WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Earth Day 2017

I was just a boy of 10 and I clearly remember all the excitement of the very first Earth Day in 1970. I'm going for a ride today and think about what I can do...

There are some surprising statistics in this short animation... the most shocking to me is that the world's population has doubled? Wow! I did not know that. How soon before it doubles again? Urgh... I'm going for a ride before I spend countless hours searching the Internet.

and on that happy note... cheers!, cm

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Exploring Bike Wales & More...

I've taken a slightly different approach to this latest post in order to showcase some of the additional features of which you may not be familiar.

Melanie and I took off this week for a day to explore Caerphilly Castle. It had been on my bucket list for over five years and I was thrilled to finally go there. The weather was outstanding and chasing my queen about the darkened castle was a hoot!

[ View Caerphilly Castle Gallery ]

To be quite honest; I'm addicted to spreadsheets. Many of you know the extent of which I document my rides... but in fact, you may be quite surprised at the ridiculous amount of data I attempt to track. Slip over and check out some of the new data sets I've added to the morass!

[ View 100 Mile Club ]

Okay, I admit it. I love a good bit of bike porn as much as anyone. And when it's my bike performing the visual stimulation, well... enough said. If you're interested in viewing some of my latest "portraits", why not head over to the Gear section of my blog and have a gander?

[ View Latest Bike Porn ]

Ride With GPS
If you know me; you know I love RwGPS. Now they've introduced a new feature that I'm absolutely hooked on. Check out some of the latest reports from like-minded cyclists - cycling all over the world. Do it now. If you're not familiar with their website; [ check 'em out ]

[ View Featured Reports ]

Sexy Bike Alert!
I ran across this little beauty last month and thought you might want to give her a look. She's quite an unusual build in these heady days of carbon-fibre toy bikes. Masi and California have come up with a great blend of modern and retro for the gravel lover in all of us.

[ View Sexy Masi Adventure Bike ]

I hope you enjoyed exploring a bit... why not add a comment and tell me what you thought? Seeya next time. Cheers! muse

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Winding House Ride

Going to the Winding House in New Tredegar to see the thing in operation was really impressive. The weather was fantastic. It was wonderful to see everyone and we shared a lovely ride up through Rhymney Valley. Ya can't beat that!

But the Winding House is all about the machine... on a MASSIVE scale. And you really have to see the thing running to appreciate the magnitude behind this force of engineering. It is humbling to reflect upon how its basic operation was central to the extraction of men and coal.

It's quite unnerving to see something this massive spinning - in an enclosed space... and you are so near to it. Crazy!

And yet, we can walk away and relax... have a coffee or tea with cake. (So unlike what the miners had!) I wonder what they would think if they saw us today? Sitting back and contemplating their lives... their struggle and hardship... was it all for this? I feel quite fat and lazy and extraordinarily fortunate, yet I hope to show my appreciation and understanding. I truly admire the people that lived and worked here.

Today, I was not in a hole in the ground. I was not digging coal. I was out in the sunshine, with my friends, having a bit of vacation, riding my bike like a crazy loon. I didn't have to come home to wash coal dust off in a dirty metal tub in the kitchen and go to bed early only get up to do it all again.

I am clean and the day is bright and I can look back and remember this day... this day was unique and I am very, very fortunate. Yes, I am a lucky boy, indeed. Thank you everyone.

Winding House Ride Part 1

Winding House Ride Part 2