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Monday, 18 July 2011

Tyla Images Expedition Around Wales Day 16...

Cwmtydu To Llanaber...

Got up at 6AM & with intent. I felt the exped was grinding to a halt & wanted to get back on track. The forecast was good & I was determined to put some serious miles in.
I decide to head for Morfa Dyffryn some 38NM away according to the GPS but that's in a straight line. In all I travelled 42.2NM, (48.5 Statute) & that was 3 NM short of Morfa Dyffryn.

It all started well, the first 10 miles seemed to drag but I got into my groove once they were behind me.
I was glad it was calm as there was still a lot of cliffs to pass & no escape routes for miles at a time.
It did however get bumpy approaching Aberystwyth & the rain was obscuring Aberystwyth from view.
It then went remarkably calm just passed Aberystwyth till I reached the surf at Borth. The wind was coming from my left & kept pushing me towards the shore & into the steepening swell. Quite frequently I had to take evasive action to stop a steepening wave hitting me side on & toppling me.

I was aware sandbar on the mouth of the Dyfi river & the surf it creates. I decided to just head straight for it though. My plan was to cross the waves horizontally as I make my way to the far shore.
Turned out that the waves came from two directions & created steep triangles rather than waves. I just paddled hard in between them & got through O.K.

The dunes from the Dyfi to Tywyn were absolutely stunning & with the mountains as a backdrop & the sun shining again I could be mistaken for thinking I was in Sardinia, (but thats another exped dream).

Tywyn to Llanaber was a real drag, I was knackered by now & just wanted to get out of the kayak. I did spot some Eider ducks & enjoyed teasing them with a bad imitation of their mating call.

The last stretch from from Barmouth was much the same as Borth with regards to the surf & I had a few very close calls.
I had set off at 07:30AM & finally reached camp just before 8PM. I hastily got some food & coffee in me so I'd have a chance to recover for tomorrow & turned in early for the night.

GEEK STATS...

Trip Odom 42.2 Nautical Miles, (48.5 Statute)

Max Speed 5.8 Knots

Average Speed 3.6 Knots

Time Moving 11:33:08

Tenby... 
Hope I won't need there help...

The Last Section of Cliffs...

Approaching Aberystwyth...

Aberystwyth...

Much Needed Lunch Stop...

Dunes Near Tywyyn...

Tywyn...

Getting Closer To Barmouth...

Much Closer...

What A View...

Camp at Llanaber...

Sunset over The Lleyn Peninsular...

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