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

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Land of Discovery... Llandovery

Every year the Kingfishers go on an overnight bicycle tour. This year I was fortunate to have been invited to join them on a three day trip to Llandovery.

So on Tuesday, August 22nd, John, Brian, Graham, and I loaded our panniers, looked to the north, and headed out to the small town north-west of Brecon along the River Tywi in Carmarthenshire. Our plan was to cycle there on the first day, spend the second day cycling around the area, and then cycle back home on the third day.

Brian, John, & Graham ready to go!


Coming into Brecon...


How ya like them cookie bars boys?


John being John...


Brian looking every bit like an elf...


The beautiful old iron bridge at Cilycwm...


Brian contemplates Graham's pontification...


Coming into Llandovery...


Finally at the hotel...


What can ya say?


After a cuppa the boys are ready to ride again!...


Ready, set, GO!... 


This was my view mostly...


... unless I race like a madman for this kinda shot...


or wait for them to stop...


but then they are off again...


waiting for you know who...



Llandovery is rich in Welsh history to put it mildly. I am so very fortunate that the boys are keen to teach me as they lead me through the countryside. I did a bit of additional research and you should do the same. Read more about Llandovery and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. (Remember the headline?... It's simply mind-boggling to this ole' hayseed from North Carolina.)




The landscapes speak for themselves...


























And so on the last evening we said our goodbyes to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd...




True Knights of Wales.

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