AN EVENING RIDE OVER THE BRITISH

14.4.07

A few days after our trip to Whitecastle we set out on a trip to take us over the British mountain near Pontypool. We have cycled over this massive mountain plateau many times but this was the first time for a good few years. It was a Saturday evening and the weather was still unusually warm. Every where we went we could smell meat cooking on barbeques. We cycled along the cycle track, past the old Panteg steelworks which was now a new housing site, along the path to Plascoed. From here we took the very steep ascent to the village of Pantygasseg, climbing was a lot quicker now using the higher gears on our compact chainsets and before long we were heading out in the evening Sun on the mountain road toward the summit of the mountain. The road was quiet and it had a peaceful tranquil air as we cycled past the wooded old quarry and then out on to the bleak mountain. After contemplating the view we sped down the rough dramatic lane that drops of the summit. We were back in the urban sprawl of Tal-y-Waun, Varteg and Abersychan. From here we took a steady ride back home in the dark along the cycle track and then on the old abandoned road from New Inn to Croesyceiliog.

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