Day 197 Mile 197: Sunshine and Shadows. Today the weather has made a welcome return to summer bringing heat and light to proceedings. Today I grabbed a spare few minutes and ran from the beautiful mountain hamlet of Dwygyfylchi up the evocatively named Fairy Glen Road and up onto the mountains.
The start is by the eponymous Fairy Glen Pub. On days like this it is a fun place with lively chatter from the lunchtime customers sat outside eating their Sunday dinner enjoying the view and the early afternoon heat. Car, bikes, horses and people lazily meander around the mountain bends that form the heart of the village and the warmth coming back off the tarmac lends a feel to the scene more suited to somewhere in the Mediterranean than North Wales.
Starting up the road I am instantly reminded how steep this actually is but also greatly cheered by the dappled shade from the tress which now line the route and the breeze that these channel down from the hills along the course of the small river running along side.
Gradually the road steepens even more tuning first into gravel then a combination of simply mud and bedrock as the final houses start to disappear beneath the hairpin edges of the path. There is something about the light today and the swift transitions between light and dark combined with the dry air that seems to have elevated the textures of everything. The rocks in the dry-stone walls appear particularly crystalline, the moss at road edges a green and yellow iteration of microscopic fractals and the few remaining puddles in the muddy pools reflect brilliant flashes of light through the leafs.
Finally the path reaches the edge of the treeline, bursting out into glorious sunshine, and, because of the height, a welcome cool breeze. Then there is the fun of the run back down 🙂
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Distance: 1641.2 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!