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The rules of the road and especially the road regulations are getting more complex recently and I'm finding that there's a lot of mis-understandings out there with our customers.
I'm constantly getting asked about the motorcycle learner permit (previously known as the provisional licence) in Ireland so I thought I type out the facts:
I've been doing parts of the Irish Photo Rally for the last 2-3 years (although I've never actually entered it!).
I always struggle viewing the official map on my mobile (iphone, ipad, android, etc) so I've stuck together this mobile friendly version of the map. The official page is here.
It's an annual fun event where there a bunch of locations around the country. The idea is to hit each one and grab a snap/video/whatever. At the year end you can submit an entry and the organisers decide winners for all sorts of categories.
As long as you want really. The organisers launch the route in Feb and it runs until November. You can do it in a week, month or more.
I always wondered why the hell people go to the west of Ireland......it's cold.....it's far away....it's sparsely populated ....the list goes on. However this last weekend I'll admit - my eyes were opened.
A few weeks ago I covered the south of the country on the roadbike and I was getting the urge to go for another long spin ever since. Infact, I don't think I even rode the bike since. Short runs seem somewhat of a waste of time now that I've put some miles up this summer. The quick squirts into town for a coffee and a pose seem pointless....my mindest has changed, a spin REALLY isn't a spin without a ferry crossing. Where I has headed this weekend didn't have a ferry so we were going to have to be imaginative.
I recently (July Bank Holiday Weekend 2011) completed a monster weekend roadtrip around the bottom half of Ireland. Over the 3 days we covered roughly 120o kms and it made me realise that some of the best biking roads, anywhere, can be found along the southern coastline.
I'm disgusted I left my GoPro helmet camera at home as the roads are simply unbelievable...smooth clean tar, along the coast, sweeping from side to side with minimal traffic, even for a busy weekend. If you've never seen this part of the country - just DO IT.
To give some background to what was dictating our route check out this link. This is a great idea whereby you get a map at the beginning of the year, 30 or so historic destinations, sparsely dotted across Ireland. The idea is to get your bike to each location and take a photo, hence
This is a great motorcycle spin from Hollyhead to Laragh in Wicklow.
In Laragh there's a few cafes and pubs which are all biker friendly. It's a really popular spot year round as most roads in and out of it are fairly enjoyable.