Arrived in Myrtle Beach SC about 4:00 PM after about 221 miles. I was blessed many times on the way down from NC, but the holy water ? didn’t last long and never enough that I needed any of my rain gear. The temp hit a high of 91 but for most of the ride the temp was in the low 80’s. The rain actually felt refreshing at times. I booked the Marriott Resort at Grand dunes. I originally booked one night but wisely decided to extend my stay for two nights before heading out In search of the perfect pint.
I ended up at “The Ole Irish Pub” down in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Proprietor Jimmy Byrne (sp?) of Dublin. While I try the Guinness at the pubs I visit- the Guinness quest isn’t the reason I choose Irish pubs to visit on my trips. The people I meet in the pubs are the real reason I go to Irish Pubs. Last night was a great example. That said: here is my Guinness review ? I have only found a 10 of 10 in the U.S. once or twice before. Last night’s Guinness made the list. A couple
of the things which may have contributed to this rating might be a fresh barrel and the line from tap to keg was only about 4 ft long. (The longer the tap line the more beer sits in the line). As you can see I was able to put my initials in the head - and as I always do when I find a 10 - I double, triple, and perhaps even quad-tripled my taste test- I'm pleased to report they all stood up to the test. My head this morning is another matter 😊
The first group I met besides Paul and Josh (the bartenders). Were the Minnesota couples contingent of Paul-Paul- Tracy- Angie they flew in to attend the Music fest starting today. Very fun group -crazy Paul was pretty lit up when I got there but was balanced by sensible Paul. Tracy was the first patron to say hi to me so I bought her a drink. Angie is finishing up her first year of her Masters, so we compared back to school notes.
I also spent time talking to Col Gary, and the Two Irish Boys -Jamie sat next me so I remembered his
name. The Col is a retired full bird Marine and I’m guessing he and Ole North have a lot in common (Black Op's). The Irish boys came over to work for the summer. I bought them a Guinness to see what they thought - they said they really don't like drinking Guinness outside of Ireland but since I bought them a pint they were obligated to drink up. They said it wasn't bad for a non Ireland pint but decided to Asterik their comments since they were drinking Miller lites - (is that even real beer ??). I'm planning to stop their again tonight and check out the music fest if its not raining to hard. Tomorrow I'll head down to Charleston then on to Jacksonville before I head west to Panama City Florida and then on to New Orleans.
I've traveled about 1,425 miles so far on this trip and most of the miles have been virgin motorcycle terrain for me. The next three days I will cover another 821 miles.
Hopefully, the weather holds out for me with out to much heat and little wind. As long as the rain isn't torrential I'm ok with the
holy water sprinkling I've been getting. I've got a go and see if the Guinness held up over night - a Guinness testers work is never done.
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