I woke up at 5:30 because the campsite rooster started a yelling competition with the other birds and everything was wet in the tent from condensation water. So I was out of the tent at 6 o’clock and was getting ready slowly. Drying things was difficult because it was still raining a little. I started to think about taking a hotel in the evening.
Then I started cycling in the direction of Bath following a little river. There were a lot of narrow boats going up and down the river.
So finally a muddy but quiet bike road. Then I arrived in Bath, which seemed to be an interesting old city but cycling here was a nightmare. So I forgot to take pictures.. Then I went on to Bristol over the railway cycling road, which took a longer way but it was a flat road at least. Cycling in Bristol was even worse than in Bath. Damn English cities are scary! I took only one crappy picture here.
Then I tried to get out of this madness again, which took a while to get through the maze of roads. Once out of the city I followed a nice bike path further north to the Severn Bridge. One of the two bridges north of Bristol to get over to Wales. After the bad bridge experience in France I was surprised how nice it was to cross this one. A good separated bike path was a good start for Wales.
Once on the other side, the hills started. It was kind of expected but after 60km in the legs already they were pretty challenging.
Almost instantly, Wales felt more like countryside.
I went over three more hills with 150 to 250m tops (partly through the rain) to get to Usk, which is a small but lively village with a couple of inns. This evening I thought I deserve a proper bed again so I checked the inns one by one until I found one with a vacant room. It was nice that they also ran a pub so I could have some beers and good food tonight.
This was a long day with almost 100km through confusing cities and over hills. But tomorrow, it seems there is a 600m climb waiting.