Motorcycle – summer days BMW RnineT
Last time out I had done a few miles on the lovely Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe but this time it was my much loved BMW RnineT. In between times I had managed to finish and get posted my four part piece on the road trip to Ireland on the F800R.
To be honest I had set out on the RnineT a few days before, but with persistent rain, albeit only light I decided to turn back after about 15 miles or so.
It’s not that I’m bothered about the rain but when it comes to having a choice and choosing wet or dry then I’ll choose dry every time, and I knew the forecast was decent for later in the week and that I had the time to make the most of it.
An early start
As the previous days forecast had predicted the weather was good. I was off out for about 07:30. I hadn’t really decided where I would head to until I was on the road. Initially I spent about 15 minutes or so in traffic and then it was pretty much quiet and open roads. I headed first for Cheshire and then out into North Wales and in the direction of Llangollen.
Llangollen is a pretty town on the River Dee and in a location that is designated one of outstanding natural beauty. The town is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and if you haven’t visited then it’s worth considering making the trip. From a bikers perspective North Wales is blessed with more than it’s fair share of fabulous roads to match its fabulous scenery. Given its proximity to where I live in the north west you wouldn’t be surprised to know that biking in North Wales has been a staple of my motorcycling over the years.
Heading for Llangollen also puts you in very close proximity to the Horseshoe Pass, and the A542 is the road that will take you to the top, past the regular biker stop off (the Ponderrosa cafe) and across the mountain.
The pass separates Llantysilio Mountain to the west from the Marilyn Cyrn-y-Brain mountain to the east, although it’s worth noting that the speed limit these days on the road up to the pass and then the pass itself is 40mph.
After crossing the Horeshoe Pass I turned left at the end and looped around to head back towards Llangollen via Corwen. After that I headed for home stopping only to take a few pictures and for fuel. It had been a decent morning to be out on a bike.
All in all I had covered about 180 miles and was home before lunch and the afternoon heat.
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