“Better Than Christmas” ( Quote from Al )

Slaughter The 10th
The child of prague lived up to its reputation once more and delivered a glorious day despite the gloom mongering from Banbridge direction.

Dan Duffy was up early and had a lap in before we started just to make us feel bad . Al arrived late but caught us up just as we arrived at the mast for the first time. The girls got a bit frisky at this stage so we headed straight for cairn number 1 where we were met by Mr Drone AKA Ross McLaughlin . Down to the Gully where a few fallers managed to escape my lens.

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Second Lap up by Fiddlers and The glen is a tough one , but then we are all tough except Mr Robbie who was saving himself for France , enough said . A moments respect for poor John Duffy at this point , went down the road to avoid the dangerous mountain descent . Braked to avoid a dog and ended up in casualty with a wrecked AC joint. 🙁

Third Lap up Fallow and round by tunnel and the legs were getting tired , despite this quite a few clear rounds on Mast Climb , impressive at this stage of the day .

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Last lap , the dreaded switchbacks,  and a clear round here gets a you a position in the hall of fame , alas no one up to the mark although Doc Lewis damn close.

Handshakes all round and lots of back smacking , home by the glen to a well deserved rest for some the bar for others , sore heads to match the sore legs today methinks. Route Here if you want to give it a go.


All Images here , far too many to label .

Where’s Kenny ?

Kenny is unavoidably detained for the next 10 years , just so that we don’t all forget him ,his likeness is in this picture , answers on a post card to NTSR child care services , Banbridge .Oh and by the way ..where’s John (SCO) …emigrated?

We did however manage to struggle on without him , Cormac having taken over as chief trouble maker aided and abetted by Robbie ( half a slaughter )Caraher. Scullion was early , Paul was late and Kevin from the Rossi wished he had missed us altogether.

With the aforementioned slaughter so close there was nothing for it but two cairns , full route here .

Several clean rounds on the Tunnel /mast climb but poor show on the switchbacks .

Our day was brightened by meeting beautiful Al , good job Liz had left at this point . Robbie spent a fair portion of the day falling over on Ballynagelty ,should be good training for France !

 

How the mighty fall

The weather was fine this morning till Robbie opened his mouth after which of course it lashed . Kenny surprised us with a visit following the recent arrival of James Kenneth this week , he is obviously starting as he means to go on ……we’ll see how that goes. I’m going out to put a bet on that James Kenneth will be a brilliant rally driver , don’t expect great odds though .
Mr Power returned having had Robbies healing hands cure the single muscle fibre thats been holding him back for a month . That link and shameless plug will cost you Robbie.

Giants pad , Fallow , trails , yellow water , batts wall , castle bog , home by trails .

I had a nice fall and assistance was refused until I handed over the camera …Karma!

Home soaked …thanks Robbie

Autumn Arrives , Slaughter Preparation Continues

No prize for guessing the musical clue .

Quote of the day from Robbie :”you can’t out train a bad diet” or words to that effect . In any case I understood what it meant as the svelte Mr Suffern breezed past me on the hills . His 77KG seemingly unhindered by gravity and with his new Ibis talent compensator he was unstoppable. My evil plan to slow him down was actioned when he came to NTSR towers afterwards for breakfast . I fed him two eggs and two full fat cappuccinos . He didnt even notice me feeding my breakfast to the dogs .

Great to see Kevin Murdock back with us today after a long break , he doesn’t usually do anything under 24 hours so a few hours with us must have been a breeze.

Ballynagelty got a sound trashing today with PS finding a great line to the top followed by Hugh , Brian and COC . I’ve never seen so many clear rounds there.

Mr Scullion was early ….I kid you not ,but subsequently had some difficulty staying on the bike with a bad encouter with a tree on Badger .

Sick notes not received from DOC , Kenny or Mr Power whose sacro iliac joint must be nearly diagnosed to death by now.

Route was most of 2 slaughter climbs .Wall , giants pad , fallow , tunnel , reverse bath , knockshee , post , post , fern gully , atlantic , back up sallys , ballynagelty , badgers , home . Lovely day and ground fairly dry …some nice pics .
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Doc Lewis is nothing if not consistent …consistently just in a slightly different orbit than the rest of us . His hardtail today was adorned with a rear mudguard that would not have looked out of place on a Harley Davidson. It unfortunately added to the crime of his front mudguard rather than restoring any sort of natural balance. It has to be said however that it does not slow him down AT ALL .
New Paul was somewhat under par today , attempts to blame a floating seatpost were taken with a pinch of salt . Herself had taken 1ml too much red wine last night and that was her excuse . John (SCO) had no excuse other than a bad case of clergymans knee which is rare in a dentist ! These three departed early after a climb to fiddlers , view point , stone , glen, trails to Fallow . The rest of us , Kenny , Robbie , John (bangor) Doc L , COC and PS headed to tunnel and mast . Clean rounds for PS and COC , very nearly for John (bangor) but rules are rules John . Kenny claimed injury but none of us believed him . Tim got tangled up in his mudguard.
Mast to fern gulley and down to low ballyedmond gate , Back up to mast and home by various routes . A good Slaughter prep day alright .

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