Leaving Chester on our bikes at 9.55am we were at the Welsh Border at 10.05am and with a good tail wind on a dull but so far dry day we were in Prestatyn by 12 noon. With ever more darkening clouds we decided to put on our waterproofs at Rhyl but I am glad to say the heavy down pour did not materialise and only light intermittent drops were felt. At Abergele (1pm) we stopped at a seaside café – Pantri Bach – for a light lunch and by 1.30pm we were on our way again arriving at Rhos-on-Sea (our overnight stop) at 2.30pm well ahead of our expected arrival time. What a difference a tail wind makes!! We had cycled 71.8kms. We spent an enjoyable evening in this small town.
Wednesday 2nd May saw us start at 9.30am on a lovely sunny morning with no wind and with the prom. At Llandudno open on a trial basis to cyclists for the first time we could not miss out on this opportunity to go through the town and round the Great Orme, arriving in Conwy at 11.30am, having cycled 18kms. The scenery all day was spectacular. We had a short café stop at 28kms and at 3pm we were at the Menai Bridge, having done 50kms. At 4pm we were at our overnight farm B&B near Pentraeth and we had cycled 61.7kms.
A short taxi ride took us to the Ship Inn for drinks and a meal at the lovely location of Red Wharf Bay. I had passed through this delightful location a few years before on a C2C walk across Anglesey.
Thursday 3rd May turned out to be another nice sunny morning with a light wind as we left our accommodation at 9.30am after an enjoyable breakfast. We were on narrow hedge bordered lanes as we made our way across the Island. By 11am we had done 19kms and we were in the village of Maenaddwyn. The next section of the route was mainly down hill with two long straights, for the first time we touched over 50kms per hour on our bikes. At 12.30pm we were at Trearddur and on the small island of Holy Island (Ynys Gybi) and enjoying a coffee and hamburger by this lovely beach. At 1.30pm we had reached Holyhead and made our way to the railway station. We had done 45kms. We boarded a Virgin Super Voyager 2 bound for Euston at 1.58pm. By 3.20pm we were back in Chester at the end of an enjoyable trip.
5th May 2012