On the plus side for Monks Trod it was totally deserted and did result in us finding a perfect wild camp spot on the rocks above Llyn Cerrigllwydion Uchaf. We managed to find 2 fairly flat spots and set up camp whilst enjoying the sunset. Once refreshed and replenished with grub I turned in for the evening in this most remote part of Wales. Being this remote the Dark Skies were one of those take your breathe away moments, when a call of nature woke me through the night I unzipped the tent and looked up....... Wow! So many stars you could easily see the milky way with the naked eye. I only had my phone camera with me and that just couldn't capture them. If only I had my proper camera but to be honest it would have been too big and bulky to pack for the bike. Talking of pictures all the ones taken on this trip are from my new phone camera again i'm very pleased with the results.
Once off Monks Trod we traveled back along the track which skirts around Claerwen Reservoir to the Dam, we then took the track on the opposite side of the Afon Claerwen before rejoining the road until we crossed the bridge and joined the Elan Valley Trail back to the car at Craig Goch dam. All in all a good first bikepacking experience but I will never forget trudging across Monks Trod although a part of me wants to forget it!