Off to Wales – Monday June 25th, 2007

On our trip from Stirling to south Wales today, we were going to see a surprising amount of rain. The drive took all day, not arriving in Llanthony until about 9:00 PM that evening.

Once we loaded the car, we made our way to the M9 south west towards Glasgow, but ran into a traffic jam for about an hour. It wasn’t much fun crawling along like that. At one point I had a split second of inattention and nearly rear ended the lorry in front of us. We eventually got through it and the strange thing was there was no evidence of a reason for it. No accident or lane closures or anything. Just volume.

We made our way to the M6 south and made good time with not too much traffic. Driving through the midlands, it was pouring rain and I could see in the fields to my left they were saturated with water. We heard on the news later that this heavy rain caused major flooding in Sheffield and two fatalities. The British emergency services were swamped with calls.

Our destination was a cottage at Broadley Farm, in the Brecon Beacons Park in South Wales near Llanthony. As we approached the cottage on a narrow dirt road, there were broken tree branches and other debris all over the road as well as streams of water running down either side. There was even a stream of water going over the road! I was surprised it didn’t cause a wash out. England had a lot of rain the last few days. It didn’t dampen our spirits though, as the low cloud made the scenery all the more interesting as it shrouded the hill tops in the Brecon Beacons which made for nice scenery at our cottage.

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