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Old 05-23-01, 02:48 PM   #1
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Guess Where I'm going tomorrow?

For those of you who read the Top Speed topic - I'm off to the Horseshoe Pass. I have a free train ticket and have decided to revisit my favourite descent.


http://davenewbould.co.uk/postcards...l%20Gamelin.htm

http://www.troubleshooter.clara.net.../docs/hshoe.htm
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Bringing a parachute?
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Good for you Campag!!! If you can do it, you might as well, rather than always wishing you had.

BTW my Mom is Welsh, from Myrthyr Tydfil in S. Wales. I still have some cousins in Wales, but I think most of them are in England now.

Ride on!!!
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I hope you'll get a chance to take some photos that you can link to or post here...

Have a great trip!
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Well Folks I'm Back!!!

First time down The Horshoe in 7 years, I'd forgotten how steep it is. There has been a landslip on the right hand bend, so there has been a chicane built - with single file traffic, which is nice because of a distinct lack of warning signs, thankgod there wasn't any traffic coming up the Pass.

Top Speed 43mph - quite a strong headwind. I also had new wheels on, it takes me a short while to fully trust my equipment.

Till next time

Ps I'm about 30 miles away from Merthyr - in a town called Cwmbran. I was from Liverpool originally but moved to Cwmbran to live with a girl who I met on Holiday. Puke lol
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Isn't that some of the most amazing scenery? I think I could even be inspired to slug along a road like that. (Huff-puff-puff...) I hope CampagFetish Boy will post some photos, but on the other hand taking pictures takes valuable pedaling time away.... At least there should be a good story, hopefully not too hair-raising.
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I'll take a camera next time and get a friend to scan the pics in for me. Those links were from walkers websites - I'm sure I could do better myelf so you would get an even better idea of what the place looks like. Those current pics don't do the place justice.
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Campag,
You mean you are English, not Welsh? Rats! I was going to ask you how to pronounce
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

The June 2001 "National Geographic" came yesterday. There is a really interesting article about Wales.

Oh, well, even if you are not Welsh, if I ever get to fulfill my ambition of making a single malt whisky distillery tour of Scotland by bicycle, can I ride on down and do that descent with you?
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I'm not Welsh either (Scots-Irish ancestry instead), but I believe "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch" is pronounced "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch."

I could be wrong....
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Hey, thanks, JonR! I guess those Welsh "Fun With Phonics" tapes paid off after all!
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That is actually the name of a village in northern Wales!
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