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2021 Irish Photo Rally

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KildareMan:
Yesterday (May 10th) being the 1st day allowing unencumbered travel and me having booked a day off was destined as Tiger day out.

http://www.irishphotorally.ie/

Afternoon started well enough with just a light drizzle leaving home in Naas but by time I had reached my 1st stop of the day in Co. Tipperary 129km the drizzle had worked it's way up to a fecking downpour. At this point I was seriously pissed off, not with the weather per say more that my 6 month old Rev'it H2O compass boots did indeed like H2O, so much so it let great quantities inside. Bastard.  Buy cheap buy twice.

Anyway 1st stop (point 16) - old IRA ( as in 1920) memorial



Didn't bother getting camera out just used phone it was that wet.

From Tipperary to Co. Waterford for my 2nd stop (point 17). 68km of lovely twisty roads to the seaside. Erin's hope - Hoping for a dry day probably.



Would have stayed and taken in the view on a day like today - dry and sunny.  No view to be had, so back on and back up to Dungarvan for a refuel then on to my 3rd stop in Co. Kilkenny, only 60km, again mainly back roads with a bit of a blast on the N25.

3rd stop (point 12) - The Sinnott's Cross memorial - again war of independence.



Truly wet. Forgot to bring my jacket's storm collar so damp round the neck.  Jacket though working well, as were my trousers. Rev'it winter gloves only really damp inside from removing them for filling fuel and taking photos. Boots though as already said were a waste and will be sent back I think.
Anyway homeward bound section - some nice twisties again to just past Mullinavat then joined the M9 north bound. 6th gear, 5 to 5,500 rpm and occasionally higher had me home 132km later in 76 minutes. Total 404km and 5 hours 8 minutes riding time.

Tallpaul:
Great pictures, shame it couldn't have been a drier day for you though. Is the theme based on the Irish Independence struggles?
I'm most of the way through "On another man's wound", by Ernie O'Malley, the autobiography of an Irish Republican Army Chief of Staff. First published in 1936, it's a fascinating read and insight into what went on 100 years ago.

KildareMan:
No not at all. Theme is always to get bikes out & exploring.  One of my favourite spots so far was the Lonely Post box  - at a cross roads in the middle of the Wicklow mountains. Literally not a house for miles.

Lonely Post box - 2008


Or how about Dragon Gates - 2008


Or this memorial to an aircraft crash - 2010


German War dead cemetery Glengree in Wicklow mountains

Phil_from_Derry:
Nice pics, pity about the weather.  Hope to get down round that way over the summer but in the meantime, I'm hoping to get out a spin over the border soon, Donegal to start with.  Will bring my camera and get a few pics maybe.
Rode from Derry to Belfast to Omagh and home today, about 185 miles, my personal tour of the north :008:.  Sunshine all the way but a bit windy. 

KildareMan:
Originally Posted by Phil_from_Derry Nice pics, pity about the weather.  Hope to get down round that way over the summer but in the meantime, I'm hoping to get out a spin over the border soon, Donegal to start with.  Will bring my camera and get a few pics maybe.
Rode from Derry to Belfast to Omagh and home today, about 185 miles, my personal tour of the north :008:.  Sunshine all the way but a bit windy.

Great roads up your way. Nice cluster of rally points there & thereabouts as well. Typically Tuesday and now Wednesday are sunny & dry.

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