A bit milder than of late, the Mercury settling at around 7 degrees Celsius but alas the Roads were not only soaking wet but also filthy. Nothing else for it but to gear up and get out on the Bicycle and get a good long Bike ride in.
With the low Winter Sun reflecting off of wet roads visibility was challenging at times so I was thankful to have a good bright rear light and some fluoro on my hands and feet to increase my road presence.
My route took me up the traffic free Comber Greenway then I went Coastal around the Strangford Lough shoreline passing Castle Espie and Sketrick Island resisting the lure of a Caramel Square at Daft Eddies. Onwards to Whiterock and the steep climb up out of it towards Killinchy before swinging left in to more traffic free country lanes with more Coastal bays occasionally the Sun finding a gap in the Clouds to paint the County Down landscape.
These narrow Country lanes do not see much traffic and as a result the centre of the road is a little green in places, another slippery hazard at this time of year.
Leaving the Ringdufferin road and emerging on to the main Killyleagh road all was good, the legs were good, the Bike was running sweet and I now had some flatter terrain and a bit of a tailwind. I was in Killyleagh in no time. A right turn took me up past Killyleagh Castle and out through Shrigley onwards to Raffrey and Saintfield and a brisk spin down to Ballygowan then out the Moss road to Balloo. From Balloo I took the main road to Lisbane before descending down to the Coastal roads again passing Castle Espie a second time, through Comber and back along the Greenway which I did a few laps of to add on some additional miles.
I gave the Bike a good wash and lube leaving it ready to go again the next time.
Then it was time to refuel myself, home made Chicken Curry with lots of Vegetables and Rice, warming spices and very satisfying after a long spin.