Thursday 12th May
Wales to Ireland
We started the day by packing and rugging up to go explore the town of Ruthin that we stumbled upon yesterday. As you will see from the photos this place is absolutely gorgeous and we were amazed every corner we turned and each lane we went down, we even found a castle and walked around the gardens with our mouths agape with awe (Ross saw a squirrel). We could hear the sound of peacocks and it was not long before we came across them in a court yard, a male which I believe is trained to do this put on a brilliant display and I caught it on camera (yeah for me). We also found a spiral stair case that went down but we opted out as it became very dark very quickly.
Tudor buildings were the main theme of the town and most were dated in the 14th century. We also found the local bakery in a back alley and Ross had a Pastie and I had a beef pie for breakfast, very yummy. The pictures speak for themselves for this beautiful town.
After fuelling and loading up the bike we headed off towards Hollyhead where we were catching the ferry to Ireland. Along the way we saw an amazing Castle on the side of a hill and detoured of the motorway to see if we could get a closer look we back tracked a little too far on a side road and asked Denis (our GPS) where the nearest castle was and he directed us to Castle Bodelwyddan and no we cannot pronounce this name and will not even try it is in Welsh. This was a nice experience and Linsey our daughter and her best friend Eb got to see it over skype as we called them in the gardens. We came back to the bike in the car park to find a Brick (mini cooper) parked right behind us making it quite difficult to get out especially with the weight of the bike fully loaded. We were successful and proceeded back to the fist castle we spotted to find it was a private one and I had to climb over a fence to get a good spot to take a photo and unfortunately it does not do the castle justice.
Next part of our trip to the ferry was mainly uneventful apart from the tunnels through the mountains which Ross thought were really cool and yes he made the bird sound really loud while going through them.
We arrived at the ferry with no hassles and lined up with a group of bikers from all over Europe that do a trip every year and this year they are going to Ireland and touring around. Our trip on the ferry to Ireland lasted 4 hours approximately arriving in Dublin.
Off loading the bags at our motel we decided to do some research into Dublin’s night life by heading down to Temple Bar district. We had an awesome time, dinner at Thunder Road which is like a Cactus Jacks on Bike steroids and then we did a pub crawl of the street with lots of live music and managed to drag ourselves back to the motel sometime after midnight.