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A Walk to Penarth

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 04:37 pm from Wales Wales
Day 42

Today I followed the River Taff Path down to Penarth. It's about a 5 mile walk along the river until you get near Penarth. Then it zig-zags around for a bit as you climb over the big hill that Penarth sits on to get to the pier on the other side.

Along the way there were a ton of blackberry bushes so I ate more than my fair share of them as I walked. I passed by a huge Tesco and went in to get something to snack on. I've seen some commercials for Yorkie bars, so I picked one up. It was pretty good! Chocolate, crisped rice and raisin all mixed together.

The Penarth Pier was a little disappointing. They were doing some construction on it and the ocean was pretty muddied up from all the recent rains. I ate a sandwich that I had made at the hostel and then set off back to Cardiff.

On the way back I took a slightly different route and crossed the Cardiff Barrage (basically a big bridge/flood control system for Cardiff Bay). I got to the Mermaid's Quay area and relaxed there in the shade for a little bit until it looked like it might rain.

Back at the hostel I've been messing around on my computer working on a few random projects. I have some leftover tikka masala that I'll have for dinner but I don't think that'll be enough to fill me up. I'll have to find something else to eat too. I did walk just shy of 10 miles, so I'm sure my body will be demanding more food.

Tomorrow I'm actually going to attempt to make it up to Brecon Beacons and do some hiking. Hopefully I don't get rained on!
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A handful of blackberries
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Artificial white water rapids course
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Penarth Pier
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Cardiff Bay
Catacombs in Paris. #paris #europetrip2013
So many freaking people on the streets. These are from my hostel room's window but the entire city center is like this. I am not a big city person. Forget any thought of going out tonight. #europetrip2013 #madrid #crowds #people
Glenfiddich Distillery. #europetrip2013
Volastra. #volastra #5terre #europetrip2013
What I love about Rome. Middle of a busy intersection? Roman ruins. #rome #europetrip2013
Homemade dinner tonight. Pasta with garlic, red pepper and jamon iberico. Served with wine and bread of course. #dinner #europetrip2013
Can't leave the UK without an obligatory phone booth shot. #london #europetrip2013
St Mary Radcliffe #europetrip2013 #bristol
More adventures in street food. A fried dough filled with a honey syrup and then dipped in sugar. #europetrip2013 #tangier
Puente Nuevo from the other side. #europetrip2013

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What's this about?

Traveling is something I've loved doing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to travel out of the US a few times but never longer than 2 weeks at a time. I decided that I should go see the world and experience all it has to offer. I booked a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland to depart on June 26, 2013. After I get to Europe I'll let serendipity take hold and see where I end up. No schedules and no itinerary… just go with the flow. That's as close to a plan as I'm making.

Who am I?

My name's Brandon O'Brien and I'm a travelholic. Before this journey I've been to 11 countries and put over 17,500 miles on various motorcycle trips through the USA and Canada. I'm a self-employed web developer so I'm fortunate enough to be able to work anywhere there's an internet connection. That's what truly made this experience possible.

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