South Wales Branch Hoot at the Owl’s Nest

Another good rideout yesterday. On arrival at Sarn I found Brian Hudson and John Hawkins already there chatting. A short while later Paul Blackmore turned up for a chat but he wasn’t stopping. Another friend of mine was also in the carpark and came over for a chat. While we were chatting my mobile rang. Murray Wiltshire to say that he was the other side of the motorway but his clutch had packed in on his Pan and was about to call his breakdown service so obviously wouldn’t be with us.

Shortly after 10 we moved out and decided to try and find Murray to try and give him some support (take the pee more like) but we couldn’t find him. Turns out he managed to get some movement out of the clutch mechanism and headed back for home. We must have passed on the roundabout complex.

John led off as he was the local boy and knew some alternative routes to get to the top of the Bwlch. We did a tour of Maesteg and eventually made it to the viewpoint overlooking Treorchy. It had been pretty miserable and damp until we got to the top of the mountain but then it was nice and sunny and dry. The run up and over the Rhigos was good only spoiled by the 40mph speed limit.

Out past the whisky distillery at Penderyn and shortly after that into the lanes to Ystradfellte and on to Heol Senni. It is a nice lane normally but on the day it was covered in fallen leaves and was very mucky, even I will have to wash the bike after that. Having enough of the mucky roads we got onto the A40 at Sennybridge and headed for Llandovery and the Owl’s Nest.

Suitably refreshed we headed for Builth Wells along the A483 and then took the back road to Llyswen. A quick blast over the mountain from Talgarth saw us stop at the Mynydd Ddu tea shop in Cwmdu for further refreshment.

The final leg for John and I was over the Blorange to Blaenavon but Brian headed for Abergavenny.

A good day out and apart from the first part was nice and dry and not too cold.

Mike Jeffs