Another wonderful Sunny day but the Wind had picked up big time making forward progress a doddle or a burden depending on which direction you were travelling.
Due to the strong Wind I left the Summer Bike and its deep Carbon Wheels at home as they are a handful in crosswinds and instead I rolled out along the Knock Carriageway on the Winter Bike. It was past rush hour but traffic was still busy so I nipped in through Newtownbreda rather than keep to the main road.
Briefly on to the Hillhall road before turning left in to Ballycoan road and the long climb up to Upper Mealough road, it was easy to forget how close to Belfast I was given the lack of traffic on these more rural roads. A new personal best time on the climb was reward for the struggle against gravitational forces.
I continued on through Carryduff and along the Ravara road in to a nasty headwind to Ballygowan zig-zagging across various roads to Balloo and Killinchy before descending to Whiterock and stopping at Sketrick Island for a brew at Daft Eddies and an hour enjoying the warm Sun 🙂
Home via Comber and the Comber Greenway for 41 miles, none of it easy in that wind.