Sometimes things come together in a way you can only imagine and that was exactly what happened for us on our recent motorcycle tour of South Wales.
When we put the tour onto the schedule for 2015 and chose the dates of 17th – 21st April we had our fingers (and toes!) crossed for good weather as we had previously toured through this part of Wales in the summer months of July 2012 and August 2013. All we can say is that the “sun gods” were with us as we had brilliant blue skies accompanying us as we rode open roads through the counties of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire and visited the picturesque Gower Peninsula.
The other key ingredient to a good tour is the people and we were joined by an excellent group all sharing the passion of motorcycling whilst enjoying the scenery and locations we visited. It was good to renew acquaintances who have joined us on previous tours but also to meet new people and over a third of this tour were new clients to DMT.
Our tour started on the Friday with a route starting in North Shropshire, crossing the border into Wales and riding to a very picturesque spot at The Elan Valley Visitor Centre, nothing quite like an al fresco lunch to set you up for the excellent motorcycling roads we had planned for the afternoon. We had a quick “pit stop” at The West End Cafe in Llandovery and suitably re-fuelled with ice-creams 🙂 we set off for the last 30 miles to our base for the weekend in Carmarthen.
On the Saturday we had a ride-out route into Pembrokeshire through rolling hills taking in the smallest city in the UK, that of St David’s before stopping for a not to be missed photo opportunity at the top of the Presili Mountains where the views back over Pembrokeshire to the south and over Cardigan Bay to the north were stunning – as you can see some of our riders took time off their motorbikes to soak up the views 🙂
We stopped in the small fishing harbour town of Aberaeron for lunch and yet more ice-cream before heading back to Carmarthen.
For the ride-out on Sunday we called in at The National Showcaves of Wales, a great place to spend time at, although there was a very “fresh” feel to the air on the ride down the A40 and everyone was more interested in a warming brew in the on-site cafe rather than a visit down into the caves…… maybe next time! Luckily we came back to the bikes with the temperatures on the rise and by the time we got to Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula we had perfect riding conditions and were able to soak up the beauty of the beach and the surrounding landscape including Worms Head, as you can see from the picture, it is no wonder this beach ranks within the top 10 in Europe 🙂
The last day of the tour continued to be ridden under blue skies with yet more open, flowing riding roads through South and into Mid Wales. We had morning coffee at The Owl’s Nest Tea Rooms and Diner in Llandovery and had an excellent welcome from Ian and the team – they even took a small video of us leaving as you can see from our facebook page! The road over the Black Mountain has recently been reduced to a 40mph speed limit but quite honestly you would not want to ride too much faster on that road otherwise you would miss the excellent views you have from the top and as you descend towards Llandovery the hairpins you encounter mean you need to be keeping your speed low……. it’s still a fun road to ride!
In summary, we had waited the 6 months over the winter since our last tour of 2014 looking forward to the start of our 2015 motorcycle touring season and it was a cracking way to start the year………. thanks to all who joined us and here’s hoping the sun shines for us for the rest of the year 🙂