Got an early start and headed by taxi to Celtic Rider. By the time all the paper work was done,orientation and clothes repacked it was after 1. We were given 2 BMW 700GS's like new. Paul took us on a ride to get us accustomed to the roads and the bikes. The first several miles made the Dragon look tame. Had about 900 curves. Supposedly following the Garmin would get us to our next hotel. Well, I could NOT get it to talk to me and driving on the wrong side of the road inhibited my looking at it...soo...a side trip or 2..may have been the first but not the last! We were going to stop at the Kilkenny Castle but it was closed when we arrived. Parked the bikes at the hotel and headed for a local bar. Deb and I had a Guinness but Ralf went straight for the Jameson. They do not make wine in Ireland so Ralf has switched drinks.
My hope is that my confidence in wrong way driving and a 700GS will get better. I have killed this bike more than I ever have in my 40 plus years of riding. Should have got the R1200GS. BMW managed to put the buttons in places I don't find right. Tomorrow will be another day.
Deb on a 2006 R1200GS and Charlie on a 2005 R1200GS traveling across the US in search of BMW Rallies, BBQ, and Bucket List check offs. Accompanied by Ralf, who manages to stay out of the eye of the camera (claims he is in witness protection) we attempt to chronicle some of the high and low points of our travels.... full info