Featured Touring Long Weekend To Wales

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  1. Cyborgbot

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    #1 Cyborgbot, Sep 8, 2021
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    I have always been impressed with the quality of the travel logs that people post on the forum, but have been disappointed that up until now there hasn’t been an opportunity to do one of my own.

    However, last weekend five of us packed our bags and went to Wales - a six hour run, of which half was on motorways (M4) until we crossed the bridge into Wales where we finished the journey taking in some of the amazing scenery whilst riding extremely motorcycle friendly roads.

    Not having an innate ability for story telling and being intrinsically lazy, my story would be very short and typically ‘bloke-ish’ in that we’d get up, ride out, find somewhere serving breakfast and then continue on our ride to enjoy the scenery. I might include a humorous quip that the Hardley Ableson riders kept whinging over the Senas that their big lumbering tractors didn’t like the single track twisty backroads over the hills and valleys, and that the level of empathy that I (and another Triumph rider) had was absolutely zero.

    Evenings concluded with a pub dinner and a beer or three.

    Rince and repeat for each day.

    I can’t even remember where we went as the Welsh language is completely incomprehensible to a dyslexic. If it helps, I think we went somewhere halfway up and by the coast - slightly worrying I don’t know precisely where we went on the basis I led all the rides (but got us back - eventually).

    Instead of waffling on and on, here are a few photos I took along the way.

    We really enjoyed the near empty roads and really nice people we met along the way. Must do it again soon.

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  2. Sandi T

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    Terrific photos, Cy! Thanks for sharing them. It looks like you and your mates had a wonderful weekend of riding. Glad you finally got back out on the road for a motorcycle getaway. :)
     
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  3. Markus

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    @Cyberbot: Great photos! I love your story! Please keep it up on your future rides!
     
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  4. Ducatitotriumph

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    No pictures of food so you didn’t eat! You know the rules. If there’s no picture, it didn’t happen!! ;):)
    edit: except the toilet…..
     
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  5. Bikerman

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    Nice one Cyborgbot, nothing wrong with the write up, and great pictures to boot.
    Glad you had a great time, even though your mates were probably thinking, He's bloody lost again. :):)
     
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    Great lovely pictures and scenery. Thanks for sharing.
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    Barmouth and the road from Dolgellau to Tywyn...
     
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    B4405 passing the lake
     
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  10. Wessa

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    Yes Wales is a great riding country. Thought your write up was really good and highly amusing :):)
    Nice set of pictures as well.
     
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    A truly fantastic road is Bala to Trawsfynydd - then make for Beddgelert to Llanberis. Great views, loads of twisted and a chippy in Llanberis..
     
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  14. Cyborgbot

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    Thank you all for your comments.

    It’s amazing how many of you could pinpoint the location of the photos so precisely.

    That’s really helpful as I don’t have a clue.

    We had a fantastic time and are really keen to explore more of Wales.

    To any of the Welsh natives that might frequent the forum. Please fight like hell to keep your country looking as it does. Don’t accept the ‘we must build’ brigade who are happy to ruin the natural wonder of your country.

    Ours (in the south) has been ruined by stupid and greedy councils who seem to have forgotten what and who they serve.
     
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    Just done in Basecamp your previous route, now going to do this one now. Looks like it is as you've said a great route.
    Thanks.gif Stollydriver.
     
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    I can’t comment what Wales (and that route) is like in the ‘season’ but can from experience state that we observed how quiet the roads were when we rode.

    We joked that the serenity and beauty got a bit monotonous as we rode mile after mile enjoying the experience of perpetually finding something amazing around each corner, and that we were ultimately missing the ugly chaos of the South.

    We were clearly not being serious. I would love to live there but would not wish I inflict my grumpy persona on such nice people.
     
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  17. Bikerman

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    Pull the other one. Don't believe it for one moment.
    But you are correct Wales is a stunning country, made for bikes. Got routes planed for next year to N Ireland then Eire, Wales and Scotland again too. We've got gems on our doorstep, but seem to overlook what we have here, well I do to be
    fair.
     
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  18. Cyborgbot

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    We did get lost once and went 10 miles in the wrong direction along a terrifically scenic route. Thankfully the views were as impressive in each direction that no one cared that I’d got it wrong.
     
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  19. Wessa

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    You are so right @Bikerman . Having toured many times around our home nations both the people and roads are hard to beat anywhere in the world.
     
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    As an adopted Welsh man albeit born in Ireland, we would prefer to keep it to ourselves and not have our lovely quiet roads clogged up with clueless tourists. On a serious note, Wales is beautiful but the number of second homeowners and buytolet landlords is pricing young people out of the market, example, Borth on the West coast used to be a bastion of the Welsh language, now 54% of the properties are owned by English or other nationalities. So by all means visit Wales, learn a few bits of Welsh just out of courtesy, but don't forget to bugger off home afterwards! Diolch.
     
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