The sun was shining on Cloughmore road as I selected my cycling garb , shorts seemed a reasonable choice and as I pedalled merrily to the Glen all was well with the world .
A select bunch awaited , Mr Power managed to tear himself away from the worlds slowest and most expensive shed project . Mr Kinbote brought with him an aura so filled with deadly man flu virus that he felt obliged to cycle more than the usual 500 meteres ahead of us all day . Colm returned as a trial to see how fit he was , by the low gate on Sallys yard he knew ! Angelina Duffy torn between swimming in freezing water or cycling with made the wise choice . JOD arrived on time which is impressive as bike selection on any given day must take some time , the butler having laid out his tangerine steed must have helped . Ian now a regular and the COC made up the merry band . No sign of herself with a tickly cough or John (SCO) who still has a tickly shoulder .Sky was ravaged by a man flu and will do well to escape intensive care . Meanwhile Dierdre with double pneumonia was out at boot camp and babck to back Meenuarys .
The was no thought of snow as we pedalled up sallys yard losing Colm early , however by the bridge the mist had settled in and the snowdrifts were bothersome. By the mast my shorts did not seem so clever and as we dropped done to the Fallow via the gully (stopping only to stifle laughter at Mr Powers dismount ) I wished for a nice pair of lycra tights .
Out the trails to yellow water with a nice pace as Mr Kinbotes viraemia took hold and slowed him down . The planned excusrion to Castle Bog was quickly abandoned owing to lack of snow tyres. Back to trails , giants pad , second right , trails to stone and down the back to badgers claw . Here I departed only due to a pneumatic issue with my front tyre leaving the rest ( at this stage only Power/Kinbote and PS) to climb back to the top …good luck