It was a beautiful sunny, bu cold, Saturday morning as I cycled down to Newport on my Surly tourer to meet Nick after his night shift at Maindee Fire Station. The Brothers then left the urban sprawl of the city and within literally ten minutes the ride took it's course along the cycle track to Caerleon that follows the river Usk. If it was not for the roar of the traffic of the main South Wales to London motorway we could have been fooled that we were in some beautiful coastal resort! The track follows the flood plains to Caerleon - the old Roman city of Isca - here at 2 metres above sea level was probably the lowest the Bikebrothers had ever reached! After traversing Caerleon things warmed up on the fantastic shallow climb from Ponthir up the Candwr lane. This road has been a staple diet for us for over 40years and this morning was truly marvellous as we climbed to Dogan Heights. Near the house of Arthur Machen, the author of the Angel of Mons, there was a fantastic view of the Sor valley shrouded in a semi Autumnal misty sunshine. At the top of the hill we had reached the 'highest' point of the ride at 131 metres. Ashford Hall and home were then reached in about five minutes....23 km with 304 metres of climbing.

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