From The north coast of the Isle we continued on the Causway Coastal route the 77-Miles to Belfast. We saw tons of bikes that had been at the “north-west” race nearby.
Finding the ferry dock is not that easy and did involve some driving around. There is very poor temporary signage. We did find it, but had 4 hours to kill and so we found a McDonalds to hang out in. Arriving at the dock at 1030 we met about 20 other bikers.
The ferry was late and finally loaded at 2 am. We had a bit of a rough night with Dan trying to sleep in a chair that did not recline, while I had better luck on the floor.
We arrived to the Island at 730 am in the end to a very nice sunny day.
This meant a quick breakfast and then we did two laps of the TT course before the rest of the Sunday drivers got up.
The wind on the mountaintop was pretty fierce. This is the corner where our friend Gino left the race in a helicopter. He went down trying to avoid running over the rider who had crashed in front of him.
When the course got busy we headed south to Castletown and a visit to the Castle Rushen.
We finished the day with a visit to the southernmost point “the sound” where we saw the sea lions and “the calf” of the island.
There are speed limits here in the towns and villages, but once you see this sign it is game on! There are an incredible number of small roads here crisscrossing the mountains. You could spend a week here easily and still not see all there is to see.
We stopped in to Niarbyl by going down the “road to the end of the stones”. In summer you can find basking sharks here.
Next we headed on the coast roads to Peel to see the castle. This guy actually caught 2 fish at the same time!
We rode further up the east coast to the northern most point on the island at Aire. You can actually see Scotland from here.