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: 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: The Brin Ore tramway, an old track that gets you up above Talybont reservoir: 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! Had to ford a swollen creek (Nant y Gloesydd -I love Welsh names!), thigh deep, that put an end to the waterproof thing: 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: Wales is beautiful, and loaded with sheep: From Llanfrynach back to T-o-U, you ride on a bridleway next to a canal: 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? Looking down the dam face at the reservoir, back towards where I came: 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!): Down & then back up through Mynydd Du; beautiful & eerily dark in spots, & then the rain started up again: Up & over the Vale, where I almost ate mud a few times -some bike-eating puddles up top! 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. This trip was a blast, to be sure!