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.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Talybont Adventure

High up in the Brecon Beacons National Park of Wales is a reservoir called the Talybont. You may have heard of it. You may have even visited it. I, on the other hand; had not done either until I went for a ride with a crazy man from South Africa.

We started out innocently enough on simple ride to Ebbw Vale from Llanhilleth at 10am Wednesday morning. It was to be nothing particularly long, breakfast and maybe 20-25 miles up the Ebbw valley along NCN route 466. We discussed being home by roughly 4 or 5 pm that evening.

I started taking pictures here:

and perhaps I should have considered more about where we were heading here...

But I am a trusting sort of fella. I believed his vivid descriptions of the route... a route, I should add... that was on a map... that he did not have with him.

awww screw it... let's read whats on this big rock.

and ain't this purdy!

But he did he did ask for directions...

and Dear Readers... this was what got us here and made it one of those adventures we will remember for a life-time. 

Now unfortunately... my camera/phone died after seven hours. But we did make it there. We saw the darn thing, yes we did. But yer gonna have to go to his Facebook page to view the rest of the journey. I think his pictures tell a far better story than mine. So for now, I will sign off with a big "shit howdy".

and a map.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Finally... sun.

As they say; "there's no point in complaining about the weather"... and I've been trying my best, but flyin' jesus lizards of god! Where the hell is summer?! We had one nice week back at the first of March and then about 10 days in early May, but other than that, it has been non-stop rain. Urgh! I've been experiencing some serious Spring withdrawal effects. AND this riding in the rain is getting old to put it mildly.

So, Melanie and I went for a walk today and I tried out this new mapping app. called Endomondo. It seems pretty cool and as you can see, I'm trying to embed the thing...

But I'm not convinced yet. The app did okay following us and automatically uploading to the web, but I'm not crazy on how you draw a map manually. However, the gps is very good and doesn't use a lot of power; so for walking treks under 4 hours it may be the ticket. I will try it on a long cycle ride next week and report back.

Also, I'll post some photos later of my rides last week. Cheers, cm