A reasonable day for a Bike ride, dry roads, overcast, a little on the chilly side and a character building strong wind making a solo spin tougher than what the equivalent route on a group ride would be.
I planned a lumpy start for the first dozen or so miles to this ride directly in to the strong Westerly. Up the hills to Monegreagh, Carryduff and onwards to Ravernet a place I had cycled around the outskirts of numerous times but never ventured in to. I had to stop for a few quick phone pics.
Ravernet despatched with it was over the A1 and through Culcavy and winding my way round the rolling roads to Magheralin, Moira, Aghaghallon and Gawley’s Gate to the edge of Lough Neagh where it was vital to keep the head down and the Mouth closed to avoid the swarms of Lough Neagh flies.
Up the Station road to Upper Ballinderry and a quick stop at the Petrol station then onwards at a brisk pace down the Ballinderry road to Lisburn and back to Belfast via Dunmurry and Finaghy. A sixty mile spin and time to wash the Bicycle again.