Our annual search for the first rays of light of the year was thwarted by cloud today . However BS returned to bring his own personal sunshine into our lives ( yes he paid me to write this). Joined by Peter , New Paul , DOC L , Davy ,Mr O, Herself and COC we headed up to first right ,hairpin , bridge , trails to stone and round the glen to the top of the switchbacks . Peter and Owen were already there when we arrived , and a few minutes later a herd ( or whatever the collective noun is for that species) of Rossi arrived resplendent in the new Gear from the spring collection from the house of McGinn. We must have met another 8 or ten on the way down so it looks like Cairnuary could be busy this year .
Happy New Year to all
If you’re walking(or cycling) down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking(or cycling) , eventually you’ll make progress.
Given the forecast a good spin was in order .With Mr Power shredding himself at enduro practice and Mr Hull on nappy duty ,It was left to PS,Herself , COC, The Late Mr Scullion ( yes he was) and Doc Lewis ( less half a toe-nail) to make up the numbers . Also joined for the first time by Richie who n his FB messages appeared concerned he might not keep up…Ha! Flyin Machine . Look out Mr Power .
The Route took us up giants pad , Low fallow corner , down along the river to nurses cottage , road to Glenloughan lane , up Finlieve , back down to Formal , Milltown lane , losing a few early birds here and Tim who was suffering after near self amputation. PS , Richie and COC then headed back up Kilfeaghan lane in order to appease Mr powers request for at least 1000m climbing . Over shoulder of knockshee , across Sallys to Ballynagelty and home by viewpoint and river walk . A mega spin . Mountain as dry as it ever has been . Mr Scullion was full of music today with a “hey Jude” ear worm .
1300m of climbing should keep Mr P quiet .
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.
The day started badly with Mr Power forgetting some vital bike component , I lent him a bike and we eventually left when he had completed a full service .
Only the stalwarts today , Robbie , Mr Power , New Paul , PS and COC . Doc Lewis had entered a passable excuse , Kenny was off watching grown men chasing a ball. We are struggling to remember him now , echoes of the brother. Scullion was again so late he never arrived .
There was a competition for the best Kennyism …
>Who Shot KH?
>Kenny Who ?
>The Kenny I knew so well
>Who is Kenny Anyway?
>Waiting for Kenny.
It went on for longer but I won’t bore you . The lack of route complaints was noted.
Commiserations /Congratulations to New Paul on achieving the ripe old age of 50 ..its all downhill from here , believe me.
Started up giants pad , fallow corner , ascent to reverse bath , over shoulder of Knockshee , back to Sallys without getting lost for a change , post , reverse to almost mast and left climb towards ballnagelty. dropped down to the stone , viewpoint and home by bins .
It was beautifully dry today and its the first time this year I have arrived home without having to hose off a significant portion of the mountain .