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Dragon Rally 2018

This year we managed to tick another one off the bucket list, the Dragon Rally. This is organised by the Conwy MCC and is held annually in the Snowdonia region in north Wales. Traditionally the weather and site are harsh and this year was no exception.

The first part of our journey was down the M54 and A5 and the roads were awash with loads of salt which soon gave the bikes a thick coating. As we headed deeper into Wales the weather picked up and the skies cleared and after a lunch break we had a beautiful ride down into Barmouth before heading towards Betws Y Coed to our accommodation for the evening.

On the way following Steve of Sawley.

Barmouth.

Next morning it was onwards to the check point at Conwy.

After check in it was a great ride over to Llyn Gwynant. The scenery on the way – and the weather – was stunning but the final road to the site was long, downhill, twisty and very wet. There were numerous streams running across the road, often on sharp bends. The site was wet to say the least and camping on a high spot was at a premium, amazing selection of bikes/sidecars and die hards who will camp at any costs, read this for an entertaining evening!!! https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoUK/comments/7x2flc/dragon_rally_2018/

Welcome soup and a roll.

A couple of intrepid Dutch men had created a sort of reverse trike, with tiller steering one powered by a Honda 125 and the other by a Lifun engine fully equipped with wood burners.

Oops!!

Very wet!!!

A lovely MZ overlooking a lake!

A couple of C90’s with the owners taking the wise decision to camp on the car park.

After a very enjoyable day with a great atmosphere we returned via Blaenau Ffestiniog to spend a enjoyable night in Betwsy .

Sunday morning we set off home and within 30 mins of leaving we were in white out.

As we turned off the A5 for the Ponderosa the weather picked up and after our elevenses we had a great ride home via Gary and Di’s for tea and homemade cakes baked by Ginny.

Would we do it again? Definitely, yes it was the closest we have come to the atmosphere of the EGT with the whole site buzzing and a real mix of bikes and individuals all having a good time. Would we camp? Unlikely, unless they had a drought in February!!   A great weekend riding, socialising and having fun with friends.

Tracy’s view on the A5 before turning off for the Ponderosa.

No snow at the Ponderosa!

John and Tracy