I gave myself a more testing ride on Monday. I cycled fully laden from Machynlleth in Wales to Welshpool using minor roads where ever possible, a distance of 50 miles. Ok, so this may not be a big achievement to hardened enthusiasts, but it proved to me that my fitness level is better.
For mountain walkers and off road cyclists following Sustrans Route 8, check out http://www.talbontdrain.co.uk. This is a perfect guest house in the mountains 4 miles South of Machynlleth