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Day 2: Welshpool – Llandudno

Day 2 saw the previous days rain replaced by lovely sunshine. Popped in at the Clwyd -Powys Archaeological Trust offices to say ‘Good morning’, before setting off for today goal that Victorian haven of pleasure Llandudno. The ride from Welshpool to Wrexham was a delight. A short stop in Wrexham to refuel and to visit St. Giles Parish Church. A big thank you to the staff there who provided me with coffee and biscuits and allowed me to charge my phone. The church has a fantastic early 16th century Doom painting, showing figures rising from their coffins. Leaving Wrexham behind I set off for the old North Wales coast road, passing through Mold and Flint. Was very pleased with myself after seeing a sign for Flint Mountain, and I didn’t even notice the climb! At Prestatyn I joined the coastal cycle path and whilst dodging the vast amounts of holiday makers I spied the Little Orme looming in the distance. Now the ride from Prestatyn to Colwyn Bay is listed as being 16 miles long, once again it felt like forever, mind you the strong headwind didn’t help. Past Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Ross-on-Sea, all names from my childhood, I rode with the stood climb over the Little Orme ahead of me I stopped for an ice cream and a breather. The vast array of offshore wind farms glinted in the late afternoon sun as I finished my cornetto and rode the last few miles (uphill!) into Llandudno. The descent and ride along that long promenade was better than any sprint up the Champ Élysées as waiting for me was a shower and a soft bed.

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