Winter has been a huge drain, i don’ really know why im usually ok through winter but this year it seemed to affect me differently , its been hard to get through and i didn’t want to get motivated to do anything but wallow in the house which certainly isn’t me. I counted down the months, weeks, days until the better weather of spring arrived. On those down days i spent time thinking about the adventures i wanted to do and what i needed to do to do them and started to plan. The sales at the outdoor equipment shops fed my hunger to get out and about and i used my christmas and birthday money wisely to upgrade clothing and camping equipment that would enable me to experience new ways of travelling and seeing parts of the country i have never been to. I longed to get out on my bike again after i had gotten over the flu, i looked for books to read, maps to study and even contemplated getting myself booked on a navigational course as im petrified of getting lost in the wilderness somewhere.
And then the better weather arrives, and i still lacked the motivation to just go out and do something. What the heck is that all about. I really hate anxiety sometimes.
Its taken me a few weeks of saying im going to do this and i’m going to do that to actually do something and last Sunday was the day. I messaged the gang 4 spaces available in the car up for grabs, Karen jumped in along with Cerys and Jason wanted to but was poorly so he had to skip this time. Next decision was where to go, simple Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre , i knew there would be a gift shop to gander about in, a info station to gather some leaflets and advice on where to walk and where to go and of course more importantly a tea room where we could eat and have a cuppa. I was not expecting them to have a full on Sunday roast and crikey it was amazing with everything cooked fresh and the meat just fell apart it was mouthwatering good.
It was just what we needed to get out on the common and start our walk and walk we did with hiking poles in hand we put one foot in front of the other and followed the path, it was nice to not count steps and not to worry what distance we did, we are starting out and its not a competition it was more important to be just out in the fresh air taking in the views of Pen Y Fan and Corn Du in the background and lapping up the sheer beauty of the area we were in. The wind was fresh on our faces but the rest of us was wrapped up warm and toasty and it pays off to some decent walking clothing. We finished the day off by walking back to the car and talking the road out passed Pen Y Fan mountain and the lakes to Merthyr and back to Newport and all the way back we talked of our next visit possibly with mountain bikes for a bit of gentle off roading.