As you will by now undoubtedly know, a rescue mission has been launched to re-supply the Jogler with new footwear. But as the sun rose on Day 42 of Steve’s walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End we were all blissfully unaware of the drama which was to unfold on Day 43. In case you missed that see https://mistybooks.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/jogle-blogle-blogle-hq-control-we-have-a-problem/
The Jogler had overnighted at Cae Gwyn farm (thanks to Sue & David for contributing to Macmillan Cancer Support at http://bit.ly/2Tzmjwi ) in Mid Wales and things were already becoming a little strange. The Jogler was hallucinating thinking that the waste bin bore an uncanny resemblance to Darth Vadar. Why else would he take a photo. Perhaps at this point he would have been well advised to take a lie down in a darkened room. BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE MONSTER UNDER THE BED!
Anyway, eventually he set off, walking through Coed-Y-Brenin, so some nice shots to start. Also a fascinating insight into the region’s volcanic past, which means that the local area is rich in minerals such as copper, iron and even gold. In fact the local gold mine, although now disused, is still used to make rings for the Royal family.
He had a nice view of a river and wasn’t charged £2:50 to see it. I still can’t get over the fact that Swallow Falls charges these days! Well, I mean to say, can you – honestly! I may write a letter!
The day was very warm and so the Jogler stopped off in Dolgellau for a spot of lunch.
Wildlife of the day – ponies.
Strange wildlife sign of the day – beware of stampeding cattle. Blimey, I haven’t seen any stampeding cattle since John Wayne was a lad!
Out through a slate quarry, where they even used the stuff for fencing. Waste not, want not I suppose and through the tiny village of Aberllenni probably using the Roman road which ran from North to South Wales through this point. Sadly the local war memorial shows that even the smallest communities are not exempt from man’s inhumanity to man.
Finding himself in another Welsh region and leaving the Snowdonia National Park he carried on into his overnight stop at Machynlleth via the national cycle network which spans across Britain. This mile marker was commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland – one of 1000 – to commemorate the network being established in 1984. This trail (number 8) runs from Cardiff to Holyhead.
Stats for the day:
Mileage: 27.5 Total: 763.93
Steps: 49,856 Total: 1,548,778
Time Taken: 9 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds