A group from 2nd Ahoghill Company Section got their tyres dirty as they biked through Glenariff after an overnight camp this weekend.
The adventure began as we left the church hall, the trailer fully laden with bikes, and headed towards Glenariff.
We followed the winding path of the Dungonnel Road, and parked the cars down a lane near the north-eastern corner of Dungonnel Reservoir. We unloaded the bikes and began our journey to camp. The dense fog added to the excitement for the three junior boys, as they relied on their head-torches to illuminate their pitch black surroundings.
After stashing our bikes safely away down a tree break, we set up camp and settled down for the night.
We started the next day with a hearty breakfast of bacon and sausages, before packing up camp and retrieving our bikes. The group then made the short journey back to the cars to unload our rucksacks, in preparation for the cycling that lay ahead.
We rode eastward, following the road 2.5 km to a water treatment station. The sweeping bends and downhill sections made for a fun journey. After exploring the nearby waterfall and surrounding area, we hopped back on our bikes and began cycling back the way we had came. Two of the leaders swapped two wheels for four, as they repositioned the cars to the far end of the road; while the rest of the group continued on their bikes.
With the previous night’s fog lifted, the boys had excellent views of Glenariff Forest and Dungonnell Dam as they cycled towards the rendezvous point. The group were treated to one final burst of speed, as they freewheeled downhill to meet the leaders waiting at the bottom of the hill.
With everyone back in the cars, we returned to the church hall to unload the trailer and air out the camping gear ready for the next outing.