Motorcycle touring is all about fun, friendship, adventure and exploration. A time where you get to ride fantastic roads, meet like minded people, visit exiting places and develop you riding skills.
The Run Of The Country ticks all these box
It started a grey day and ended in a drenching. No one was to know this at 7:30am as the bikers assembled early for registration at St. Ita’s Special School, Drogheda. Breakfast was prepared and served by volunteers from staff and parents council. Lots of children attended to see the bikes and the bikers. They took the opportunity to sit on the bikes and have their photos taken. The bikers could see for themselves where the fundraising money was being spent.
The run was sent off on its merry road by the Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell.
44 miles 1hr 10min
St Ita’ Special School
Exit School Gate and turn Left
T junction turn Right
GrangeBellew (Doherty’s Pub)
Turn left at the roundabout
Signpost for Navan
Check Point is Topaz Garage
From the start this route was twists all the way. A bikers dream. Down the east coast through Co, Louth coastline then turning west from Dundalk to Carrickmacross. This is an excellent road with challenging twists and bends as the road winds its way out of Louth into the drumlins of Monaghan. Carrickmacross to Kingscourt is a legend of a road as it winds around the estate wall finally climbing up the hill into Kingscourt.
53 miles 1h20m
2 miles Right turn for Cootehill
Immediately after Bridge of Cavan bypass
Take the left turn for N87
Donohoes Top Garage & Super Valu
One of the highlights of this part of the route road to Coothill from Bailiebourogh the R191. These are tight drumlin roads that follow the contours of the little hills. The last few miles from Belturbet to Ballyconnell are great Cavan roads. Quiet, undulating roads which are bordered with tall Whitethorn hedges. The vanishing point on many of the corners is quite near creating blind corners that need lots of concentration.
MIlage 55 1h15m
Turn left for Ballinamore R202
Immediate right for Glangelvin &
Ballavary Gap R200
Glangelvin keep left R200
Dowra turn right
Cross bridge turn left
Xpress Stop Regional Stores
Stage 3 is another 55 miles tour of West Cavan, the Leitrim Glens and into Sligo. Amazing scenery when the weather is good. Unfortunately the weather started to deteriorate and the mountain passes of the Ballyvally gap, Glengelvin were wet and misty. From Dowra onto Sligo the weather was a little better but the roads were wet and needed care and concentration. No time to admire the views of Lough Gill.
48 miles 1h20m
Sligo inner relief road N4 South
Head for Dublin
Exit N4 Dromahair Exit
Super Value Main St Ballinamore
Wet weather was not the order of the day. Arriving in Ballinamore the riders were wet through. “Whats the shortest way to the hotel” was the question on every riders lips.
47 miles 1h40m
Turn Left Crossroads R194 Ballyjamesduff
Park Hotel Virginia
The suggested route was binned. All went directly to the hotel by whatever route they could. The hotel staff were wonderful hanging up the wet riders gear in the out offices at the rear of the hotel. Once out of the wet gear and pint in hand All the riders had smiles on their faces and tired and very happy.
Overnight accommodation was in the Park Hotel Virginia which is a comfortable period residence house with soft beds, hot showers and great food and drink. The shabby sheik of the hotel went down very well with the bikers. All the staff were wonderful and helpful with the wet gear.
The evening meal was great. The food was tasty, well presented and there were generous country portions for hungry bikers. The prizes for the poker run were given out and spot prizes were won. There was plenty of chat and a post mortem of the route. Everyone adjourned to the bar for a few pints before bed. Even the staff joined us for a few scoops. It was a great day out on the bikes