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Rode out on the Royal yesterday. Was supposed to be a short ride but I ended up on a 200 mile marathon as the sky was blue and it was luverly and warm.

First stop should have been Llandelio where I fancied a cup of coffee at a bikers cafe. However the cafe had around fifty Hells Angels sitting outside on the tables and low walls. At least I recon there was around fifty of them, I did ride by very slowly and had a good old gawk at all the bikes lining the roadside. I decided that it was too crowded and carried on y journey.

http://www.enchantedtowy.co.uk/llandeilo.htm



Next up was Llandovery which should have been the end of the journey. There is a bikers cafe opposite the castle car park. Once again there were tons of bikes and slightly cleaner leather clad folk thronging the tables and street. As I need a drink and facilities I decide to stop. Cafe prices were partly a decider in this decision, £3.50 for a large mug of milky coffee and a slice of home made Victoria sponge. I recon my good ol Royal was the smallest bike parked up amongst all the large modern high powered speedsters. It did attract a fair amount of attention and comment but thankfully no one twigged I was the owner so I did not have to do the "yes its new, yes its made in India etc etc etc" speech.

http://www.enchantedtowy.co.uk/llandovery.htm

















I have not come up with a way to carry me camera comfortably and safely yet so hence the stock pics. They are probably better than mine would be anyway.

So suitably refreshed I set of home. Hey up though what did that sign say ? Llyne Brianne Dam and only eleven miles away. Sounds interesting , lets have a look.
The road to the dam is narrow and follows the most delightful valley with glimpses of super scenery and ends up here,

http://www.enchantedtowy.co.uk/llyn_brianne_and_the_upper_towy.htm



As the water level is pretty low at the moment water does not run down the slipway but comes out of pipes from the generator. An it were a grand sight too.



Overnight motorhome stops are allowed so I might very well spend a odd night or two up there at some point.
I had long leisurely cruise home and arrived rather late on at around eight thirty. Best of all as on the journey out there was hardly any traffic going my way. As on the way out though the other side of the road was chock a block. I pity the poor sods on the Red Roses by pass, almost five miles long. Mind you it was all down hill so anyone with any sense would have cut the engine and coasted slowly down the hill.

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Looks like a lovely part of the world :thumb: And now you've got me craving Victoria sponge... :lol:
 

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Had a 4 day holiday in May in Snowdonia. It was one of those save up the coupons for a caravan holiday that the Sun does every year. We managed to book a three bedroom unit, with site passes and towels and bedding with the beds made up for a super expensive £50 each. The site was fifty yards from Black Rock Sands although we did not spend much time on the beach. We did paddle up to our knees one evening though.

http://beachguide.wales/midwales/blackrock.php

This is the valley leading up to the Llanberis Pass. The A408 looking west down the valley at Llyn Gwynant.



Down the pass we find Llyn Padarn




This is the Menai Bridge photo stop on our trip to



the station with that name



Being only a couple of miles away from here we just had to visit to try and find 6. Probably the most expensive part of the trip as we had a ice cream, and a coffee and a slice of cake.



They have certainly made the place look tons better than the last time I visited.



An even though it had not rained for some time we had to stop at Swallow Falls



Was a great trip and not one single rain drop.

:cheers:

Pics were all from me mates phones as I did not have space to take me camera. I'll post a couple of pics of the bikes when me mate gets around to sending me them.:cool:

Mileage was 750 for the whole trip and me Royal did 82 to the gallon. :dance:
 
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Great pics mate. Wales has some stunning countryside, and some cracking roads too. :thumb:

We're planning on doing a few trips in that neck of the woods soon.
 

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Super pics @Abarbarian, thanks for sharing. That scenery looks beautiful. Glad you all enjoyed your break - and that the weather was kind. :D
 
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It was obviously a great ride. :thumb:
 

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Wow, great pics @Abarbarian - looks like you all had a great time! Such a beautiful place :). I'm also thinking of heading that way in a few months to get some walking in with my dad.
 

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Yup was a super trip. The boys thought it was that good that we ought to do it again so we have a three day over the weekend Sun break booked for early October of this year down in Somerset on the coast. An have just collected the coupons and booked a four day Sun holiday ooop norf in Morecambe Bay for May 2020. Have wheels will travel :dance:
 
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Been a tad busy this summer what with the weather being so grand an all. So been out biking a lot amongst other things.

Still have to post the pics from the Snowdonia trip.

Here are some from a three day trip we took on probably the wettest weekend of the year. We were riding in pretty heavy rain almost all the way to Doniford Bay on Friday the 5th of Oct. There was a short half hour interlude at the halfway marker. Still at the end of the 178 mile swim we were wet on the outside but dry underneath apart from one of me mates right foot.
Saturday was overcast but mainly dry and we had a decent ride out.
Sunday was almost sunny and dry all day and we had a mega run out.
Coming home on Monday it was wet,dry,wet,dry,wet with a dry ending which was nice arriving home almost dry. Took me several days to recover though, ain't old age a bitch.
All in all the trip was a great success and we saw some fab scenery and tucked into a couple of super cream teas. An to top it all I bought a pair of real sheepskin slipper boots at half price £9.99 and me feet have never been so cosseted and toasty.
I think old age has affected me reasoning though as you would have to proper barking mad to undertake a trip like that at this time of year with a hurricane just lurking not so far away. :lol::cool:




















Those were super sized scones and tasted divine.

Album link if your really bored.

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Really enjoyed your album pix @Abarbarian. That "Junk Shop" looked interesting, I would have enjoyed having a mooch around in there.

I'm glad you and your mates had a good time; all of that beautiful scenery, and yummy cream teas, must have made up for the odd shower. Thank you for sharing. :D
 

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Looks like a brilliant time @Abarbarian! Where about's is that funicular railway station btw?

I've never been to Snowdonia, but mean to go as soon as the weather is nice again. Considering you did this in Oct, the weather looks ok (all that rain aside :lol:).
 

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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway opened in 1890 and is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world

Perched on the cliff top, and at 500ft above the lower station, is our grade II listed Cliff Top Cafe offering perhaps the best location for a Cream Tea in the Westcountry.
Any day it is not raining is a good day to tour Snowdonia. You get amazing colour variations on the hillsides and mountains.

We did consider travelling by car onyhe latest trip, buttttttttttttttttttttttttt. :lol:

 
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Do you think it would still be do-able in November? Assuming we're dressed properly for it? I'll make sure we visit Lynton & Lynmouth.

We did consider travelling by car onyhe latest trip, buttttttttttttttttttttttttt
Where's the fun in that :lol: .
 

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