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Wild, Wild Wales!

Bwlch Y Groes

Today I went on a bike ride with my cycling buddy and friend, Ash. We went to an area of North Wales that we haven’t yet explored with the aim of tackling one of the UK’s fiercest climbs- The aptly nicknamed Hellfire Pass (Bwlch Y Groes). Despite the temperature hovering around freezing for the majority of the ride it dampen our spirits as we were blessed with clear blue skies and lots of sun. This was my first proper ride for around 3 months and although I managed it (just!), I am now feeling the effects and don’t really have the energy to write anything. I’ll update soon but until then checkout the pictures in the gallery and if you’re really interested have a look at the data generated by my bike GPS computer.


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Museum of Liverpool


On my way home tonight the sun was just starting to disappear behind the Wirral skyline leaving a brilliant golden colour on the City of Liverpool. I did take some shots of the river Mersey and the Liver Buildings but unfortunately they didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped. I’ve posted them below nonetheless, but they aren’t the best examples of what I can do. However, in my defence I was using my iPhone 3GS to take the shots, and as with most smartphones, the camera starts to fall to pieces in low light!



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Bad News


Today I had some news that made my heart sink and my bank balance weep! Yep, you guessed it, the car needed major repairs. In total I will be a grand lighter in the pocket but on the plus side I will have nice new shiny tie bars and track rod ends (!) to go along with new discs and pads, cam belt and last but by no means least…new nearside front wheel bearing!! What are tie bars and track rod ends I hear you cry? Well, according to Google they are something or other that helps a car go around corners and over rough terrain…who knew? The handy image below will make it all clear for you.
Suspension and steering rack
To be honest we have now had 3 VW cars (2 currently) and until now we have never needed any major work done. That being said it does appear to have all happened at once which in all honesty makes it harder to take. Plans for holidays, birthdays and bar mitzvahs have all been cancelled. The children’s toys have all been put on e-bay and we’ve been out this morning to buy them a hoop and a stick for them to play with- if it breaks we can easily and most importantly, buy a cheap replacement. Furthermore, I’ve even taken the difficult, completely irrational decision to take Lou’s car off the road and the family car will now be replaced by these…You don’t see any tie bars, track rod ends on these so they couldn’t possibly need replacing! I always knew bicycles were better!