A good nights sleep on our Forest of Dean hillside and an early start to make the push in to Wales. For some reason I woke with a cracking headache, I'll put it down to de-hydration from the heat of the previous day rather than the beers we enjoyed whilst soaking in the view from our camping spot. The headache was cured with an excellent brunch at Coleford and then shortly after the going got serious.
The TET joins the Offas Dyke Path and the going gets tough fairly quickly. We met a group of mountain bikers at the bottom of the path from where it climbs up to the top of the Wye Valley, they assured us that we would find the going difficult if not impassable on the Himalayans. Undeterred we gamely rode on only to have them overtake us five minutes later when we stopped to search for the spring from my sidestand which had come detached and allowed the stand to drag along the trail.
|The track up Offa's Dike Path to the|
top of the Wye Valley.
|And back down Offa's Dike Path after|
losing my side stand spring and finding
our path blocked by a tree.
|A quick stop at Tintern Abbey for rest and shade.|
|A generally easy path apart from this|
|Really not sure how I managed to do this. It wasn't|
very easy to extricate from.
|And the beast of a track that ended|
|Photos never give good perspective of|
incline but take it from me this was
|Our camp on top of Abercynafon at the head end of|
the Talybont Reervoir.
We eventually found a decent enough spot at the top of Abercynafon, cracked open another beer and started to put up tents. How wrong we were, the little blighters were here too. By now we had rather too much committed to drinking beer to be able to carry on on the bikes so had no choice but to make camp. This was achieved in several stages (more than a couple of minutes in one place would result in an intolerable number of midges). Once the tents were up there was little real choice but to retire in to them early and escape.