Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Braving the floods in North Wales for a Gold Wing meeting.

Made the usual monthly Gold Wing meeting in Betws-y-Coed but journey was traumatic if a little exciting.  Quite an adventure! Sunday brought an unexpected heavy rainfall. Four inches overnight on Snowdonia. Taking our usual route from Wrexham along the A5 (Historic Coaching route to Holyhead) we hit a flooded road. Hubby carefully drove through 12 inches of water (approx 30cm).I am sure my heart stopped! Thought the car was goingtostopand we would have to getout and paddle.Dreadful! 
Just got through,rounded the bend at the junction for Cynwyd. - road ahead closed. Took the mountain road towards Llandrillo and Llanderfel to Bala. One farmer tried to get his sheep out of the valley - all pregnant ewesand stuck on a mound. Nearly lambing season. Valley awash with rain above fence posts. Bala road closed at Llanderfel. Only way out - go further up the mountain to join Bala Rd.
I had visions of calling search and rescue and HRH helicopter if the road was closed ahead.!! Couldn't go back. Bala Lake was like a raging sea washing over the road.Have never seen it like that in over 40 years in Wales. Roads were full of debris. Awesome to see the force of nature. Shows you who is in charge!
A friend/member could not get from the coast as roads were closed. Conwy river burst its banks. Only way home seemed to be  A5 from Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia  to the A55 coast road.If that was flooded - then I could see a night in the hotel looming.
Now you know I am never averse to a night in an hotel - but - not as a refugee from the floods. Made the meeting at Waterloo Hotel. Lovely Sunday Lunch. Home over the Denbigh Moors. Megan found out it was clear.
All in all it was a lovely ride out through beautiful scenery. Better though on a Gold Wing in normal weather. Must do it all again with the top down on the car.Better wait 'till Spring.

Rosalie xx