I cycled down to Newport City, it was 17:00 on a Saturday evening and I was to meet outside Nick at Maindee Fire Station. To avoid the heavy traffic my route took me through all the back lanes and bits of cycle tracks that lead into the city centre. After meeting up we cycled out to Llanwern village, from here we took the pleasant and tranquil road to Langstone passing the only thatched cottage in Newport. Our ride then took us up the Catsash road and then out to Abernant Road which overlooks the busy A 449 road, the main route from South Wales to the Midlands. Here major work is going on for a new junction which will give better access to the Celtic Manor golf course where the Ryder Cup in 2010 is going to be held. We cycled out from the city limits into the countryside of Monmouthshire, here we were surprised to see two stags in a field on the lower slopes of Wentwood to our right. We decided to turn back at Newbridge on Usk and from here we took the quiet ridge way road from Tredunock to Llanhennock. The road ahead was lit by ¾ harvest Moon rising in the east as the sun set in the west. It was then a quick ride to Caerleon where here we parted. I went back to Croesyceiliog while Nick cycled back to the City....22miles.

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