Sunny Picnic with Mo and Sue

Unable to make the club spin this Morning gave me the rare luxury of a bit of extra time under the duvet which was much needed and the bonus of missing the wet roads from more overnight rain. A good healthy Breakfast and a large early lunch was consumed in the hope that it would restore the enrgy levels in the muscles.

Before too long I had arranged to meet Maurice and Sue (fellow Phoenix CC club members) at Carryduff shopping centre for a ‘Bun run‘ Cycle to Picnic in Killyleagh. It was a gorgeous, dry, sunny Autumnal day, warm in the sun with a chilling nip in the air in the shade. My route took me briefly along the Knock dual carriageway then in to the Glen road and the start of the climbing. From there it was up the Ballygowan road and then a right in to Manse road past the Four Winds and on to Cairnshill on the Saintfield road taking the main road all the way to Carryduff arriving first so I sat and enjoyed the Sun until Sue and Mo arrived.

Leaving Carryduff we took to the country lanes over to Ballygowan and then the rolling Carrickmannon road keeping up a steady pace, as we passed through Shrigley we knew it was only a short distance in to Killyleagh and we lifted the pace to a feisty level. Cake/Buns and Tea/Coffee was our reward, we were fortunate to get it though as Picnic was 15 minutes from closing just as we arrived.

Refuelled we initially returned the way we came before making our way to Saintfield via Raffrey and Darragh Cross. Sue who said “No hills on the way home please” as we left Killyleagh then called for a return to Carryduff via ‘Jacob’s Ladder‘ a very hilly part of the old Temple 100 road race circuit.

At Carryduff we opted to take the main Saintfield road back to Cairnshill where Sue and Mo branched off left down Purdysburn and myself off to the right for the lumpy spin through the Four Winds again but I was rewarded with a great view of Belfast in some beautiful late Autumn Sunshine, I stopped for a quick snapshot on my Phone. Another great day on the Saddle, long may this Autumnal Indian Summer continue.

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