The cool Autumnal nights were upon us! Our first post-Summer ride was to take us on a leafy sweet-smelling ride through the lanes of Gwent. After meeting in Croesyceiliog at 16:00 our ride took us out to Usk via Glascoed. From Usk we cycled out on the lanes toward Pen-y-clawdd , after viewing a hot air balloon landing , there was a good climb up the smokey, fresh, hedge-cut lane to the church at Pen-Y-clawdd. Although only 152 metres it was a stiff ascent from the more or less sea level town of Usk. The rapid descent to Mitchell Troy was taken with glee but the climbing started again up the narrow and steep path called the Common. Darkness fell as we reached the top, on the main Trellech road, near Pennalt. After taking on some food the Lumicycle lamps were lit and there was then a quick descent down the steep zig-zag hill towards Monmouth. From here a ‘rouleur’ pace was set back along the old road to Raglan and then on to Llandenny and Usk. All was quiet as the final of the Rugby world cup was on. It was then a resilient ride to Glascoed on the main road. Nick and I turned off here and retraced our steps up the long and winding ascent through Glascoed village and up to New Inn. Our lights bashed a massive hole in the dark and before long we were back in Croesyceiliog with 45 miles of good cycling under our belts!

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