Wales Adventures Day 3 - Crickhowell to Torpantau: Kat & Katie Hiking:
[Music] [Music] Kat: "How slimy is it? A little slimy." [Music] [running water] [Music] Kat: "Okay, we're good to go." [giggling] Katie: "Good morning." Kat: " Good morning this is a start of day three." Katie: "Yes, and we haven't chatted to you yet today because we got up so early and made a really early start start. We started while it was still dark..." Kat: "...and the reason for that that strange decision is that there is a possible treat
at the end of today's route..." Katie: "There is, yes" Kat: "but we have to get there by a certain time." Katie: "Are we going to not tell them what it is in case it doesn't come together?" Kat: "Maybe we should keep it a secret." Katie: "OK let's keep it as a secret. But yeah, it's been a really interesting start this morning. We
left Crickhowell at I think probably half past six, and as soon as we headed out of the town we went along the canal for a long stretch, the Brecon and Monmouth Canal, which was really nice to walk on." Kat: "Yeah after some of the difficult, muddy and up and downs we've done it was flat, it was dry... dryish... lots of lots of nice ducks, and then we moved over to a river bank." Katie: "Yes we went along the Usk River for a stretch, and I was really hoping for a swim after the disappointment of yesterday. This stretch of river did have a possible swimming spot but the river was too fast and too powerful. I'm a strong swimmer but that was too dangerous to get in, so more swimming disappointment but it means we're making really good headway today. How far have we done?" Kat: "We have done six."
Katie: "That's amazing! Six kilometres or six miles six miles? Please say miles!" [giggles] Kat: "Six miles I think. We'll double check that in a in a minute, but yeah it's just gone 9am I think, so... Katie: "Time for second breakfast and yeah fingers crossed we will make it for our surprise at the end of today." Kat: "It does feel really good to get a lot done early." Katie: "It is nice, yeah" Kat: "And then we can relax a little bit and not have to rush towards the end." Katie: "Obviously on most days there's no time deadline. Yesterday we were rushing to get to
the ice cream shop before it closed." Kat: " Which we managed!" Katie: " Which we managed, and today yeah hopefully we've got another treat in store but then after that I don't think there's any time sensitive deadlines that we need to finish by, so we can relax a little bit," Kat: "and not start in the dark." Katie: "Yes that was exceptional. I don't think I'll make you do that again."
Kat: [giggles] "Okay." [Music] [wind blowing] [Music] [wind blowing] [footsteps] Kat: "I have to use my pole." [groan] Katie: "You got it?" Kat: "Yeah" [groans and giggles] Katie: "We've just had our lunch in this beautiful spot. I feel like a ring wraith is going to come and get us from just up there. I've been pretending that I'm a hobbit while I've been eating my lunch." Kat: "Yeah we both thought the same thing when we saw this this spot. What have we done so far?"
Katie: "The weather turned all of a sudden, almost immediately after we last sat down and chatted it went from beautiful sunshine to drizzle. We saw the mist come in up the valley and then it turned to rain, so we're both a little bit soggy but not too bad. It hasn't been horrible." Kat: "No. It was unfortunate it was the moment when we were up on an exposed bit of hill." Katie: "isn't it always?!" Kat: "But yeah, we saw our first other hikers really, for almost the whole..." Katie: "Yeah in three days we haven't seen any other hikers, and even those ones we saw were at a distance" Kat: "Miles away, yeah it's been really nice." Katie: "I thought they might be joining us on this route, but no, we've had the trail to
ourselves and it's been beautiful. We got a good view of the reservoir and the mountains behind it although the mountains were pretty much in cloud so you can see right up to the top. It certainly made me feel affirmed in our choice that we're not heading up to the highest mountains but sticking to the valleys and the woods and hopefully keeping safe and dry." Kat: "Oooh and we saw a farm that had some... Katie: "oh the pygmy goats!" Kat: "had some very nice creatures which we took lots and lots of
footage of so..." Katie: " What is happening to our light? is the sun coming out? Kat: "I don't know" Katie: "The sun's coming out finally [giggles] oh well." Kat: "Okay it's going away again" Katie: "Yeah it's not going to last long is it." Kat: "So yeah, we're going to carry on with our walk now." Katie: "Yeah we're heading down through a bit more woods and then we'll be joining what I think looks like a cycle path, and it looks like we're well on schedule for our surprise at the end of the day which is very exciting." Kat: "I'm so excited." [Music] [waterfall sounds] Kat: "Actually it's really nice. I should have rolled up my trousers up."
Katie: "I was going to comment and I thought you know what you're doing you're an adult" Kat: "I don't." [giggles] Katie: "Ah, there we go." Katie: "Okay" [giggles] Kat: "Shall I start?" Katie: "Yes" Kat: "We made it!" Katie: "We are at the end of day three and we're a bit delirious?" Kat: "I think so yeah. We just got into some very cold water." Katie: "Oh that was so nice. So cold but so nice." Kat: "And we have made it in time for our surprise that we were hoping for." Katie: "Yes"
Kat: "So hopefully that'll work out." Katie: "Fingers crossed, we're still not 100% certain, but what have we been doing since lunchtime? We walked on the Taff Trail which was a long stretch of cycle path and I can't help but feel like it would have been more fun to cycle it than to walk, even though it was nice that it was really flat um and we got some lovely views it was probably my least favourite part of the route so far." Kat: "Yeah it was just very long and straight and the same." Kat: "The views were amazing." Katie: " But we did see the cutest furry caterpillar, that was a highlight definitely." Kat: "And then when we emerged from that we went to see a waterfall." Katie: "Again always hoping for some swimming options but it was a bit small and shallow sadly. It was lovely to look
at but no swimming, not today. And now we're going to go and have the next step of our adventure." Kat: "Yeah, we've got a little hill to climb and then we should be there." Katie: "Fingers crossed."
[Music] [whistle sounds] [train chugging] Katie: "It is busy" [train chugging] [engine sounds] [train chugging] [whistle sounds] [train chugging] [whistle toots] [train chugging] [Music] Katie: "Thank you!" [Music] Katie: "This is going to be an interesting one for me to sit down without showing my underwear... we're going to go for side on" [groan] Kat: "Alright." Katie: "We've done it Kat" Kat: "Start again." Katie: "Why?!" Kat: "Sorry, I was faffing with my t-shirt" [giggles] Katie: "We've done it Kat! We've made it to the end of day three. We've just had a little foot bath in the stream which was..." Kat: "icy" Katie: "...more cold than I thought that running water could ever be." Kat: "It was refreshing" Katie: "it was lovely, and we made it in good time for
our surprise so we can probably tell people what it is." Kat: "Hopefully yeah." Katie: "Are we not going to tell them? Just in case?" Kat: "No we should we should. It is...... Katie: "No we shouldn't tell, no. Start again!" [giggles] Katie: "Oh I got the grit bin in after all, sorry!" Kat: "Aha! Sun cream! I didn't think we would need it" Katie: "Can you show it to the camera please? Oh it doesn't look like sun cream." Kat: "No"