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?.
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 .
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 ?
Poor show tonight , Mr S was so late he never arrived , Dr L was at home stroking his new 38C tyres , PS doesn’t want to get new bike dirty and the Rossi crowd are saving themselves for the W200 , probably just as well.
Only the trusty BG and Kenny turned up with COC on a rare Tuesday night appearance. The mountain was as dry as dust , Fallow , loop , trails , Tunnel, Mast , Ballynagelty and home . Clear rounds for all on mast and ballynagelty , grip to spare.
The midges were plentiful so stopping anywhere was out of the question , poor Kenny took a bad fall coming ogg Ballynagelty , but was more concerned about the bike than the blood streaming from his elbow . BG helpfully added it would need 4 stitches. Beautiful night with stunning views of the lough and the sunset . Glad to be back.
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.