It was a very chilly but dry morning on Saturday as seven riders gathered at Bill Smiths Triumph for the days jaunt around North Wales. Departing around 9:40am the riders headed for the Doof Cafe at Ruthin for a coffee and some breakfast and to also meet up with another rider.
Passing through Denbigh the route followed the scenic but narrow B5382 over the hills before joining the A548 into LLanwrst and then the B5106 back road into Betwys-y-Coed. Turning right on the A5 it was a quick blast up the A5 to Bethesda arriving at Fitzpatricks Cafe for lunch; an unassuming biker cafe from the outside but real character and good food/drink within.
Suitably refreshed the group headed towards Bangor, passed north of Llanberis and avoided Caernarfon before taking the A4085 south running adjacent to the Welsh Highland steam railway to Beddgelert. Continuing on the A4085 and then B roads to Ffestiniog the riders then followed the fabulous B4391 towards the next stop at Caffi Fron-goch just short of Bala. The B4391 meant the group missed the westerly half of the Trawsfynydd to Bala road, a favourite, but the B4391 taken was an unexpected pleasure to ride, a real gem.
After coffee, cake and posing for a photograph or two with our bikes for the cafe Facebook page, the group headed via Bala taking the B4391 and B4396 to the Artisans Cafe at Lake Vyrnwy. Apart from a lunitic car driver trying to overtake riders on blind bends, the ride to Lake Vyrnwy was quite beautiful and it was nice enjoying an ice cream in the sunshine at the final destination.
By this time it was around 16:30 and attention turned to heading for home. Taking the B4393, A490 and then A495 east, the group joined the A483 just south of Oswestry and then made good progress onto Chester before the riders peeled off to their respective homes.
200 miles of varied beautiful countryside on mostly fabulous roads, it was a good days riding enjoyed by all. Till next time...ride safe.