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Well, it’s just start steady, breakfast is all the left over bits and bobs anyone fancies and pack for homeward bound, the trip was enormous fun seeing friends but then we have to wave goodbye again. As i walked to the station the town clock photographed a lot better in daylight without rain.

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And as i left on the train i could see the dry night had allowed the flood water to start a descent towards normality.

I know the British seem to dwell on talking about the weather but 2012 has apparently been a record wet year (though of course records only go back a few hundred years), i must admit a dryer 2013 sounds like a good idea, we shall see as i hope to walk over a little more of this island in the coming year and getting wet less often would i admit be a pleasure.

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Another steady start and the local cafe for breakfast was a decision that didn’t need voting on, anyway we set of for the hills and just outside town i mentioned the millenium cycle path bridge that appeared to be leading to a lake!, a stop to investigate was necessary.

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Yep, the amount of rain has been serious (little did we know it would get worse).

So it’s raining, what to do, wander around in the car for a while and pull in at Abergynolwyn railway station for tea, well there is a bit of luck, free mulled wine and mince pies, a train leaves for the coast in 10 minutes, best take advantage of it. This is the Talyllyn narrow gauge steam railway and the first time i’ve been on it. so a good view of the scenery from a dry carriage and when we get to the coast half hour to look around station and the engine.

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Then it’s back up the mountain and the little engine was having trouble with traction getting away from some of the little stations so it was engineer scattering sand on the rails to help her get some grip and away. I even had the opportunity of showing of my bird ID skills for one Andy didn’t know (a buzzard). at the top of the climb is a short break while engine changes ends of carriages for the down hill run, which just gives time for some more spectacular water falls, then down one station to where we started. there is something about steam railways that people just love and despite the weather all seemed very happy.

Now drive back towards base (in the rain) and whoe, the road to Machynlleth is closed as the water unbelievably has risen even more (this is getting serious), we were kind of lucky as it only entailed a 16 mile detour to get across the river inland and back to base but there sure was a lot of flooded farm land to be seen.

We can get lazy at times, just pick up a take away and that’s cooking sorted then chatter about the past year and the one to come while the TV ends up with fireworks in London before we retire for the night, it had stopped raining during the evening.

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Lets say the days start was steady and what a fine breakfast was had in Machynlleth before driving a short way to a very handy car park at the start of one route up Cadair idris. Lucky us it wasn’t raining and the photo’s of water cascading down the mountain trail side did not show their magnificence at all well (it’s another of those situations where an aerial shot is needed), no matter while resting at one point i had an interesting conversation with a local.

 

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And see previous phone image was soon admiring the high chair of cadair idris, that is the seat of an ancient figure who from this lofty position could no doubt keep an eye over a large area for invaders.

The path may be called reasonably taxing as it went from steep to really steep, the forecast was for winds gusting to 55 mph and though i couldn’t verify with accuracy the wind speed it did get very noticeable near the top and of course the weather deteriorated greatly, yes the cloud came down it started to rain and my three companions took to pointing at the cloud (as if i couldn’t see it).

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Look closely and you will see the little dog peering over a rock.

So not long after this it was head down hill while the rain intensified, by the time of reaching the car park it was really raining and the toilets where exreamly usefull for removing waterproofs (which had been worn from the start to keep the wind out and body temperature up), then motor back to base stopping at shop to by food for a warm evening in doors. Later that evening another joined our ranks so 4 became five.

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This consisted of getting to our meeting point of Machynlleth, finding each other as i arrived by train, wandering around asking locals about a bunk house they hadn’t heard of and finally getting into Reditreks bunkhouse which is luxury compared with the normal hiking mode. Then of course chatter and drink tea, finally going out after dark and getting a take away then back to base to eat and chatter more over tea. Going out after dark produced a typical awful photo of town centre as old camera’s don’t like sodium street lighting and when i comes to taking bad photo’s i’m pretty good at that.

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A High chair

Image taken  with phone on the way up.

 

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Total to date.

Most of my hikes since starting out on LeJog in 2010.

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2012 total

Coasting total with this years inland hikes added (in green), my year total ended up a little over 1600 miles which wasn’t as many as planned at the years start but a pleasing total especially considering what a wet year it has been. Capture

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