We were going to cross into Wales and head for Cardiff today. Our planned route was over some big climbs including the Breccon beacons and decided to have plan B to stop in Methyr Tidwell if we were exhausted and ride to Cardiff tomorrow.
Builth Wells was a typical medieval town delivering some stunning old buildings and a modern Tesco shop for us to replenish supplies at.
You leave town on a very steep 8 mile climb that got up to 25% for the last mile and then you plummet down to a river. Then straight on to the Breccon Beacon climb that is 14 miles to the top.
We found a military base on top of the Breccon Beacons and even though it is summer it was very cold on the top of the mountain so instead of having a stop for tea we decided to head for the valley below.
I was very pleased that we decided this because we then stopped at the most beautiful town of Breccon. It’s church is a pilgrims rest so was the perfect tea stop.
After the stop we got the wheels rolling up a long 14 mile drag out of Brecon and an amazing descent down to Methyr Tidwell. It was already 3pm but Cardiff was only 30ish miles away so we decided to head for it and a warm bed in prospect was enough motivation.
We arrived at Suz’s neice at around 7 pm because of all the traffic we had to negotiate. We did however find the Taff bike lane for the last few miles into the city and that was a beautiful ride along the Taff river to be delivered virtually on Mischou’s doorstep. Not too long and David collected us and we stayed with him in the hills of Machen, Newport.
Michou came over and they treated us to a steak braai with all the trimmings and we felt a little like royalty.
Having completed an 86 mile day with 3399 ft is ascent and a great feast we chatted until almost midnight then collapsed into bed.
Tomorrow is a rest day ……..
Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world