March Hare Run 2018
The March Hare Run
A Sunday sojourn in the sun
Sunday 25th March was the perfect Spring day. This was rather surprising in view of the weather we had experienced over the few days before.
Dorset Group was staying in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, just over the border into Wales, for one of their regular "Wine Downs". This presented the ideal opportunity to meet up with them and drive the local roads.
Shropshire Group met in Oswestry. We were expecting 11 cars but the weather was so good that 20 TRs turned out for the run! A little sharing of route instructions was necessary.
In Llanfyllin, we were joined by 9 cars from the Dorset Group. All 29 cars set off to drive over The Berwyns to Bala. The narrow "B" road was almost empty and, with a mixture of sharp and sweeping bends, was a joy to drive. Often this road has to be driven in mist so to drive it in brilliant sunshine and enjoy the magnificent views was a pleasure.
In Bala, we parked on the Public Foreshore for a coffee break. The Loch Café had closed just to accommodate us. Here we were met by Mick & Janet in another TR. The fleet was now up to 30!
From the café we travelled along the side of Llyn Tegid to Tal-y-Llyn via Dolgellau. From leaving the A470 at the Cross Foxes, we started to glimpse the lake (Llyn Mwyngil) at Tal-y-Llyn. Once we turned onto the B4405, the whole valley opened up – deep blue lake, blue sky, the odd white cloud and sunshine reflecting golden off the mountains. Even the summit of Cadair Idris was free from mist, allegedly one of only three days a year when this happens.
At the Pen-y-Bont Hotel , we met Jim & Joan in their TR4A. In all 31 TRs (well one was a TT but it's close) were parked on the lake shore. The 40 of us who had booked lunch sat down to a good meal. Some members drove to Abergynolwyn for lunch and others went to Tywyn for fish & chips. A hearty half-dozen or so had a picnic by the lake.
After lunch the group broke up. Some drove into North Wales to extend their run. Others went to the seaside! The majority returned to Llanfyllin via the Dinas- Mawddwy pass. Descending the pass gave a great view of a line of TRs stretched out along the road ahead! We said goodbye to our Dorset friends (such nice people) at Llanfyliin and headed east to the Shrewsbury By-pass. Members peeled off en route to return to their homes.
A great number of miles was covered. The actual route was about 120 miles and many extended this. Richard & Christine recorded 250 miles by the time they got back home. But what are TRs for?