Synod Inn is a small village on the mighty A487 coast road,
which fills with processions of slow moving lorries from dawn to dusk.
There's a handy petrol station here, tucked just off the main drag.
By contrast, the A475 is the main road from Carmarthen via Newcastle Emlyn to
Lampeter and beyond. This route is a fun way to join the two points
together, ending on the A475 junction at a pub called 'The Alltyrodyn Arms',
which serves food (and soft drinks, obviously)...
Watch for a few short sections where the road narrows to a single, all be it wide, lane in the middle of the route, since this can make oncoming vehicles uncomfortably exciting in corners if you haven't positioned or slowed down appropriately, but the surface is good and the traffic very light...
This road was a complete surprise to me - I'd ridden the coast road south of Cannes (see elsewhere on here) and then negotiated the coastline to get round to St Tropez just so I could get a photo of the 'Welcome to St Tropez' sign, and then I wanted to get to my hotel in Marseille by the shortest possible route. The GPS sent me this way.... It was quite a shock to discover that this was actually a really nice, fun, fast, flowing, challenging road. Obviously it lacks the jaw dropping views of the roads in the Pyrenees proper, in favour of tree cover, but the terrain of the foothills is plenty interesting and the road twists and turns aplenty as it follows the terrain. There are less zeros on the heights of some of the drops, but you still wanted to ride off the unguarded edge of the road in some of the twisty sections, the only thing to stop you plummetting to the distant ravine bottom would be a very solid tree or several. Actually, it's good to bear that in mind on the way in - it is because I was in 'transit mode' rather than 'riding challenging unforgiving roads' mode that I found myself unintentionally having so much fun that I was dragging the centrestand round corners, 3 feet from the edge of an unguarded 500 foot drop. Given the many epic delights available within 50 miles of this road, in summary I'd certainly not make a special trip to ride this road, but it was still a pleasant surprise. It also handily links the Alpine magic of Route Napoleon and the coast road south of Cannes with the joys of the Pyrenees via a half decent road.
A classic ride with a variety of corners from very slow to very fast. see the video
Assuming you are coming from France - you will probably com via D117/N20. When you hit Hospitalet-Pres-L'Andorre you will turn onto the N22. Somewhere about here look to take a break and do what ever you do to prepare. This is a seriously twisty road - and a fairly fast one - most of the hairpins you can safely take between 60 and 80 KPH but there a quite a few tighter slower ones - the good news is you will evenly wear every surface of your tires - the bad news is some of the corners merit 'back brake dragging' and that's going upwards! Low season (the Pics are from April 19th 2007) the roads are clear of tourists - so we only had about 5KM when people got in the way. The rest of it is indescribably brilliant! We did our base (Montrejeau) to Andorra and back in a day - 480 KM 8-9 hours ride time - every KM briliant! took the Fazer but the MT03 or the ER6 would be better. The route (all here) is D618/N117 and this final bit N22, CG2 CG3) if you're down here - treat yourself! Don't forget to look at the Pics!
The A4069 runs from Brynamman to Llangadoc in South West Wales near Ammanford. It darts across open terrain and crosses more of a large hill than a mountain. It's fairly demanding in places and there is fun to be found. It's narrow and fairly twisty. It wasn't really flowing enough for my lardy Sports Tourer, but would be fun on a sports 600 or better still a Super Motard. From Llangadoc head for the Llyn Brianne reservoir or Builth Wells and beyond. The choice is endless. See above a few photos for your enjoyment.