Steep vertical rises loom up quickly
And can drop just as fast
This is to be expected
For we are in the Black Mountains
It was called a challenge
And a challenge it certainly was
We heard the Ravens caw
Walkers and runners came to the foreground
The Ravens cawed again
“A feast for all” Gwain explains
“Of flapjacks, Cornish pasties, welsh cakes and a hot delicious soup when you’re done”
The Ravens cawed one last time
And we set out towards our first mountainous climb
….Mynydd Machen – a 1040 ft steep ascent
Twmbarlwm followed too soon after with 1783 ft
And when we returned down to the basin Check Point
Them happy volunteers pointed us back up another steep hill (914 ft)
In total we would complete a total of 5557ft ascents for the 25.5 mile route
Rec - He weren't happy at first.
When we went up I wore him!
When we went down he bounded/bounced down.
Rocks and roots clawed out at Rec,
And poor ‘ol bucket got hit on the head several times
Memory flash back: There is one steep section with flattened bracken that reminded me of a black ski run in Salt Lake City called "Black Jack". Black Jack was a steep icy run and most certainly not for the nervous. On that day I had a big yard sale....skis, poles, clothes lay strewn along the slope. On this day, unlike the lady before me, I shimmied and glided to the bottom, with Rec supporting my forward motion all the way. I loved it.
There were some descents where my legs moved so fast, I was amazed as I seemed to fly down. Didn't know they could move so fast!
Though I know we were lucky today,
For South Wales known for wet weather,
Was bathed in glorious sun shine,
But I started with a grumpy frown
Autumn hints could be found.
My being soaked in the natural surrounds,
And legs, dancing towards the end, hardly hit the ground
Completed in 9:31
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