Penultimate Ride


The sun is shining brightly on my penultimate day of the journey but really the last day of serious cycling. Getting up and over the Brecon Beacons proves to be beautiful, fun and challenging. The beacons are like a hand with the fingers pointing south and the highest part, the knuckles let’s say, in the north.

First I pass through the Welsh countryside.





So I climb up and up the first knuckle not really knowing what to expect. When I reach the top, after many false summits, I can see it is a special place. Why? Because there is a film crew with all sorts of high tech gear setting up a series of cycling photo shoots with a professional cyclist for a bicycling magazine cover.


The view from the top of the first Beacon is best seen on film.

And a few photographs too.


The steepest climb of the entire trip came today going from the bottom of one beacon to the top of another.


I have been heading for this town all week.


Just about ten kilometers left for the ride in the morning.


My bike and I settle in for one more night.


Stats – for Tuesday 18 September 2012

Start: Talgarth
Finish: Cowbridge
Distance: 78 km
Time on Bike: 5 hours 10 min
Average Speed: 15.2 km/hr
Distance to Date: 9,348 km

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  4. Once again: WOW! and congratulations David. You had been nursing this dream for years, now you’ll cherish its memory for the rest of your life. What a role model you are for students.

  5. Hi David, I have been following your epic journey every few days or so since you started – what an amazing adventure through some fabulous geographical landscapes! I am really impressed that you have made it through and that you are in a hair’s breadth (relatively) of your destination. Congratulations and well done!

  6. Hello David, What a journey you have taken me / us on ! I have so much enjoyed the day by day steps. Your photos take me back home to UK countryside and seaside too along the way. You will now be heading for a tumultuous welcome at Atlantic College.. and very well earned it will have been. See you back in Metchosin , and thanks for sharing this wonderful experience. Aileen McConnell

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