I was going to title this “New Paul loses virginity in threesome” but your filthy minds would have jumped to the wrong conclusions and search engines would have gone into free-fall .
Quite simply there were three of us , John (SCO) , COC and New Paul , hence threesome and Paul managed a clear run for the first time on climb at Batts wall. Our reputation is as ever retained.
A gentle spin today in the absence of the Powerful one , Castle bog which is riding extra well, down to the ford and over the old route at red bog , Its years since we started building on that and now someone has taken up the mantle. Lost John here and headed out trails back to ford and home with good speed .
It would appear that the child of Prague was indeed re-housed and the mountain is looking all the better for it with the heather coming into bloom beautifully.
Another glorious day with the mountain as dry as dust . I’m getting close to looking forward to just a little rain . John (SCO) returned after a long absence as did Paddy Good-fellow .
Mr Power had an Ardrock preparation head on and had planned a 1500 m climb for us . Unfortunately he had not tabled this at the AGM and Kenny called him out of order .
Two clean rounds on the switchbacks , Mr Power by the traditional route and COC by the apparently disallowed right hand route …PAH!
Mast was next stop then out to Fern Gully which it has to be said was very ferny , we nearly lost John (SCO) , New Paul was still bleeding after an earlier fall so we could follow the trail of blood to find him!
Back up Sallys to the bridge , turning right out towards knockshee , back towards Fallow by bath and up again to the mast . Then home for some but more climbing for Mr Power and Robbie up Ballynagelty before home .I wonder did he hit his target?.
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 ?
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 .