We awoke to bright sunshine, although the wind was still strong. After breakfast, we were ready to take on the last leg of our trip, firstly up to Holyhead where national cycle route 8 finishes, then across to Llaneilian where our friends live. I don’t think either of us could believe we were approaching the... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 6: home territory!
We’d expected today to be easier because the ascent wasn’t as high as we’ve done over the last few days; however, we struggled. We’re starting to have a few aches and pains and, I’m not going to lie, our nether regions are starting to feel a bit sore! As well as these issues, by the... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 5: We reached Snowdonia (in the rain!)
After a delicious 3 course meal at Number 21 last night, we had the best breakfast of the trip so far at Maenllwyd Guesthouse. Suitably fuelled by bacon and sausages, we left for the hardest day of the trip... 50 miles and over 1200 metres of ascent, from Machynlleth to Porthmadog. We followed pretty, shady... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 4: a delightful day!
Once again it’s sunny! We’ve been very lucky with the weather so far. After breakfast, John checked our bikes and oiled the chains, then we were ready to leave. We’ve mainly followed quiet lanes today, starting off along the Wye valley, through woods and past meadows of bluebells and buttercups, to Llangurig. We had planned... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 3: hills and hedgerows
I didn’t sleep too badly, but kept waking with a banging headache. In the morning, I felt as though I’d got a hangover from hell, yet I hardly drank anything last night. I lay in bed feeling sorry for myself, dreading having to get up and cycle 50 miles. Finally I dragged myself out of... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 2: diversions and no dinner
Covid has brought some changes that I like... table service being one of them. However, ordering via apps can be challenging, especially at the end of a tiring day. Why does needing wifi and an app mean you have to register and give them your email and contact information? I had a minor meltdown entering... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru day 1: Ugh… people!
It’s been a long day, and much of it wasn’t enjoyable! I don’t do crowds at the best of times, but three lockdowns, working from home and barely seeing family and friends in groups bigger than four, means I’ve become a partial hermit. Therefore, getting on a train and coming to a city has been... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru: a cycling adventure
John and I have done done plenty of hiking and running challenges in our holidays but, over May half term, we're doing our first cycling challenge. Lon Las Cymru is a 254-mile cycle route from Cardiff Bay to Holyhead.
Pembrokeshire trip: Saundersfoot and Llansteffan
On New Year’s Eve, we decided to stay in Saundersfoot so we’d be able to see the fireworks at midnight and would be near to Bertie Boxlife after our dip in the sea, to get warm and dry afterwards. We had a delicious meal in The Mulberry then went back to the van, where I... Continue Reading →
Pembrokeshire trip: St David’s and Pembroke
On Saturday we travelled down to Pembrokeshire for 5 nights. It's our first proper road trip in Bertie Boxlife, so we can see what he's like in the winter. So far, so good. We’re having a lovely trip and we’re warm and cosy. On the way down we stopped at the bakery in Machynlleth for... Continue Reading →