The Ring of Kerry
Multiple times through this route I thought to myself how fantastic it would be to have a motorcycle, especially during the times when being passed by a motorcycle, yet not so much as the rain was pouring down. The speed limit on the road at many points is 100kmh, which I thought was amazing considering the quality of the road and the turns throughout. However, I rarely reached that limit often getting passed like an old man on a Sunday drive. I did, at a few points, manage to get the little Mitsubishi up to speed, with its body roll, crappy little tires, and overall design meant for fuel efficiency over rally racing. I can’t complain though, the small car did well, and I even got a honk by one of the little pimped out Japanese cars that passed us at a stop. I’m going to assume it was an approving honk.
Some more scenic views
Some notes on the Ring of Kerry:
They say you should drive counterclockwise when doing the route, although it didn’t seem anyone followed that rule and I don’t necessarily see the reason for it. I assume this has to do with the slow tour buses, but not having seen any I can’t comment. Both directions seemed fine to me.
It can be done in less than a day, but I would recommend a full day to see it all.
The speed limit seems high for such winding narrow roads, but maybe that’s because I was in a little-underpowered car. If I had a sports bike, I probably would have gone much faster. Up until I hit a turn that took me into the front of another car, over a cliff, or into a ditch.
The roads are not as narrow as many sites make it sound.
The weather changes, so one minute you will have pouring rain, the next sun. Technically that’s an Ireland overall thing but also applies here.
And finally… more sheep
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