After I closed the shop on Friday I was told by Lydia that tomorrow (Saturday) I may be getting some visitors, who have been cycling through the early hours of the morning from Manchester to Cardigan.
This is the journey in their words:
The alarm went off at 5am and we were on the road by 6.15am. We made good steady progress through to Chester where a breakfast stop was needed. Fully refuelled and back on the road the miles began to roll by as we passed through Llandegla and along to Y Bala before continuing on the A494 alongside the shores of Llyn Tegid. The next section of road down to Dolgellau was beautiful in the afternoon sun and among some of the best road riding we’d experienced.
Soon we arrived at Machynlleth where another box of energy bars were consumed and a phone call to howies to let them know we were running late but my phone ran out of credit….great! Off again on the leg to Aberystwyth which had some of the hardest climbs of the day…or so we thought. We arrived in Aberystwyth around 5.30 pm for a strong coffee and a quick rest. There were a lot of students in town dressed up for prom celebrations, meanwhile we were stood there smelling of sweat and road grime while everyone else smelt of perfume and soap…nice.
The final leg from Aberystwyth to Cardigan was to be the hardest of the day, not just due to tiredness but also as we decided to buy food along the way. This was a mistake as we soon discovered that there were no chip shops open and had to buy snacks to finish the final leg.
The bike ride was fantastic journey and one to do again in the future, any advice?! Make sure you have a banquet at Aberystwyth to get you over those never ending hills!
These guys did this for two main reasons:
- To make a comparison between their journey and that of a same day delivery service.
- How hard could it be? (Famous last words…)
It’s amazing to see what people will do to prove a point, and I think they proved it well… I mean after a distance of 162 miles, a max of 43.8 mph and an ascent of 3000 meters they saved 58.6 Kg on carbon emissions. Plus it’s an awesome excuse to fill up on cake ready for the 41 mile cycle to the nearest train station...