This Weekends Club spin saw us depart from the norm and stick to main roads to start with, taking the Malone road through Ballyskeagh to Lisburn and staying on the main road up to Moira and past Magheralin before taking to the country lanes on the Springhill road. The Springhill road had recently been stone chipped and the chippings were still very loose a very real hazard to a large group of Cyclists so it was back on to the main Dromore road in to Lurgan.
Leaving Lurgan on the Gilford road navigating through Bleary and Drumnacanvy we were soon crossing the Gilford road and Cycling along the Mullahead road. The group then nipped on to the Newry Canal towpath to nip up to Scarva tea rooms for a pit stop. I on the otherhand bid them farewell to venture in to Portadown to visit the parental guidance but then it dawned on me they wouldn’t be at home so I implemented plan B and went through Ballylisk to Tandragee to visit a friend.
Leaving Tandragee on the Madden road I was soon in Gilford then passed through Lawrencetown and Blackskull to the edge of Dromore were I opted to go via Kilntown which turned out to be a lumpy wee road then emerging on to the Ballygowan road and on in to Hillsborough.
Back on familiar roads and finally with the wind at my back I made good progress across to Carryduff on to Moneyreagh and back home for a door-to-door total of 72 miles.