THE EWES AND THE LAMBS

11.11.12                       

It was a frosty, but sunny, Sunday morning as the Bike Brothers left Croesyceiliog. After a couple of weeks of bad weather it was time to venture out and start the winter cycling! The sun shone through the trees and there followed an excellent ride through New Inn, Glascoed and Monkswood. The autumn colours of the trees made a very pretty sight, especially up Rumble street, a favourite short climb, that continues on to Nantyderry and Croes Llanfair. The road to Llanellen near Abergavenny had been freshly resurfaced making a smooth ride instead of the treacherous pot-hole strewn track that tried to pass it self off as a public road! Our objective was to climb up to the twin telecommunication masts near the Blorenge mountain at 514 metres. The road starts at 40 metres above sea level and is just 6 km to the top so it is quite a steep climb. In hindsight not the best ride to start with, after a short lay off! The first part of the route travels through some spectacular golden woodland. - just after this we met the old farmer who is always there to greet us. Years ago, the ride was christened the 'Ewes and Lambs' by The Brothers after we found the old farmer looking for his lost livestock in some wintry weather. The lane is very steep here and then breaks out on to the open mountain, here we ate some locally produced pies at a viewing point. The road winds it's way up to the summit, all the time the masts are in view. At the top there was a panoramic vista of all the countryside glistening in the Sun. Unusually though, the peaks of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons were shrouded in mist. There then ensued a fast ride down the Eastern Valley through Blaenafon, Abersychan, Pontypool park and the old abandoned road from New Inn to Croesyceiliog....45km with 815 metres of climbing.

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