This has been an exhausting week of HEAT, HILLS, AND HUMIDITIY !! We left Barmouth on Monday and had a lovely ride down to Aberdovey – warm, windless and not too hilly.
The road then took us to Aberystwyth followed by Aberaeron. Stunning scenery and beautiful beaches but some pretty punishing hills, not funny with the heat so frequent water stops for both Oscar and me. I bought him a sunhat which I soaked in cold water which helped to keep him cool – surprisingly he didn’t object too much ! Not sure he was too impressed though.
Having decided that there didn’t seem to be any flat roads in the whole of Wales we carried on through Cardigan and Fishguard, up and up, down and down – I think we walked most of the way – both exhausted at the end of day we certainly slept well !
The countryside was beautiful and full of all sorts of wonderful scents – especially that of new bracken, evocative of long hot summer holidays playing on the heathlands forever watchful of the adders lurking in the undergrowth or basking on the sandy paths !
There was also the scent of fields of clover and the cattle grazing – fat and healthy with glossy, shining coats munching away to their heart’s content – the hedges of honeysuckle and wild roses and the swallows ducking and diving. It made the long hauls up the hills more bearable , pleasurable even, to be able to smell and listen to nature at its best.
I saw a couple of red kites which was a bit of a treat. There was a bit of a nightmare in Fishguard trying to negotiate a particularly tricky, steep and narrow hill when the trailer ( minus Oscar thank goodness ) tipped over into the road – all very awkward, but a lovely couple – from Halesworth (!) – came to the rescue and helped push us up to the top. Good Samaritans indeed !
With the lovely weather there were many more people out and about and a feeling of bonhomie – plenty of walkers, many more cyclists and a general holiday atmosphere. One lovely gentleman offered to spray us with his hose as he was out watering his garden – it was blissful and hugely refreshing. Not sure I would have appreciated it a few weeks ago !
We have stayed in several different places this week including a glamping pod, caravan and a room on the campus of Carnarven University of Wales – all part of the rich tapestry !! We are now beside the Gower Estuary – a perfect place to end the week. Next week will hopefully see us in Bristol where I am looking forward to staying with my son, Tom and family.
Many thanks to the following dog friendly establishments this week – kind & generous people !