I have been to wales numerous times as a kid and an adult (although some say I am still not an adult) but I have never been cycling there I have always gone in the car and I didn't realise just how bloody hilly it is.
In two and a half days cycling we managed just 69 miles but I can honestly say they were probably the hardest 69 miles I have cycled in my life.
Living in Cheshire which is as flat as a witches tit makes it a shock when you hit those hills I am just not used to them and I have no shame in telling you I had to get off on numerous occasions and push my bike.
Tony has a caravan so we took that and despite looking like an old gay couple we set off on Thursday morning and after stopping at Rhos on sea for a brew
|Brew stop on route at Rhos on sea|
we drove to Betwsy y Coed where we set up camp in a luxurious 5 star caravan site ( none of this crapping in a bucket for me)
We set off for a 16 mile loop around Betwsy y coed and very soon hit the hills, I had swapped my normal flat pedals on my Whyte for my look keo pedals I had used on my road bike " BIG MISTAKE" the hills were so steep I couldn't get up them and cos my shoes had cleats on I struggled to walk and had to take my shoes off luckily the weather was glorious so I didn't get wet feet, we only managed a 10.8 miler before looping back and finding the pub.
|The view from the top over Betws y coed|
After swapping my pedals back on Friday we had a ride to Porthmadog this was a killer day at just 32.7 miles it was the hilliest bike ride I have ever ever done but despite the climbing the views were just unbelievably stunning , Tony had mapped some rides on his garmin and they were mostly quiet roads and tracks and this is what made the trip , as with all my pictures just click on them to enlarge cos my crappy phone doesn't do them justice .
|Tony's fat arse blocking my sun|
|Me in action|
|They have some right long names for towns in Wales|
|A steam train in Porthmadog|
|A typical Welsh house|
|A "small" Welsh Oggi it's similiar to a Cornish pasty|
|The harbour at Porthmadog|
|This was like being on the moon|
|Mount Snowdon in the middle|
This ride took us a total of 25.6 miles to Blaenau Ffestiniog this is a town that appears to in the past had a great slate mining industry which has declined and now there is not much there, Our route took us from Betws y coed over some very hilly mountain tracks and back to the main road with a then 1400 feet climb before descending into Blaenau Ffestiniog for a well earned cup of coffee and a cake, then we climb back the way we came and had a fantastic descent where I reached the fastest I have ever been on my bike 46.3 mph !!!
and the wind was in my face coming down if it was a bit less windy I think I would of gone faster. and this was on my hybrid !
|Typical views we had|
|There were loads of rivers with really clear water off the mountains|
|What can I say 46.3 mph !|
All in all we had a blast, Wales is an absolutely stunning country and I shall be going back cycling there again.