It seemed like a good idea at first, and a few weeks ago it was turning into a Grand Day Out as six of us tried to communicate with email and facebook to co-ordinate cars and lifts to Corwen. But with a 9am start, this meant getting up around 6am and congregating at my house for a 7:40 set off! At least it was light by then!
|Six fabulous ladies at the start
The first quest was to find the cafe and parking, and the second was to navigate to the loos! The cafe and craft shops are housed in the old workhouse in Corwen - which I never knew existed. We had a quick cuppa before venturing out of Corwen and up the first hill of the day. It was a nippy start, with promise of no rain, and even some sunshine.
The route was simple - follow the river up to it's source at Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid); go around the lake, then back along the valley. Simples. What can go wrong?
|Vicky and Krissy deep in conversation
- and not a route sheet between them!
The first thing that happened (after Vicky and Krissy sailed off into the distance) was another lady we befriended had a small exploding incident with her rear mech (the two wheel coggy thing by the back wheel that changes gear). Once she had retrieved the parts form the road, we realised it was totally unridable (Sarah - "what do we do when a bike cannot be ridden?", "Hmmm, good question!"). We contacted the organiser, and negotiated a pick up. Then carried on!
|Random pointing with Bala below
|Quick photo stop
|Sarah passing Lake Bala (and me!)
|First sighting of Bala Lake
|Bridge over River Dee near Llandderfel