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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #50 on: September 01, 2018, 09:51:34 PM »
WONDERFUL Pics

Lovely countryside.  Enjoy the ride, and if you can't take pictures just take a moment and take a mental one for the memories  :bigok:
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2018, 08:28:01 AM »
I'm getting ready to head out to dinner now.  A local told me where to find Writer's Tears Irish Whiskey  :drool:   

After dinner, I'm going to find a pub with live music.

Slan.

Can wait to hear more!  In Killarney I loved Courtney's.
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« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2018, 09:12:04 AM »


There is a solution for that, you know....




That is brilliant.  Even if I had that today, the road is too busy for anything other than looking through the next corner.  Seriously, I've not ridden a more demanding road (at pace) in my entire life.


I've had some success with using a mounted GoPro and having it take a photo every N seconds (from 2-5 depending) on great sections of road.  Toss away 99% of the shots, but who cares? 

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« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2018, 09:57:16 AM »
Well, today would be the day kendenton would not be happy.  :)

Where yesterday’s ride ranks up there with one of my best riding experiences, today makes the short list for the worst.  It rained all day and, at times, the fog was a bear to handle. 

The rain today was more of a heavy mist which doesn’t seem to repel from the visor very well.  I believe I’ve wore out the little squeegee on my left glove.  The good news from today is my gear kept me dry.

I cut today’s route short and didn’t ride the Dingle Peninsula.  The fog and rain was too much.  Besides, it’s not likely I have have seen anything other than a small section of the road in front of me.


Conditions for most of today's ride looked like this.


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To the left of the image above is an overlook into the Atlantic Ocean.  When I turned to the left, this is what I saw.


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The fog did clear up every now and then.



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« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2018, 11:59:19 AM »
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The rain today was more of a heavy mist which doesn’t seem to repeal from the visor very well.  I believe I’ve wore out the little squeegee on my left glove.  The good news from today is my gear kept me dry.


Seriously, that sucks that your ride was cut short by the inclimate weather. Especially when you have a limited number of days to ride, too  :fitz:
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #55 on: September 02, 2018, 01:28:22 PM »
my best tip is this-when there is fog on the sea side, go inland. it clears.

And there's lots to see away from the sea!
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« Reply #56 on: September 02, 2018, 01:33:46 PM »
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The rain today was more of a heavy mist which doesn’t seem to repeal from the visor very well.  I believe I’ve wore out the little squeegee on my left glove.  The good news from today is my gear kept me dry.


Seriously, that sucks that your ride was cut short by the inclimate weather. Especially when you have a limited number of days to ride, too  :fitz:


It's Ireland, so weather happens a lot.
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« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2018, 04:30:31 PM »
Its Doug so weather happens a lot.
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« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2018, 01:21:10 AM »
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« Reply #60 on: September 03, 2018, 11:44:24 AM »
Doug, I am loving this trip. Stay safe and keep on posting to make me super jealous. Bucket list #1!
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« Reply #61 on: September 03, 2018, 12:35:02 PM »
Doug, I am loving this trip. Stay safe and keep on posting to make me super jealous. Bucket list #1!

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« Reply #62 on: September 03, 2018, 02:32:52 PM »
Thanks.  Today's update isn't going to make it easier on your desire to come here.  :)


After a long day in the cold wet and little to eat yesterday, I started today with a full Irish Breakfast.   



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The weather forecast for today was to be perfect, and it was.  I worked my way from near Limerick to Galway via The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.  Here are some images from today.


If you're wondering what these places are, here are some quick links to Wikipedia


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When plotting the route and avoiding toll roads and major motorways, BaseCamp didn't hesitate to pile up some fairly rural roads.  The speed limits in Ireland can be very generous, especially on the western side.  As you look at the following photos of some of the roads I traversed today, keep in mind the speed limit is 80 KPH (50 MPH)... I kid you not.  That said, I didn't come close to the limit except on the long straights with good sight lines.  Everyone slows down for the corners.  My 215 mile journey today took me 7 hours with no lunch stop and walking around the Cliffs of Moher taking about an hour.


