Monday, 20 May 2013

Taith o Amgylch Cymru

Last weekend saw another setback in the work on 't Kreng and the DHC. But this time it was because of an extra (short) trip to Britain, to take part in Club Triumph's first edition of "Taith o amgylch Cymru" (or a Tour of Wales). I had been toying with the idea of taking one of my sisters sons for a driving weekend some time, so this was an ideal opportunity. To teach him some old school navigational skills like map reading that is ...
The event started on the Saturday morning from Ross-On-Wye. This meant we had to leave the Low Countries on the Friday morning, with the goal for the Friday afternoon being Gloucester. Here we met up with some of the other teams for a few well deserved beers, not all of which went down to well :-)
Next day started pretty nice for Welsh standards (read dry-ish), as we headed for the start at some services on the A40 just outside Ross-On-Wye. Here we met up with the other teams and it was nice to see that among the 20 teams there were 5 who turned up in a TR7. After a short briefing and a huge cup of coffee we were on our way. And most of the soft top teams even dropped their roofs to enjoy what little Sun there was, sadly it wasn't going to last.



The first stage (green line) was just under 300 kilometres so we had plenty of time to stop at interesting places or just to admire the views. I could now bore you with a long tale of the nice roads we drove on the first day, but it's best to experience Wales yourself. A few pictures of some of the first days highlights ...









And with about half an hour's drive from the finish in Aberystwyth left, the heaven's decided to open up properly. With some very heavy rain and hail coming down I was glad that 't kreng is fairly rain proof now. Didn't really want to swap places with the teams driving behind me with the top down. Luckily for them they didn't have to stop and by the time we arrived at our hotel for the night, the rain had stopped. The evening was spent mostly at the bar ...

The second day's drive was much shorter, but again with some fabulous roads. Sadly the weather changed for the worse with lots of rain. Which of course meant that the stops to admire the views were down to an absolute minimum. And when we did stop we made sure to get out of the car and into the pubs as quickly as we could. The rain also meant that visibility was poor, forcing me to drive at a for me rather sedate pace. At least that gave me the opportunity to investigate the funny noises that seemed to be emitted from the gearbox in more detail. At first it sounded like the noise was only there while not in fourth gear. Which might point to a worn bearing between the input-shaft and the main-shaft. But after a while I found out it was there in all gears but not at all speeds. But as the gear change was still as it had been for the past few years and the 'box is still quiet while in neutral, I didn't bother to much about it. Something to investigate before the International AutoEcosse in less than two weeks time.
And by the time we reached the finish in Newtown it had almost completely stopped raining. But when we passed the "Flying Shuttle" we didn't see any Triumphs there. So after another check to make sure there was no one, we carried on towards our hotel in the centre of Newtown for a quiet night.

On the Monday after the event we took a scenic route from Newtown, heading south across the Bristol Channel, for a visit to Neil Revington's premises. Needless to say it was rather nice chatting with Neil and Alan on things Triumph, even learned some things on TR7's. After the visit we headed east towards Salisbury, where we'd planned to spend our last night. We even managed to find a hotel within walking distance from the city centre and with a room with a lovely view ...



Our original plan was to use a scenic route along the southern coast to drive home on the Tuesday. Sadly the forecast (and the weather) turned out to be pretty wet. So as we had seen enough wet British country side through misty car windows, we decided to walk into town and pay a visit to the Cathedral ...








And a few hours after noon we headed back home. Many thanks to Michael for organising this great event and to Ants for a very nice route. It was a lovely weekend, clearly CT the Club that does :-)

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