Ups and Downs

In which
Mr Suffern returned astride a new orange beast ,I think an Ibis is a sort of wild deer but given that Hugh has an ebay addiction I assume it wasn’t wild dear . He did his bit for wildlife today freeing a little bird , I thought 4 guineas was a bit steep for fee , he assured us it was a considerable discount .(I hope you all appreciate the musical reference) .

John (SCO) returns from two weeks of gluttony and is correspondingly speedy .

COC conquered the switchbacks despite protestations about use of alternative route ..jealosy is a terrible thing.

Cormac developed a falling down disease and Robbie is investigating how a rolator could be attached to his bike.

Dan fell off at least once , Eamon failed to get his heart rate over 100.

Kenny reports a clear round on castle bog to wall , but as suffern was his witness we have to be cautious with believing him

Herself had a sick note , as did DOC L who is as we speak in bicycle DT’s .

I fell off after the wall which is why the route looks a bit peculiar on map .GPS switched off for a bit .

Creaks and Cramps

A long roll of sick notes today , Scullion was away teaching the French how to drink wine , Doc L was on Babysitting duties , Mr Hull was telling Kenny McKinstry where to go .John SCO , PS and New Paul were AWOL .
The two and only Horse and Hound had threatened a royal visit to display the new wheels but cried off at the last moment . A better offer no doubt.

Ross and John returned for a rare visit , Robbie returned and regretted it! Mr Power had the audacity to turn up on a poorly serviced anthem which creaked its way around , this from the man who will not tolerate creaking in any other bikes . COC and Herself made up the posse for a dart up to fiddlers /viewpoint/ stone / style / knockshee/ formal. Poor Robbie hadnt been out in a while and how he loved that climb up formal not to mention the tech section to Formal . He was unable to cure his own cramp but soldiered on .Work needed for Thriller !!!

No Rossi in sight today .

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Clean Round Mania

The book of excuses went to a new volume today with chapters like..

Have you seen the forecast? Robbie
Its going to lash . Robbie
I would have done that except you stopped in front of me .Liz
My heart rate was too high. COC
I have to go and get the dry cleaning. Robbie
I think I have something to do but I can’t remember what it was. Rowan
My knee is hurty again .Liz

With the Fondo looming , Mr Stewart and Murray had absented themselves for the delights of the road .No note had been received and Kenny has it in his book.
However said forecast never happened ,it was warm and dry all morning bar a brief shower which left some of the rocks on the trails like ice , causing Doc Lewis some momentary consternation.

Route started with Giants pad , second right , shortcut , switchbacks with much effort put into the elusive clear round . Most folk got as far as the last hard bit , now called “Luciver ” by Kenny . The left line beat everyone although the line on the right is doable ..as I did it . However an EGM will have to decide if that line will constitute a clear round

Tunnel , with DOC Lewis getting a clear descent which is possibly a first . Onto trails and out at the bridge . Kenny and Cormac the took themselves off on their new toys towards Formal . The rest headed over slieve meel to Yellow Water and down to bridge where the excuses practically vomited out . Leaving only COC and DOC to tackle Castle Bog . Tim still working on the elusive clear round from gate to leitrim lodge . Could be a while!

Up Castle bog with Tim having no respect for his elders and towards wall, Both initial attempts at clear round failed but COC did manage it at the second attempt…does that count?
Home by ulster way and way surprised to find the early leavers in the Church Cafe ..all those excuses Robbie …that laundry won’t do itself you know !

No word from Mr Power et al yet .

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Tunnel Vision

Select bunch today , no sick note from Teresa, Pamela or Leona . Kenny and Cormac away getting go faster stickers applied to their wreckonings , probably bells and reflectors also.
Scullion , 2 Pauls , Robbie , Coc , Herself and John (Sco) made up the merry band . Taking care to greet the pedestrians on the fairy glen we headed for Giants pad and up towards Fallow loop. There was a bit of a sprint up the first climb , Robbie and John fell away early leaving PS and COC to battle . COC must still have a bit of wheeler in him somewhere as he fought PS off for KOH .
Up to Tunnel where on Tuesday night it was reported that Doc Lewis got a clear round to fence . It was very dry and the normally dangerous logs had some grip. Repeated attempts by PS , Scullion and COC resulted in only one more clear by the boss.
Up to mast where I think everyone was clear it was so dry . Out towards Knockshee , and were enjoying the view so much that missed the turn . However our scottish pathfinder soon had us back on track.
Robbie then started to creak first brakes then frame , new pads and bearings need sorted which provided him a weak excuse for getting off the bike on fern gully .
Over the wall and down to lower gate off piste , v. nice. Home by wall .

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GOB ELTSAC

As the name suggests this was a backwards loop of Castle bog :

    In Which

      Mr Hull remains indisposed
      Leona has a big birthday
      Liz has a swim
      We inherit a dog
      COC claims dismount of the day

      A bijou crowd gathered at the glen although in the future this might have to be a clandestine affair if KCA get their way . Pamela , Liz,Leona, New Paul , Cormac and COC.

      Giants pad , Green road , Trails to Ford where we picked up Eamons dog who decided Eamon was running too slow and wanted a bit of decent pace. Then a twist to the tale ..sheep pen and up along the river / fence to the boundary stone . On the way here Liz did a bit of a spectacular dive into a rather deep pool , broke new helmet and was soaked from head to toe. Girls left us here for home and birthday breakfast in the school house. We persevered to Pierces castle and down to leitrim lodge . Home by trails.
      Any easy day without Herr Obenfurher Hull the second .

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