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.

February 27, 2017

Digging in the Darkroom

I've been needing to get into the black hole that is my photo library for well over a year now. I've roughly four-thousand images to sort out. It's huge, daunting, and completely overwhelming. So I'm gonna get started first with the images I've used for my banners. I've quickly dumped them into my Gallery so that you view them all without the blog labels.

This is a start.

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

February 22, 2017

Picture Postcards

You start off not knowing the juicy bits. As events unfold, they should surprise you. Sharing the surprise is all the fun. Sharing the surprise is the reason to write.

The crux of telling the story is revealing the events that fascinate you. The work is in creating surprise. The work is keeping the reader turning the page, moving further with you... wondering "my God... what can be next?"

“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

February 20, 2017

Post-Ride Exultations

It was a questionable decision. I would need lights for both leaving and upon my return. I could spend the entire day in the rain. Traffic may be an issue. I had only been on the planned route once before. But the itch was not going away. The desire had been pestering me for weeks. I was going.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
- Martin Buber

And so I set out at 7:30 on Saturday morning. The fog was thick... the sky dark. I was wet from a heavy mist by the time I started up the Sirhowy Valley. I had yet over 70 miles and 10 hours on my journey. I was excited and worried both and this is what I live for.

Now I'm not riding some carbon fibre "toy" bike. I haven't fancy disc brakes or tricky STi shifters... don't even get me started on electronics and hydraulic shit. I ride a REAL bicycle. It's steel with rim brakes and bar-end shifters. The same setup the bike Gods created for intelligent cyclists way back before most of the "Johnny-come-lately's" ever thought about internally routed cabling. There. I said it.

So if you're still reading this, good for you. You get it. I carry a butt-load of shit in my Carradice bag too. I've everything from spare spokes, chain links, assorted nuts and bolts, to duck tape, zip ties, and shoestrings even. If you ask why... you don't get it.

I can't make an emergency backup phone call; "come pick me up, my bike broke down". When my shit goes down, I'm on my own. I gotta fix it. And I like it that way. Ain't nuthin' more satisfyin' than fixin' yer bike after it's broke down while on the road. Cuz, it's gonna break. It's always just a matter of time. So ya gotta be prepared, that's what I say. Don't know how to how to patch a puncture? Stay home.

So enough of my ranting diatribe... this is about the adventure. And what a grand adventure I had. I could have never expected the weather to have given me such drama... but then, that's what it does. You just gotta get out there to really appreciate it. With that I'll leave you to hop over to the gallery section of my blog to view the photos I took while out:

(and just cuz' I never said I wasn't a hypocrite... my average speed was 10.3 mph!)

I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by...

cheers! - muse

February 18, 2017

Pre-Ride Notions...

Sometimes ya just get an itch to go to a place. I've been havin' this itch to go to Brecon for a few weeks, but I've told myself no because of the short winter days we have now.

Well, today I'm having none of it. I'm heading to Brecon. I'll be leaving in a few minutes (7:30 am approx.) and I'm going to make a day of it.

It's foggy and gray with thick heavy mist. The temperature is hovering around 7° celsius.
It's beautiful.

"There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto"
- Cormac MacCarthy

February 16, 2017

Crazy Guy on A Bike...

Although many who know me might not argue with the description... the headline above is not a reference to myself.

I'm looking to expand my readership, so I've created an account on the website crazyguyonabike. Visually, the website is not that exciting, but the content and it's functionality more than makes up for it's out-dated graphic design. Honestly, if you're interested in reading about other cyclists travels from all over the world... there is no better source. It's quite easy to get addicted.

I've been an avid reader for many years and though I was reticent to post something of my own... I've made the leap. My thought is that I can post some of my longer rides as raw "picture-postcards"; then re-post an edited or "simplified" version to my blog. In effect, I would be using crazyguyonabike as my travel site and this will retain more of it's blog/freethinking/rambling-nonsense character.

So, with that said, here's a link to my first entry: A Day Tour in Wales. I hope you enjoy.

"Travel only with your equals or your betters; if there are none, travel alone."
- The Dhammapada, c. 100

February 10, 2017

Lolita Nation

Sometimes I gotta fuckin' check my game... tip my hat to those far smarter than I. Robert Payne gets the nod and well deserved thank you for over 30 years of adventure, inspiration, and just being the dude. Plus he put this shit in my head: Game Theory.

So with "The Waist and the Knees" playing in my head, I am off for a ride.

February 09, 2017

Riding Like a Horse...

write, write, write.


sit. think.

write, write, write.

scratch... scratch, scratch, scratch

sit. think.

(insert photo...)

photo credit: Dean Piper

shut up.