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LLANWRTYD IN AUGUST

We were all glad to see Brian looking so good after undergoing such a major op. obviously Jackie has been keeping his activities under control with no doubt a bit of grumbling from himself. The weekend started on Thursday for us and as the weekend forecast for the Southwest was diabolical we left at the crack of sparrow fart (or is seemed like it at 6.30) to avoid the heavy rain and, it proved a good decision - the skies cleared as we headed north beyond Abergavenny. We actually arrived in Builth Wells about 10.30, unheard of, so decided to head off to Rhayader for coffee where we picked up lunch taking it to the Élan Valley reservoirs where we enjoyed lovely clear views across the mountains. Our evening meal was at Chez Caswell where we had a lovely meal washed down with plenty of the red liquid that puts a glow on the face, thanks folks.  Next day was a bonus, Lyn and I had a splendid local walk, highly recommended, in glorious sunshine up the river valley to the graveyard, then following the footpath around the contour of the hill to bridle paths which eventually brings you down to the old wool mill on the main road. Lyn doesn't do hills so this was ideal, all in all about 6 miles. We took our lunch but snacks could be bought in the mill if required. A short walk back to Llanwyrtd and the Belle Vue finished a pleasant day as the rest of the fellow members of the MTC arrived in dribs and drabs going to their allotted B&Bs or hotels, all enjoying a dry warm ride from their homes. A boisterous evening ensued as is normal when we all get together catching up with news and "long time no see” faces.  Unfortunately next day, the day of the ride out, turned out to be damp and drizzly (normal for mid Wales runs apart from April when we were here last, it was like midsummer). However it gradually dried out and in fact by the time we reached Builth the roads were dry. Kington was the coffee stop where we were informed by the locals in the cafe that it was the date of the local fete where we could see Flying Ryan, a motor cycle stunt rider, so some of us elected to go and see what was going on at this show which turned out to be quite interesting (at least to some of us). The local events always seem better than the big-uns and cheaper! Some time later after the rest of the MTC crew had scarpered, we found the Beema sitting all by itself in the middle of the road where it had been left with other bikes surrounding it,  I'm surprised we didn't get pinched for wrongful parking.  Anyway instead of taking the short way back we decided to go via Clyro Court to Brecon. This is where Brian and Jackie are investigating a venue for next year, we had stayed there many years back with friends in the caving club when it was in its infancy it was fairly primitive then but should be OK now. About this point who should we find but a Moto Guzzi rider studying a map, no less a person than Monsieur Walker who elected to follow us over the ranges via Brecon, stopping off at Brian and Jackie's of course for the obligatory delicious scones and/or cake washed down by a mug of tea - a prerequisite of the afternoon before dinner. Once again that evening we all enjoyed a splendid meal and plenty of noisy chat (the Belle Vue meals are. certainly very good, although their rooms are a little run down these days). Several people followed your route to the letter

Brian and said they enjoyed it, others like ourselves did our own thing. Some even broke down, but a good day was had by all. Believe it or not, Sunday turned out to be a pleasant day and promised a dry run back for everyone. After calling in on B&J we headed over the ranges once again (splendid route on a sunny day), stopping off at Tintern old railway station for a bite to eat followed by a windy crossing over the M48 to Dinder arriving home mid afternoon Our collective thanks once again to Brian and Jackie for looking after us so well despite the problems they endured a few weeks prior to the weekend. A total of twenty five folks thoroughly enjoyed your weekend. PS, Brian's strength is improving daily and he says he. feels so much better. Jackie is having a shoulder op in October. All the best to both of them.

Arthur Spain.

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