December 29th, 2009

View from study (sunny)

The changeability of the British weather

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, though chilly. I have lots of things I should be getting on with, including writing a radio play for the next assignment for the OU advanced creative writing course, but I couldn't waste a day like this, especially as I have to reach Rauros falls before the 31 December (my self-imposed deadline).

As it was so nice, I decided to walk to the seaside. Not all the way, it's true; that would take much too long. Instead I drove to Arthog, parked the car in the car park by the Mawddach trail and walked from there across the bridge to Barmouth. It turned out to be a free crossing too because there was no one taking money in the little hut on the Barmouth side.

Because it's wide, I've put the large panorama looking up the estuary behind the cut so as not to mess up your friends' page. Collapse )

And here is a cheerful diesel train that passed me as I was heading towards the bridge. It has just come from Barmouth, next stop, Morfa Mawddach.

Train approaching Morfa Mawddach
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View from study (sunny)

Eowyn Challenge -- Arrived at Rauros Falls!

Next destination: Isengard

Miles travelled today: 10
Miles travelled so far: 389 (1309 from Bag End)
Percentage complete: 100%

Point reached on journey: We have reached the lawn of Parth Galen below Amon Hen. “Rauros was calling with a great voice.” We have made camp...

Where I really went...

I hadn't planned to reach Rauros Falls today. The weather forecast was not good, but I wanted to reach my destination before the end of 2009. Realising around 11 am that it wasn't actually raining, I ventured out. My plan was to do a quick cycle ride to add enough miles to put me in easy reach of the finish of this leg, which could be accomplished tomorrow.

Except when I reached the point where I intended to turn round and cycle back, the weather wasn't all that bad (still no rain!) and instead I headed up the Gwynant valley, past Kings Youth Hostel and came back via Cader Road. No photos, I'm afraid, but everywhere was grey and drear.

I did think a couple of times that the idea of doing the circular trip wasn't terribly bright. I had forgotten that though it wasn't all that cold down by the estuary, a few hundred feet higher, it was trying to snow, but it wasn't cold enough to freeze and the roads were clear of ice, so I persevered and eventually was rewarded with the long swoop down the hill into town. I did push the bike up most of the hills, but the extra couple of miles meant that the effort was worth it and a total of 10 miles for the day put me at Rauros Falls. :)

I think I'll have a rest day tomorrow, then it's onwards to Isengard with Merry and Pippin.