Snowdon and the Menai Straits Saturday 17th Aug 2019 Event Report

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Caernarfon Harbour Photo John Eccles

After squeezing two bags, a dog bed and a Cocker Spaniel in the back of the coupe Chris and I drove to Wales on Friday and, although the weather forecast wasn’t looking good, everything was fine until we crossed the Welsh border. It then began to rain…and rain…and rain some more. We had good intentions of joining up with Mo & Gill Perry at Blackrock Sands but sensibly decided to stop for a bite to eat in a dry and cozy pub instead, before heading to the hotel at Caernarfon.We met up with the rest of the Crossfire gang that evening for a meal at the Black Boy Inn, as we had our dog with us we obviously couldn’t eat in the restaurant but were able to wave at them through the window while we sat in the courtyard! This was followed by a few drinks in the bar before bed.

Meeting up at the Start Photo Gill Perry

On Saturday morning we couldn’t have hoped for better weather, the rain had stopped, the sun was out and a light breeze was drying up the roads. We all met together at a nearby car park where it was a chance for some people to compare the modifications and improvements to their cars…while the rest of us considered the chances of being able to do a bit of shopping during the day.

Colin Mortimer and Gillian Derrick Photo John Eccles
Mark and Carol Gordon Photo John Eccles
Stephen Strong and Kim Wilcock Photo John Eccles
Ian and Sue Abraham Photo John Eccles
John and Ann Eccles Photo Karl Edmondson
Karl and Tracy Edmondson Photo John Eccles
Mo and Gill Perry Photo John Eccles
Ian and Sue Bosson Photo John Eccles
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Justin Ayres and Caroline Sykes Photo John Eccles
Mick Allsop Photo John Eccles

Having then set off it wasn’t too long before a diversion created a few hiccups…and I’m still not sure Chris should have done the U-turn where he did.

There was then an error in the route book concerning which exit to take on a roundabout and as Chris felt bad about this (unfortunately it was his mistake) he stopped in a lay-by with the intention of trying to ‘phone as many people as he could to alert them. However, a stream of Crossfires then went by, hooting and waving at us so we decided it hadn’t caused too much of a problem!

After driving through some lovely Welsh countryside we all eventually ended up in Beaumaris on Anglesey for lunch. Karl & Tracey Edmonson got the award for arriving last…they obviously didn’t do the dodgy U-turn at the diversion! It was here that we had the pleasure of meeting up with new members Jeffery and Gaynor Conrad. We had a little under an hour and a half for lunch, which I don’t think was really enough for Lady Ann to do her retail therapy (I feel your pain, Ann) but we set off promptly for the afternoon run.

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Beaumaris for Lunch Photo John Eccles

This took us through some amazing scenery and awesome slate mines, and some of us also briefly met up with another member, Malcolm Graham, at Swallow Falls…what lovely, friendly members we have who make the effort to come and say ‘Hello’ even when they can’t join us for the whole day.

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On the way to Betws-y-Coed Photo John Eccles

 We then all congregated again for a stretch of the legs and this time it was Carol & Mark Gordon who brought up the rear, having gone the ‘long route’. It was here that a car rally of Lotus type and other sports cars passed us by…it was obviously a good day for a run out.

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Waiting for the Back Markers Photo John Eccles

 The last leg of the journey took us through Snowdonia and some breathtaking scenery before we arrived back in Caernarfon having had a brilliant day.

In the evening twenty four of us had a meal followed by a very brief AGM and a raffle to raise money for the club. A special mention must go to Mick Allsopp here for his very generous raffle prizes…and for making Mark Gordon a very happy man!

I think I can safely say that a very enjoyable time was had by everyone who took part and I am sure that we are all looking forward to meeting up again soon.

Terry J Warburton.

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