Yep, 50 MPH


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The Cliffs of Moher.  700 ft high


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Did anyone other than me watch Father Ted on PBS years ago?   Thanks to the inter webs and my GPS, I found the house today.


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The Burren


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« Reply #63 on: September 03, 2018, 02:35:23 PM »
Now I'm in Galway.  I LOVE Galway, that's why I booked three nights here. 


So far, I've managed to have dinner and stop at a famous whiskey bar for a flight. 


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Oh yeah, I did have dessert.  :)   


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Now I'm off to have a few pints at a local pub serving up live music.  Good night.
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« Reply #64 on: September 03, 2018, 02:48:57 PM »
This place will do.  It's only 128 years older than the United States. 


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« Reply #65 on: September 03, 2018, 02:54:07 PM »
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« Reply #66 on: September 03, 2018, 05:55:40 PM »
Wow - looks like you are doing it up right!

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« Reply #67 on: September 03, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
This place will do.  It's only 128 years older than the United States. 


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« Reply #68 on: September 03, 2018, 08:22:16 PM »
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #69 on: September 04, 2018, 05:35:04 AM »
This place will do.  It's only 128 years older than the United States. 

Not to try to highjack, but that's one of the things that stands out brilliantly to me from my recent trip to the UK with Liz's choir (you know, singing at Westminster Abbey, no big deal or anything!!! :D ). There's literally no signs of western civilization here in the USA - in terms of age and still-going-strongedness - that can rival what you find kind of all over the UK still being maintained, used, and often doing pretty pedestrian stuff. We had afternoon tea in Windsor in a shop that was something like 440 years old or something, in former residences across from Windsor castle. O_o

You know... just a tea shop, down some street, near the end, nestled in some little nook that, back in the day, was probably the least desired house in the whole area or something.

Loving your trip, vicariously. My own trip over there was largely a working trip, so my head was buried in my computer for much of the daylight hours.

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« Reply #70 on: September 04, 2018, 07:01:11 AM »
I don't know if anyone else does this but the soundtrack for this trip in my head is:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=boanuwUMNNQ

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« Reply #71 on: September 04, 2018, 09:31:09 AM »
I don't know if anyone else does this but the soundtrack for this trip in my head is:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=boanuwUMNNQ


That's quite the cover of Whiskey in a Jar.  This is the version I heard last night (a bit more traditional).  ha.


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« Reply #72 on: September 04, 2018, 10:03:26 AM »
Not to try to highjack, but that's one of the things that stands out brilliantly to me from my recent trip to the UK....literally no signs of western civilization here in the USA - in terms of age....
We had afternoon tea in Windsor in a shop that was something like 440 years old...
I was in Germany in 1991.  There was a convenience store in walled city.  Essentially a 7 Eleven in a stone building older than any building in the USA.  Here it would be a museum, there it was just a store!
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« Reply #73 on: September 04, 2018, 10:25:22 AM »
Connemara National Park




I've not yet been to the Highlands of Scotland.  I hear it's gorgeous.  Today's inner mountains of Ireland did not suck.  I apologize ahead of time for the picture overload.


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« Reply #74 on: September 04, 2018, 10:28:05 AM »
Cornamona National Park

I'm not yet been to the Highlands of Scotland.  I hear it's gorgeous.  Today's inner mountains of Ireland did not suck.  I apologize ahead of time for the picture overload.



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« Reply #75 on: September 04, 2018, 11:42:16 AM »
Yes.  Lots of pics.   And a download of your track log.   All your rides always have good tracklogs. 



Trying not to hijack, butcha know, here we would have just knocked that old place down...

Not to try to highjack, but that's one of the things that stands out brilliantly to me from my recent trip to the UK....literally no signs of western civilization here in the USA - in terms of age....
We had afternoon tea in Windsor in a shop that was something like 440 years old...
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« Reply #77 on: September 04, 2018, 12:47:54 PM »
Photos galore! Love it, Doug. I'm glad that you're having some excellent weather  8)
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« Reply #78 on: September 04, 2018, 01:06:44 PM »
Photos galore! Love it, Doug. I'm glad that you're having some excellent weather  8)


sure beats this...


