The Way Out West - A Blog about Pembrokeshire life, as written by an idiot
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This blog is not written in the hope that anyone will find it interesting; it's a visual record of my life which I will be referring to it when I'm old and decrepit. I will not be swearing in my blogs in case my grandkids read it.
I am a graphic designer who lives in Pembrokeshire. I like living in Pembrokeshire because the landscape and culture allow me to do all the things I enjoy, surfing, biking, playing rugby, climbing and boozing with my mates.
The blog is updated whenever there is somethin worth reporting on. For the most part it will be gossip, or some stories about my adventures in Pembrokeshire.
North Wales MTB trip
03 June 2013
We took a trip to mid\north Wales this weekend. On saturday we did the 'uplift' centre of Antur Stiniog where they drive you and your bikes up to the top of a hill and you ride down. The routes were VERY challenging! This photo sums up the end of the day feeling, that's me lying down half dead. The next day we did The Beast route in Coed Y Brenin, a somewhat mellower affair (but still plenty to keep you thinking!) along the 38km route. Click on image to view a larger version.
07 May 2013
A bit off piste, but I stumbled across this image of a disassembled bike online. Its incredible to see how many seperate parts go in to making a standard bike. More disassemblies here... Click on image to view a larger version.
20 April 2013
I've done a couple of 10 mile runs over the past week to train for the Preseli Beast which is on next weekend. Im doing the 10 mile version (Beast Bach), the full Beast is 27 miles. A lot of the route is 'off piste' Preseli's through bogs and streams. Preseli Beast Website. This photo was taken whilst on the run. Narberth is in view and the Preseli's looming in the distance as a reminder it going to be tough next weekend! Click on image to view a larger version.
Mountain Biking to Foel Eryr
07 April 2013
Three of us cycled from Rosebush up to the main Preseli ridge and over to Bwlch Y Gwynt and up Foel Eryr (our route is recorded here). The ground is still frozen solid so it was quick but rickety. We tucked in behind a rock in Foel Eryr to take this photo, looking West towards Fishguard.The little white dot in the distance is a ferry in the harbour at Goodwick. It would be a choppy crossing today! The wind was howling up there, so much so we could hear each other talking. Click on image to view a larger version.
Cold Classic #2
01 April 2013
Here is another one of yours truly on a wave. Click on image to view a larger version.
Cold Classic #1
01 April 2013
A few of us scored some awesome waves at Newgale on Saturday. There was a solid swell rolling in and offshore winds. The wind was really strong (and cold!) so getting onto the waves was tricky, but when you did get on they were holding up really well and had great shape. Luckily there was a photographer on the beach who I got talking to after, he sold me a couple of hi-res pics. Click on image to view a larger version.
Where we went wrong...
25 March 2013
...on our last night-time ride trying out a new route. Click on image to view a larger version.
Mountain biking at night
05 March 2013
I've done a few turbo sessions with Narberth Dynamos recently, but there has been an itching to get out in the real world. About a month ago I finally dug out the old HID lights and a few of us have done some night rides. Getting lost, close-calls with badgers and cow-sh*t up to knees have been the norm and we got chased through a field by 50 bullocks - but its been awesome fun. Click on image to view a larger version.
When life throws you lemons limes...
18 February 2013
Bumbling through Tesco in the early hours of the morning with a sleepless baby i stumbled upon bags of 10 limes for 15p. I dusted my wallet off and pulled out a pound... 60 limes and a whole lot of juicing and crushing later I had Hot Lime pickle!
18 February 2013
Since having a baby 4 months ago my Sunday woodland runs and Preseli rides have been replaced by mellow strolls. Its quite nice to take it easy actually - Here is a Daffodil shot in the grounds of St Davids Cathedral. Click on image to view a larger version.