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Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Belfast August 15th 2017

I left Glasgow about 20 minutes later than planned but I put a little buffer in my timing. The forecast was for clear skies the entire route However, I got spit on about 20 minutes outside of Glasgow. The rain was not so bad that I had to stop and change helmets. Most of the ride was similar to when I was going the opposite direction a week earlier - beautiful. I stopped a couple of times to take pictures of the Scottish West coast. I finally learned the name of the big solitary Island between Scotland and Belfast. It is called Ailsa Craig- which translated means Island of Rock or Rocky Island. It is really an imposing figure, although you would have thought they'd have given it a little more mysterious name! It is noted ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow August 12th 2017

More than a wee bit of rain on my ride in to Glasgow from Edinburgh but I survived, although I had to stop and switch to my full helmet at one point because the rain was stinging my face with my short helmet. I chose the Radisson Blu because it was in city centre. I have to admit I wasn't overly impressed with the area when I first arrived. Turns out the West end is a better area. However, the Radisson staff was great and very helpful, the hotel itself was very modern and fit in with a lot of the Art Deco architecture interspersed about the city. Unlike Edinburgh where most of the buildings are Georgian - Glasgow is a mix of many different architectural designs. Hit a couple pubs on my walk about and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 11th 2017

My Decision to reroute my Scotland schedule was indeed a wise one! The weather in the North was none to good and Edinburgh was a blast. I can't count how many fantastic people I met over the last two days in Edinburgh but I'll share some of the highlights with ye ! I didn't arrive in Edinburgh until about 5:00 because I ran into some traffic between St. Andrews are here. However, I felt refreshed and was ready to explore and partake in all that Edinburgh offers knowing that I didn't have to jump back on the bike the next day. I grabbed a bite to eat at Footlights where to my surprise my waitress (Ally) recognized my Packer jersey. One of her co-workers is a huge Packers fan (not from the US) and has a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 9th 2017

The weather report looked good so I donned light gear and was on the road by 9:00 to catch the 10:30 ferry out of Larne to Scotland. I had reserved space in advance so it was fairly easy when I arrived. The ferry left on time for the 2 hour trek over to the UK/Scotland. I worked on my blog but lost it when I lost WIFI when trying to save it. This was by far the biggest ferry I have ever been on. I counted at least 15 semi trucks and 4 tour buses besides 50 or so cars. The weather on the other side of the channel was also looking good. My route took me up to Glasgow then due East to Edinburgh and the Marriot -Glasshouse hotel. My ride along the coast was ... read more

"It was a cold and blustery Day" Sounds like the start to a Robert Frost Poem or perhaps Winny the Pooh but that was exactly what the day brought me as I finished my tour of the Republic of Ireland and entered Northern Ireland in route from Ballyliffin to Belfast. My luck of waking and finding better weather ran out today. I donned my full rain gear and full helmet. The temperature was in the 50's so I had to make sure I had enough layers to keep from getting cold. It was basically rain the entire way so not many pictures to show along the way. I went through Derry (London Derry) to the English, which made think of Bill and Jim Derry (friends in the fastener industry) and wondered if they had visited the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal » Clonmany August 8th 2017

Sorry for the delay in getting this out. I had typed it while on the ferry from Belfast to Scotland this morning and lost my wifi connection when I was saving it! Yea I know it sounds like "the dog ate my homework" but man I was not a happy camper! Before I start a quick shout out to my daughter Jennifer - she did a Sturgis SD trip with her motorcycle girls they trailered the bikes then did a number cool rides while at the largest Harley rally in the world. She must get that wonder bug from her Mom😘. Once again I had good enough weather to wear the non rain gear. About 1/2 the ride was on the "Wild Atlantic Way". The Irish took a page from the US "Route 66" concept only ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Mayo » Westport August 3rd 2017

After checking the weather again when I got up -it looked to have improved considerably from the day before. I thought I would be forced to don my full rain gear to day but was able to get by with out any rain gear. I did get spit on a couple of times but overall it was overcast but dry. I've learned that the best way to forecast the weather here is to look outside 😀. The trip from Westport was only 180km but took over 3 1/2 hours to make it to The Harvey's Point hotel. The Hotel is isolated outside of town on a beautiful lake (Eske). My room was gigantic with a parlor room as you enter then a bar area, huge bathroom and large combined bedroom and living room. The hotel is ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Mayo » Westport August 2nd 2017

The Galway Races with the Caulfield's I arrived at the Connacht Hotel in Galway about 4:30 after a windy ride on the Motorway. The Connacht is an ok hotel and certainly served my needs. I took a cab into town and had dinner in a place called Kirby's. My meal was outstanding and was the dinner referral from Bill Eagan who I met at "A Bunch of Grapes" Pub. Bill is a US transplant, I'm actually surprised about how many US pat's I run into. Walked through the Latin quarter and hit a couple bars with my friend Eammon recommended. Tuesday morning Eammon drove over to the hotel and chauferred me to Caulfield Industrial Distribution. I was very impressed with the operations Eammon and Tony (his brother) have driven and the level of value added they ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway August 1st 2017

When traveling "Sometimes things happen to YOU -and- Sometimes YOU happen to YOU." I left the Shelbourne Sunday morning with the Bike fully loaded after a much quieter Saturday night then my late Friday night was. I did manage to have a couple pints at Doheny & Nesbitts and an awfully good shepards pie before closing out a the evening with a last pint at O'Donoghue's. The ride down to Cork was windy and a spitting rain on and off. The Motorways (M roads) are a blessing for travel- time wise- but aren't the greatest for sight seeing and enjoying the country sides. There often small trees and shrubs blocking the view so if you are on an M road your goal is get there. I was about 25 Km from Cork when I needed gas, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 29th 2017

And we're off............. Karen got me to the airport in plenty of time Flight over was smooth and on time. I ended having 3 checked bags because of my helmets. Ireland and Scotland are helmet required countries so I have a half helmet for good weather and a full for bad weather. I flew Business class so the first two bags were free but American Airlines hit me for $200 for the 3rd bag-yikes !!! Had originally thought I'd go right from the airport to pick up my bike but decided to go directly to the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin to see if I could get into my room then change and go get my bike. The Shelbourne Renaissance is an absolute must stay if you visit Dublin - the hotel is rich in history and ... read more

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