After the exertions of the Gravel Grinder and the Slaughter it was nice to take the pace back a bit and visit somewhere other than Slieve Martin . Brian was suitably late as usual , Doc Lewis and Peter were straining at the leash as usual , Herself and the COC remained restrained at the rear of affairs as usual .
Burma , Sallys , to post where the sun appeared to brighten our day but too late to dry the mountain which was mostly a mud bath . Visited Knockshee where we paused to gaze at a large buzzard circling effortlessly overhead , the antithesis of our efforts! Drooped down past the bath and without Rowan to get us lost found the gully . The river was in high spirits and we were entertained as Brian demonstrated various yoga poses during his crossing. Up towards fallow corner with no sightings of the long lost Garmin unfortunately. Home from here for all but the youngsters who headed over Slieve Meel.
As Christmas approaches ,the calendar is nearly ready and the Spectre of Cairnuary looms in the middle distance.All we need is a nice bit of snow.
For Ghastly , Gully and Garmin!
An octet of NTSR’s left the glen this morning in reasonable conditions . PS, Doc ,100% ,Herself , Scullion , Peter , COC and John (SCO). Burma , Sallys and turning right at the post for Knockshee where I demonstrated a perfect over the handlebar dismount, much to Brians amusement . No view on the top of Knockshee with thick mist . The plan was then to head for the Gully which would take us across the river and follow the river bank to Fallow . However Rowan headed for the correct gully and Doc headed for the other one ( on the mast to fallow corner route) . Very soon Rowan was lost in the mist and by the time we located his homing beacon we were too far to drop down to the river . So we broke a new trail to Fallow corner which was I must say quite pleasant and the mist even lifted momentarily .
From Fallow corner we headed to Slievemeel and across the trenches again to Red Bog . The plan now was to do reverse castle bog which involved a fair bit of hike a bike in driving rain . Just as we arrived at the wall for the descent HERSELF declared she had lost her garmin , bloody marvellous! So we retraced our tracks all the way back to Slievemeel but no sign was found . At least Santa will know what to get her for Xmas!
By the time we got home we were mud monsters , I hope weather better for next weeks Gravel Grinder as Rowan has us all up to high doh about how hard it is !
Oh and a note to the absent Mr Power … we failed again on the elevation with sub 1000 🙁
Well..it was without doubt a fairly miserable day, even Rowan agreed that in fact it was the best miserable day ever. It was so miserably wet and cold that Paul ( M) left almost before he arrived. Chris left after one Cairn and Brian nearly left except he found the peer pressure just too much .
In fact the only thing that brightened our day was Brian’s revelation that he liked to warm his (cycling) tights in the tumble dryer before cycling ( I nearly wrote before “coming out” there but it didn’t sound right)
We managed two Cairns and the requisite 1000m plus climbing to keep Mr P happy. Everyone will be glad to hear that Cairnuary will be over next weekend and we can play somewhere else .
Straightforward route , took a fair portion of the mountain home in my boots . Photos again poor as camera lens hard to keep clear .
- We narrowly avoid an international incident in which Brian comments on how “well” Robbie is looking after Christmas.
- Robbie saves the day with a lightning repost
- Paul announces his Transalp Bid
- Cormac tries to carve his face into a rock , the rock lost .
- An impressive number of clean runs on tunnel mast
- Liz throws herself off her bike to warn us its slippy .
- Brian forces change in the route and
- Paddy is pleased as he is now officially afraid of Fern Gully
- A couple of sketchy descents of Ballynagelty …out of control doesn’t do it justice.
- Robbie takes his Cuhulain friends off for early hot chocolate at the thought of another cairn
- Liz gets dumped by the group
- Henry looks for a good solicitor …none to be found
- We get the “Mr Power ” stamp of approval with 1100m climbed
Otherwise an uneventful spin with compulsory Cairns as will be the pattern for January .
Kenny and Cormac returned today even if they did start at eight , they always were a bit premature. Didi returned also with a plan to “just stay for an hour” more about that later . Peter , PS and herself made up the bunch along with yours truly. Teresa also showed up but after her recent defection to the Newry Wheelers there was some backchannel chat about whether this could be allowed to continue. Although it has to be said that PS does swing both ways ( between NTSR and 6.1 that is)
The weather was less than pleasant and the thought of open mountain occured only for as long as it would take to count the words in Mr Trump’s vocabulary . A summer seat expedition was put to the board and ratified in moments .
The seats were
1. Mr Dunbars seat at the Burma end .
4. Below Cloughmore stone where Didi died and was resurrected for the first time .
5. Rocky Road Corner where Didi died and was resurrected for the second time .
6. Half way round the Glen
( Ballynagelty should have been the next one but no one could face it )
Here Didi was prevailed upon to persist and with an infusion of fake Jelly Babies found a second wind .
7.Teresa’s seat which was more than just a little bit below the trails on the Red Bull loop .
8.White Mountain on the Black trail
9.Red Bog via the trenches .
Home straight James and don’t spare the horses from here , all completely soaked and COC with a buckled wheel courtesy of a broken spoke , Cormac suggested it was time for my pre- christmas diet as broken spokes are a speciality of mine.