Going long

Two and a half days off the Bike to rest the body followed by an easy spin last Night, today was the day to give the Legs a solid workout. A long endurance spin at a sensible, sustainable effort, the Weather was again playing ball with dry roads bathed in Sunshine and warm temperatures chilled by a strong Easterly.

Straight up the Greenway to Comber, weaving round the lanes to Ballygowan and in to the Manse road with its views across the greenery of County Down.

Leaving the Manse road and on to the Killyleagh road through Darragh Cross and Raffrey then on to the Derryboye road across to Comber, through the village and through Kilmore winding my way across to Annacloy and Loughinisland.

Seaforde and Clough were soon despatched with and now I was riding onwards directly in to the strong wind to Ballykinler and a quick stop in the Sunshine to refuel and rehydrate with supplies from the local Petrol station shop.

The Wind was strong and energy-sapping, I had planned to Cycle to Strangford, get the Ferry across the Lough and ride up the Peninsula but Cycling along past Tyrella, Killough and Ardglass I decided riding up the exposed Peninsula would only be more of a battle with the wind so I decided that once I got to Strangford I would turn inland to hopefully find shelter between the hedges.

Cycling along by a deserted Ballyhornan Beach and Kilclief Castle the new route plan became more desirable such was the strength of the wind on the exposed Coastal roads. I made it around to Strangford and turned inland and the long draggy climb uphill before a beautiful fast stretch of road to the Quoile where I benefitted from just about the only section of road where I had a direct tailwind all day. I made the most of the tailwind in the bing ring keeping the forward momentum high.

Over the Quoile along the Killyleagh road, Scaddy road then in to Crossgar again then the main road to Saintfield on towards Ballygowan and home by the Greenway for an 85 mile spin still feeling like I could ride on for more Miles bust deciding aganst doing so… this time.

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