I went to go see the stars in Wales. Cobbling together a series of routes from a gifted lost lanes book. Pontypool - Hay on Friday evening.
Started off on canal path to Abergavenny, before the hillier parts. Set off a little too late and ended up racing the sun knowing that trying to pitch a tent for the first time in the dark would be a recipe for tears. Learnt from last month and had planned where I was going to sleeping. Naturally punctured on the path to the campsite next to the Wye. Just about managed to put it up as the owner made comment that most places wouldnt be serving food anymore as I fixed the puncture. Two teachers nearby took pity and offered me the remains of their dutch oven which I sopped up with the remains of some bread I had.
Saw the stars, saw the milky way faintly. Slept happy.
Next day started with a little loop north before breakfast.
I guess the problem of using the book's routes was that each one had a sort of "feature", and being Wales these were all climbing. Combining the 4 just made for unpleasantness. I was slow but enjoyed the views from Gospell.
Around 6, I ended up cranky and despite the circular route I'd planned ended back on the canal and opted to pootle and watch the herons with a cornetto without worrying about traffic.
Next time: see more stars, plan a better route maybe and start doing audaxes again.