing. I found it while we were in Ireland, and it looks like you would need to book it a long time in advance because it's so popular. But it is not unreasonable price-wise and it certainly is cool!
    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/658697

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    Edit: Now that I think about it, I should book it for when we go back!
  2. ben2go

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    Oh thats nice. The pics are great.
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  3. TheAdmiral

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    You two are doing things right. The rest of us suck. What a great ride, I get goose-pimples just looking at your pictures of the goodness.
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  4. Rhode trip

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    Ha, ha Admiral. Thanks, that's pretty funny...you poor thing...having to suffer through riding in Idaho. :scratch
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  5. Rhode trip

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    It just wouldn't be a "Rhode Trip" with out some kind of mechanical issue, now, would it?

    Mrs Trip has been having brake problems.... as in, too much. Washed out a front wheel on the grassy median of a green road. More troubling, at a stop sign, in the rain... I judged it spilt diesel on the road. Very unlike Mrs Trip.

    So as we were packing the bikes in front of the fancy hotel, she asked me to check her bike... it's making a clicking noise when she uses the brake. I rode a couple of laps around the lot, listening... then I saw. One of the bolts holding her front caliper was gone....completely missing. When she applied the brake, the whole caliper would swing. Holy Sheet.

    I wanted to get the whole thing checked. So instead of the hardware store for a bolt, we tracked down a bike shop.

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    Seamus himself was running the shop, and he came out and checked the bike. Pushed it into the garage and he replaced the bolt and lock-tited them both. He attributed the problems to a loose caliper... it may have been loose for a while, even though the bolt was not missing for long. Gave Mrs Trip some reassurance. Very nice guy.

    We had to ride through Sligo to the bike shop on the south side... and then rode back through town...past Sligo Abbey... originally built in 1253,

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    North, out of the city, and east into the hills. Yeats country. The local countryside appears frequently in Yates' poetry.

    'Where the wandering water gushes
    From the hills above Glen-Car.'

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    ...and we rode along the shore of Glencar Lake.

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    Low clouds obscured the mountaintops... and occasionally rained on us.....

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    We left the lakeside and followed a narrow road up into the hills...

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    The road climbed up the hills along one side of the valley... though the clouds hung close... the view opened up...

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    We came across a sign along the roadside, and discovered we were on the 'de Cuellar' trail.... a very interesting story.

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    And there is the remains of the house of "Senor de Ruerque".

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    Rode through upland Leitrim... between the mountains....

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    Went to check out a ring fort.

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    Set on a high ridge... you'd see trouble coming from a long way off...

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    Parked the bikes and walked up through a farmer's field.

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    Past an old farm cottage. Ruins now.

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    The level top of the hill is where the fort was located. There is still an earth berm around the perimeter. The fort would have been built with a ring of logs for walls.

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    Next up, the town of Kiltyclogher. Close to the border of Northern Ireland.

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    A statue in the center of town.

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    Soon after Kiltyclogher, you enter Northern Ireland...part of the UK. It wasn't noticeable... until you see the road signs change to miles and MPH.

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    It's County Fermanagh here, near the Big Dog Forest, although I'm not sure we ever saw many trees....

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    From the eastern end, we could see the land fall off... and if it had been clearer, you could see Lough Erne beyond.

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    When the signs changed again, we knew we were back in The Republic.

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    Cut northwest, through an area spotted with small loughs.

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    Ended our day in the town of Donegal.

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  6. jgormley

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    So a pony, a horse, and a jackass.. walk into a bar....
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  7. TheAdmiral

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    A loose and/or in your case (Mrs. Trip) missing caliper bolt is another new one. I've had engine mount bolts loose/missing but never this one. Yeah, I'll be out checking them (and more bolts) before our next ride.


    P.S. from earlier. True, I can't complain of riding in Idaho but I do appreciate what I'm missing from other parts of the world, namely Ireland in this case. :)
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    I ddfinitely loctite'd mine when I put them back on! Could have been far uglier! Ride on.
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  9. ubermick

    ubermick Been here awhile

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    Well, if the oul' homesickness wasn't already through the roof, it's definitely dialled up to 11 now. Thanks for taking me home @Rhode trip, even if just for an hour.
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  10. Rhode trip

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    Ha, ha. Totally gratuitous "cute" photo. Next I'll be posting kittens.

