06/26 Carmarthen, you are doing it all wrong! You are the home of Merlin, the most famous wizard in the world (besides freaking Harry Potter I guess)! There should be a Merlin Hard Rock Cafe, a Merlin Hooters, with Hooter’s girls wearing cute little Merlin robes and in the town center there should be a 60 foot Merlin statue. But alas I saw nothing. I know there’s a Merlin Walk, whatever that is, but it was raining and I just wanted to hit the road.
That silly Mood thing down at the bottom that almost always says Good–well check it today people. I’m in a freaking amazing mood. In general if I’ve been victimized all day by traffic, dogs or see nothing but farms I usually spend my time thinking about how nice it would be if there were 90% less people on the planet. Not today though.
The first thing to start off this great day was just an email from someone very special to me. She could have just hit random keys on her keyboard and sent that and I’d still be happy but I digress. Breakfast at the B&B was great and I managed to find my way out of Carmarthen without too much difficulty.
Sure it was pouring rain as usual but it wasn’t cold (60F) and the wind was blowing from behind me. I’d have to say at this point that I enjoyed the scenery here in Wales, just in the last 2 days, more than just about anywhere in England, Scotland and Ireland. It’s been a big change from my first day here when I wasn’t a huge fan. First of all there are actually trees and quite a few of them. All kinds of colors too; not just brown or one shade of green to look at all day. Not too many houses along the road either.
No one is ever going to believe this story either. So I’m riding along and this guy in a work van slows down coming toward me and stops. He asked where I was going and being a smartass sometimes I smiled and pointed straight ahead and said, “That way.” He laughed and I told him what road I was taking up ahead. Turns out I was heading toward his place so he gets on his cell and calls his wife to bring in their stupid dogs because they have a habit of chasing bikes. That’s never happened before. I never did see the wife or the stupid dogs clawing at the windows though.
After a somewhat grueling ride uphill I reached the very impressive 13th century Carreg Cennen Castle perched high atop a steep limestone precipice. The walk up was through a huge minefield but I survived and enjoyed my tour around the ruins. I was the only one there the entire time (because of the weather I’m sure). Oh, the minefield was the carpet of sheep crap literally everywhere. Rather nasty. I asked the guy about it and he said they use the sheep to keep the grass short. Something wrong with long grass that I don’t know about? Is it going to grow 60 feet high and obscure the ruins? I think I’d rather wade through grass than sheep crap any day. Anyway I loved the place and the views were incredible even with the poor visibility. Only 4 pounds to get in too.
There was a restaurant on site and I broke down and had a hot lunch there. As I was leaving my eyes wandered over to the desserts and wouldn’t you know it, rhubarb cake. I love rhubarb! I’ve never had it in a cake before but heated up with some ice cream it was too bad (rhubarb pie is way better).
I stopped at Black Mountain CG for the night. The shower block is out of commission but they let me use an empty trailer home that had a great little shower and electric to charge my laptop back up. The cafe next door even had milk for sale. I bought a beer to finish off a great day even though I’ve sworn off it. Other than the Guinness in Ireland I’ve been doing pretty well.
|Avg Speed:||8.7 mph (14 km/h)||Top Speed:||32.5 mph (52.3 km/h)|
|Avg Grade:||4%||Max Grade:||13%|
|Total Ascent:||2653 ft (808.6 m)||Max Elevation:||905 ft (275.8 m)|
|Distance:||29.6 mi (47.6 km)||Total Distance:||28274 mi (45502.6 km)|