…and so to the coast 70km

Snowdonia 3

To have three successive sunny days in North Wales is little short of a miracle….but the BBC weather app even promises sunshine on our fourth, and last, day.

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So how is it that a bunch of old whingers like us deserve such blessings? I’ve said this before elsewhere, the nation needs to tap in more to the creative energy of our generation. We stop for 5 minutes by the roadside to admire a view and chat about some  issue of national importance, and the problem is solved before you can say ‘boo to a goose’.

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I tell you, we have much to offer on behalf of the wellbeing of the nation…..but nobody listens to us.
However, luck and sunshine do sometimes desert us. A local farmer had been hedge cutting along this lane, and 40% of our little group (ie. 2) were ‘gifted’ a puncture.

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It was nearly 60%, because I pulled a long thorn out of my back tyre…..but luckily it never managed to pierce the Kevlar coating inside the tyre. So at the moment, I am the only one in the group to be puncture free these last few days. But there’s still time….

And so, what about today’s route I hear you say. Well it took us north along the eastern ridge of the Conwy valley, meeting the sea at Colwyn Bay, heading around the headland of the Great Orme to Llandudno (where we stoked up on a Wetherspoon’s breakfast), then onto Conwy where some indulged in a rather long liquid lunch (hence the shorter ride….. ) and then back along minor roads to Llanrwst, our base for the trip.

It all makes stunning terrain for long cycle rides.

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Posted on October 14, 2015, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I feel that you have failed to highlight the outstanding refreshment venues on your ride today. The Wetherspoons in Llandudno is an old theatre, The Palladium, with much of the original structure unchanged. What better way to maintain this historical venue.
    Then the lunch stop was an old Ansells pub, taken over by 4 local microbrewers to showcase their products. Not only an excellent selection of beers but also Welsh ciders and gourmet pork pies. That’s why I’m returning for a week in the Spring!

  2. Couldn’t articulate that better Pete

  3. If you’re anywhere near Northop Hall, call in at my sister’s for refreshments.

  4. Ah the joys of hedge clippings! Tis that season up here as well.

  5. I think that the problem is not that your generation is not leveraged, but more the ones from your generation who are in politics or running the country are not as smart and probably an little plump from sitting down too long in the houses of parliament. They should try running parliament in the saddle, or at least set up some Wattbikes instead of the cushy padded leather seats.
    BTW – Stunning mountain background in the first shot.

    • I like it….. or what about conducting politics like the board meetings of many companies these days…… on their feet. Would certainly concentrate their minds.

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