    She likes to tell me she's riding harder than I am. Judging by the number of bolts that rattle loose on her bikes, I think she's right. :p3rry

    Sure could have. Mrs Trip was not too happy about the drops, though.

    Thanks, Ubermick. I figure I must be doing OK if the Irish guys like it. :thumb
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  11. Rhode trip

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    Tuesday, July 25th. Today's ride was about 130 miles, and covered a lot of different ground...sea coast, farmland, mountains and moors....

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    We started out in Donegal, down in the bottom right corner. Rode up into the hills to the north of town.

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    shadows of the Blue Stack mountains in the distance

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    So far, it was a little rainy here and there.... you could see the rain falling a ways off.... sometimes we'd ride into a shower... some times away from it.....

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    Got stuck behind these guys for a while.....

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    Out of the hills, down towards the shore of Donegal Bay.

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    An unpaved road took us up and over the ridge behind a seaside town.

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    If I seem uncharacteristically quiet.... it's because I can't remember exactly where these are...I'm going to guess near Carrigan head...
    It looks like there was a ring fort there, though.

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    Out near Rossan Point and across Malin Moor.

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    More turf cutting going on....

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    ...and more stacked out to dry.

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    All of a sudden... a cliff top view.

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  12. Rhode trip

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    Skirted along the hills on one side of the valley.

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    The weather has blown out....a really nice day by this point...

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    You ride through a quarry at the top of Glengesh Pass.

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    Looking back up towards the pass.

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    Along the shore of Loughros Beg Bay.

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    "What is that, over there?"

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    I think it's an oyster farm... when the tide comes in, it covers the racks.

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    Left the shore near Ardara... and headed back into the hills....
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    A country pub.

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    Up a steep hill, through the farmyard.

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    The old National School at Lough Muck.

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    A gravel road took us through Meenirroy Forest

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    In between the mountains...

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    Oh sure...looks smooth here... but a good portion was fist sized crushed stone....great if you're a logging truck....not quite so ideal on a bike.....

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    Glenveagh National Park.

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    Gartan Lough.

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    Derryveagh Mountains.

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    Lough Barra

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    More Gaelic.... I'm going to guess what it means.

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    We ended our ride in Dungloe. Had dinner in the restaurant on the corner.

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    ...and then walked back to the B&B.

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    That was a fun day... there was a new surprise... one after another... with the landscape changing all day.
  14. Rhode trip

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    Wednesday, the 26th.
    We tried to book another night where we were in Dungloe, since it was a good sized room in a laid-back B&B. But they were fully booked. We needed an extra day to plan our next moves... and there was a storm blowing in off the Atlantic. Good excuse for a day off. We headed for Letterkenny... a good size city. It was a windy day..."fresh" as they called them in the weather forecast... so we rode down to the harbor for a look....

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    The wind was starting to kick up some whitecaps...

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    Back through town, and we headed inland...

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    A little bit bumpy this way...

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    the wind is still blowing at a good clip....

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    Followed a road snaking through the low hills...

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    scattered showers.... you can see it raining in the nearby hills...

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    Back through Glenveagh National Park... eastbound this time....

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    All around us, streams tumbled and fell from the mountainsides...

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    The wind whipped the grass, like waves on a stormy sea...

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    We were lucky... like the Irish blessing, the road rose up to meet us, and the wind was at our backs...

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    Enjoy it with me for a moment.....



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    Lough Beagh between the mountains...

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    Found our way down into Letterkenny.

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    And through town to the outskirts of the campus of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. I had rented a student apartment for the next 2 nights.

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    More great photos and commentary.
    You've the eye of the artist and a soul of a poet.
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  16. Rhode trip

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    Ha, ha, TC, Thanks! ....that's ridiculous.:jack
    For the next day, and another night, we hung out at the student housing... which we seemed to have pretty much to ourselves. The little apartment gave us a chance to spread out our stuff, and to comfortably look over the maps and atlases.
    Ever since Dingle, we had been wandering day to day with no real plan in mind, other than to head north. And now we were almost there.
    So we sat out a soggy Thursday. Ate takeaway food. I uploaded some photos on the good wifi.
    Friday morning we woke to....well...more rain. Loaded our bikes and headed out...to Malin Head!

