A Welsh digestif….34km
We woke up on our last day, determined to make use of a fine morning before heading back home. At 8.30am we battled our way through the school run and immediately headed uphill….and it was freezing!
Ground frost and a chill mist made the first few miles an ordeal of endurance….until the sun began to show its face above the high ridges.
It was going to be a few hours of riding, notable more for its climbing than for the distance covered. We climbed and descended time and again, from one valley to the next, wending our way over high ridges, dropping down gated roads with grass growing down the middle (my favourite), through woods of towering Douglas firs…..in 12km we climbed over 600 metres, at an average of 5% (many stretches much steeper, of course)…
Dropping down to Betws-y-Coed, we relaxed in a comfortable cafe, and over coffee and cakes, I struggled to learn the art of transferring photos phone-to-phone via Bluetooth….”and you’re a bloody teacher” they said! Come on guys….gimme a break.
It has been a great few days, all thanks to this man’s organisation….
Shaun de Clancy, and the access he gave us to his climbing club hostel in Lantrwst. It was a perfect base giving us access to some of the best of Wales.
Thanks Shaun….it was a cracker!