It’s my 59th birthday on Wednesday and age seems to be catching up with me. I realised at 17:10 that I’d come away to Brecon having not put my pillows back in the caravan. A quick rush into town before the shops closed overcame this problem. As I write this blog, I’ve also forgotten the power cable for my laptop and I’m relying on battery power. Usage over the next 10 days will therefore be kept to the minimum. The 4½ hour drive to Brecon was uneventful and I’ll be heading for the hills tomorrow. It’s a shame that Karen & Barry will be unable to join me, as planned, so it will be solo walking on this holiday.
As an alternative to the football 11 walkers took part in the short 4 mile walk around the area of Elton Hall
. Several different styles were tackled along the way with several drink stops due to the scorchingly hot weather with little or no wind.
The walk included sights of raspberries under polythene tunnels, corn crops and sweetcorn growing in the fields.?? We also saw a bird of prey carrying its booty back to its young.
Home again, briefly, from my travels. The holiday in Caernarfon started with mixed weather plagued largely with a low cloud base and strong north-easterly winds. This restricted walking in the first few days and meant that I had to stay at fairly low level. Thankfully, the only rainy day was the Sunday in the middle of the holiday on which I normally take a rest from walking so it didn’t spoil things too much. The weather improved considerably in the second week and the holiday ended with 3 consecutive mountain climbs (Tryfan, Snowdon & Moel Siobad) with a total ascent of 7,550ft. Needless to say, I was pretty tired after this and used my last full day in Caernarfon for recovery prior to a 6 hour drive home. The totals for the holiday were 45 miles and 11,500ft, bringing the totals for the season to 185 miles & 31,000ft.