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...and when he gets his glasses, he'll be able to see the hairs on the palms of his hands...
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Got the day off work. Who's booking the weather so I'm not wasting a day off?
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It's gonna be baking hot mate. Oh ye of little faith lol
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I spent 30 years in the West Mids before moving to South Wales and the weather down here is a little more moist than what I'm used to.
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looks like i'm gonna be bikeless, long story but aprilia uk dragging feet aint helped. so if you guys n gals passing thru newtown i could meet ya in bike shop just so i can say hi y'all lol as you'll be passing it anyway or i might pop up to pub after your ride if thats ok. if not hope ya have a great w/end. if situation changes then i will be riding round with ya. cheers, Cwp (yes i'm peed off lol)
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Ive drawn a couple of routes up, both stay away from the main A roads where possible to avoid the attention of plod as is often prevalent at weekends

this one, uses mostly quieter A roads and B roads



full link- https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Llanymynech/Tywyn,+Gwynedd,+UK/Llynclys/@52.6305261,-3.7940206,9z/data=!4m60!4m59!1m30!1m1!1s0x487aaf02f289d6c3:0xa1062bee03d8ee0!2m2!1d-3.09031!2d52.7813159!3m4!1m2!1d-3.0284712!2d52.4213676!3s0x48701a3b9f72dfe5:0xc8f22427c58334b3!3m4!1m2!1d-3.3343411!2d52.2755844!3s0x486fddabb1a4a1fb:0x8eb538e1bea8a0f7!3m4!1m2!1d-3.5937371!2d52.2772676!3s0x486fc00b5e533277:0x58111acf5f3373bd!3m4!1m2!1d-3.7455326!2d52.3587438!3s0x486f96e57092581d:0x40c8b9b11f9cd3f4!3m4!1m2!1d-4.0830952!2d52.4137782!3s0x486f7655e409c227:0xc5c64e1e0b7a0dc!1m20!1m1!1s0x48657d1fba5e9093:0x35448de7e70b218c!2m2!1d-4.087249!2d52.587006!3m4!1m2!1d-4.0434187!2d52.6987031!3s0x48657f3e178a54fb:0x1c9055b60fd3a0dc!3m4!1m2!1d-4.105092!2d52.8740027!3s0x48659df6b93dc885:0x31425989b8f57929!3m4!1m2!1d-3.8542272!2d52.909591!3s0x48656dc5121abaf7:0xe72dcde9f6f3576e!1m5!1m1!1s0x487aaf95b62cefad:0x7e9d5b6413ac35b7!2m2!1d-3.06741!2d52.809545!3e0

So heads off avoiding the Newtown and Crossgates roads and runs over the border to Clun [only road I'm not too familiar with], over the top to Knighton and then into Crossgates [cafe].  into Rhyader and into the Elan Valley around the dams.  To Devils Bridge and into Aberystwyth.  Care on the 487 to Mach and then follows the coast through Aberdovey, Tywyn, Fairbourne then eithe rover the wooden toll bridge or into Dolgellau [Roberts cafe is great].  Lovely sweepers into Barmouth.  Next bit to Harlech a bit slow with lots of 40's but the next bit makes up for it.  down the 470 and then off to Llyn Celyn and onto Bala or cut the corner and take the moorland road through Ffestiniog.  Other option for the brave is the ranges road over to Llanuwchllyn, it's gated.  From Bala [plod!] it's back over the Berwyns, B4391 to the start
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this is my route 2, uses some of the same roads but also a number of smaller quieter roads, with some fantastic views. 



it basically takes a different route to Rhayader, taking in Lake Vyrnwy, up to Bwlch Y Groes [highest pass in Wales I think] and down into Dinas.  Then takes another mountain road over Clywedoc and down into Llandiloes.  This is a bit longer at 242m

Both routes take in a series of loops and it's easy to cut short or split into two groups if there are  those that facour the faster A roads or those that favour the twistier B roads but meet at the same points, such as Crossgates, Rhayader, Aberystwyth, Mach', Dolgellau, Bala

What do most people want, Fast A roads with a risk attached or more scenic B roads, bear in mind with isn't the Pan European forum ;-)

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WoW I'am lovin the look of them roads, waaaaY better than what I've got here in Essex lol

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few youtube clips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvB8dzzxZQg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8WYF7-SoBY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC9vJa-B5mo Probably my favourite road this, B4391 from Llangynog to Bala, we'd do this in reverse.  This is some handy driving in the GT3 RS, he's covering the ground quickly, it's bumpy in places with big drops and sheep of course!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2TscTkYgz8

just to wet the palate!
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Route 3 165 miles



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Well, I have asked my mate to lead the ride as nobody else has come forward but he's on holiday until this Thursday Unhappy He's also not a local and is only able to ride down Saturday morning from North Yorkshire so it's all going to be very last minute Cry Not sure he'll be able to follow any of the routes posted as he won't know the roads that well.

