Ogwen Revisited

A few weeks back I had my first bout of sciatica which had me bail my bikepacking ride. I posted about it here: https://fat-bike.com/2021/08/bad-back-bikepacking/

I honestly thought I’d be out of action for quite some time as the days following were very painful. However, after getting some meds from the Drs, I was soon moving normally again.

After a couple of short rides, I knew I was ready to go bikepacking again. This time armed with my meds just in case.

So deciding on where to go was easy as I had some unfinished business to take care of. After finishing work I got dropped off close to where I started last time and headed off into the evening sun.

Evening sun on the Ogwen trail

I was soon at the point where I bailed and I was feeling good. I pushed on as the sun started to dip behind the Snowdonia hills and I knew my intended bivvy area was a no-no. I backtracked a little and found a great spot with stunning views.

bivvy spot with a view

I had an hour to get set up and I was happy with the tarp set up on this one. The great thing about being under a tarp is that you are not closed in like being in a tent so I had some fine views into the starry night sky. Several shooting stars and satellites passed overhead as I sat there chilling out.

Llyn (lake) Colwyd to the north of me
Brew with a view!
pillow view #1
pillow view #2

After a good night’s sleep, I woke up just before sunrise and made myself a coffee and enjoyed the peace and quiet of being on the hillside. However, the dreaded midgies (tiny tiny flies) made an appearance and feasted on me as I packed up. With the morning sun lifting above the nearby mountain, the heather on the ground shone bright their colours.

Morning
Leave no Trace

After packing up and leaving no trace I had a familiar 18-mile ride home.

Now that was a good one and worth the wait!

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Summittoppler, based on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, UK. With beach riding and mountains on my doorstep you could say I live in the perfect place for fat biking.