This month’s ride out was an all Triumph affair; five riders on Triumph bikes (2 Streets, a Speed, a Sprint and an Explorer) gathered outside Bill Smiths Triumph and departed for the Brecon Beacons at around 9:40am collecting a sixth rider on a Street just south of Wrexham en-route.
The riders followed the A483 to the first planned stop at Crossgates café near the A483/A44 roundabout. As the Roman RAT group arrived at Crossgates café, members of Jack Lilleys RAT club were preparing to leave. They were half way through a 3 day tour of South Wales and enjoying the great weather, scenery and roads and were just leaving for Aberystwyth.
Following a spot of brunch and having filled up with fuel, the group continued onwards still following the A483 through Builth Wells and onto Llandovery. Leaving the A483 at Llandovery, the group turned onto the A4069 and climbed up and over the Beacons, a road that provided fantastic views across South Wales. It was a warm day as had been promised by the weather forecasters so an impromptu stop at an Inn in Upper Brynamman for refreshments and toilets was required.
Leaving the Inn the riders turned east onto the A4068 before taking the A4067 up to the A40 and into Brecon. Unfortunately, by the time the group reached the planned cafe in Brecon it had closed for the afternoon. A friendly local pointed the riders in the direction of a local hostelry in Brecon with a car park and cheap food/drink.
It was around 5pm when the group had finished eating and, realising the time, decided to push off and head for home travelling north out of Brecon on the B4520. A planned detour on the B4519 took the group of riders up and over a huge military range, another road with magnificent views.
The riders re-joined the A483 to Builth Wells before taking the A470 through Rhayader and onwards to McDonalds at Newtown for a short break before following old faithful, the A483, back to Chester to complete the 280 mile day trip.
A good long day riding on a fabulous summers day with super views and roads shared with great company. Does motorcycling life get much better than that?
Till next time...ride safe.