Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Day 3

Day 3 was hard. I think that pretty much sums it up.

67.3km ridden/pushed/hike-a-biked up 1,940m of Welsh valleys.

Unfortunately it wasnt the best of starts as we has a late night dash to the local take aways at the last minute when we realised the restaurants were pretty much all closed. This meant energy levels were quite low.

We started as we meant to go on though, with a long arduous climb through a farm and onto a bit of road to take us towards Machynlleth.
Thats when we hit the 1st of our difficult climbs/hike-a-bikes as there was a lot of forestry work going on and they had destroyed the bridleway.
We eventually got to the top, took a few fire roads and did the final descent at mach.

After a quick bike shop and co-op refuel, we headed out again up and along road to get into the wilderness.
A few miles in, we realised we were behind schedule so had to take a "short cut".
This short cut can be recognised easily on the attached profle picture! It was a huuuge climb/push taking us from 20m to around 460m!
However the views were spectacular.

After some long undulating xc across mountsin, we then eventually joined the trails over at Nant Y Arian to do the final few sections before the final slog over to Devils Bridge which again took in some long pushes along steep inclines to get us on the right side of the hillside.

But, we made it.
Dinner has been devoured and its time for sleep.

On to day 4!

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