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1Back to top Go down    A gap in my weekend detox program! on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:00 pm

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The past couple of days have produced sunshine at last, in what has been to date the wettest and darkest summer in Ireland since records began. Working from home these past couple of weeks has seen me juggle kids with work and domestic bliss all in the confines of our own property. So this evening after seeing the weather forecasters predict more rain for tomorrow I muttered and mumbled like a professional grump. Then, without warning, “She who must be obeyed” said ”if you want to go for a spin on the bike I’ll mind the kids” - I almost bumped into myself in the rush through the door!

Riding out the gate and down the hill from our house I was unsure where to go with this unexpected freedom, so I pondered the possibilities as I pumped some gas and then some air into my beloved LT. Exiting the shop door the beauty of the evening sun struck me and what better place to see it set than the highest pass around known simply as “The Wicklow Gap”. From where I stood this gave me a good choice of routes ranging from hacking goat tracks to a quick blast up the motorway and into the mountains on reasonable roads to the twisting rolling route of the Vales of Avoca and Clara. I decided on the latter as I had promised myself more of these roads on my last trip along them. Rolling out of Arklow and heading northwest along the Beech Road (So named, despite its proximity to the coast, for the overhanging trees) I wondered if I had made the right choice with the low sun in my eyes. I flipped down the sun visor and pressed cautiously on taking the next few turn more on memory and faith than sight. Relief came in the form of the decent into the village of Avoca where I turned onto the Valley floor to head north, thankfully in the shadow of the hill. These are roads I know well and I settled into the rhythm of the sweeps and turns and enjoying the lean in and roll on the throttle out of a road that has no straights. The pleasure turned to adrenalin filled joy as I departed the village of Rathdrum along one of the most twisting rollercoaster roads this country has to offer. The abrupt little hills and sharp sweeping turns, sometimes on the apex, mean that trying to make swift progress is not for the feint hearted or inattentive. At times a mere 60kph feels insanely fast as the road disappears and sweeps left or right from under you as you crest a hillock almost airborne. After a few kilometres the road settles again into more sweeping turns and delivers you neatly over a quaint stone bridge to the village of Larragh. I eyeball the door of Lynham’s Pub and think about a nice cold beer or a strong coffee but I have a date with the sunset and it won’t wait for me. I keep rolling, swinging west for the climb to the gap but am simultaneously tempted and distracted by the idea of a cool photograph of the Round Tower of Glendalough that has stood for nearly a thousand years as a backdrop to the K. It’s a tiny detour and the roads seem devoid of tourists, feeding time I guess, so I seize the opportunity.

Bike positioned, pictures quickly taken.



Mmmmm, not happy, bike repositioned, pictures quickly retaken.



Then back on the original route I swing up the mountain once again then sky is now flaring with the Pink and orange glow making the uphill ribbon of tar seem like a ramp to the very heavens.



As I pull into the viewing area I see a bike in an unusual spot. “A like minded individual” I think to myself as I look at a rider standing beside his bike, which he has parked on the wooden viewing platform protecting the thin layer of mountain bog from feet. “Room for one more?” I shout across to him and he beacons me up. I ride along the wooden planked path and park up beside him where we exchange knowing, respectful nods.

As we view the sunset he tells me he’s come home this way to clear his head, like minded indeed.

The view west....



The view east.....



Edward is from Poland and living here now. We chat bikes and road trips and favourite local roads until the sun sets.



Then we become aware of the chill as the cool mountain air settles in dew on the bikes. We agree to keep an eye out for each other on local routes before shaking hands and departing. I relish the downhill run and the engine seems sweeter revving a bit higher in lower gear. I glance again at the door of Lynham’s but swing over the bridge in one motion. I’ve decided to call into a fiend to see his house renovations and wangle a freshly brewed coffee in the village of Glenealy.

Progress inspected, coffee imbibed, I head east again along the now dark sweeping turns that lead to the main Motorway to the southeast and home. A strange light in the North Eastern sky makes me wonder how bright it is at 11pm for the Scandinavian brethren on the forum. I roll through the roundabouts, picking up pace and join the M11 heading south and home. An impatient BMW car driver runs up behind me in a 5 series with very impressive lights. I move left to let him overtake me then wind out the throttle to take advantage of the spread of light. Keeping a safe distance, we streak through the night at 140kph and I’m felling the relief of a clear head, heightened by the chill of my unlined jacket on my shirt sleeves. In no time I was exiting the motorway and sweeping up the hill home.

As I pulled the bike onto its centre stand I smiled at the memory of the words of a friend “I won’t need rocking tonight!”


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2Back to top Go down    A gap in my weekend detox program! on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:45 pm

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Excellent work 88K
I love to see the rest of the world. My Doctor has actually encouraged me to go on more trips, seems to lower the blood pressure.
Well done
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3Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:27 am

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marvelous 88 ...

thanks for the insight and travelog

what we all appreciate friend ...

cheers


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4Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:35 am

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Great story and great pics!

Thanks 88.


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5Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:48 am

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Excellent and engaging writing, 88. I was reading, following with enthusiasm and picturing the scenery in my mind's eye. Well done, and thanks for sharing that with us all. I must get there to ride someday. I haven't been in your part of the world since 2000.
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6Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:58 am

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@RT wrote:Excellent work 88K
My Doctor has actually encouraged me to go on more trips, seems to lower the blood pressure.
RT

I agree with the others..Excellent stuff. Really would like to taste some whiskey with the smell of peat in the air!!
I have found that bailing out on the K is almost like cheating my BP tests as well. Can we market this???

