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.

December 31, 2017

Platitudes and Altitudes

2017 was an outstanding year for me and cycling in Wales. In my last issue for 2017 I'll be highlighting a selection of events outside the obvious that characterised and helped shape this unique year.

I cycled 122 individual days and covered almost 8,000 miles, so it's pretty easy to highlight some of the wonderful rides I made. Yet, little things like writing for a different website, or breaking my camera, and even trying out new tyres had surprising effects on my year and shaped the way I rode.

Some of the contributing factors were planned and some were shockingly unplanned. Sometimes just getting off the bike and walking made the ride unique. So I hope you enjoy reading about these little details which had a big impact on my year in 2017.

Featured Platitudes

A Camera for a Cyclist
In November I fell off my bike and broke my "good" camera. Now I've resorted to using a smartphone for documenting my rides. Read about the features I'm interested in along with some of the cameras I'm considering for a replacement in my ridiculously detailed article; "A Camera for a Cyclist".

Bike & Hike
Despite my love for seeing the world by cycle, there are many interesting places to see that one can only reach on foot, ie. the top of mountains! Read about four exciting adventures I had in 2017 using this latest approach to cycling and exploring this fabulous little country in; "Bike & Hike".

Ride w/GPS: Ride Reports
Ride with GPS introduced a new feature this past spring which threw me for a loop. Suddenly they were offering a very attractive blog component to their website - one that put this blog to shame! Take a look at some of the best cycling reports on the Internet; "Ride w/GPS: Ride Reports".

Writing About the Past
I've no shortage of content. My main problem is taking the time to write. I ride so much and take so many photos that my material collects faster than I can properly report about it. Check out my thoughts on 2017 as well as what plans I have for the future in; "Writing About the Past".

2017 Yearly Totals
I didn't reach my goals for 2017, but a close inspection of my numbers yields some interesting and rather surprising results. You can sort through all the gory details in the "Charts" section of my blog or skip to my yearly review in; "2017 Yearly Totals".

Thanks Wales for being so lovely and thank you, dear reader, for stopping by...
seeya down the road.

Cheers! ~ cm

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