A lap of the other Lough

A North Wind today which would ordinarily mean cycling up Antrim direction to benefit from a tailwind home, but being a Weekday I didn’t fancy going through the City and the commuter traffic chaos and the alternative of the Loughshore Cycle path has never really appealed especially not on the Summer Bike.

So instead I decided to lap the other lough, a lap of Strangford Lough down one side of the Peninsula, get the Ferry over to Strangford and back up the other side.

I started out on the Netownards road through Dundonald and up the Belfast road and in to the Ballybarnes road, the legs were protesting but despite a chill in the air it was a pleasant enough sunny Morning with dry roads.

Soon I was descending down to Clandeboye then cycling along the Rathgael road and Balloo road to navigate around Bangor and onwards to Donaghadee and the quieter roads of the Peninsula.

It was an almost perfect day for a long spin, the Peninsula was mostly free of traffic and bathed in Sunshine. With scenic views all around only a tailwind would have made it more enjoyable in places I was picking up a bit of a tailwind other times it came from the side but I was able to maintain a good pace dispensing with Millisle, Ballywalter and onwards to Ballyhalbert where I turned and cut inland to cross over to the other shore of the Peninsula taking me in to Portaferry and a short wait to catch the Ferry over to Strangford.

A short Ferry trip later and I was disembarking in Strangford and a search for some food to fuel the next few miles, strangely none of the usual haunts were open so I just had to crack on.

Up the hills to Castle Ward and then a nice brisk spin down to the Quoile, over the Bridge and along the main road to Killyleagh where I could and should have stopped for some food but I opted to continue on to Killinchy and Whiterock before stopping at Daft Eddies to refuel for the final few miles back home. Another 73 miles clocked up and very happy with my performance, the summer bike running like a dream but I have my doubts about global warming, global chilling might be a more appropriate term brrrrr!

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