Monday, 10 November 2014

Star Trek

I'm in one of those moods again, bored of writing the same old thing. I was also trying to come up with a more complimentary nickname for Crash and following the medical theme came up with Bones, which is my excuse for the Star Trek theme....

I don't know ten Star Trek characters, but accompanying Bones, we had Resurrection as Scotty (Capt she can'ne take any more); Nightmare was Spock (we know he's only half human); Hannibal and me split Kirk (he'd use any excuse to take his shirt off and fight monsters, and I've met a few alien chicks); Jeff was Chekov (he just steered whatever way we told him but never actually knew where he was); Mike was Sulu (George Takei, say no more) and Retro as Lt. Uhura (no explanation necessary). Brian on his first Sunday run and Neil were anonymous crewmen, who just prayed they'd make it to the end of the episode alive!

Spock reckoned what they didn't know wouldn't hurt them, so took us on a snaking route along Sandy Lane and out the towpath through Lisburn. We skimmed Culcavey and wiggled to Waringstown and the outskirts of Lurgan onto the traditional "bun run" route to Tandragee. Straight through and into the Scarva Tea Rooms for a well deserved coffee. This wasn't just a new stop for some of the guys, it was a new county....

With 40 miles now on the clock we climbed towards Banbridge, turning left at the top on to Blue Road. This is lumpy territory, but the group was riding together really well, trying to use the joint strength and not leave anyone behind. After Lawrencetown we took a right through Blackscull and on to Ballygowan Rd for Hillsborough. A puncture held us up a bit, but gave plenty of opportunity to abuse Sulu and Uhura. After that we got a glimpse of our friend, the effortlessly glamorous MTB Girl heading the other way.

By Hillsborough most people had 60 miles in the legs and with the cold weather energy was in short supply. Thankfully there were enough helping hands to go round (we've all been there and will be there again) and we all kept a decent pace across to Carryduff. Around 70 miles of lumpy terrain with a really good group, who got some great training. The Enterprise will be fuelling up for another mission next week.


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