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Old 07-01-2013, 04:30 PM   #46
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Steve, thanks for a fantastic report with equally great photos. I already have a deep fascination with the British Isles and you are certainly making it stronger. This area is on the list of places to visit and I think I should do more to make it happen. Keep the report coming.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #47
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Sure looks like you are having a great time, especially with the girls. .. Thanks for the great pic's and report. Looking forward to more!
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:35 AM   #48
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Sure looks like you are having a great time, especially with the girls. .. !
He is good with donkeys too, which is very important.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:19 AM   #49
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Donkey, you say?

Here's a link to 'ride report' of a different sort. 1000 mile trek around Wales with Chico the donkey. A cheeky young woman with her donkey living her dream

http://seasidedonkey.co.uk/

As for drab little ol me, I'm drying out in a hostel(blue dot on 2nd map) just outside of Donegal, nice place, nice owners.

Yesterday stopped for lunch on the pier in Mullaghmore. Right under the letter E



2 folks and their dog on the left





A lobster fisherman said he wasn't going out cause it was too sloppy, I told him I hadn't heard that term since I worked on shrimp and salmon boats out of Coos Bay oregon. We swapped all kinds of lies and he told me of a great camping spot up the road. Behind the Donegal golf course on the little pointy peninsula, right on the beach, no road shown. down the road from Laghy.



I rolled in and hadn't stopped when 2 women started asking about touring on a Motobike, saying they camped here all the time. Of course they had the primo spot. I just had the tent up down the road and three English thugs roared in on sports bikes and bribed me with beer to share my spot. SOLD. We eventually all had a dandy fire by the women's Taj Mahal tents and rec center. Car camping has rewards. One woman is buying a cheap Honda Hornet to do France. Her father bought her a motorcycle on her 16th birthday and she's in training to be a pro bodyguard. I got yelled at for messing with the bonfire.

The English guys regaled me with Isle of Mann tales and details of where to go. I've got the Gran Prix pencilled in. It rained and stormed all night, packed up lazy and late in the horizontal mist and am looking forward to my first ever turf fire tonight.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #50
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Kids have all the fun

On the small roads before a school are GO SLOW signs and big yellow stripes on the road, and as I drive by it's always the kids leaning against the fence, not the kids playing ball, who wave and yell at me. They're the kids thinking anywhere but here. On the beaches learning how to surf or paddle they look like goslings with the mother hen as they head to the water.







I think I know what these are for but could use help



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Old 07-02-2013, 12:32 PM   #51
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Thanks, ya'll

TOTim, thanks and com'on over

Mcgee, it's truly a blast

Eyore/Kim, gotta keep the critters happy! Even if they can't ride the tram? You been following Seaside Donkey's travels. Her latest blog cracks me up

England-Key, great pics of bikes thanks for sharing those, something about old Brit bikes

Pirate, that's the one, sweet memories no matter the final draw

Martin, nother satisfied client
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:48 PM   #52
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Nice! Happened to find this in my random search this morning...

Would love to moto-tour the British Isles, especially after reading your report.
The pub seems like an incredible invention, too bad it just doesn't translate well
to the EastBay Meet and Eat society.

Carry on!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:47 AM   #53
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Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows

Hey, I'll settle for sunshine.

Dog, good hearing from you, enjoyed your Mexico trip and say hi to the crew for me. Left Donegal this morning all clean and shiny, lingering warm from the turf fire last night. Turf or peet, ready to go



Cut into small cylinders, stacked into footies, cause the stacks are separated by a foot(think boot)



Sometimes loaded into bags



Sometimes stacked in piles and covered, but this house is gonna be a wee bit cool, no windows? Aged for a year or so.

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #54
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My Dad still cuts turf, although we call it peats. This is a video of him last year when I was mucking around with the GoPro. He makes it look easy, I can assure that it is not!

http://youtu.be/VMUpb-29awc
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Lunch time

Headed for a harbor , out of the wind for an easy bite, south of Carrick, blue arrow is me



I discovered avocados are about half the price of my grocery store at home. Good crossants too



Looked over my shoulder and thought this guy hadn't paid his moorage fees



But it wasn't the Boston boot, his own security system



It was all calm and quiet, listening to sheep on the hill



Then these guys appeared and exploded down the water, fast and grunting. Carried over the water



Up the road this gent stopped to take pics of the fishermen and we talked cameras. His little boxy thing is worth 6 or 7 times what my bike is worth, or more



These guys were having fun



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I am so lost

I'm down little 2 lane tracks as often as possible, with signs appearing randomly in Gaelic, mostly just exploring. But occasionally I need to find out just where the hell am I? The maps you've seen are from an IPad app, MapsWithMe. All it does is give me my location, crudely tells me where gas, pubs, etc are. I download the maps I need and always have a whiz bang quiz program going trying to figure out just how I got there.....

My photo editor, email, movie theater, etc....iPad 1

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:48 AM   #57
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dmcd video

That man just won't stop, and all the cuts are the same, thank you. Muchly. I was calling it peet, cause of Peets Coffee, prolly, super strong coffee like your Dad.

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My Dad still cuts turf, although we call it peats. This is a video of him last year when I was mucking around with the GoPro. He makes it look easy, I can assure that it is not!

http://youtu.be/VMUpb-29awc
Wow! An (almost) lost art, no doubt...
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #59
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Thanks chaps, here's another angle

http://youtu.be/npsEc9FvLK0


He's 67 and really takes a lot of pride in cutting something that is going to be burned!


Sorry for the hijack rockydog, it's just that you can't tour ireland without talking about turf and potatoes ;-)
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:02 AM   #60
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Thanks chaps, here's another angle

http://youtu.be/npsEc9FvLK0

He's 67 and really takes a lot of pride in cutting something that is going to be burned!

Sorry for the hijack rockydog, it's just that you can't tour ireland without talking about turf and potatoes ;-)
Love the turf cutting video, I always wondered about the shape of it, and don't worry about hijacking Stephen's thread, he does it to others!

By the way Rockydog, friends usually bring me some turf over when they've been to Ireland, because I love the smell of a turf fire - how many can you fit on your bike?!
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