I was happy to leave Chester behind this morning. Not because the city itself was bad in any way, but the hostel staff was a rude character treating me and others like we were bothering him by staying in the hostel and asking for normal things. Entering Wales, aiming for Snowdonia, was fantastic. A new country for me, never before entered by foot or wheel. I rode A5 passing pretty Llangollen on to Betwy-e-coed, continuing on the A470 all the way to Brecon. Almost 300 kilometres of just fine twisty roads. Fantastic!
As I had been told, Snowdonia was beautiful. It was cold though, and I got a sprinkle of rain but it passed quickly and, luckily, while riding north the weather cleared up and it was a beautiful day for riding. Unfortunately, I did not stop for pictures in Snowdonia due to the rain, and I was cold. But later on I captured a few beautiful views. I stopped for lunch in a road side café and got myself an “all day breakfast”. I now understand that it truly means eat it and it keeps you full all day 🙂
While riding south the scenery changed and went less dramatic but still so, so, beautiful. This is a country I have to come back to. My stay tonight is in Brecon Beacons Backpackers, just outside Brecon. I was greeted by friendly people who almost seemed disappointed that I didn’t need help with anything. Quite the opposite to Chester BP. I’m alone in my dorm which feels nice, like a guarantee that I will get enough sleep tonight, which I do need.