The original plan was to leave the car in Llandeilo and cycle to Rhandirmwyn along the quiet lanes. Because of the hot weather I shortened this by leaving the car in Llangadog. Panniers loaded we commenced our trip .
We took the minor road heading north west from Llangadog and which joins the A4069 and then into Llandovery. The law dictates a stop at the West End Cafe the haunt of cyclists and motor bikers, where a welcome coffee and custard slice were consumed. A photo opportunity was taken in the town`s car park.
The next part of our trip went north west keeping the Afon Tywi to our left until we reached Rhandirmwyn where we sat on a bench for lunch. I had thought about using the camp site further up the river, but on inspection it did not inspire and the prices (2010) seemed a little high for what was offered. So back to Rhandirmwyn and the Camping and Caravan Club site. This is a perfect site, flat, well maintained with free hot showers. The cost to backpackers is less than the other site. Probably even cheaper if a member.
|A very low Tywi|
One warning though, it is close to the river and midges are present. However they weren’t too much of a problem. The tents were soon erected and following a shower I found a shady spot and dozed.
Another benefit of this site is the local pub, The Royal Oak. We sampled a few real ales before retiring for the night.
|Eyeing my drink|
The next day we loaded up again and set off on our return journey. This time the way back to Llandovery was on the other side of the Tywi. Another break was called for at the West End Cafe.
|Even the car is blue|
From Llandovery we took a different lane which headed for Myddfai but very steep which led me to dismount and push for a while. We turned right before Myddfai just on the border where the Brecon Beacons National Park starts. This took us back to Llangadog where we celebrated with an ice cream.
A very enjoyable week with weather to match.
Does it make a big difference riding with all the camping gear? It's good to see you getting everything into the rear ones. You see so many people with them back and front and even more. Goodness know what they take with them.
I think by having a lightweight attitude it helps to pack the panniers. Riding is fine. Just need to be careful discounting as its unstable with all the weight on the back.
Really enjoying the new experience.