The vintage car rally invasion made it a good day to evacuate and with the start of Thriller season some felt the Cooleys a good call .
After the usual prolonged debate about starting time and venue , Tims idea (of starting at Omeath doing the back loop then leaving the front loop as an option) was accepted .
Paul was there for the inaugural ride on new steed , its looks like the piggy bank may have been raided. Kenny , Tim , COC , Herself , Dan and Eamon made up the numbers . Cormac had been unable to fix his car although what he couldn’t have just cycled up from Dublin and met us I dont know.
We escaped any rain which was a miracle given the forecast . Kenny was off form and about half way through , COC and Herself offered to navigate him out on a shortcut to Skull alley 😉 . The others proceeded along the usual route and were never seen again .
Finlieve lane next week ?
Poor show tonight , Mr S was so late he never arrived , Dr L was at home stroking his new 38C tyres , PS doesn’t want to get new bike dirty and the Rossi crowd are saving themselves for the W200 , probably just as well.
Only the trusty BG and Kenny turned up with COC on a rare Tuesday night appearance. The mountain was as dry as dust , Fallow , loop , trails , Tunnel, Mast , Ballynagelty and home . Clear rounds for all on mast and ballynagelty , grip to spare.
The midges were plentiful so stopping anywhere was out of the question , poor Kenny took a bad fall coming ogg Ballynagelty , but was more concerned about the bike than the blood streaming from his elbow . BG helpfully added it would need 4 stitches. Beautiful night with stunning views of the lough and the sunset . Glad to be back.
Despite the good weather forecast the mist smothered our intended route initially at least . Mr Suffern, a guest from Dromore Running club attended along with the lesser spotted Mark Cooper . Stalwarts, Kenny , Cormac, Paul(M) and COC along with Eamon made up the numbers .
Mr Power had planned a “CLIMBY” spin and we headed to Reverse Formal up the green road . Unfortunately when we got to the Fallow Corner the visibility was dreadful , EVEN Kenny and a number of GPS devices left us low of the path and walking most of the way to the river where a correction was applied and normal service resumed . Great spin down Fallow . Lost eamon and Paul at Kilfeaghan before the lovely climb to bath and onward to Fallow corner . How Mark loved it…… Ah well at least the sun came out.
In Which :
- We are honoured by the return of Doc “Gravel” Lewis
- PS feels a bit under the weather
- John (SCO) has no excuse but bails anyway
- Robbie demonstrates a double pike with three quarters turn but fluffs his landing , it was so impressive that I felt reaching for the camera before checking his pulse might have been too much.
- Shane blames fish for failure at very early stage , needs to work on excuses.
- COC is the first to show his easter knees , in the face of a mountain of fully clad lycra.
- Cormac fails on Ballynagelty as G Lewis shows the way.
The idea of the route was to visit all six summerseats , I’m sure McMahon is already working on a better route , it makes a nice challenge and I think we might revisit .
Wet morning with a lot of mist on the hills and cold wind to cut you in two. But it was ok because Barra said ( according to Robbie) that it would clear at 10 . Maybe he meant 10 pm who knows ? In any cause we got a soaking despite resorting the that old favorite when the weather is bad …The five hills of the ulster way …as you can see from the map we gave them a fair doing today .
Mr Power as usual spent the time off the front miserable as his ex-friend ( he who must not be named k***y) has deserted him in favour of oval balls. PS who had been billed as “flying” by the absent Scullion spent the day trailing at the back .Its not looking good for the alps. Robbie spent the day enjoying the route especially when we went off piste and looking for “k***y”.
John (Sco ) was not here either and after todays performance by his countrymen may never show his face again .
A contingent including New Paul , Dan Duffy and the Other Dr Lewis are reported to have headed for a bit of real gravel in newcastle , fairly sure they got the same soaking as us .
Very few photos as the weather did not lend itself to stopping.