The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Friday, 27 April 2012

LoW The (Not Really) Continuation

It's been a bit of a frantic morning. Even with the loss of the house and car keys just as we were due to leave home (eventually located under my backpack), and a quick pitstop en-route, we were making reasonable time on our three hour drive back to North Wales. Then, in the last twenty miles of the journey it was like a comedy of delaying factors. Road works and very slow lorries at every turn.

We pulled into the car park nine minutes before the bus was due. We got to the bus stop with four minutes to spare.

Now it's a train journey ahead of us. By 1pm we should be out walking, but not to continue from Barmouth.

We're tackling the issue of the northerly wind (and the lack of public transport on Sunday) by travelling up to Conwy and walking south. We're tackling the forecast high winds by taking a lower-level route. We're tackling a lack of time by omitting the section between Trawsfynydd and Barmouth (justified on the basis that we've walked that section 3 or 4 times before).

So, not really a continuation of our walk, but still three more days of walking, which will mean that, in bits and pieces, we will have walked the whole length of Wales.

I'll be putting the LoW on my 'unfinished business' list as, in better weather, I really do want to walk the high-level route north from Barmouth.

(Alan R: I duly made up some brown sauce straws yesterday. Pity they're still sitting on the side at home!)

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  1. Good luck! Is the weather really that bad?

  2. Good luck M and G. We are in the Lakes and the weather is superb.
    I'll post some photo's today.

    What a bummer with the sauce.