WELCOME! I am fascinated with Wales' rich history and rugged landscape. Within 50 miles I can travel over 3000 years. The Pre-historic, the Roman Era, Middle Ages, and the not so distant Industrial Age - all huddle alongside each other amongst these verdant valleys. This is where I ride and this is why I write this blog.

August 06, 2021

Going it solo, deeply.

This blog is often a pointless and self-indulgent diatribe, but the places I discover whilst cycling through this lovely country compels me to photograph and write about them.
The truth is simple; if the weather is nice my first plan of action is to get on my bike and go for a ride. My reasons get mixed up when I publish routes, shoot photos, and then pile it all into this blog as if I'm providing some sort of useful information. Is it a diary or a documentary? Is it a newsletter or just a game I'm playing with myself? Actually, it just may be all of the above.

If you're reading this, then you’re most probably sitting in front of a computer far off in your own little world. Maybe you live in Wales or perhaps you’ve never heard of this place? Perhaps you ride a bike and travel about yourself or maybe you don't do any of these things and you’ve merely stumbled across this blog, just an accidental Internet tourist - and I kinda like that.

Whatever the reason, I hope you enjoy my ramblings and thanks for stopping by.

Seeya down the road! - cm

My Rides - As part of my redesign, I've modified my page layout to accommodate larger images. Take a look at how utilize this larger presentation as I also develop a new cycling route through the Vale of Usk.► Check it out!
Routes to Ride - I'm re-introducing a section of my blog as part of my celebration of 10 years of cycling through the Southeast Valeys of Wales and I'm starting off with one of my very first designed routes. It just so happens to be one of my favourites as well. ► Check it out!

I've gone back through all the rides I've written about over the past 10 years and picked a few of my favourites. ► View rides
I created this section of my blog whilst leading rides for Sustrans. My plan is to focus more on this going forward.► View rides

On the Web
I always enjoy reviews by TomsBikeTrip. They're inciteful, thorough, and very well written. ► Visit website
YouTube - Join this lovely couple as they cycle to Kyoto as part of their world cycle tour. ► Watch video

Out From the Archive
2012 - It was my first overnite cycle tour with the Kingfisher's and it was legendary. ► Read more...

Sexy Bike Alert!
2021 - Following on the heels of my last Sexy Bike Report, I thought I'd make a deeper investigation into the consumer market to see exactly what touring bikes are available in 2021. Take a look at eight noteworthy bikes I found while shopping online (as ya do...). ► Read more...