Festive 500 day five

This Morning turned out to be a whole lot Icier than yesterday Morning 🙁 I decided to play the long game and sit it out until lunchtime before risking going out on the Bicycle to chip a few more miles off the total for the festive 500 challenge.

With the Icey conditions so bad, I plotted out a short route using only A roads of just under 24 miles. I thought if I got 24 miles in it would be a bonus and I could go longer later in the week to make up the deficit if weather conditions permit.

I set off on the Newtownards road then along the Knock road before climbing up the Saintfield road to Carryduff where the strong Sunshine reflecting off the wet road was making visibility difficult, so no surprise then that the Police were attending to an RTA at Knockbracken.

From Carryduff it was main road all the way to Saintfield then down in to Ballygowan and Comber and back to Dundonald. The Weather was holding up ok and the legs were feeling ok so I decided to throw in an extra loop across to Holywood, in the Airport road and turn round and back the same route to boost the days mileage up to 42. The temperature dropped noticeably on this route, or maybe I just wasn’t working hard enough.

With 335 Kilometres clocked up I now have three days of the festive 500 challenge remaining to cycle the remaining 164 Kilometres. A wet day is forecast tomorrow so I might use that as a recovery day and then finish the challenge at the Weekend. From starting out on the challenge thinking it would be beyond me, it is now looking likely that I will succeed 🙂

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