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Friday, 1 July 2022

30th June 2022: Llandegla (mod)

Today at the Gallery, we welcomed Dave H, Steve T, and Mike back from their hols. With Steve H, myself and Clive, who preferred a steadier pace with us, to save some energy for the Vets 100 this Sunday. I had a new lunch destination in mind, along a mainly familiar route, with a few miles of uncharted lanes.

We set off in sunshine, but dark clouds loomed in the distance. A few minutes later I decided to draught behind a passing bus, following it down the wrong road, then sheepishly about-turning us all to get back on track. Not a good start!  

Passing through Northop and Sychdyn, we had the long drag up to Gwernaffield before dropping down to Loggerheads and along the A494 to turn off for Llanarmon yn-lal.

Forgetting I was leading the way, another about turn was needed to get us back on track, and finally on to quiet lanes.  A lovely area to be in, especially today, in (for now) warm sunshine.  The mood briefly shaken by an oncoming driver who was not happy with Clive’s polite gesture for her to slow down a bit!

The Llandegla community shop and café was empty when we arrived, mainly indoor seating which was just as well as the rain was just starting. The menu was basic, but the food was good.

Photo by AO

Our departure, delayed as long as possible, until the very heavy rain, had abated a bit.

The lanes now resembling rivers with mud and debris everywhere, we set off with me well out in front, as I was the one rider without mudguards!   A few miles later the sun came out, briefly creating a misty landscape, and by the time we reached Cymau, it was completely dry.

Just the one puncture today, (mine). Not a long ride just 38 miles but a respectable 2800 ft of climbing, also, the more observant amongst you will have noticed that we crossed the river Alyn 6 times today!

See route map and/or gpx file download


1 comment:

  1. Great route, Alan. Can't believe that we did all that climbing without any really steep hills.