With Met Office Weather Warnings in place for heavy Wind and possible flooding the sensible thing to do would be to sit in the house with the feet up or stay in bed to catch a few hours extra sleep. But studying the Weather map closer I saw that there was a Weather Window early on in the Morning before the Rain was due to roll in around 9am. With that in mind I set the alarm clock to get up early and try to get out on the bike before daylight.
The alarm went off and a look outside revealed that although Windy it was not yet raining, so I fuelled up on the Porridge, got my self kitted up and ventured out in to the dark just as the daylight was starting to come through.
Off I went through Dundonald, Craigantlet, Clandeyboye and Crawfordsburn before the first spots of Rain began to fall, all the time battling the strong Wind which was slowing my forward momentum! Dropping down in to Bangor and taking the quieter but more exposed Seacliff road I cycled on to Groomsport. My original plan was to keep going to Ballywalter before turning for home but the Rain was now falling with a vengeance so I changed course to traverse the Peninsula to cycle my way over to Newtownards then climbed up around Scrabo before descending down to Comber and back to Dundonald for a hard earned 36 miles in the Saddle.