A Wee Further Afield

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Walleye, Oct 22, 2019.



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  1. Walleye

    Walleye Member

    Location:
    Vista
    Name:
    Bill P.
    Current Bike:
    Trek Fuel EX7
    Lemmee state first, for the record, I am a lucky man; my wife's a flight attendant, so we can fly almost free to many, many places. A couple of weeks ago, she flew out to S. England for a week to visit with friends, and I thought to tag along 1/2-way through, and have a bit of a camping-biking trip, to boot. My destination this time was Brecon Beacons National Park, in South/Mid-Wales, as a)it was fairly close to my wife & her friends, & b) Wales is outstanding! Craggy peaks to the north, rolling hills to the south, & pretty much wide open everywhere (yet pubs are always nearby). a 3-day trip, with 2 nights camping at Pencelli castle grounds, the last night at the Priory ruins at Llanthony. First biking day saw me doing the Long Gap route out of Talybont-on-Usk:
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    It's about 22 miles/3300ft of mixed road/bridleway/ST; and, being Wales, almost assuredly rainy. I came prepared, and found that waterproof raingear, though warm, is only waterproof up to a point! Pics:
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    The Brin Ore tramway, an old track that gets you up above Talybont reservoir:
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    Wind & rain were blowing hard here; thankfully, I soon headed lower, to Dol-y-gaer, & the start of the Gap bridleway/trail/Roman road. All uphill from there, past the Taf Fechan forest; they evidently don't believe in water bars, so the trail's a creek!
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    Had to ford a swollen creek (Nant y Gloesydd -I love Welsh names!), thigh deep, that put an end to the waterproof thing:
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    The Gap was howling, but on the far side the rain diminished, so things were looking up! The initial downhill was chunky, like riding down a small waterfall:
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    Wales is beautiful, and loaded with sheep:
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    From Llanfrynach back to T-o-U, you ride on a bridleway next to a canal:
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    A shout-out to Bikes & Hikes in Talybont, where Keith, the owner, cleaned & lubed my rental bike, and gave me great beta about the next day's ride, out of Llanbedr. I had wanted to ride the Black Mountains loop out of Talgarth, but he convinced me to do a less boggy /HABy route from Llanbedr to Grwyne Fawr reservoir & back, through Mynydd Du forest & the Vale of Grwyney. You following all of this?
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    Looking down the dam face at the reservoir, back towards where I came:
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    There's a cool little bothy at the headwaters of the reservoir, where yo can camp for free (I didn't, as I thought it'd be occupied -nope!):
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    Down & then back up through Mynydd Du; beautiful & eerily dark in spots, & then the rain started up again:
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    Up & over the Vale, where I almost ate mud a few times -some bike-eating puddles up top!
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    Dropped the bike back with Keith, & headed over to the priory at Llanthony. Pitched my tent in steady rain, then popped into the pub they've got UNDER the priory ruins! Great food & beer, & warmth.
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    This trip was a blast, to be sure!

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  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    And this is where we say "you suck!!" in the nicest possible way. :p

    Great pics, great adventure, wish we were there. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '20 Pivot Firebird 29
    Wow! Beautiful, yet soggy. Thanks for sharing!!! :thumbsup:
     
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    What an incredible trip! Way to dig into it, @Walleye, crappy conditions and all. :thumbsup: (Maybe not crappy by local standards...)

    Great pix; thanks for posting up the exotic foray. You owe your bride a big one for this!!!!! :geek:
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    This. :p
     
  6. Walleye

    Walleye Member

    Location:
    Vista
    Name:
    Bill P.
    Current Bike:
    Trek Fuel EX7
    Thanks, Mike! -& you're absolutely right, I owe my wife a TON! (she's the best)
     
  7. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Good man, Bill. Good solo trips take teamwork! :confused::geek:

    But I'm pretty sure that my old lady is the best. :D
     
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  8. Walleye

    Walleye Member

    Location:
    Vista
    Name:
    Bill P.
    Current Bike:
    Trek Fuel EX7
    Agree to disagree; but clearly, we both have great taste!
     
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  9. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    @Walleye
    Everybody is correct.... You suck!
    In the most positive "I am jealous" kinda way... :laugh:
    Pictures and write up first class as always! Riding conditions... ehhh.
    Seams that for the place, a standard operating procedure of cold and mucky, I guess, accept when it warm and mucky.
    Good job Bud!
     
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  10. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I don't have an "old lady", I have a princess bride... but I get your meaning. :whistling::p
     
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  11. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Yeayea, I got me a resident goddess, badass forever GF and worshipped ruler, too. In our house, old lady is strictly an endearing title. :)
     
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  12. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    Thanks for the awesome pictures and report!
     
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  13. 406

    406 Member

    Location:
    San Diego
    Name:
    Brian
    Current Bike:
    Ripmo
    Nice! My theory with riding in the rain is just put on the parka when cold, because going to be wet regardless.
     
  14. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Fantabulas!
     
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