Welsh Adventure Part 1

Prepping

Wednesday was prepping day for my Welsh adventure.

I’m normally quite organised with these things and work from a list of what each pannier, top-box and dry bag should contain. This has been difficult though as I need gear for different settings:

  • Hotel stay
  • Snowdon summit (forecast heavy rain and -1C windchill)
  • Camping
  • HUBB Event

I had to unpack then repack a duffle bag late afternoon as it wouldn’t fit across the pillion seat. After much cast aside it’s now on the bike and I’m reasonably happy with the set-up. As I loaded up the bike for an early morning start it it had to bucket down!

The route in set on the Garmin Zumo showing 320-miles so hoping to get away 05:30 latest, take my time, enjoy the journey and rest often. I’ve also set-up the Garmin In-Reach with the destination waypoint. Whilst I don’t need such I’ll use it for waypoint navigation as it’s an opportunity to learn and practice. Batteries charged (action camera, juice pack, camera), riding gear cleaned and boots waterproofed.

I Just need to get up in the morning, ablutions, quick brekkie, switch off some electrical items and go….!

Outbound Scotland – Inbound Wales

Thursday 6th June and day 1 of the Welsh adventure.

I’d set three alarms 04:30, 04:35 and 04:40, I’m notorious for going back to sleep. Well, the first one did it and the latter two were cancelled.

The weather had improved from the night before and by 05:30 the wheels of my steed were turning. Getting away early makes such a big difference for relaxed progress. First stop was Abington for coffee, that was followed by a sit-in stop at Tebay, one of the better motorway service locations. Final coffee stop was near Chester then a fuel stop at Bangor, Wales.

Southbound Scotland to Wales – Tebay Services

It’s testament to the F800GS that I did 310 miles on a tank of fuel with a few bars still left on the gauge; more so that after so many miles I had no discomfort. There were a few good thumbs up too from fellow road users.

I thought the hotel at Llanberis may have been smarter. Whilst staff are great and everything is clean with the room well serviced it all looks ‘tired’. Anyway after such a long trip I needed to loosen the joints and stretch the muscles so it was hiking boots on and out for a 4-mile wander in and around the village and lakeside.

Most importantly I spotted Snowdon in the distance; first impression, the path looks steep!

Part 2 will be the Alzheimer’s Society hike tomorrow, weather forecast for the summit is not good though!