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#1 SParky77

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 08:08 PM

With the storms seeming to pause for a moment, and clear blue skies, decided Sunday was the time for my first country drive of the year (and since buying the car in December) would be the few miles down the road to the Ponderosa Cafe up at Horseshoe Pass.  Some lovely roads, be nicer if not for the small Peugeot hatchback that was in front of me, doing 40 tops and slowing for every little bend in the road. 

 

Got there in the end.  Navigated my way through the car park, passed all the bikers and what looked like a Porsche Boxster club meet with the number there.  Over to the far corner where I could happily park without anyone being close and all the room in the world to open my door to dismount.

 

Was nice to be out in the car and can't wait for the weather to improve so I can go up there again but with the roof off.

 

Anybody on here go up there?  Thinking of the Evo Triangle next, again not far from home.  North Wales looks to have some wonderful routes.

 

Couple of pics attached.  One of the car enjoying the scenery and another of a big old Yank tank that rocked up and no idea how it handled some of the corners. I believe it was a Pontiac Grand Prix.

 

Hopefully the pics work, tried to squash down my iPhone photos from the stupidly large file size the phone takes and resize to smaller to save space.  Only one way for me to find out.... 

 

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#2 pete-r

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 11:42 AM

Evo triangle always a honey trap for speed checking but it's a great road.

Mid Wales is the best if you are heading this way.

#3 Mat Jackson

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 06:45 PM

Second Peters comments - mid Wales for some great roads!!!


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 01:29 PM

Lovely roads and a great choice for the first spirited drive of the year, The road itself has a knack of unsettling me though, of exaggerating and accentuating the chasm between what the car/chassis has available to give and what i as a driver have to take. I do enjoy scaring myself and like anybody else (being honest) i can get carried away and i must admit that coming across a slower vehicle can be a welcome cooling off period for both myself and the engine sometimes. There is then of course the extra fun of her 'voice' as you go through the gears to overtake again. I have found that in general up there, the slower cars are aware (and probably weary) of the pace and purpose of their noisy neighbours on the road and do try (as long as they don't feel pressurised into doing so) to leave enough room where possible to allow a pass, if for nothing else but to see in front properly what is looking so good obscured behind.

 

The Lake Bala area of roads are nice in that neck of the woods and are ones that we have used often before. I am sure something will come-up (back) in that general area when appropriate and there will be more than a few that will be keen to head out that way. 

 

Safe driving 

 

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 06:46 PM

 

Lovely roads and a great choice for the first spirited drive of the year, The road itself has a knack of unsettling me though, of exaggerating and accentuating the chasm between what the car/chassis has available to give and what i as a driver have to take. I do enjoy scaring myself and like anybody else (being honest) i can get carried away and i must admit that coming across a slower vehicle can be a welcome cooling off period for both myself and the engine sometimes. There is then of course the extra fun of her 'voice' as you go through the gears to overtake again. I have found that in general up there, the slower cars are aware (and probably weary) of the pace and purpose of their noisy neighbours on the road and do try (as long as they don't feel pressurised into doing so) to leave enough room where possible to allow a pass, if for nothing else but to see in front properly what is looking so good obscured behind.
 
The Lake Bala area of roads are nice in that neck of the woods and are ones that we have used often before. I am sure something will come-up (back) in that general area when appropriate and there will be more than a few that will be keen to head out that way. 
 
Safe driving 
 
...icey :)

 

Drove B4391 - A4214 Ffestiniog to Bala - A494 to Dolgellau - A470 - A493 to Barmaouth then Harlech last week.:-)

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 09:55 PM

Lovely, Wish i had been behind you

 

..i do prefer to follow another (although there's nothing nicer than a queue of vx's in the rear view mirror) but have been known to forget that, in general, our set-ups are specific and just because they! can take it 'thus', that doesn't mean that i can..lol.  

 

It is just a matter of time until i'm back basking in Bala again (on a couple of occasions, i have been to a good hotel/restaurant overlooking the lake there).



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:38 PM

Lovely, Wish i had been behind you

 

..i do prefer to follow another (although there's nothing nicer than a queue of vx's in the rear view mirror) but have been known to forget that, in general, our set-ups are specific and just because they! can take it 'thus', that doesn't mean that i can..lol.  

 

It is just a matter of time until i'm back basking in Bala again (on a couple of occasions, i have been to a good hotel/restaurant overlooking the lake there).

 

We did stop for lunch in Bala on one group run, but I think the last time I spoke to you was when we stopped for lunch in Beddgelert on a run.  God, how many years ago was that?






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