The event took place on the 2nd weekend in September. This was a change from May. 2012 was a wet on so the weather is considered to be a little better in September. The usual format for the registration, breakfast and set off was followed at St Ita’s Special School. Everyone was looking forward to a good day out on the bike. Weather was dry with the odd sunny spell forcast for the day. Perfect.
Drogheda, Slane, Kells, Oldcastle. 37 miles duration 1 hour
- Road to Slane will get your tires well scrubbed in.
- Slane to Kells is tight country roads and is a challenging road. One junction at Kilberry Cross and it is a staggered crossroads
- Kells to Oldcastle:- after you go through Ballinlough watch out for the right turn for Oldcastle this brings you over the mountain and is a great feature of this road.
Oldcastle, Mountnugent, Kilnaleck, Bellenagh, Crossdowney, Arva, Carricgallen, Ballinamore, 45 miles duration 1h 5m
- Oldcastle to Bellanagh is a great biking road
- After Crossdowney the road takes a left for Arvagh. Here is one of the best roads of the day. Corners are tight and just roll on and off the throttle in 2nd gear.
- BEWARE. About 6 miles out on the R204 on the way to Ballinamore you will see a small lake in front of you. (Drumcours Lough) there is a very tight left turn. Watch out for it as the road appears to go straight ahead but it is in fact a 90 degree left turn.
Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Dowra, Glenfarn, Mohill, Sligo. 56 miles 1h 29m
- Now you are in for a treat. Road to Drumshanbo by the lakes is lovely
- In Drumshambo if you follow the signs for Dowra they lead you around the town.
- From Drumshanbo to Dowra super road too and enjoy the ride.
- The whole way now is just fantastic touring roads for motorbikes. These will make your day.
Sligo, Ballymote, Kesh, Boyle, Clooneyquin, Tulsk, Cloonyogan, Four Mile House, Roscommon. 53 miles 1h.10m.
- Beware of the Right hand turn when you come off the N17 and onto the R293. Road appears to go straight but its a 90 degree to the right.
- These roads are a real treat. They have everything. Enjoy
Roscommon to Longford N61. 20 miles 25 minutes
Accommodation this year was a big step up. The Longford Arms hotel had a leisure suite and everyone enjoyed the facilities.
Everyone enjoyed the hotel. Food and services was super. We were well looked after notwithstanding a small issue that was resolved by management. The evening entertainment in the lounge was terrific and there was dancing and fraternising with the local community until late in the evening.