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.

November 02, 2017

A Modest Life

From the complex comes the simple. Within chaos, calm floats. It doesn't take a great mind to observe the world around us, however; cutting through the nonsense and the useless aspects of life to form a clear perspective takes plain thinking. At least that's what Einstein suggested. Good advice sells for $1.3 million.

Rain locked. Day seven.

Autumn finally hit us with a week of typically British weather - cold and rainy. I can't complain really because overall, the weather has been spectacular this year. In fact, many places in the UK have recorded their driest summer ever. So... with that said, I have to emphasise that I've had a great year of cycling.

And I did get out of the house this week, but whilst riding down from Manmoel I slipped on some loose gravel and down I went. I didn't notice til I go home that I had broken my camera. So while I'm taking a break (pun intended) from photography, I'll use this opportunity to focus writing about some of the wonderful rides I've had this past summer and fall.

Lastly, as part of my ongoing project to retrieve reports from my archive, I've got two special rides from 2013 for your review. I hope you enjoy!

Featured Rides

Hay-on-Wye & Hereford
Back in June of this year I made my longest single-day ride: 135 miles, 19 hours, with over 8,000 ft. elevation gain. It might sound presumptuous, but for me it was epic. Its' taken me a while to organize the images and process the day. It all seems like a dream now. Read about my eight part trip-of-a-lifetime to Herefordshire.

To the Top of Manmoel!
Manmoel has been on my radar as part of my "Bike & Hike" series for well over a year now. Last week I finally made the big push to climb the hill/mountain (1,489 ft.) and I couldn't have asked for a better Autumn day. The weather was spectacular and everything just fell into place (pun intended) for an "almost" perfect day. Read about my adventure and then checkout the gallery of images.

Grosmont & Garway
The rain poured down so we changed plans. We did not climb the Gospel Pass as intended, but we did have an interesting ride through Grosmont and onto Garway where we explored St. Michael's Church. It was my second trip there and you can see a collection of photos from our ride last month as well as read about our trip back in 2012.

Out From the Archives...

Lovely Day For It...
I hadn't been in Wales but a few years when I discovered Fochriw and it quickly became one of my favourite spots to visit. It's so close and yet so desolate. I think I captured it pretty well back in 2013.
Carreg Tegernacus
Sometimes ya just get lucky. No one had told me about this place... I just went exploring! Join me again as I relive one of the most wonderful discoveries I've made whilst cycling in Wales

Coming next issue...

Will I reach my 2017 goals?
Take a look with me over some of my numbers as the year nears its end.

What am I planning for 2018?
Take a peek into my noodle and see what I'm thinkin', if you dare!?!?

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