10 May 2022
At 0945, three cars left the Severn View Services under heavy rain clouds with a cold westerly wind. It did not bode well for an expedition on Welsh mountain roads. In addition, I had been warned the night before that the roads on either side of the Sennybridge Military Ranges had just been resurfaced in loose gravel and were not recommended driving! Regardless, we turned up the fast, twisty road towards Usk and, as if by magic, the clouds lifted and the sun came out. By the time we picked up Jeremy near Abergavenny, it was time to take off the roof and enjoy the ride. I have driving this route since 2011, but have never seen it so good. With virtually no traffic at all and bright sunshine, we made “very good progress” over the EVO test road (B4560) and on to Brecon. Avoiding the loose chippings of the Ranges and enjoying coffee and buns on the way, we pushed on up the A470 through Rhayader to enjoy the B4518, Llanidloes to Machynlleth road. What a joy … no traffic at all .. go as fast as you dare (within the law of course)! By 1345 we were parked up in the sunshine on the Aberdyfi seafront. Walkers Fish and Chips were as good as ever! After a walk by the sea, two groups set off home whilst the other two spent an excellent evening at the Penhelig Arms Hotel to celebrate Chris Bates’s birthday. Thank you, Jeremy PT (and friend) and Simon and Julie Hopcroft, for making it such a memorable event.