This is the first time I have had to plan a touring route, and I have to say it hasn’t been very easy. When we decided to do a bit of touring around Southern Ireland my first thought was to simply Google “Touring route around Ireland” and (hopefully) get a list of several popular motor home routes. I now realize how naïve I was……….
I obviously tried Google in the first instance but the results I got were not just disappointing but utter crap! I didn’t get a single suitable hit. At that point I realized planning the route was going to be a little more involved than I first thought.
I have embraced the technological age and am more than happy to let ‘Jane’ (my Sat Nav) direct me wherever I want to go. On the whole, she has done a good job however she did send me down a very narrow single track lane with stone walls either side, and no passing places whilst on holiday in the Lake District last year so she doesn’t always get it right. The four miles down that road in the first proper trip in the motor home wasn’t much fun at all, but we managed to get through it without too much damage. There are a few scratches down the windows (damn over hanging trees) but it could have been a whole lot worse. Anyway, whilst I am happy listening to Jane, my wife isn’t and likes to have a road map in front of her at all times. It does get annoying when she starts confirming that Jane is correct, but as long as she is happy (“Happy wife happy life” and all that) I simply grit my teeth and let her get on with it.
Whilst planning the route in Ireland I was actually happy my wife had her UK road map because on the back pages is a reasonable sized map of Ireland with details of the major roads, towns and counties that you can actually see without resorting to using a magnifying glass. As much as I hate to admit it, this small map of Ireland was the most important useful aid in sorting out the route for our Irish adventure.
With the map in front of me it I simply:-
Started at Dublin port and head across the country to the West coast selecting a stop off town en route
Whether the route was any good or not is impossible to say, and only time will tell if I choose wisely or not. I have no idea whether the route will take us to all the “must see” places or not. The route is not ‘tried and tested’ and is a total stab in the dark, which I have to say is unusual for us. My wife is organised and likes to have a specific itinerary and know exactly where she’s going and what lies ahead. This route is a bit of a step in to the unknown and is totally out of her comfort zone, and a little out of my comfort zone too – but hey, that’s what owning a motor home and doing a bit of touring is all about, right?
Our actual route involves:-
Although I am a little apprehensive I am really looking forward to it and can’t wait for the adventure to begin.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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