Sunday, February 4, 2007

Biking Brecon Beacons - Try to say that 5 times fast!

So, you're back for more of the Chronicles of Jared & Allyson, eh? This weekend's adventure was thrown together at the last minute, but Allyson did an awesome job!

Jared & I decided last week that we needed something a little more "active" this weekend. We had no idea what we were really getting ourselves into. (But then again, do we ever?)

We drove early Saturday morning about three hours over into South Wales. We had found a National Park there call the Brecon Beacons National Park and had called to reserve bikes for the day on Saturday.

We were really excited to get going, but immediately found that it was really cold (and foggy) when we started in the morning. I actually wondered if my fingers, toes, nose, and ears were going to freeze off - Luckily no body parts were lost in the making of our weekend adventures!

It was so amazing because we just road along small roads and paths through the countryside. There were canals and rivers along a lot of the paths and beautiful flields of sheep and cottages along the way too. Jared even enjoyed our journey even though it was all very "quaint" (especially because a bike was involved)!

Our turn around point was at Talybont Reservoir, but we didn't leave right away. It was so beautiful and the temperature had risen to a piping 50 degrees so we had to stay and relax and enjoy the scenery!

We also really enjoyed seeing all the sheep! I don't really think that they say "baa baa" after all. (At least the Welsh ones don't.) I think it's more like "maa maa." At one point Jared wanted to pet them and we stopped and tried to lure the sheep to come over. You should have heard him! He even tried to call them with the chant from the movie "Babe." (Baa Ram Ewe, Baa Ram, Ewe . . . ) When that didn't work he asked them to "Come Follow Me" but that didn't work either. He was disappointed that he didn't get to touch one, but hopefully he'll get an opportunity another time. (I think I made him feel jealous, because one of the sheep did let me touch him.)

On our way back to Brecon we stopped in another village at the local pub. I ate fish and chips and Jared had sausage and chips. I have never even heard of that option on a menu, but it was really good!

All in all, we were gone biking from about 10:30 - 5:00. (So while most of you were sleeping on the other side of the world we were biking like crazy - You snooze, you lose! J/K)
Anyway, it was a beautiful, more relaxing day than some of the others. The only crazy part was that we still returned home exhausted and with sore backsides!

Love you all!


1 comment:

Scott said...

It's great to read the comments, as always. Keep the adventures coming.