The plan when we set off in dull and drizzly conditions was to cycle to Downpatrick with a view of going on to Newcastle but plans can change.
The group set off up the Saintfield road at warp speed and the pace rarely relented the rest of the day. Before long we were in Carryduff and swung left out the Saintfield road but we soon got off the main road and hit the country lanes before emerging in Saintfield then it was the main road all the way through Crossgar to Downpatrick where someone shouted ‘Ferry’ and we took a left and a right heading for Strangford.
Arriving in Strangford to see the Car Ferry leaving the dock it was time to find a Coffee shop [the Spinnaker] and refuel the engines. A short Ferry trip later [just one pound for a single Bicycle fare] and we were off again hugging the Coast and bathed in Sunshine then across the Peninsula to Cloughey and Portavogie then a tour inland before coming back out on to the main road on the Lough side of the Peninsula where we kept to the main road to Newtownards. The group stuck to the main road home through Dundonald but I wasn’t done yet and swung around to climb past Scrabo and back out on to the main Carriageway to Dundonald and Stormont. I then decided to get a few more miles in with a loop over to Holywood and then battle a pretty stiff headwind back in the Airport road and home for a total of 80 miles.