Introduction

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.

May 24, 2019

VOLUME 03 ISSUE 02 
Back On It


It's been a slow start for the year, which is just fine. I've got a relaxed attitude. My goals will be much more modest. I just want to make this year about going places, seeing new things, and writing.

 
Oh the places I want to go...


Time to Ride!
I came across this mural whilst cycling through Cardiff last month and it seemed perfect. Last year was all about distances. This year, I want to emphasize places.

I'm starting off with three short features; Llangattack & Abergavenny is one of those rides that turned into something much more special than expected. Whilst Morlais Castle Explore was an adventure of wonder and mystery. Magor & Seawall Explore was just a simple ride of pure joy.

Next, I've got a gallery of bike shots from 2018 which deserves a little recognition and lastly, I'm reposting my 2019 goals to emphasise the change in direction I wish to make toward cycling this year.


I hope you enjoy this new issue and as always - thanks for stopping by.

Seeya down the road. Cheers! - cm

Llangattack & Abergavenny


MY RIDES - It can be easy to get lost in one's thoughts, but with so much to see, I had to stop often. And when the weather changed for the better, I had to go with the flow and let the road take control. Read more...

Morlais Castle Explore


MY RIDES - This mysterious place had been on my bucket list for a few years and I finally made my way there. I also documented the entire route - which surprisingly happens to be mostly traffic-free! Read more...

Magor & Seawall Explore


MY RIDES - Nothing feels better than getting out on your bike on a warm Spring day after a cold wet winter. I spent the day cycling around the Gwent Levels; exploring Magor and Redwick, and discovering new places. Read more...

2018 Glamour Shots


GEAR - I always feel rather self-indugent taking photos of my bike. But, I must admit that I do it quite often. It's not always planned, sometimes I just turn back and see her sitting there and well... I just gotta take a snap. Check out my favourites from last year; See more...


Grwyne Fawr Bothy, photo credit: Outdoor Monkey
2019 Goals


MY RIDES - I've changed my goals for 2019. I'm going for something more meaningful - "Smiles not miles". You may recall that I posted this in the previous issue as part of my Year in Review, but I want to emphisize these issues and focus. Check out my: 2019 Goals.

On the Web

Snow on the fans, photo credit: Dominique Northeast
Rough Stuff Fellowship
John Wilson turned me onto this group. He's been involved with them for nearly 50 years. I'll be going to their Easter Meet this year, so stay tuned for a report back. It's sure to provide some interesting reading. Meanwhile check out their incredible website, especially the photo archive. Stunning!

Visit website feature: Chaising Rainbows


photo credit: Mike Hayes / seasurfdirt.com
Wayfarer Centenary Ride
Mike Hayes is at it again. He's a wiley-wabbit; on-the-go and in-the-know, so it's not surprising that he went to this event. Check out his damn impressive photos and write up. I hate him deeply.

Be sure to read more about one of the pioneers of the Rough Stuff Fellowship; "Wayfarer" and what the centenary is all about.

Out From the Archive

Llangynidr & the Vale of Usk
2016 - It was a big year for my cycling. Along with cycling 3,025 miles for Parkinson's UK during March and April, I followed up in May with another 1,000 miles just for fun! Take a look at one of my early "classic" rides. This route has since become one of my yearly favourites.

Sexy Bike Alert!

Pashely Morgan 8
Keeping with the Rough Stuff Fellowship theme, I ran across this bike whilst pottering about the web, as ya do. And I think this girl would be PERFECT for a little off-road excursion. Plus, she just might be fine on those wonderful quite lanes of Wales as well. It's a lovely bike and currently at the top of my dream list. Take a look and tell me what you think!