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07 Oct

Day 7 – Lake Bala and ‘stuff’

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After a leisurely start to the day we set off to arrive at Lake Bala at about 1030.  We launched the kayaks via the nice, but rather shallow launch area at a local caravan park (very smart place).  The warden was due at eleven so we hastily removed ourselves from the car park as soon as the boys had set off.

We parked ourselves at the agreed RV and waited for the boys to arrive.  On the way around to the RV Gillian had spotted a rather nice coffee house with a public parking area and a decent launch / landing area for the kayaks.  It was agreed between us that it would be a top idea to move there and contact the boys by phone to tell them to keep to the left hand side of the lake and not cross over  to the right and RV as agreed.  We arrived at the car park, walked the dogs and met with Steve and Jean (which gave me a good chance to compare TVR’s, ).  I had  just picked up the phone to let the boys know and it rang before I could use it… it was Flackie “where are you?”  He did not see the funny side of our unannounced RV move, particularly because it resulted into another quarter mile kayaking into a head wind.  Luckily he was placated with a nice hot chocolate and a cake,  Felix tucked into a cream tea that he had promised himself since breakfast.  We were grateful for their quick traverse of the lake, given the really black clouds gathering over the top of us.

Richard Popple left us today with the Kayaks ready to relay with Rob Hopkin who does the Lakes and the Scotland stint.  A massive thank you to Richard, we hope you enjoyed the trip.

The afternoon has been spent planning routes for the next cycling stint which starts early tomorrow.  Gillian and I have been shopping for warmer layers for Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (it was fairly inconceivable leaving last week in 27 degrees that we would need to dress for 2 degrees :-)

As I write this Felix is fettling his trusty steed in the hallway of our hotel ( thanks to a very kind and tolerant hotel owners Adam and Helen at the Elen’s Castle Hotel in Dolwyddelan near Bewtys-y-Coed.

Rather sad to be leaving this beautiful area but looking forward to the delights of Preston…