Newtown Powys.

Thursday 8th July 2021.

Before leaving this morning we spent a pleasant time chatting to a couple staying in the only other motorhome at The Watermill, they were recent addicts to motorhoming and had their plans curtailed by Covid but were now out on the road. We exchanged information on travel and thoughts on equipment that was both useful and practical to carry and laughed together about how there was always something to repair.

We took the A4061 north as I wanted to travel up a different Welsh valley, the journey was one of those made to test the joys of motorhome driving, steep inclines and descents, hairpin bends, towns with narrow streets where people park on both sides if you survive and come out unscathed you either feel great or need a stiff drink ( I don’t drink and drive Homer) so there was only one choice. We passed through Treorchy home to the world famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir who first formed in 1883, they are reputed to be the most recorded male voice choir in the world and have toured amongst others Canada, USA and Australia.

View from a stop before Treorchy.
A quick road side fix, the indicator bulb had shaken loose.

We drove on through the Brecon Beacons where the new challenge was to dodge the sheep and horses that wandered at will across the road usually waiting until you were almost on top of them. We stopped for lunch along this road with a view of Pen y Fan mountain (2907ft) in the distance .Although the sky looked threatening it soon passed over and we have had a warm sunny day.

After lunch we drove to Brecon, I think our 3rd visit in 12 months, parked up and had a wander around town,I refreshed my wardrobe with a new T shirt and fleece, needed because Michelle has made me donate others to a charity shop😊we had a soft drink by the side of the river before resuming our journey. We were heading for Llandrindod Wells where it was recommended parking by a lake in a park, unfortunately they are carrying out work where we wanted to park so we couldn’t stay. A quick look at our apps and we decided to head further north to tonight’s stopover in Newtown Powys where it is free to stay overnight but you are supposed to pay from 8am. I’ve volunteered Michelle to pop out in the morning and put some money in the machine whilst I make a coffee👍

Car park in Newtown.
River Severn runs alongside the car park.

This short trip away of four nights was an experiment to see if we could emulate the way we travel in Europe using aires and other free stopover places. We have had four free nights accommodation, and it is evident seeking out places to fill with fresh water and to empty the toilet are the major challenges that we will have to succeed at.

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