A chilly and very overcast morning greeted me as I wheeled my bicycle out to set off for my morning spin. The intention was to go for a distance ride to build up some endurance in prep for my lap the Lough challenge at the end of August which is 85 miles.
I had only got the length of Ballygowan when I considered returning home due to quite heavy, drizzly rain. But I persevered on up to Saintfield where the rain stopped, then Ballynahinch, Spa, Seaforde, Clough and in to Dundrum for a short stop to rest the legs, top up the Water bottles and refuel.
From Dundrum it was back to Clough onwards to Downpatrick turning left in Crossgar and going across country to Killinchy to the shores of Strangford Lough at Whiterock and following the Coast road back to Comber and the familiar lanes of the Comber Greenway back to Dundonald for my longest cycle yet of seventy miles.
Ironically the Sun broke through after I had returned home.