I have always liked the saying “Man plans and God laughs” He certainly had a good guffaw today!
Andy, my brother -in-law was on holiday in Newgale Pembs and it seemed a good idea to meet in Haverfordwest as his wife would be passing though to visit a friend in Narberth and we would cycle the Brunel Trail to Neyland and back.
I had no idea it was the start of the Pembrokeshire show which is held on the outskirts of Haverfordwest. The heavy traffic started some ten miles outside of the town for both me and Andy.
I had a text that Andy had taken his bike off the car and was cycling to our meeting point. Then I get a call from Frances that the car had broken down just after she had left the town! Luckily I was not far away and soon spotted her on the verge (off the road and a nervous breakdown). I assumed the car had over heated but she said the gears had felt odd and she was barely able to move forward.
In a manly way I opened the bonnet and looked in, yes the engine was in place. Andy then turned up and the breakdown company phoned. In the meantime I made us coffee on the caldera cone. The breakdown guy arrived and soon found that a gear selector had come loose, a common fault apparently as they wear. With a cable tie he made a temporary fix and we all went back to Newgale. Lunch was had and Andy and I set off to have a shorter bike ride as I was keen to try out my new bike.
Our route can be seen here Route (click). Apart from the steep climb out of Newgale the route was reasonably flat and quiet..
We had hoped to use a green lane near Lochmeyler but it had also been used by cows with loose bowels so we turned back to tarmac and continued. It was very hot to start but the temperature did reduce and it became more comfortable. Near the south side of Brawdy airport we wheeled the bikes across a footpath to rejoin the main road and a steep down hill ride to Newgale.
The beaches were busy with surfers and people enjoying the sunshine. I am writing this on the day after and it is pouring down and blowing a hooley.