Arriving at the Football Club with the Rain hammering against the Car Windscreen and large puddles flooding most roads I must admit I did contemplate returning home and going back to bed for an hour, however the Weather forecast was for Rain dying out and warm sunshine coming in in its place.
Shortly after 9:30 am we all rolled out in one large group and turned in to the Dundrum Road for a direct hit along some rolling roads through to Seaforde, dodging some pretty horrendous potholes along the way. By Seaforde many smaller groups had formed as each individual found their own pace. From Seaforde we rolled along to Ballydugan through Ballynoe and emerged out on to the Strangford coast at Rossglass near Tyrella. We then hugged the coast passing through Killough and Ardglass, Ballyhornan and Kilclief stopping in Strangford at the designated lunch stop to refuel for the onward journey. The refuelling was badly needed after battling a head wind along the coast, not to mention the miles and short sharp hills along the way.
Suitably refuelled and hydrated it was time to saddle up again and now the roads were drying up and the sun was out and shining strongly and with it was a rise in temperature forcing the disrobing of rain jackets to avoid over-heating. The long uphill drag out of Strangford was rewarded with a gentle downhill gradient and a faster pace as we made our way to the Quoile Bridge and then turned on to the main Killyleagh road for the short spin up to the Scaddy turn off meandering around the lanes to Kilmore, Listooder and on to Ballynahinch. From Ballynahinch it was nearly all uphill to Dromara a spin interrupted by a rear puncture with just three miles to go. So many people had punctured all day long right from the start, obviously the heavy overnight rain must have washed a lot of debris on to the roads. Puncture repaired in the warm sunshine I was soon rolling on my way again for the short distance back to the Football club with 63 miles racked up.