I cycled out of Croesyceiliog at 14:30, after a few days of sunshine it had now turned overcast. On the road up to New Inn and Jerusalem lane the wind blew head on and now it felt like Summer was well and truly over! The meandering lanes to Glascoed were all quiet on that Saturday afternoon. The tranquil road to the Glascoed golf club beckoned, it was then a gentle climb to the road to Usk and my rendezvous with Nick in the square with Organy Pool on the Trellech plateau our objective. Our ride took us to Llangwm and then on the lanes that would amble up through Wolvesnewton and then up the climb to Cobbler’s Plain. The wind had now dropped and it was quite warm now. After crossing the busy Trellech road the big dipper of a ride into Trellech Grange was taken with speeds of over 40 mph reached. The wooded secluded path up to the plateau is one of the most calm and narrow roads in the area. It is hard to think the city is only less than 20 miles away especially when we reached Organy Pool the heart of this fabled land high up above the Wye valley, which borders with England. After riding around the scattered villages of Catbrook and Whitelye the descent down off the plateau was next. We had a good ride through Llansoy and back to Usk. It was a fine ‘traditional’ ride back through Prescoed and Coed-y-Paen. Just before the climb up to Trehebert road my chain broke! Nick made a good repair job so I managed to cycle back home to finish off an excellent 45 miles of cycling!

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