A Sunny Morning 🙂 with plentiful light Rain Showers and a relentless strong Wind 🙁 again I opted for the Winter Bike as its shallower rim depth Wheels are less of a handful in strong Wind.
I set off up the Comber Greenway to Comber for a nice easy start to get the Legs spinning. Emerging out of Railway Street on to the Ballygowan road my forward progress was slowed up by that Wind hitting me head on. I pushed on as best I could and soon was in Ballygowan and heading up the Saintfield road. At Saintfield I Cycled through the town and took the Ballynahinch road and then decided to leave the main road and take to the quieter Drumconnell road. It turned out to be a poor decision as not only does it have Grass growing up the centre of the road but the surface is poor and today it was covered in loose gravel and slippery mud, a cyclocross bike with wider tyres would have been better suited to this road.
Slippery conditions safely navigated without incident it was now a few short but steep hills to contend with and then I was in Ballynahinch and taking the Spa road. The Sun was out, the Autumnal foliage was on show and bar that Wind it was actually quite a nice day for riding a Bicycle.
From Spa the terrain continued to throw lots of short, steep hills at me, combine this with the strong Wind and the energy levels were being sapped. Through Drumaroad I was hoping the local shop (in a Portacabin) would be open to top up the Water Bottle and get something Sugary to revive the legs but alas there was little sign of life within, nothing else for it but to continue on.
Up over Drumkeeragh and down in to Dromara the County Down scenery was stunning in the Autumn sunshine… between the Rain showers… barely another vehicle or person was seen, I had the whole area to myself.
Reaching Dromara I decided not to stop instead planning to stop in Annahilt a further eight miles away. Yet more short steep hills came and went as I made my way along roads I had not ventured on before, I was completley lost yet at the same time roughly knew where I was.
Soon I emerged on to a familiar looking road which brought me in to Annahilt and a much needed stop at the local shop, a Mars Bar and a Bottle of Fanta provided enough of a Sugary hit to get the energy levels up again and I pushed on at pace back over to Ballynahinch for the second time today. This time I took the main roads all the way back to Saintfield through Ballygowan back to Comber and then the traffic free spin up the Greenway home for a very tough 64 miles clocked up. The strong Wind and the Hills made for a very tiring day but the Northern Ireland Countryside was a feast for the eyes.