Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Lites call Ferry

Thanks to Mark for a report and photos of today's Lite run. An example of the "route decided by the riders that turn up" mantra.
With all the Big Guns racing around the Hills of Dromara and further afield it by default left only a Lite run this morning, we had eight to start, Sam, Philip, Derek, Mike, Neil, Stewart, New Tony and myself Mark. With a very light wind this morning the plan was to head to Downpatrick and loop around Clough through Ballynahinch to home, that was the plan!
We had a fairly direct route to Downpatrick, on our way Philip had a fall out with Linda McCartney, after which he knew to stick to the big ring. Arriving into Downpatrick someone called FERRY, seemed like a good idea, so we swung left and right towards Strangford where we had a near miss with two Dublin coaches, we had missed the ferry by a couple of minutes to decided to have coffee in the Pantry in Strangford, good coffee and great service. We made the 12 o'clock ferry into Portaferry where our route went a bit scenic, we followed the coast path until we met the main Portaferry road and quickly turned right to get off the main road, the plan was to cut right through the middle towards Carrowdore but we missed a couple of turns and ended up touring the coast through Cloughy and Portavogie eventually turning inland to Greyabbey towards Ards, unfortunately Sams sugar levels dropped quite a bit near Ards and we had to stop to call for the team car and a tin of coke.
A great day out apart from Sam's misfortune, we done well by the weather and around 110K completed. Looking forward to Ballymena next Saturday.


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