20.07.2011 - 24.07.2011
The west coast of Wales is truly stunning, reminds me of Cornwall a lot, but without the ridiculous number tourists that Cornwall suffers from. After sorting out the amount I needed to eat the hills were possible. On making it to Machynlleth I had the fear at the size of the mountains in the background, so I ate even more food. Sleeping in a forest that night I prepared myself for the onslaught for the following day. I briefly visited the centre of alternative technology (CAT), which is well worth a visit. Then I was massively surprised by the fact there were not really any hills for me to climb, one of the benefits of sticking to the coast. It was a stunning days ride with the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia. Enjoyed the ride so much and made good mileage that I forgot to take any photos.
Stayed in Abersoch, which was nice and the following day went as far down as Abercaron before going back up the Lleyn peninsula. I wasted half an hour trying to follow the National Cycle Network signs in Bangor, after about eight miles I ended up where I started and had to cycle the dual carriageway that I was trying to avoid. I'm sure the pesky kids of Bangor were twisting my melons man (just the signs actually).
Met an elderly American couple near Conwy castle and had a nice talk with them, they informed me of the Norwegian massacre, finding out news on the go is difficult.
Camped between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, then the following day headed for the English border, Wales took me eight and a half days. The Ride along the North Wales coast was assisted by one of those rair things for a cyclist, a tail wind, I averaged 24mph for over an hour and a half. This meant I whizzed past Rhyl and Prestatyn, which was nice (to whiz past them).
I made it back to England and headed for the Wirral where I met up with my sister, brother in law and nephew. I even treated myself to a couple of pints for the first time on the ride and ate a big steak. Seeing family was nice and they were impressed by my progress, but I had only covered about 630 miles by this point.