Quick Ride to Wales with XSR900
Old tour, posting for reference.
Where does it start? Ace Cafe
Where does it end? Llyn Ogwen
How long is it? 311 miles
How long does it take? 7 hours (without stops)
What is the best time of year? Summer/Autumn
What is the best time of day? Sunset/Sunrise
Approximate fuel cost: £54.30 (fuel: £1.72L,MPG:45.5)
Places to stop:
- Ace Cafe
- Bwlch y Groes
- Lake Vyrnwy
- Llyn Ogwen
I took the M40 until after Birmingham and followed the twisty roads passing through the Brecon Beacons National Park. I stopped at the Bwlch y Groes and Pen-y-Pass before heading to Llyn Ogwen.
The journey was enjoyable with a bit of rain. I mostly took the motorway until I reached the first roads in Snowdonia, just around Lake Llanwddyn.
From there, I took some twisty roads and enjoyed the ride and, admittedly, a good amount of rain.
The roads were great. The journey was filled with nature, fresh air and pleasing roads to enjoy a good ride.
The days were getting dark, so I headed to Lake Ogwen and set the tent.
I had no plan of where to stay; I only knew I wanted to stay next to a lake and brew a coffee at sunrise.
It was windy beneath the mountain. My first attempt to set the tent was proven unsuccessful, with the tent flying away. Under the clear sky and a half moon, I could see the sheep glowing in the field. This was when I realised there was a farm nearby. I found a corner spot near the farm, where the wind was milder. I set the tent, and the bike, heated some baked bins and tried to enjoy the rain and wind outside.
The night passed, and I couldn’t sleep well. The wind was unbearable, and the noises from the farm beside me were like a thriller.
When the sun rose, I set for my coffee.
I made an exceptional dark roast espresso, added a bit of sugar and hot water, and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee by the lake.
From there, I had a pleasant ride around with the bike and started heading back to London.