Introduction

Welcome friends. This humble blog is about the simple observations I discover whilst cycling through lovely Wales.
I hope to offer you dear reader, cheerful reflections upon the days and miles I pedal, along with encouragement to get out and explore by bicycle yourself! Perhaps too, if I attempt a bit of amusing anecdotes along the way, I may invoke your readership as well. Thanks for stopping by... cheers, muse

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Maybe Maerdy, Maybe Not...

The plan for our ride this day had been to start at Pontypridd, head northwest up NCN 881 past Maerdy to where it joins NCN Route 47, turn right and head back. Simple enough, eh? Well, as time was running short and we needed to get back, we made the decision to head over the mountain, ie "take the short cut".

All smiles as we turned out of Fernwood and
headed up into Blaenlechau...

So began the climb...

and climb...

and climb...

and climb...

and climb we did.


I think it was Joanne that suggested we stop at the top for lunch... "Fabulous views", she said. And that part was true...

Proud smiles and cameras document the ascent...

and silliness with the video camera...

and lunch of course!

The background... see the background?

But all was not as it seemed (or as we were told...). For what was ahead...

... was up.

and up.

At every turn was another spectacular view... (and a valid excuse to pause, catch your breath, and pull out the camera.)




Onward we climbed...




I think Will said we climbed over 1000 feet that day? Regardless, it was truly spectacular and yet another surprising adventure in Wales for this very fortunate cyclist.





We did make it to the top.... we did ride over 40 miles... and we did make it home... 
we did have a great day... many thanks folks.

[ For more images of this adventure see: "Maerdy Adventure" in the gallery. ]



oh, yeah... I must not forget too...


"Mr. Fix-it"... Will fixes signs. Awesome butty.


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