Not to many willing participants, but we make the most of it.
With this being the last weekend before Christmas and various club members tied up with this, that and the other, a total of 6 braved a “relaxed” spin out to Castleisland. With the promise of a coffee and mince pie in the excellent “Country Kitchen” how could we not go for it?
Although having missed the last 2 Saturdays through different things and in all honesty doing very little cycling wise over the last fortnight, I was determined a fortnight wasn’t going to become a month. It’s called learning from your previous mistakes! We usually do a spin around New Year, to welcome in the New Year. Well I’ve felt like the proverbial Christmas pudding in the past, cycling out of Tralee. You know…bloated, lazy, tired and everything else our rich unhealthy Christmas diets bring on us. So this New Year I want to give myself some chance.
Now the ride…In all honesty it was very much Chain Gang CC standard fare. A ride we’d do with our eyes closed mid-week in the summer. Out on the main N22 as far as Farranfore, working well as a group to nullify the head wind, then left and on to the N23 and past the airport to Castleisland. This is certainly a stretch of road that suffers from a duel personality!
Mince pie and coffee in Castleisland and a nice bit of chat was followed by the serious business of a long steady climb on the old Limerick road and out in to the more country-fied area of the Broughane area. Surprisingly we stayed as a group all the way to the top and enjoyed the steady decent through the Knockariddera bog area and to Dan Paddy Andy cross roads. Again we huffed and puffed up to the now closed Landfill and into cloud and drizzle. As we began our decent, this weather was left behind in a spooky mist like swirl behind us. I always like this decent as it’s more or less a free wheel back into Tralee. Well not quite but I tell myself that climbing the hill on the otherside!
So there we go. A respectable 60 km done and back home just in time for early afternoon.