The night at the inn helped a lot after the last two not-so-good days. First a good night of sleep and then a full English breakfast at 8 o’clock in the morning. And I managed to finish all of it. At check-out I got a 10 pound discount so I payed 40 for the night and breakfast. All in all a very pleasant experience.
The weather was still cloudy with light rain occasionally. But the roads were great. Very quiet country roads all day! They are everywhere in Wales; what a contrast to south England!
Sometimes I thought I was cycling in the Shire. But also the hills got taller. The first 40km were going slowly up. It was something like three hills up and one hill down. So that I got higher and higher slowly. But it didn’t matter when there is almost no traffic and you can cycle your own speed without being stressed even cycling up can be fun.
Then I reached the top at almost 600 height meters. And what a view up here! Now I was in the middle of a national park, which was also popular for hikers (I saw many of them on the way). This was looking back the road I came from:
To see the other side I had to go on little more and talked to a bunch of race bikers on the way. They had plenty of ideas which places I have to visit in Wales.
Then I saw the other side and the view was even better.
The down ride from here was crazy. Before the start, I tightened my breaks a bit more. Just to be sure..
The collected hight meters from the last 30km were blown away within less than 5km. But totally worth it! I almost crashed into a sheep though.
There was a small village in the valley with three outdoor stores; obviously a hiking area. And a supermarket where I could buy some lunch. After shopping I realized that I am still not really hungry after the huge breakfast. I ate only a little and I had something more for dinner already.
I went on and lost the road 10km later. I saw a shortcut through the forest on my map to get back on track but that was a mistake. I ended up on a steep downhill part full with thorny bushes, where I crashed a couple of times.
So I lost 30 minutes and got some scratches as a reminder that I take the longer but saver road next time.
After this, everything went on smoothly. Now the road was flat for while, following the river Wye. My goal was the village Wells, which I reached after 95 total kilometers today, after climbing some really mean 20% incline hills just before the end. Short before entering the city I met a couple of cyclists who were following me in and gave me a lot of advises what to do in the village and how great Wales is in general. Very nice people!
Then I went to the local campsite, which was almost empty but nicely located next to the river. I also met two other bike travelers on their way to the south. They told me that there are more tough hills waiting for me tomorrow and they gave me their map from northern Wales, which they didn’t need anymore. It’s pretty impressive how friendly everybody is who I met so far!
A supermarket was close by, so I went there to get some more dinner and breakfast for tomorrow. I also got a selection of Welsh ales. So this was a really good day! Pretty tough with 1200 hight meters but on these roads I am ready for more tomorrow. I really like Wales so far!