We set off from Redcross on Saturday morning in ideal conditions. Nice and sunny and clear blue skies. Mick and Gerry leading the way on Micks “Go Faster Snail” with a new 35 tooth rear sprocket fitted. A fairly decent selection of bikes following behind including an increasing number of Jawa’s, Tony on my previous 640 with Pavel, Jana and children in their 650cc outfit and Frank our visitor from Germany on his 650cc Style, Ivan on his award winning BMW, Peter on the Vincent, John on a Royal Enfield, Gary on his Yamaha, Liam and Vincent on their Honda Goldwings, William on his Honda Deauville, Martin and Misha on their Africa Twin and of course Stano and Hanka on their beautiful custom Harley Davidson. The route took us from Redcross into the beautiful town of Avoca then onto Woodenbridge, Aughrim and across the mountains to our first stop at the Glenmalure Lodge. The trip across the mountains was spectacular with snow still showing on the mountain tops. At Glenmalure Lodge there was an Opel stall set up in the front Car Park. We were informed by the stall holder that there was an Opel Owners Club outing on its way. After a few photographs were taken off we headed again in the direction of Laragh. As we headed across the mountain a fleet of classic Opel’s came against us. These, like ourselves, out for a nice casual spin in the “Garden of Ireland”. At Laragh we pulled into the Car Park of the Wicklow Heather Restaurant for lunch. http://www.thewicklowheather.com Even though the Restaurant was well packed our host got seats for us all and we sat down to a top class lunch. Excellent food, excellent service and great value for money. What more could you ask for? We would highly recommend a visit here. Personally I can’t wait to go back! After this we headed for Glendalough and some browsed around. Gary and myself took the lazy option and looked after the bikes! Soon we were on the way again completing the loop back into Redcross again.
This time I travelled behind Pavel in the outfit and watched Jana, Robbie and Viola all expertly leaning over for the left hand bends. They would not be out of place in the Isle of Man!!
Well done Mick on selecting a great route and restaurant which everyone totally enjoyed!
Now that I have time to reflect back over the weekend in Redcross and the last few years we should be all proud of the way we have developed the club in a short space of time. No doubt the key thing that is keeping us out there and spreading our popularity is the website and the great e-mag that goes out every month.
What gives me the must satisfaction is the new friends we have met along the way especially from the Czech Republic and Slovakia all really nice decent people and new people now like Frank from Germany and Jiri Jasa who is coming to visit me in July. We really are gone international!
Of course the people we knew from years back as well who are friends for life really. Former Jawa owners and now new Jawa owners like Owen, Kenneth, Tony(who bought my 640), Pat Gernon. It is all very promising.
It is up to us to encourage these lads along and we should meet up for a coffee and a small rideout in Carlow or Avoca during the summer months and hopefully the newer Jawa owners will begin to get the same buzz we all get from meeting up and riding our bikes. It was encouraging to see a decent increase in Jawa's at Redcross and hopefully we will see more still in 2013.
Just in! (from my pal Klas) You can almost smell the two stroke!
The teacher asked the class to use the word 'fascinate' in a sentence. Molly put up her hand and said, 'My family went to my granddad's farm, and we all saw his pet sheep, it was fascinating'. The teacher said, 'That was good, but I wanted you to use the word fascinate, not fascinating'. Sally raised her hand and said, 'My family went to see Rock City and I was fascinated'. The teacher said, 'Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word 'fascinate'. Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word 'fascinate', so she called on him for his offering.
Johnny said, 'My aunt Gina has a sweater with ten buttons, but her tits are so big she can only fasten eight'.
The teacher sat down and cried.
Protest action on the Skye Bridge led to the successful abolition of the exorbitant £5 charge for cars getting both on and off the island. During the period of the toll charge, (and it was often difficult to accumulate 1000 individual pennies for the round trip to delay the toll booth operator), there were of course, exemptions for vehicles conveying livestock. Some enterprising crofters got together and decided to fence off a small parcel of rough land at each end of the bridge, where they left a couple of sheep and a small car trailer. You can guess the rest.........................!!
Sad I know but true, I am frequently a biking commuter between Manchester, Galway, Dublin or Cork. One of my pet hates is fumbling for change at toll booths, especially in the wet, when you have forgotten to wear those disposable diesel gloves (from the fuel station) inside your leaking gloves! So to avoid delaying and annoying following drivers, I have bought some of those velcro one side, sticky tape the other, pads from the 2 Euro shop, and have affixed these to the bike and small open plastic lid/lids for the coins (90 cents for M6 Cappataggle and 1.40 Euro M4 Enfield/Kilcock). When you tear the lid off, and deposit the contents into the hand of a delightful young lady, you are frequently rewarded for your endeavours with a big smile to boot!
Lets spread some happiness, what!
Slan Johnny2tents or The Duke
Hi all, as for the ale review, see below as my inspiration this weekend! www.galway.com/festivals-and-events
Being fond of hill walking and having enjoyed the Lake District a few years back I could not pass this bottle up. Exquisitely lovely golden ale. Named after Alfred Wainwright, the renowned Lakeland author who was born in Blackburn, Wainwright is a refreshing golden ale with subtle sweetness and delicate citrus fruity overtones. It can be purchased in Malloys stores for just under 3 euro. Alc is 4.1% vol.
In the interest of fairness and diverse taste I am changing the title of this popular section to Boozing Bikers. So if any of you would like to suggest say a wine or whiskey you need not feel left out. Please do take this as an opportunity to advise and share all your hard earned experience.
I was in the local pub on Saturday night. Had a few.... I noticed two large women by the bar. They both had strong accents so I asked, "Hey, are you two ladies from Scotland ?" One of them chirped: "It's WALES you friggin' idiot!" So, I immediately apologised and said..., "Sorry, are you two whales from Scotland ?" That's the last thing I remember...