The highlights of 2013…a review

Well it is that time of year and it is traditional to do a review of the year gone by. 2013 has sped by and it really seems like the other day when I was doing a review of 2012. Twelve months is a long time though and there have been many highlights during the year. Here’s a month by month summary…


Looking out through snow covered trees

Lots of snow and much outdoor activities were had including a mega bunkhouse stay in the Brecon Beacons, lots of walks and the restart of my cycling interest.


The view towards Tintern Abbey and the rickety bridge!

More cycling and a continued cold snap



Late snow and yet more cycling


Hairdrier moment

Some food tips, Barney’s adventures and a musing about hobbies



More Barney adventures, weight loss progress and looking forward to the summer


kite flying kids

Preparation for our French trip plus another bunkhouse trip to the coast




France and Cornwall holidays. Halcyon days


Rhos Dirion Escarpment

A camping trip to North Devon and a wildcamp with Barney and Ella


Lynmouth from Countisbury Hill

A nasty insect sting, a trip to the Elan Valley and The Tour of Britain


Mountain Moods

Progress on the diet and cholesterol front and darker, wintery days for cycling




Training for a big bike ride and Barney poses for the camera


The start!

The start!

A very big bike ride, a very big milestone on the diet and a very big mileage total for the year!


About Saddlebags and Backpacks - a brewer's outdoor adventures

I am a keen hiker, camper, cyclist and general all round gear addict..... I also manage to be a professional brewer in my non-spare time :->
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7 Responses to The highlights of 2013…a review

  1. I great year in review! Barney is too cute! Happy New Year!

  2. Robin says:

    No backpacking. Better rename your blog “and Saddlebags” 😉

    Happy New Year 🙂

  3. AndrewGills says:

    Looks like 2013 was a wonderful year for you. Happy 2014 🙂

  4. PhilR says:

    A great 2013! here’s to a good 2014, Happy New Year.

  5. Ian Barton says:

    Happy New Year. Well done on your cycling achievements. I managed to fall well short of my aim to do 10,000 miles in a year. The main problem was time. I usually get 2-3hrs at a time for cycling, when I am not doing other things. However, I did manage to clock up around 6500 miles. My aim next year is to do at least 100 miles per week, which should be achievable based on this years total. I would also like to improve my times.

    The cycling highlight of my year was doing the Way of the Roses with my son. Although he is only 15 he has now greatly surpassed my fitness. Training 5 days a week on an Ergo is obviously good for cycling!

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