Day 1, Saturday 3 September: Holyhead to Menai Bridge (30 miles, 320 m ascent)
We set off at the crack of dawn to catch the 07.30 train from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury and were immediately confronted with an Arriva train guard who was prepared to allow only two of our three bikes on to the train! After some discussion we persuaded this official that three bikes would not be problematic and we proceeded with some relief to secure them safely in the cycle bay. Following a change of trains at Shrewsbury we eventually arrived at Holyhead at 13.30 – to be greeted by the heavy rain which had been forecast for the rest of the day.
Finding the start of Lon Las Cymru (Sustrans Route 8) in Holyhead was not easy in heavy traffic, but having located it we soon set off in driving rain along the country lanes of Anglesey. While the poor weather did not allow us to see the island at its best, this first 30 miles of cycling was an easy enough introduction and we arrived in Menai Bridge at about 5.00 pm.
That night we stayed at The Anglesey Arms, which was also hosting a wedding reception. The facilities in this cycle friendly hostelry were very good and we were able to dry out our wet clothes overnight.