Good turnout on a freezing but initially bright morning . Sallys Yard , mast , Cairn , back to tunnel and trails , at this point fingers and toes freezing . Split in camp with me wanting another cairn in the bag and a crowd wanting not to die of hypothermia. They went out to yellow water on trails , Kenny JOD and I headed for second right and switchbacks to grap another summit . Kenny got closest to a clear round , seems like ages since anyone cleaned it …Mr Power we need you back. Cairn and back by glen to viewpoint, river walk and home for Kenny and JOD . In order to complete my loop I had to climb back up to the short cut bridge on the road ……pain.
Might get interesting if forecast snow comes.
A quick look out the window at 8 am and straight back to bed . I hear only Davy and Alex braved the rain . However I had work to do so later ( when the rain had stopped ) we headed for a few loops of SM in aid of Cairnuary.
The “work” was courtesy of JOD a man who collects bikes like I collect grey hairs . He had kindly lent me one of his many fabulous steeds.
A specialized s-works , epic , carbon, roval , fox,xtr, titanium , argon 2 x10 ,22lb piece of art with wheels ( to quote CK) the size of the rings of saturn .
Now in fairness it wasnt set up for me as the svelte JOD obviously required a little less pressure in his rear shock than a post xmas COC. I am in danger here of starting Mr Power on a rant re the vagaries of sag ,but suffice to say 50% is too much in anyones books. The tyres also had far too much nitrogen in them and were as hard as Mr Powers head .
Up the green road to the trails it did climb nicely , not fast enough to keep up with COC junior however ! On the flat trails it rolled extra well flattening all before me . But in the words of Mr Huge Suffering ” cycle on the road instead” .In the shake of a cheque book we were at the cairn . On the descent I was a bit nervous and felt I was aboard a penny farthing , twisty corners it does not do well .
About turn and straight back up the road , right at the bridge up the steep hill to the stone , defintely a monster climber , I look forward to a bash at the switchbacks ( Mr P) . But at this point my lotto winnings will still go on a Turner Flux 27.5 .
Met a few Cairnuary activists on our way , Dierdre and Sky getting a second climb in . Gerry was also out and Barry was sighted . I am sure obenfurher McMahon wasnt far behind .
With sunrise cancelled it was only my superhuman will power that got me out of the cot . To say it did not look inviting outside was an understatement. Layers were variously put on , taken off and put on again until I ran out of time.
At the glen delighted to see the return of Barry , he may take up the Cairnuray challenge . Eamon and Angelina Duffy were there having chickened out of the swim . Sky and Dierdre were taking the alternative route along with Lucky the fittest dog in Rostrevor. Herself and I made up the select group with hard men like scullion and bgtv still in the scratcher.
Up giants pad , switchbacks with no clear round ( sorry cormac) and to the top . Although it was actually very mild the wind was ferocius as you can see from the photos .
Thats one down for CAIRNUARY