    

7Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:12 am

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he he ...maybe alby ...or maybe we can enchorage our northern friends to get out and about a little more often ..and share their experiences with us on here, the scenery is just brilliant ......and a welcome insight

funny, i was sitting next to a british guy on the plane over to adelaide last week...he mentioned the fact that they have had the worst summer in a lot of years ...(meaning rain and stuff ) it must be depressing ...

i hope this post by 88 inspires more travelogs

i have a feeling that gith has inspired more than just pics of a weekend ride ...and all i can say is the more the merrier

kudos 88 and all our international kbike bretheren



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8Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:25 pm

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@charlie99 wrote:
i have a feeling that gith has inspired more than just pics of a weekend ride ...and all i can say is the more the merrier

kudos 88 and all our international kbike bretheren



(love the demon on the front )

Got that in one the artist formerly known as TWB wrote a compelling read of a sunday morning spin up to some hilltop coffee house near Brissy which lifted my spirits here and inspired me to try the same. Charlie & Sidecar Paul's sharing of their recent forays has helped. Don't we all love to see the greener grass on the other side?

Any member willing to travel here will be assured some hospitality....

I'd trade you a Guinness & whiskey over a peat fire and some bacon'n'cabbbage for a barbqued burger and a cold stubby any day you care to come this way!

Glad you enjoyed chaps, I certainly did! - Next week I'm hoping to head west to connemara for the long weekend. If so I'll be sure to blog it.

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"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine from 1600 years ago & still true!

Bike: K100LT 1988. 0172363. AKA the Bullion Brick!
Mods: k1100 screen and stands

K1100rs 1995, Remus exhaust.
    

9Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:00 pm

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Magic stuff and many thanks to SWMBO who facilitated all of us enjoying that.
Regards.
K-BIKE

    

10Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:59 pm

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A great writeup of what was obviously an overdue taste of freedom and the open road, lovely pics too. I really must do Ireland on a bike before many more years go by. Thanks for the inspiration Wink


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11Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:31 pm

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Thanks,88,
Brilliant pictures and description; lifted my spirits, after returning from Norfolk today on the Vin, encountering 100 miles of WET.
(Now back to the 46 new posts since Thursday)
Cheers,
Paul.


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12Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:50 pm

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Great story 88 you capture the qualities of the Emerald Isle beautifully. Years since I was there - a very rough crossing to the Aran Isles is a highlight etched in my mind. What a welcome escape a ride is!
Cheers Very Happy
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13Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:12 pm

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Monday being my Sunday I've wandered 'downtown' to discover an 'Irish pub' called the Twisted Kilt where $4 cold pints (16 oz US pints) of Guinness are properly poured by a friendly, smiling red headed Hispanic girl called Isabel, and I've had two (pints, not Hispanic bartenders) in honour of we forum members traveling by motorbike in Ireland someday.


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14Back to top Go down    A gap in my weekend detox program! on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:13 am

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I'll drink to that!


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15Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:44 am

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There must have been something in the air last Friday. I got home from work about 4.30pm and the evening was too nice. I had done around 220miles durign the day but finished much earlier than expected.........

At the expense of some domestic stress the K won out and I could not head off on holidays the next day without a run.

So at 5.15 I headed off, kitted out, got back 11pm 270 miles later. Up the motorway for part, needed some adrenalin letting off. It was warm, sunny, took out all the thermal linings and settled for just a shirt. Proved to be just perfect.

K seems to love bruising the miles away and it is like something wanting to be completely opened up.

Visited a friend in Cashel with whom I have a long standing arrangement to call in if I am passing between Dublin and Cork. He lives on his own and enjoys the company where we can discuss the merits of conservation, architecture, music of all genres but a fountain of knowledge on classical music. And enjoyed the opening of the Olympics

A neat one hour run home from there caps it all off nicely.

Now that I have the electrical matter sorted Will would love to take a trip up Wicklow Way as they say, I grew up loving those routes you took at Glendalough, starting with a bicycle before I was old enough for a motor bike. The downhill home run on a bicycle never mind a motor bike was sheer pleasure.

It would be lovely to get some sort of a run together to enjoy those routes.....

I am back from holidays around 8th August and looking forward to another run.

I sent a photo back from our campsite in Westport......he loved it but his comment was WHERE's THE BIKE? I just said dont ask.....!!

It took 270 miles to get that one out of the system....and admittely the petrol was cheaper than going to the doctor for stress relief.

K bikes are good for your health and sense of wellbeing.


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16Back to top Go down    Re: A gap in my weekend detox program! on Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:49 am

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So True Olaf, it's not so much what was in the air as what wasn't.....rain Wink - As regards wellbeing, the gas is about €25, the quack is €45. No Contest! Very Happy .

What we could organise, if you're up Carlow way, is a spin up the west side of the Mountains via the N81 (Nice twisties too) and hang a right at Hollywood over the gap, down to Woodenbridge, hang another right to Aughrim (great road) and either head to my place for a stopover, or go back out via Carnew to Carlow, or out to the N11 if you're heading for Roslare. Think about it and PM me.

I'm away from Aug 14th to the 19th but the family are away before that early on the 10th so anytime that weekend is good for me. I'm not at all averse to taking the spin to the "Peoples Republic" either. I bet there's some great roads down that way too.

88KE



Last edited by 88KE on Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:53 am; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : amend input)


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"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine from 1600 years ago & still true!

Bike: K100LT 1988. 0172363. AKA the Bullion Brick!
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