Tuesday 18th September 2012 – Day 37

Abereiddy (St. David’s) – Lydstep (nr. Tenby)

61.69 miles

4949 feet climbed

2917 calories burnt

After climbing into bed last night, settling in under the duvet for an episode of The Great British Bake Off, I was interrupted by what I thought was the ground shaking. It turned out that Mum had climbed into the drivers seat and was moving us out of the incredibly blustery wind. Felt incredibly strange to be lying in bed whilst being driven across a beach, but on parking up out of the gales we were able to sleep peacefully.

Over breakfast, Dad took Jasper for a walk and spotted a seal out in the sea, bobbing up and down playing in the waves. It was pretty amazing, eating my branflakes and looking out to said seal, not your average breakfast viewing.

As we had to back track last night to find the motorhome, once we’d got ready, we kept the bikes secured on the rack to drive to St. David’s. It was about six miles to reach our start point, and to get out of the beach we parked overnight it was an incredibly steep narrow uphill road, so I was ejected from the motorhome and made to run in front to warn vehicles to stay out of the way, definitely a good way to warm up!

We parked up in St. David’s and got the bikes off the rack, the weather was sunny with blue skies interspersed with huge candy floss like clouds. Although it was sunny it was pretty chilly, so I had my new thermal top on that Pat had bought for me over the weekend, certainly makes the difference!

Setting off along the A487 (again), the cars were behaving themselves for once. It was about 8-10 miles on this road and because it was a main road, we couldn’t really enjoy the views – it was just a case of churn away until we find our turning. We were rewarded for the miles we had cycled on the busy road with views out over St Brides Bay as we cycled along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The views were completely indescribable and again, I will leave it to the photographs to do the work once I can upload them.

We followed a bit of cycle route 4 along the coast and as we did we spotted loads of surfers taking advantage of the amazing conditions! One place to mention was Little Haven, it was such a pretty little village with a beautiful bay.

On passing through St Ishmael’s, we started to head east on the tiny country lanes and this is where Dad and I ended up going down a dead-end, because the blooming sign had been turned round the wrong way. We had to back track about a mile and head out on a slightly different route, just following the road signs. It wasn’t long until we had the oil refinery at Milford Haven in our sights and we pushed along the undulating country roads to get past it as quickly as we could so we could enjoy some more natural scenery!

After the sights of Milford Haven, we headed further east and came to the Cleddau Bridge which spans the River Cleddau between Neyland and Pembroke Dock (although a toll bridge, cyclists crossed for FREE). We hit Pembroke after a hilly morning and found a shortcut round the one-way system, so we managed to cut out a pointless 1.5 mile detour. Lunch was a lay-by in Monkton, a quiet affair as Dad and I were incredibly tired from the morning’s cycling.

In the afternoon, we allowed ourselves a more genteel cycle and planned to do around 30 miles. We had to head west, and do a bit of a ‘pointless’ section of the coast, as it meant we had to go out to Angle and then pretty much backtrack to get back to Lydstep. It’s always tempting to cut these parts out!

The afternoon was definitely a lot easier than the mornings cycling as we had the wind behind us on the B4319. We had spectacular views out on to more Pembrokeshire Coast and it wasn’t long before we were communicating with the Motorhome about our evening’s spot.

When we arrived at the campsite Harry and Mum had picked in Lydstep, dinner was in the process of being cooked. Tonight we had salmon parcels with mushrooms and Chinese sausage, absolutely amazing! Over dinner Mum told us about the generosity of Newsurf, in Newgale that kindly let them fill the Motorhome with water instead of having to go to a public toilet to do it!

Please remember my Dad and I are cycling the 4,400 miles round the coast of Britain to raise £10,000 for Clifton’s Children Society (CCS) Adoption, the agency that helped family friends adopt. Please follow this link to donate as much as you can http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycling4adoption

Many, many thanks in advance!

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