Day Two ..Blown away (nearly..)

Depart from Crogen in great style with two new riders for the day but again resist the temptation to gallop off across freshly drenched pasture. Michael has his maps and we have recce-ed the route thoroughly. The rain has gone, the sun is shining and our spirits are high. We remember our old friends with huge gratitude and privately give thanks for them all…hoping that this tiny effort of ours will make some difference to the future of others. We climb up and up from the river valley, pausing briefly at Tyn y Graig where the Fethers offer us snifters of ‘mountain-reducer’ to speed us on our way. In no time we are all on the summit, with the wind on our backs and ancient turf underfoot ..the Dee valley way below us. Horses old and young have risen to the occasion and carry us smoothly to the lunchtime destination. Once more the black clouds appear behind us but Anne R-W is prepared. She’s just been all the way to Llandudno to collect a tent to shelter us from the forecasted storm. As we arrive, she and Woody are grappling with the tent (laughingly called an Ezy-Up) but they eventually win the battle and we eat the lunch in total dryness while Woody holds up the structure with his bare hands and the storm rages furiously around us. Naturally, the rain cease altogether at 1.30 and we continue our journey down to Rhug in glorious sunshine..our horses steaming gently as they dry out yet again. The Farm Shop down below provides us with free cups of coffee and the Free Press takes photographs of us all. We’re then escorted across the A5 and through the imposing gates of Rhug itself where we have a wonderfully exciting encounter with a huge herd of black bullocks …a sort of Welsh safari ride when Slaney sheds his scoot boots yet again and Susie is surrounded by the ‘wild beasts’. Michael and Peter gallop to the rescue and we all make a swift exit. Peaceful Rhagatt lies ahead and we make good progress in the final furlongs..thankful to reach its comfortable haven at last…..deep sleep beckons…

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