Summer had turned up at last! Or so it had seemed as we set off along the old road to New Inn in the warm sunshine. Our route was to take us out on the sweet-smelling lanes to Glascoed Nantyderry and to Croes Llanfair. It was a Sunday morning and all was quiet along the lane to Llanellen, except for the odd churchgoer. It was time to try an old route a different way. The climb from Llanelen up to the Mynydd Garn Clochdy is a good, wooded, steep path which we have called the 'Ewes and the Lambs' after the shepherd who lives in the cottage half way up the mountain. This time we cycled down to Llanfoist and ascended it from the side, joining up to meet old man shepherd Ewe himself! The climb from here is very steep, the Blaenavon Triathalon was taking place and we were very impressed by the fitness of these men and women as they climbed up the mountain on their high geared triathalon bikes. Out on to the open mountain, as the panorama unveiled itself, the spectacle was viewed and before long the 510m summit had been reached. It was then a fast ride home on the main road through Pontypool and then on the cycle tracks to Croesyceiliog....30 miles.

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