TO GROSMONT VIA DAWN OF DAY

02.9.12                                    

It was Sunday, 07:30, as The Brothers left Ashford Hall on a cloudy but warm morning. The ride took it's usual course through New Inn, Glascoed and Monkswood. The only departure from the norm was Nick's  bottle of drink, freeing itself from it's bottle-cage and exploding like a bomb! A pie was bought from the jovial shopkeeper in Usk - Nick had bought two pies the day before so this one was a test of pie tasting later. The ruleur ride out through Chainbridge and then through Llanarth and to Llantilio Croessenny was fantastic, the roads of northern Gwent rolled out before us. It was a peaceful ride to Onen , here a narrow lane was taken, a few miles up the road an old church was spotted. I walked up to the entrance with the intent of entering, I then realized that the building had been turned in to a private house! The friendly owner came out and gave us a brief history of the church and how he came to live there. The road carried on toward Lletrevane and then on to our first climb up to Dawn of Day. What a beautiful and wondrous ascent, the sun was out and the birds were singing - this lane is an old ridgeway path and surely one of the finest in Gwent! The main road to Grosmont was joined and the ride continued to the village and castle. Here pies were eaten, yes the Usk Spar shop pie was the best! Campston hill is a long climb up to the top and then it worms it way below the Skirrid  Mountain. There then followed a fast ride through Abergavenny and onward to Llanellen where the lanes were taken to Croes Llanfair and Goytre. Here The Brothers retraced their steps through Monkswood , Goytre, New Inn and the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog....92 km with 1322 metres of climbing.

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