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« Reply #79 on: September 04, 2018, 01:08:12 PM »
it's supposed to rain tomorrow.  I'm going to purchase a small umbrella and do a walking tour of Galway... my Grandmother's family hometown. 

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« Reply #80 on: September 04, 2018, 01:36:46 PM »
Tips for riding in Ireland....


*  If you take back roads, don't count on BaseCamp or your Garmin to accurately estimate your ETA.  With so many roads having unreasonably (unobtainable) high speed limits, plan accordingly.


*   If you see this...

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... it does not mean that speed cameras are in use.  It only means that a mobile speed camera van targets this area.  In all of my riding, I've only seen one speed camera van so far.



*  Motorcycles can NOT use bus lanes in Ireland.  Bus lanes are reserved for Buses, Taxis, and bicyclists. 



*  Traffic filtering is fairly common in high congestion areas.  That said, the Road Safety Authority (RSA)'s official position is as follows:

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While there is no legal definition of filtering in the Road Traffic Act,
motorcycle riders may be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act for:-
Riding a motorcycle in a dangerous manner, riding without due care and
attention to other road users, breaking the speed limit while filtering
etc. It would be at the discretion of an Garda at the time, as to what
section of the road traffic act, the rider may be prosecuted under.




*  At traffic lights, a traffic signal may flash yellow before switching from red to green. 


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It means that you may move on past the traffic light, but only if you first give way to traffic already coming through the junction on the other road. Remember that a flashing amber light at a pelican crossing means you must yield to pedestrians.



*  Back roads have a serious crown to them.  That crown stays constant through corners.  So, if you're taking a left-hand corner, you'll have excellent positive camber.  However, you have shitty off-camber angles in all right-hand corners.



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« Reply #81 on: September 04, 2018, 02:20:12 PM »
Fantastic.
My uncle always joked with us that our
Irish family crest is an out house  :-\

Great job. And thanks for posting along the way... I'm not as astute technically to make that happen...
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« Reply #82 on: September 05, 2018, 12:13:46 PM »
Today was a planned day off the bike to have a walk-a-bout Galway.  The weather wouldn't have been very good today for a ride anyhow.

I took in some sights including a local popular cathedral.  It's not very old at all, especially compared to the turn of the century churches across the country.  Though recently built in 1958, it is gorgeous and worth seeing. 


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I also visited Eyre Square, also called John F. Kennedy Memorial Park since 1963 which is when the President gave a speech there while visiting Ireland.  Galway is known as the City of Tribes.  My grandmother's family (dad's side) is from one of those tribes.


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« Reply #83 on: September 05, 2018, 12:17:31 PM »
Here are some other various shots of the town during my walk to and from dinner this evening.




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I had a wonderful dinner at a place a local recommended.  It's called Dough Bros.   They make fantastic pies.


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« Reply #84 on: September 05, 2018, 12:32:13 PM »
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Now you're talking my language!

Great pics, Galway looks like a great town to explore
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« Reply #85 on: September 05, 2018, 12:33:03 PM »
And bonus points to the place for serving the beer in it's bespoke glass  :beerchug:
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« Reply #86 on: September 05, 2018, 12:59:28 PM »
Nice!

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« Reply #87 on: September 05, 2018, 02:02:29 PM »
Nice!

note: area's best fish & chips on the left in one photo

Well darn, why did you wait to tell me now.  :lol:
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #88 on: September 05, 2018, 05:48:59 PM »
Nice!

note: area's best fish & chips on the left in one photo

Well darn, why did you wait to tell me now.  :lol:

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« Reply #89 on: September 06, 2018, 01:36:57 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been 7 days on two wheels already.  Today I rode in the cold rain (11 degrees C) from Galway to Dublin to return the hired bike.  It's been a great experience so far.

After dropping off the bike, I checked into my hotel near city center Dublin and made my way to one of the three whiskey tours I plan to take while in Dublin.

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I've done my fair share of distillery tours and this one ranks up there with the best.  Jameson does a cracking good job.


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The 20 Euro cost included the tour, three tastings during the tour, and one final pour at the bar on the way out.  Four pours and a tour for 20 isn't bad.


