Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Day 2: Menai Bridge to Porthmadog

Day 2, Sunday 4 September: Menai Bridge to Porthmadog (38 miles, 550 m ascent)

The Lon Las Menai cycle route from Menai Bridge to Caernarfon was lovely, especially in the sunny weather on Sunday morning and we were enjoying our ride, overlooking the Menai Strait, until the chain on John’s bike inexplicably broke (surprising since this bike had only recently been serviced and a new chain set fitted).

To our frustration we failed to make a roadside repair and so we walked the bike the last 2 miles to Caernarfon where John took a taxi back to Halfords in Bangor, the only bike repair shop open on that Sunday in the area. Bike repaired and having lost about two hours, we set off from Caernarfon toward Porthmadog over the traffic free Lon Eifion cyclepath, like many of the Sustrans routes, a former railway line. Arriving at Criccieth in late afternoon rain threatened again and so we decided to cycle along the main road in order to get to Porthmadog sooner. This was not the most pleasant experience with much heavy traffic and some drivers showing little regard for cyclists. We were relieved to arrive at Porthmadog and Yr Hen Fecws where we stayed the night and were well looked after by Mike. One of the culinary highlights of the week was the colourful curry enjoyed by David that evening at a local restaurant!

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