Introduction

Wales astounds me. I am fascinated with it's rich history and rugged landscape. Within 50 miles I can travel over 5000 years. The Bronze and Iron Ages, the Middle Ages, and the not so distant Industrial Revolution all huddle beside each other amongst the verdant Southeast Valleys. This is where I ride and this is why I write.

NOTE: I'll be updating this section over the next few months as I re-post rides from my archive. Cheers - cm

Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Maybe Maerdy, Maybe Not...

More from the archive... a blast from the past. I hope you enjoy.

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.

Joanne suggested we stop at the top for lunch for the; "Fabulous views". And that was very 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.

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






Onward we climbed...






Will said we climbed over 1000 feet that day? And it felt like it! 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 what a fun day.


[ 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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