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    East out of Letterkenny... and up through the Doolish Mountains.

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    Things started to get a little greasy....

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    Yep, what you've got here...well, that's not just mud, you know. Those cows have been mixing in a good bit of fertilizer while they're churning things up. Makes for slippery gumbo.
    Mrs Trip no likey.

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    "Yuck. Thank God, no drops. That could have been nasty!"

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    Rode on...in search of the next rain shower, to rinse things off....

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    Soggy looking wheat fields... and there's those mountains I was talking about....

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    We didn't have to wait long for more rain......

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    ...followed the flank of Scalp Mountain, and over a shallow gap...Lough Swilly beyond....

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    Blue sky and sun as we rode along the hillside

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    The road took us right through this farmyard

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    Skirted past Buncrana, and rode out towards Dunree Head....

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    One road branched off to access the wind turbines... we took the other, that headed north above the bay......

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    A little more rain started falling...just for good measure....

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    Other than harvesting peat....I don't think this road gets much use.....

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    A wash-out... deeper than it looks....

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    Came out west of Mamore Gap

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    Paved road up through the gap from the tiny community below....

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    Looking east, towards Tullagh Bay

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    There was a pull-out halfway down... with a girl selling coffee and tea from a trailer... so we stopped for a break.....

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    you can just see on the left, looking back up....

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    Moonshiners used to live up in those hills.... rugged enough to keep the tax collectors at bay.

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    Down again... to the waters edge....

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    Boats bob at their moorings.....

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    ...more showers threaten...

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    She's putting on her rain mitts.... we decided that if she wears the mitts, it won't rain..... if she takes them off...it will......

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    See what I mean?

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    Excellent update. Do you have a thread on the Mrs.'s TW? My son is saving his pennies to buy one for his 15th birthday in April. He is half way there and I will help him finalize the deal. He'll be working and making the payments and insurance. I'll just be responsible for it and him until he is 18. :fpalm Lucky for me, he is pretty responsible and really listens to me when it counts. :raindance
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    We're on the final stretch of Inishowen now, up through the hills past the town of Malin. There's a main shore road... but we took the one that wanders.

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    ...climbs steeply up to the ridge top....

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    ...high above White Strand Bay...

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    Looks like more rainfall on the other side of the bay....

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    ...and soon, the bay opens out, and there's nothing but ocean beyond...

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    Another thatch roof cottage, surrounded by flowers...

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    We're riding along the western shore of the final finger of Ireland's northernmost point.

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    up and over a final crest...

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    ...and the land starts to fall away.

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    I wish my photos did it justice....

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    because its one of those places.... too perfect... my first thought is that it doesn't look real....

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    I heard later that evening from a local that they have been filming here for a new Star Wars...

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    we're still curving along the shore... heading for the end...

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    Met up with the main road... we're almost there....

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    The final rocky overlook... Bamba's Crown on Malin Head

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    ...just to prove I was there, too.....

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    Once we left the viewpoint, we rode along the northeastern shore...

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    Just as far as Malin... well, actually more like Culkeeny...

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    We'd ridden "till the cows came home" and we were ready for a rest as well...

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    We stayed at the Red Gate House. I pulled a picture off the internet, because it was really a surprise. This was by far the nicest B&B we stayed in... purpose built, with large rooms and an open layout. More like a small hotel. The owners were great... he was Belgian, and his wife was a local girl.

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    The only drawback was that it is a fair way out of town, and we had to ride into a pub for dinner... I try to find something in walking distance whenever I can...
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    Thanks, Ben... you're a lucky father.....

    I don't have a thread on Mrs Trip's bike, but perhaps I should start one. We have a lot of modifications to our bikes to make them more comfortable for touring. And of course, with a set in Arizona now, and these waiting patiently in Ireland for our return... well, we needed some at home. I didn't find any good candidates before we left, but I was watching... and once we returned I grabbed 2 that came up... both the same day, about 50 miles apart. One is a 2008 with about 1400 miles and the other is a 2009 with about 2000.

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    They won't look like this for long.....
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