I was planning to get up and get out for a ride with my Phoenix Cycling Club this Morning but Andrea a local Romanian Girl whom I have ridden with a few times contacted me and asked me to take her for a spin. Not knowing the roads too well and not having done many miles this year she wanted me to take her over towards Ardglass for about 50 – 50 miles.
It was still quite cold and foggy when we set off so lights and some high-viz accents were the order of the day. Out through Dundonald and the main roads to Comber, Ballygowan and Saintfield and onwards to Ballynahinch, Spa and on to Seaforde all in to a headwind and with me riding in front of Andrea to shelter her from the wind I was feeling quite tired already. Leaving Seaforde through Clough and off in the direction of Ballykinler we were now travelling across the Wind. A quick stop at a local petrol station in Ballykinler to take on more drinks and off we went through Minerstown and Rossglass and then a left turn back towards Downpatrick where we finally had the Wind on our backs and our pace automatically increased.
A quick stop on the outskirts of Downpatrick for a snack and we were soon speeding down the Kilough road in to Downpatrick, through the town and out on to the Killyleagh road crossing the Quoile Bridge and staying on the main road for a mile or two before turning left in to the Scaddy road.
My legs which were earlier feeling empty were now reenergised from the earlier food no doubt helped by the strong tailwind, Andrea on the other hand was understandably tiring quite rapidly with not enough miles in her legs yet this year. Over to Derryboye and Raffrey and then the rolling hills of the Carrickmannon road back to Ballygowan my legs were now pulling like a train and I kept a strong pace down to Comber and back to Dundonald for a tough but enjoyable 64 miles.