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« Reply #90 on: September 06, 2018, 01:40:34 PM »
On the walk back to the hotel, I was feeling a little hungry.  I hand't hand much since breakfast.  I'd only had a Smithwick's Red and crips at the hotel at check in followed by four pours of whiskey at Jameson. 

Lucky for me, this institution was on my walk back to the hotel...


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Yep, it's The Brazen Head pub in Dublin. 



I spoke with one of the bartenders for a while and ended up staring with a Redbreast 15 year old.  I've not seen that one in the States before.  It was yummy.


For dinner, I had their house chowder and another Smithwicks (pronounced Smid-icks). 


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« Reply #91 on: September 06, 2018, 01:47:26 PM »
My hotel is across the street from Christchurch Cathedral.   I plan on visiting it in more detail tomorrow along with St.  Patrick's.   


Here are a few images of Christchurch on my walk back to the hotel, the setting Sunlight was nearly perfect.



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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #92 on: September 06, 2018, 03:11:50 PM »
Might be close enough for you

Brazen Head - oldest pub in Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol - the old Dublin Jail

If you have a car

Johnny Foxes - highest bar in Dublin

Dublin Castle - the old seat of power
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« Reply #93 on: September 06, 2018, 03:13:04 PM »
My bad, you might need a car to reach the Jail and the Castle is close enough to walk to.  I stayed in that very hotel!
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #94 on: September 06, 2018, 03:15:07 PM »
I loved visiting churches when Sue and I went to Ireland in 2016 . In Dublin we did the Christ Church Cathedral where you can walk up the bell tower and pull one of the ropes to ring a bell which I did and we also visited St Patrick's Cathedral where there was a visiting choir singing. We got a free concert.

In Galway we visited the same big one you referenced in your earlier post. I was impressed.   
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #95 on: September 06, 2018, 07:39:09 PM »
Might be close enough for you

Brazen Head - oldest pub in Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol - the old Dublin Jail

If you have a car

Johnny Foxes - highest bar in Dublin

Dublin Castle - the old seat of power

Sounds like you are within walking distance of Book of Knells.  Worth it. 

Kilmainham Goal does a superb job of explaining the Irish political and religious split.  First time it ever made sense to me. Not entirely out of range for you.  Only one major obstacle. Guinness brewery is in between.   

Whatever you do and wherever you go doesn’t matter.  Dublin is a great town.   City.   Place.   State of mind.  Enjoy it. 

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« Reply #96 on: September 06, 2018, 11:53:19 PM »
Thanks for all the advice.  This isn't my first time in Dublin.  Sheri and I had visited most of the recommended places already.  Today, I have a 10AM tour of Teeling distillery lined up and I'll follow that up by...

*  St. Patrick's Cathedral
*  Christchurch
*  The library next to the Book of Kells
*  Irish Whiskey Museum
*  (potentially, the Dublin Castle)
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Re: Riding my way around The Emerald Isle (50 Shades of Green Tour)
« Reply #97 on: September 07, 2018, 06:39:22 AM »
Today, I have a 10AM tour of Teeling distillery lined up and I'll follow that up by...

St. Patrick's Cathedral
*  Christchurch
*  The library next to the Book of Kells
*  Irish Whiskey Museum
*  (potentially, the Dublin Castle)

On the way walking to my Teeling tour, I spanned my ankle fairly well.  I completed the Teeling tour and stopped by St. Patrick's on the way back.  Thank goodness I was able to sit a while at St. Patricks. 

I'm back at the hotel now with my foot elevated and several ibuprofen pills in me.  We'll see how this days ends up.  But, walking right now isn't in the cards. 


Images from today. 


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Leon, they wouldn't let me ring the bell here.  :)


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« Reply #98 on: September 07, 2018, 07:00:25 AM »
Just fantastic Doug, colour me envious.   Sorry about the ankle. Make the best of it.
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« Reply #99 on: September 07, 2018, 07:45:35 AM »
Thanks for all the advice.  This isn't my first time in Dublin.  Sheri and I had visited most of the recommended places already.  Today, I have a 10AM tour of Teeling distillery lined up

Nice!  When I was there I drove by but it wasn't open for tours yet.  Very interesting family history.  Bought a bunch in the Airport!
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