Cork - back on the road
Saturday the 9th
We are not 100% but we are going stir crazy and take a short ride out to Cobh (pronounced Cove). It is a small sea side town that has a huge history. Cobh was one of the main habours from where thousands and thousands of Irish made the trip over to America, Canada and Australia during the Famine years. The town has a very good museaum and is a lovely spot to just walk around. Again it is sunny and warm, a perfect riding day.
Monday to Friday
We are felling slightly better each day and start going out on day trips. We have gone to: Kinsale, Oysterhaven, Cashel, Cahir, Knockmealdown mountains, Tallow, Blarney, Mallow and Burnfoot. The best roads for the motorcycle end up being route R 665 through the Knockmealdown Mts. Not a lot of traffic and great curves. The road surface is little on the rough side and you never know when you are going to hit a bump, pothole or come across a big tractor coming right at you around the corner so you do end up driving around at a much lower speed.
I should probably add some things here about the general driving around Ireland. First thing is that the road signs for distance are in KM's but the speed signs are in MPH. BUT if you hit an old road sign the distance on that is also probably in MPS unless stated on the sign that it is in KM's. There is currently a huge amount of road construction going on and you often hit apon it when you least expect it on some small side road. The road signs are very good for both directions and upcoming things on the road whether it be a hotel or gas station coming up or somthing on the road itself. I have noticed though that when the sign is no longer needed or acuarate that the sign stays up. So - gas station next exit open - and then you drive by and it has been closed for at least 5 years......
Posted by Danette Harkness at August 26, 2003 01:51 PM GMT