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Wales – Thanks, You Were Great!

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Well, that’s all over then. Back home and back to the normal routine. But the Wales cycling trip was fantastically good fun. It helped me work out a whole bunch of things about my cycling experiences, and gives me yet more incentive to do more of the same. There were practically no lowlights to the entire trip, apart maybe for… Read more »

The Sun Does Shine in Wales After All

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Well, what a turn up for the books. Today has been just perfect. I was woken this morning by the sun streaming down onto the campsite, just the remnants of mist clinging to the sides of some of the hills. It had been quite cool overnight and there was heavy dew all over the grass and the tent. I took… Read more »

From the Sea to the Mountains

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Tonight I am cut off from the world. At least in the mobile broadband sense. I’m in a campsite at the top of Llan Gwynant, a small lake nestled in the valley on the east side of Snowdon. I’d guess it was glacial at some point on the past. I had the place earmarked and got to it relatively early… Read more »


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Funny old day today. I’m starting to adopt what I suspect are the hours of the typical touring camper – bed not long after dark, up at the crack of dawn (no sniggers or innuendo please). This morning I woke at 5am along with the seagulls. As I’d washed a fee clothes the night before that were in no way… Read more »

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

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Yesterday turned into a bit of a war of attrition. A combination of a few too many miles over challenging ground. The hills were one thing. Sustrans who oversee the national cycle routes in the UK suddenly seem to have decided that nicely graded routes are boring, and that going out of your way to find a hill or challenging… Read more »

Train Rhymes with Rain

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Say hello to Richard and Vicky, fellow cyclists from Bishops Lydeard, who I met at Taunton station. They were off to Newport as well, then onto St. David’s Head, but for some reason, they had to change trains at Bristol Temple Meads, where as I was changing at Weston-Super-Mare. I got off as appointed, waited 10 minutes for the connecting… Read more »

Wales and National Cycle Route 8 – Dry Run Complete

Today was testing day for the upcoming trip to Wales. I’ve packed and re-packed bags to try and make the load as sensible as possible, checked the bike over, fitted mudguards for the first time, and loaded up the old girl for a test of handling and load carrying capabilities. I was somewhat worried yesterday at the amount of weight… Read more »

July Challenge – Touring in Wales

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Click Here for the Full Interactive Map I’ve now devised the next challenge. At the end of July, I will be cycling from Newport to Holyhead, mostly via National Cycle Route 8. As an antidote to the Eurovelo 6, this will have Lots more hills Less delightful weather (I suspect) I will be camping, not hoteling I will be on… Read more »