The fickle Northern Irish Weather

After lots of Hamster Wheel sessions indoors this Week I was keen to get back outside on the Bicycle this Weekend. Saturday was another washout but today’s forecast hinted at better Weather and indeed it was dry (but cold) when I set off this Morning.

It was a nice still Morning with none of the strong winds that have hammered us lately, the Sun was even shining 🙂

I set off along the Newtownards road, climbed up the Belfast Road in to the Ballybarnes road then descended down to Clandeboye crossing the main road and continuing along through Crawfordsburn and in to Bangor. The Sea was nice and calm and the Sun was rapidly being swallowed up by cloud.

Continuing on through Groomsport, Donaghadee and Millisle the original plan was to venture on to Portaferry but the clouds were thickening and a few spots of rain were already falling so at Ballywalter I swung inland to cross the Penninsula and start heading for home.

Passing Carrowdore and taking the Mount Stewart road the rain that had been threatening duly arrived. Heavy and sustained rain and nowhere to shelter I pressed on at pace until Newtownards stopping at a petrol station forecourt to sit out the worst of the rain before continuing up the long climb at Bradshaws Brae then descending down to Dundonald and home for 47 miles and a good recovery snack 🙂

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