Sunday, January 29th 2012: Threatening rain became steady cold drizzle later in the afternoon. Passed from Severn Tunnel Junction station to Goldcliff -site of neolithic fishing platforms and activity in the form of footprints and tools lost to the mud. Newport wildlife wetlands serene with active bird life. Passed a lighthouse and forest of High voltage pylon towers at Uskmouth and followed the cycle path to the Transporter bridge, a wonderful feat of turn of the century engineering. I felt sure it was going to be shut, but as it happened on approach I could see the cables moving towards my bank of the river, and I arrived sodden as the gates opened letting off two cars. “No charge butt -not many things free in this world, but cycles are for the moment”, said the amicable operator as he returned to his gas fire, in a hut tucked in a corner of the suspended platform. Latchkey children sat in gangs on covered benches playing games on 3DS’s as the platform went back and forth across the river.
Often success can be attributed to working with or against simple rules. The bicycle is the workhorse, its a stable platform for the camera mount, and carries all other baggage. Rules I’m using are simple; push on paths, ride on roads and carry where you can’t do otherwise. Coast-line.co.uk