Sunday 17 October was a cool day with a fairly strong SW wind when the 15 FCC members assembled at the complex, missing chief organizer Martin eager to do the scheduled ferry loop. Before we started Charlie demonstrated “power bar” technology to the assembled group. This innocuous looking wrist strap purports to improve flexibility and strength to the wearer and using several willing volunteers it was seen to do the business for all except Terry, the sometime sceptic. So cheered by this interlude we headed for Magilligan with a strong wind at our backs and enjoyed our maiden cycle on the new dual carriage-way. Reaching Ballykelly we were hailed by an 11 strong group of local cyclists loosely attached to the GAA club, who were also doing the ferry run. This meeting had been arranged by Terry McL and it proved fortuitous as they showed great strength when the time came to plough into the head wind. We were due to meet our friends from RVCC but they were marked absent after a short wait at the Limavady roundabout.
Heading down to the ferry confusion erupted, as it sometimes does on FCC runs, when big W and others questioned the scheduled time of the ferry. However, arriving at the appointed hour the ferry was boarded quickly by our now 24 strong group, minus Terry and Colin who had forgotten their sea legs. A quick regroup was made at the Greencastle terminal and with the benefit of the large group we made light of the strong wind on the road back though Moville, Quigley’s Point and on to the homeland. With the Ballycastle men proving strong in the saddle and Charlie, the King of Carn, Dermot, Eamon, Terry McL, Adrian, new man Joe, Gerard, Kevin G, and big W wading in to full effect we reached Derry soon after the noon hour. A great morning’s fun, tall tales told and new friends made.