So a Cycling Work Colleague suggested that we take a day off and go for a long Bicycle ride and today, Thursday, was the day we settled on. Weather conditions were dry, overcast, light winds and very warm. I Cycled down the Comber Greenway in to Belfast to meet Gerard in the Work Car park and off we went.
Our route got off to an easy start on the flat roads setting off up through the Duncrue road to join the Loughshore Cycle path at Dargan, then leaving the path and back out on to the road at Gideons Green. We took the Doagh road up through Monkstown and then the first big climb of the day, the long ascent of the Knockagh road and Slievetrue roads before the reward of a nice fast descent through Straid to Ballynure.
Leaving Ballynure and up in to Ballyeaston and Tildarg then up over Big Collin on the Collin road, the view across to Slemish was a little obscured due to the overcast day. The scenery was good but my Phone Camera just did not do it justice.
A nice fast descent of the Collin road and then a short but steep climb up on to Church road saw us at the Misty Burn Cafe so a quick pit stop for a hot brew and a Bun to keep the Sugar levels up was called for, the Milk for my Tea was served in a miniature Milk Churn.
Time to get on our way again and the long gradual drag uphill on the Shane’s Hill road was worth the effort for a nice, fast, two mile descent down the other side in to Kilwaughter and on to Milbrook before swinging a right back in to the Country roads and over to Glyn on the Coast road. There was a bit of a headwind on the Coast road but nothing too annoying as we kept up a steady pace until the turn for Islandmagee.
Turning in to Islandmagee crossing the Lough road and travelling down one side of the Peninsula on the Low road taking in Mill bay passing Ballylumford around Ferris bay and a stop at Browns bay to use the public loos.
Leaving the scenic Browns Bay we travelled along the Middle road before a lunch stop at the famous Rhinka, a chance to take on some extra fuel and plenty of extra liquid to combat the sweat loss on such a humid day.
We were soon on our way again cycling through Whitehead, up the Blah hole and on to Carrickfergus and Jordanstown then back on to the Shore road cycle path to Dargan and back to Belfast through the Duncrue Estate. Gerard had to wait for his Wife to get out of Work before driving home so we had an hour to kill and with 80 odd miles in the legs we decided to throw in a loop to Holywood and back in to Belfast via the Comber Greenway and Victoria Park to clock up the imperial Century.
Door-to-door I had 105 miles chalked up, lost a lot of sweat in the heat but the Legs and energy levels were still good and I never once missed sitting in the Office pickling my head over bugs in Software, a cracking day out 🙂