Do they? Well, as long as it's a realistic dream (we'll discount aliens invading or finding a suitcase full of money under your bed) they certainly can.
My dream before I moved to Wales was to cycle around the roads I now cycle around on a regular basis. I used to pore over the articles in Cycling Plus, thinking how amazing it must be to cycle past all the wonderful mountain views we have here. "Hmph" I thought, who am trying to kid. I was stuck in York with no real prospect of moving away.
But, as people who have read this blog from the start will know, that opportunity did arise in April 2008. So, I took it.
Well bugger me, I was in cycling heaven. Sure, I was still depressed but the scenery absolutely inspired me to get out on my bike, as often as I could. You see, and I know I keep saying it but, we can take the largest dose of anti-depressants in the world and still not get that high feeling you get whilst out and about doing what you love, whether that's on the bike or yomping up and down the mountains. That's what I love about the hobbies I participate in. I can cycle as far as my body will allow, and see everything Snowdonia has to offer. Other times, I will be in the mountains, looking down from the tops and just feeling absolutely at peace with myself. It's very satisfying knowing that when I cycle past the mountains, I know I have ascended pretty much all of them!
The feel of warm rock on a summers day is wonderful and the movement of climbing just feels so natural; the way I feel when riding my bike. So please pop along to Climb Out, and I can assure you, the writer (Jake) will appreciate your visit.
Speaking of medicine, I went out yesterday on the bike, as the weather had given us another brief window to get outside. I wanted to do a route I haven't done for a while, just click here for a look. I felt good on this ride, as my fitness is clearly improving after being off with injury for a good 6 weeks, so I'm pushing the mileage up gradually now.
|It always pays to look behind you!|
|Mynydd Mawr Rises Out Of Llyn Cwellyn|
|Nice To See Some New Traditional Fencing Going Up|
|Across Llyn Dinas to Cnicht (right of shot) The Mountain I Climbed The Other Day. I Swam In This Lake In Summer :)|
|Me At The Snowdon Horseshoe Viewpoint On The Nant Gwynant Climb|
|Llynau Mymbyr And The Snowdon Horsehoe In The Distance From Capel Curig|
|Zoomed Shot Of Above|
|Light Plays On Moel Siabod's North Face As I Enter Conwy County|
|The Dream Came True - The Stunning Backdrop As I Head For Home Along The A5|
I hope you liked those pics; I tried to make them look as good as I could.
I'm no longer going to say that I live on a little terrace in Bethesda. As my friend Nick said the other day, "...you live on Tryfan Street"; so true, I do. I live 20 metres from the A5 and that mountain above on the left is one of the most famous in the UK; Tryfan. I can cycle past her and climb her any time I like.
Snowdonia is beautiful and I'm so very lucky to live here.