It was a cold night, borderline comfortable for my sleeping bag. Seems that it is unusually cool for July in Wales (according to the news) . And the tent was wet again as well. It is pretty annoying but I got adapted to it more or less by now.
I had a simple breakfast and got started pretty early at 8:20. Wished the other bikers farewell and went on.
The day was pretty similar to yesterday. First over many hills with a steady incline to a pass in 550 meters. Then a fun ride down to the valley. Only there were more hills today. I finished 900 hight meters before lunch already (after 50 kilometers) then there were 700 more hight meters over the pass. The landscape was great still! The only problem was the weather, which was opposite to yesterday. It started sunny and was getting worse in the afternoon. This was before noon:
Really great roads through fields and forests. The hills were tough sometimes but with this landscape and very few cars on the country roads, this was really fun to ride.
And this was in the afternoon, close to the pass:
But it wasn’t comfortable on the top so I started my ride down quickly. Not as great as yesterday’s but still fun to get rid of 500 hight meters within a couple of kilometers. The view could have been better though.
Short before entering the village Machynlleth I passed a golf course where sheep were working as green keepers:
People were playing there at the same time as well. Funny Welsh habits..
The trouble of the day was to find a spot to sleep. First I checked the inns, but everything was booked out. Same with the B&Bs. Then I went to the local campsite but they didn’t do tents. Then to the next, they didn’t do tents either! I mean this could happen once, but twice at the same day?? But funny thing, I met a taxi driver in the village who was showing me around to all the possibilities for accommodation. He was even calling some friends for me who could know something else. Great guy! In the end, it didn’t help unfortunately but he gave me a good advice where I get the best fish and chips and where I can find another likely camp spot on the way to the next village. So I went there and found it finally. Probably after searching for almost two hours.
A tough day is over. Probably one of the hardest so far. 1600 hight meters and 100km. But I think there’s only one more tall hill tomorrow and then it should be back to the coast, which should be a bit more flat.