It's massively stressing me out to be honest and I'm stressed enough with redundancy looming at work Cry
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Can't see me making it at all on Saturday as I can't get out until 2. Hope things aren't too drastic at work Bird.
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I've got bike trouble bird. Hopefully sorted by Friday but not holding my breath. I'd lead but I'm bit slow lol. Its peed me off big time, waiting on aprilia uk to ok a repair. Will know more Wed. If no bike and you going Newtown way I'll pop up in car to say hi. Could meet ya all in pub anyway
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Originally posted by adzed adzed wrote:

Can't see me making it at all on Saturday as I can't get out until 2. Hope things aren't too drastic at work Bird.

Aw, no worries! 

My company is going bust and everyone is being laid off so yeah, it's pretty bad! There's a risk I might be kept on because I work on system support but there'll be barely anyone left and I'll only be kept on for a few months more til everything is turned off. So I need a need a new job ASAP Cry

Originally posted by cwp cwp wrote:

I've got bike trouble bird. Hopefully sorted by Friday but not holding my breath. I'd lead but I'm bit slow lol. Its peed me off big time, waiting on aprilia uk to ok a repair. Will know more Wed. If no bike and you going Newtown way I'll pop up in car to say hi. Could meet ya all in pub anyway

Why not come along Fri or Sat evening instead? At least I know where we'll be then lol! 
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Sounds like a plan. Keep ya posted re bike. What time you arriving Fri?
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Originally posted by cwp cwp wrote:

Sounds like a plan. Keep ya posted re bike. What time you arriving Fri?

Prob 3 hours later than I plan to be there LOL
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Had a run out to Wales to recce a route 3 today for Bird's Wales Meet.  Some great pics, great day has to be said, 267miles from home tho, aching a little, Duke ran prefectly and avergaed 39.8mpg which wasn't bad at all given the pace, lots of little stops tinkering with suspension, happy with that.  First part of this route is B roads, then it's around Lake Vyrnwy, which is twisty and very pretty.  Then about 5 miles or so on single track with passing passes, bit of gravel on it, need to be careful but takes you to the top of Bwlch Y Groes, one of highest passes in Wales at 1788ft.  Having cycled up before, it's worthy!  Down into Dinas on a nice road, rolling on and off the throttle through the twists and turns, then there's another minor road 20% up, over Corris.  That's the first 30 miles at a guess, quite slow.  After that the roads open up, smooth surface, certainly into 3 figures on a good few occasions today.  The coast road is ace!  Oh the sheep, yeah.  When you come across a situation like this, when you take off shut your visor, the car in front throws up all the sheep sh*t left in the road, bike jacket and face covered. . . . . . .!
Oh yes, blackberries, free food in Wales!  Wooden bridge crosses the estuary, i didn't go in Dolgellau, but there's a great cafe there.  The fast sweepers into Barmouth are great.  After that bit of a slog up the coast but the views are trmendous.  After Festiniog the roads are quick and well surfaced, down to Bala care through there, and over to LlynClys  Road over here has been resurfaced and a lot of the bumps taken out too.  One of my favourite roads, just don't look at the drop!  And watch the sheep!


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When you pick us up depending on the route I could possibly lead into Aberystwyth and up to Barmouth.
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Originally posted by Philly46 Philly46 wrote:

When you pick us up depending on the route I could possibly lead into Aberystwyth and up to Barmouth.

I'm not sure how far south we're going to come now though, that's the only issue Cry The original route I thought we'd be going on has been shelved because of cops and traffic so we'll be going on one of the ones Phil has posted up. Is that any good for you?
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I'll tell you when you make a decision on how far south you'll be coming.

Don't be put off by police either, I've barely seen them over 10 years of riding here.
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if there are camera vans you'll have plenty of warning from oncoming traffic lol. if weather sunny expect loads of traffic going to coast anyway. either way enjoy the ride people. watch out for the unmarked plod cars.
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Originally posted by Philly46 Philly46 wrote:

I'll tell you when you make a decision on how far south you'll be coming.

Don't be put off by police either, I've barely seen them over 10 years of riding here.

We'll be following one of Phil's routes above so not coming as far south as first thought.

We won't be setting off til 10.30am to enable everyone to get to us and get fuelled up before setting off together from near where we're staying.
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Keep me posted.
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You can always meet them in mach Philly46. I'll make u a cuppa to wait.....
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I'am all set for it, it's NickyBoys first time to Welsh land on two wheels, Good Times ahead Hehee!!

Can't wait to meet some new faces and some already good friends

I'am gonna be heading upto where I'am staying late Friday afternoon, car and trailer trip to Griffs then transfer to bike for remaining trip from Griffs to Llanymynech where I'am staying Friday into Saturday, can't wait to get started, btw I love your 999 dude, lovely looking bike!!

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I'm only 2 miles from llanymynech. Me and my mate have got a couple of apes that could join in. Know a few good routes to.
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I'll be there but sadly not on two wheels, weather looks absolutely feckin horrible!

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Dry here at min but forecast not good for sat. Although weather peeps been known to get it wrong lol
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I've watched the weather on EVERY format and every news channel going since yesterday morning, all say the same thing, R A I N LOLOuch

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