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850 mile Power2Pedal Bike Challenge, Inverness to Pitlochly, Perth, Cumbernauld, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Cardiff, Reading, and Havant in 8 days

Gary Stevenson rode: Stayed at Swindon tra...

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  • 115 miles
  • 07:30 time
  • 15.3 pace
  • 13873 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
good Sully (Wales) to Swindon (England) 115 mi 07:30 15.3mph pace

Stayed at Swindon travelodge on the Thursday evening with Ryan (seperate beds) for those of you that know Ryan ;-) Got up at 06:15, parked the van and got the 07:38 train to Cardiff Central, then the train to Cadoxton. First stop was Ty Hafan, the childrens hospice which was a couple of miles from the station. Upon leaving the hospice it was just a short ride before we hit some cycle paths, including one over the lovely Cardiff Bay. It's a shame the the Port authority don't have a cycle path through or around the docks but we found an alternative route and were soon on our way again. I managed to take us the odd mile or two off route while still getting accustomed to the Garmin and eventually arrived at Swalec in Cardiff Gate to refill our water bottles. We both got a warm reception and some strange looks from the staff on the ground floor. Next, the actual stage that most will cycle. Leaving Swalec looking to join National Route 4 near Bassaleg followed by Newport and a crossing on the newly refurbished transporter bridge, a marvel of Victorian engineering. Once over the water and through the industrial estate we pick up a lovely fine gravel cycle path that bypasses the busy roads of Newport and delivers us into the heart of the country side. A succession of peaceful winding roads take us on to Chepstow and the begining of the 2.5 mile M48 bridge. On the other side is the end of National Route 4, so we head off for Alveston and the Swan Inn at Tytherington, which was unfortunately closed and unlikely to reopen :( Next the biggest climb of the route but well worth it, to see the stunning "Somerset Monument", near Hawkesbury Upton. Onward to Dunkirk, Sherston and eventually Malmesbury, where we pick up National Route 254, which takes us to the very outskirts of Swindon. OMG got carried away and no more room to write :)