Day 4: Llanidloes am byth! Snapped chain galvanises the town into action

Reached the highest elevation on tour,  500 metres ,  at midday today after a mammoth climb from Machynlleth. Tail wind was so strong I was keeping moving even when uphill against 1 in 4 gradient.

Bike didn’t complain ( until later : read on).  Celebrated with a selfie : but pressed wrong button due to non prescription sunglasses thus strange colour schemes from here on. Or maybe a new artistic direction ? 


Passing the high point I also passed the half way mark. So feeling Smug. Enjoying scenery baby Severn in steep sided tree lined valley. Chain snapped. “@&£$! “ 

Spot missing component: 


5 miles to Llanidloes. Free wheel or walk? Both. Took 1/2 hour. Could have been a long walk if not mostly downhill. Suffice to say no chain splitter or spare link in panniers : won’t make that mistake again.

“Llani” came up trumps as only villages and small towns can (come on Taunton!). I met Helpful Peter at ‘Mount Severn’.  “Sorry no bike shop in town: Rhayader 15 miles away”. He recommended Stuart in Huws Gray hardware store : “if anyone can help you, he can!” En route I met Hannah, dynamic student cyclist, for the 2nd time of the day. Hannah’s boyfriend is Stuarts son! Over at Huws Gray, Stuart stroked his metaphorical beard, scratched his head and a plan emerged : helped by Hannah’s Dad who donated a piece of chain and lent his chain splitters. Hannah brings them over to Huws Gray : a brilliant hardware store, incidentally : . 

Super Stuart stopped off on his way home from work and waved a magic wand over the twisted metal with a smile. Alison ( I hope I have your name right, many apologies if not) looked on and chatted. I learned at the feet of the master.,The kids sat patiently in the car. Thank you very much Peter, Hannah,  H’s Dad, Stuart’s family but most of all Super Stuart! And finally to my hosts Glyn and Katrina at Coach and Horses B and B for putting up with my comings and goings and a strong smell of Swarfega.

Off to Clive Powell’s in Rhayader for a new chain tomorrow.

Then to Builth Wells (to take the cure?)


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