Cardiff to Swansea, by Moonlight: 14 June

Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by McWobble, 17 Apr 2019.

  1. McWobble

    McWobble Euthermic

    Location:
    Minkowski Space
    Well, hopefully by moonlight. The idea is to follow the old Cardiff-Mumbles FNRttC route (kindly supplied by theclaud). If you've ridden on of the Cardiff-Swansea FNRttC you'll know that this ride is special. It has some of the most enchanting cycling of any ride I've done.

    We leave the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay at midnight. It is, I hope, a landmark that's fairly easy to spot...

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    After leaving Cardiff we'll drift down the delightful hedge enclosed lanes to Llanwit Major, after which things open out, but are no less wonderful for that. With a bit of luck, we'll be able to catch sight of the moon reflecting off the Bristol Channel. Continuing past Ogmore to rest and (dare I say it) sustenance at the 24 hour McDonalds at Bridgend. Afterwards, we'll admire the fires of Mordor in the dawn... by which I mean we'll have a good view of the steel works as we pass through Port Talbot. There is an admittedly tough climb to get to Neath, but does show the character of the valleys. Then the last swoop down to Swansea and the final, glorious few miles along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, which is as good an ending as you'd expect from the Welsh Riviera.

    It's about 65 miles, all at an unhurried pace: we've got all night, so there's no rush. No one gets left behind. I expect to get into Swansea round about 8 or so in the morning. This is not a FNRttC, so there's no form filling or anything like that. An expression of interest would be helpful though for an idea of numbers.

    Expressions of Interest

    @theclaud
    @Shadow
    @GrumpyGregry (pending oracle consultation)
     
    Last edited: 25 Apr 2019
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  2. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    Same night as the FNRttC to Cambridge, which I'll be doing instead. Please remember to have the traditional pause for jazz hands.....
     
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  3. OP
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    McWobble

    McWobble Euthermic

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    Alas, the date clash couldn't be helped: I'd have preferred another time, but this is the only date within the next six months that the moon will be in the right aspect. I want to at least try and recreate the first, magical experience which means that for my purposes, the 14th June was the only feasible option - any date after October would, I fear, be beyond even theclaud's ability to command the weather to her bidding!
     
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  4. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Sorry - I'll have to forgo our traditional meetup on the train from Chepstow due to the above mentioned London to Cambridge FNRttC.

    Hope it all goes well!
     
  5. Shadow

    Shadow Veteran

    Hereby expressing an interest, please sir.

    Simple train route seems dear; will investigate less expensive options.
     
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  6. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    They shake some of the finest milk on earth on Mumbles pier... the prospect of a continuance west, "ar y Trên" - as they say in those parts, to Little England Beyond Wales to visit Eldest Sister Beyond Gregry is... well... lush.

    Let me consult widely. Entrails and oracles included.
     
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  7. OP
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    McWobble

    McWobble Euthermic

    Location:
    Minkowski Space
    If you're on the south coast breaking your journey at Bristol or Swindon might lead to cheaper tickets.
     
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  8. Shadow

    Shadow Veteran

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  9. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Having consulted oracles and then wrestled manfully with the GWR website - godawful: once you've booked, the details of seat and bike reservations on the so-called "dashboard" don't match what their confirmation emails say - it appears I'm coming.

    I'll be the slow one at the back. ;)
     
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  10. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Is this a go-er?
     
  11. OP
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    McWobble

    McWobble Euthermic

    Location:
    Minkowski Space
    Oh yes: I'm not letting those tickets I forked out on go to waste! Claud's recruited a few of the locals so it looks like it'll be a small and definitely select group.

    I've not dared look at the weather forecast yet, but @theclaud's taking care of that... :whistle:
     
  12. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    The Nickyboy defence :ohmy:
     
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  13. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    What can possibly go wrong? :unsure:
     
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  14. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Showers pass, or so they say. See you in Cardiff on Friday evening.
     
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  15. OP
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    McWobble

    McWobble Euthermic

    Location:
    Minkowski Space
    You weren't there in 2012 when the rain stopped and the breeze swung round to a SE tailwind just before midnight - all at TC's command. This is the standard you'll have to meet if you want the job. ISTR that TC was going to blame me if the weather hadn't turned, so historical precedent makes this the theclaud defence...
     
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